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- California lawmakers have tried for 50 years to stem the state's housing crisis. Here's why they've failed.
- Gov. Jerry Brown acted Tuesday to break up the scandal-plagued state Board of Equalization.
- Progressive activists are angry with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon who shelved a proposal to creates a single-payer healthcare system in California, calling it "woefully incomplete."
Even in a time when Democrats settle their differences quickly when it comes to California's state budget, this year's finale was marked by a series of bitter political debates.
On this week's episode of the California Politics Podcast, we take a look at that intense debate over proposals to change the duties of a state tax board and the rules governing recall elections. We also step back and look at the final policy agreements on healthcare funding and social services programs.
And for our second topic, we offer up a list of California politicians who have found their way into the spotlight during the early days of President Trump's administration.
I'm joined by Times staff writer Melanie Mason and Marisa Lagos of KQED News.