Gov. Jerry Brown is headed to Washington amid increasing worry from state lawmakers that sweeping proposals from President Trump and congressional leaders will hit hard on Californians and several high-profile government programs.
The governor's four-day trip, which begins Monday, will be his first since Trump took office, and comes less than a week after Brown sharply criticized the president's proposed path forward on a key environmental policy.
“This is a chance to get a lay of the land in rapidly changing times,” said Evan Westrup, Brown’s press secretary.
Frustrated House Democrats say they got few specifics from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly when they questioned him Friday in a closed-door meeting about his agency's efforts to comply with President Trump's immigration orders.
The orders have caused panic in many of California's immigrant communities because they are aimed at deporting millions of people who are in the country illegally.
Some Democrats in the meeting said Kelly told them "if you don't like the law, change the law," when they complained about how immigration officers seemed to be enforcing laws under Trump.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) takes time to meet with protesters who had a list of grievances against her as she arrived for a fundraising stop in Los Angeles.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) held an impromptu question and answer session Friday with a couple of dozen liberal activists outside a Hancock Park home where she was raising money for her 2018 reelection campaign.
Many in the crowd demanded Feinstein take a more outspoken stand against the Trump administration, including filibustering Judge Neil Gorsuch’s U.S. Supreme Court nomination.
Feinstein said “it makes no sense” for her to make up her mind before going through Gorsuch's cases, adding she was “humiliated” that President Obama’s pick to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat, Merrick Garland, never got hearings.
With a road-repair funding plan lagging in support among Democratic lawmakers, the Brown administration is stepping up pressure on them to reach a deal before the Legislature goes on spring break April 6.
A bill that would raise the gas tax and vehicle fees to provide $5.5 billion annually to fix crumbling roads and improve mass transit needs a two-thirds vote, which would require all Democratic senators to support it given that the Republicans oppose the tax increases.
But two Democrats — Sens. Richard Roth of Riverside and Henry Stern of Woodland Hills — did not vote for the bill, Senate Bill 1, in committee, and a third, Sen. Steve Glazer of Concord, indicated Friday that he is not yet on board.
The California Legislative Women's Caucus appealed to President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, to maintain abortion rights, protect Planned Parenthood and uphold gender equity laws in a video released Friday.
The video comes as Gorsuch is slated to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week for his confirmation hearing.
"Since the campaign and even now, as women, we've felt like our rights have been under attack. And our Supreme Court justices have a lot of power," Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), the chair of the women's caucus, said in an interview.
With less than three weeks left in the race to replace Xavier Becerra in Congress, campaigns are rolling out some of their biggest endorsements.
Actor Danny Glover announced Wednesday that he's supporting Arturo Carmona, a former campaign aide for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Glover was one of the most visible Sanders surrogates during the Democratic primary last year and stood with Susan Sarandon, Rosario Dawson and other celebrities to protest the Democratic Party's treatment of Sanders delegates.
"We need bold, progressive leaders like Arturo who are willing to fight with conviction for the well-being of working-class families," Glover said in a statement released by the Carmona campaign. "Bernie is doing just that, day in and day out. And I know for a fact that Arturo is cut from the very same cloth."
California school districts would get $100 million to help build housing for their teachers under proposed legislation from a Bay Area lawmaker.
Assemblyman Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) said the state’s housing affordability crisis has made it hard for districts to attract and retain qualified teachers. In the Bay Area, Los Angeles and other high-cost regions, the problem is home and rental costs, Thurmond said in a release, and in rural areas, the issue is a lack of available housing, His Assembly Bill 45 would allow school districts to receive state money to partner with developers to build teacher housing.
“When educators are forced to live outside of the community they serve, they are severely limited in their ability to participate in many after-school programs, establish crucial parent-teacher bonds or respond to localized student needs, all factors in providing an enriched learning environment for students,” Thurmond said.