Xavier Becerra

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The following statement was released by Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Sarah Lovenheim on Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra testing positive for COVID-19: “This morning in Sacramento, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra tested positive for COVID-19 after taking an antigen test. He is fully vaccinated and …continue reading

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley today announced the sentencing of Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (Plains) for the 2015 Refugio Oil Spill in Santa Barbara County, California. Plains was sentenced to pay $3,347,650 in total fines and penalty assessments. “Plains All …continue reading

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued the following statement after U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. dismissed a federal lawsuit filed by the Western States Trucking Association (WSTA) seeking to undermine state regulations that protect the welfare of workers. The ruling in Western States Trucking Association v. Schoorl …continue reading

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced the release of a California Department of Justice (DOJ) report on immigration detention facilities in the state. The report is the result of Assembly Bill 103, which passed in 2017, requiring the DOJ, over a 10-year period, to report on: conditions of confinement; …continue reading

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez today unveiled legislation, AB 1296, the Tax Recovery in the Underground Recovery program (TRUE Act), to combat underground economic crimes. AB 1296 is sponsored by Attorney General Becerra and was introduced by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez. “With underground economic crime, our workers …continue reading

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced the sentencing of Prakashumar (“Kash”) Bhakta for operating a mortgage fraud scheme throughout Southern California and the Inland Empire that preyed on homeowners facing foreclosure. Today, Mr. Bhakta was sentenced to seven years and eight months in state prison. Restitution will be ordered …continue reading

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, today led a coalition of 15 attorneys general to call on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to initiate rulemaking to issue a new “asbestos reporting rule” to eliminate exemptions for asbestos in the current Chemical …continue reading