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- Democrats in Congress said they received news from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on Thursday that they "should expect many more arrests and removals this year."
- State lawmakers are considering making election day a paid holiday in California.
- Pointing out the unpopularity of Congress, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger launched an effort on Tuesday in support of overhauling redistricting rules in states across the nation.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan has chipped in to boost the gubernatorial bid of a fellow Angeleno ex-mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa.
Riordan, a Republican who served as mayor from 1993 to 2001, gave $14,100 to Villaraigosa's 2018 campaign committee last week.
Villaraigosa, a Democrat, was mayor from 2005 to 2013. The two will appear at an event at UCLA on Thursday evening, along with fellow former Mayor James Hahn, to discuss the city's political present and future.
Villaraigosa is not the only gubernatorial hopeful benefiting from Riordan's largesse. Riordan also contributed $14,100 to Democrat John Chiang, the current state treasurer, in December.