It took years of negotiations, and the right political timing, to bring the first major water policy affecting California in decades through the House and Senate.
Over frayed feelings and filibuster threats last week, both chambers overwhelmingly passed the bill, which changes how much water is pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to San Joaquin Valley farmers and Southern California.
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris vowed Monday to be a loud, supportive voice for immigrants after she becomes a U.S. senator next month, pledging to push for comprehensive immigration reform and to work closely with lawmakers in Sacramento to “provide national leadership” on the topic.
Speaking to immigrant rights advocates, law enforcement officials, religious groups and business leaders at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Harris acknowledged that there is much anxiety over what President-elect Donald Trump — who said during the campaign that he wanted to build a wall along the Mexican border, deport millions of people and ban Muslim immigrants from entering the U.S. — will actually do when he takes office.
“We’re all feeling at least concerned,” Harris said. “We’re all feeling, I think, actually, a myriad of emotions.”
The California Republican Party has picked Kristin Olsen, a former assemblywoman from Modesto, to be its vice chair.
It's the second new gig this year for Olsen, who was termed out of her Assembly seat this year and was recently elected to the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors. Olsen's six years in the Assembly included a 13-month stint as leader of the chamber's Republican caucus.
"My goal is to help build a viable and vibrant Republican party in CA, because improving the lives of all Californians depends on having a healthy, two-party system in our state," Olsen said in a statement.
After mulling over a run for the 34th Congressional District over the last week, Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu says he's decided not to run.
Ryu said the election of Donald Trump prompted him to "consider how I might best serve."
"After careful thought, it's even more clear to me that my heart remains here in Los Angeles, in the neighborhoods and schools where I grew up," Ryu said in a statement. "We all must defend the values that makes Los Angeles a beacon of hope for so many and fight for a future that lifts up every single Angeleno. For me personally, that means serving the people of the 4th Council District."
Citing a recent diagnosis of a serious health problem, former California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez said Saturday he is dropping out of the race to replace U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles).
"I've got to focus on my health right now," Pérez said in an interview. "But it was a very hard decision."
The 47-year-old Democrat declined to offer specifics about his condition, citing a desire to keep it private. But he said it was serious enough that it would keep him from waging a vigorous political campaign in 2017.
Few could dispute that the speech given this week by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) was anything but a political and policy call to arms.
"Californians do not need healing," Rendon told his chamber during Monday's swearing-in ceremony. "We need to fight."
On this week's California Politics Podcast, we take a look at both the substance and style of the fight that the state's leading Democrats are ready to wage when it comes to the promises of President-elect Donald Trump.
The Field Poll, which began placing a finger on the pulse of California's political debates in 1947, officially shut down operations Friday after its overseas owners decided to cut costs.
"It's definitely the end of an era," said Mark DiCamillo, the pollster who has led the organization's survey efforts since 1992.
The company's founder and the poll's namesake, Mervin Field, died in 2015 after a long career sampling the opinions and preferences of Californians. Originally called the California Poll, the political surveying operation was designed less as a money-making effort than a way to boost the reputation of the company's research expertise.