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.
Police officers in California will soon track the race of those they pull over for traffic stops or encounter in the street, according to proposed guidelines released Friday by Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris.
The new rules, established by the passage of Assembly Bill 953 in 2015, are designed to help understand biases in policing efforts across the state.
"Racial and identity profiling weaken public trust and have debilitating effects on communities," Harris said in a statement. "These regulations and data will help law enforcement improve policing practices and strengthen accountability.”
Sen. Barbara Boxer is ending her plans to filibuster a water infrastructure bill on the Senate floor.
"I’ve done it, so I’m happy,” Boxer told The Times after voicing her objections to the newly added California provisions of the bill for about 90 minutes Friday. “I’ve made my point and I’ve spoken enough.”
A group of California House members joined with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Monday to add language that would authorize the pumping of more water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to a water infrastructure bill co-written by Boxer.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is talking on the Senate floor now about her water infrastructure bill and her objections to the California water policy that was added early in the week by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) and a group of California members.
The field is already getting crowded in the race to replace Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) in Congress as he awaits confirmation as California's next attorney general — and the special election has yet to be called.
The next likely candidate to jump into the fray is Sara Hernandez, a former aide to L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar.
Huizar announced earlier this week that he would not run for the seat.
California elections officials completed their work on tallying votes from the Nov. 8 election on Wednesday, submitting a final report of more than 14.6 million ballots cast in races for president to seats in Congress and the Legislature.
California elections officials completed their work tallying votes from the Nov. 8 election on Wednesday, submitting a final report of more than 14.6 million ballots cast in races from president to seats in Congress and the state Legislature.
Hillary Clinton, whose presidential bid came up short in the electoral college, handily beat President-elect Donald Trump in California by more than 4.2 million votes — almost double the number of ballots cast for Trump, helping boost her lead in the national popular vote.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla must certify the presidential vote by the end of this week and fully certify the election results next week.
Led by members of California’s delegation, dozens of House Democrats are again pleading with President Obama to pardon hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children to whom he granted temporary deportation deferrals.
Last month, several members of Congress asked Obama to use his pardon authority to forgive the past and future civil immigration offenses of the nearly 750,000 people granted deportation deferrals under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.
The lawmakers say that even though the so-called Dreamers would be left in legal limbo without work permits or visas, they could more easily apply for legal status from within the U.S. without immigration offenses on their records.
California would create "safe zones" prohibiting immigration enforcement on public schools, hospital and courthouse grounds under a new bill by state Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) that is sure to clash with the tough enforcement plans of President-elect Donald Trump.
By also proposing to bar state and local law enforcement from enforcing immigration laws, De León is doubling down on the issue at a time when Trump has threatened to withhold federal funding from “sanctuary cities” that refuse to help federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
“To the millions of undocumented residents pursuing and contributing to the California Dream, the state of California will be your wall of justice should the incoming administration adopt an inhumane and over-reaching mass-deportation policy,” De León said in a statement Wednesday.