Fatima Avelica, 13, was training for the Los Angeles Marathon with her father before he was arrested by immigration agents last month after dropping Fatima's sister off at her Lincoln Heightsschool.
Fatima had to pause repeatedly, pressing her fingers to her eyes, as she told the story to reporters at a news conference in the Capitol on Tuesday. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) handed handkerchiefs to Fatima and her sister Yuleni Avelica, 12. The girls had medals from completing the marathon dangling around their necks.
Democratic senators held the news conference to urge their Senatecolleagues to reject President Trump's request for $3 billion to hire thousands of new immigration agents, expand detention facilities and build a wall among the southern border as part of his pledge to deport millions of people in the country illegally.
Gov. Jerry Brown joined with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday to criticize President Trump's pending announcement to roll back climate regulations and insist that their states will push forward anyway.
“Dismantling the Clean Power Plan and other critical climate programs is profoundly misguided and shockingly ignores basic science," they said in a joint statement. "With this move, the Administration will endanger public health, our environment and our economic prosperity."
Brown and Cuomo represent the two largest states with the most ambitious goals for fighting global warming, and they've already set equivalent targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They're also pushing to generate half of all their electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
Amid concern that sprawling hospital chains are leading to higher prices, a California state senator is trying to clamp down on how hospital networks craft their contracts to win market dominance.
Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) is offering a measure that would prohibit hospitals from certain contracting practices he sees as anti-competitive, such as requiring health plans to contract with all affiliates of the hospital or mandating that health plans agree to binding arbitration for antitrust claims.
"We've lost a level of transparency that's affected affordability and access and fairness," Monning said in an interview.
California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye did not mention President Trump by name in her annual State of the Judiciary speech Monday, but she blasted federal actions on immigration and warned that the rule of law in the state is under threat.
In addressing the Legislature, she also called on members to end years of underfunding of the state court system.
The chief justice said the rule of law has failed repeatedly in the state, including when her husband’s parents were among 120,000 Japanese Americans put in internment camps during World War II.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) on Monday urged fellow Californian Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) to remove himself from their investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Before late last week, Schiff had gone out of his way not to be critical of Nunes throughout the fledgling investigation. They have held the top positions on the House Intelligence Committee for two years, and have served in Congress together for more than a decade.
"This is not a recommendation I make lightly, as the Chairman and I have worked together well for several years; and I take this step with the knowledge of the solemn responsibility we have on the Intelligence Committee to provide oversight on all intelligence matters, not just to conduct the investigation," Schiff said in a statement.
After much consideration I believe Chairman should recuse himself from involvement in investigation/oversight of Trump campaign & transition pic.twitter.com/jpfA1x80Si
The crowded race to replace Xavier Becerra in the 34th Congressional District, which includes most of Los Angeles' Koreatown, appears to be bringing Korean American voters out in large numbers.
That's in part because in a field dominated by Latinos, Robert Lee Ahn has a shot at becoming the only Korean American in Congress and the first Korean American Democrat to be elected to the body.
Ahn, a businessman and former L.A. city planning commissioner, has raised a formidable amount of money in a short period of time, much of it from donors in the Korean American community. His campaign spent weeks helping register voters at Koreatown malls and restaurants, and says they registered more than 600 new voters so far.
California Senate leader Kevin de León on Monday called U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions' move to cut federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities "nothing short of blackmail."
In a statement, De León (D-Los Angeles) said Sessions and the Trump administration "stuck to alternative facts" when describing immigrants and sanctuary counties and cities, where local policies limit the cooperation of law enforcement agencies with federal authorities on immigration laws.
“Instead of making us safer, the Trump administration is spreading fear and promoting race-based scapegoating," he said. "Their gun-to-the-head method to force resistant cities and counties to participate in Trump’s inhumane and counterproductive mass-deportation is unconstitutional and will fail.”