New House majority leader promises to block Calif. railway funding

By Keith Laing : thehill – excerpt

Newly installed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) promised on Monday that he would “do all that I can to ensure not one dollar of federal funding goes to boondoggles like [California’s] high-speed rail.”

McCarthy and other Republicans in Washington and California have long been opposed to the controversial California high-speed rail project, which has received more than $3 billion from the Obama administration since 2009.

But McCarthy was recently elevated to the No. 2 position in the House Republican caucus following the defeat of former GOP Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in his bid for re-election earlier this year.. (more)

San Francisco Labor Council Endorses James Fang for re-election to BART Board

AsianWeek Staff : AsianWeek – excerpt

 

Francisco, CA – Last night, the San Francisco Labor Council officially endorsed James Fang for re-election to the BART Board of Directors. The Labor Council, representing more than 100,000 workers in the city of San Francisco, joins SEIU BART Local 1021, AFSCME BART Local 3993, SF Firefighters Local 798 and SF Police Association in supporting Fang’s re-election…

The San Francisco Labor Council is the local body of the AFL-CIO and was chartered in 1893 to be the coordinating regional body for labor cooperation and unity. We are a membership organization serving as a coalition of the Labor Community in San Francisco. Over 150 unions are affiliated with the SFLC, representing more than 100,000 union members and their families.

James Fang is endorsed by U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and California Democratic Party Chair John Burton and many other prominent San Franciscans… (more)