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- Gov. Jerry Brown is in Washington, D.C., this week for a four-day trip amid concerns that President Trump's proposals will hit hard on California. He spoke with reporters after a meeting at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Monday about his measured approach to the Trump administration. On Tuesday, Brown met with members of California's congressional delegation.
- Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hit President Trump's approval ratings in a video released Tuesday.
- State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) announced Tuesday that he will run for state insurance commissioner.
Two big efforts by the administration of President Trump have the potential of reshaping some key political and policy debates here in California.
On this week's California Politics Podcast, we discuss the Trump administration's actions to sideline existing fuel standards for vehicles and the proposed federal budget that slashes billions in domestic spending. Both could have major impacts on the state.
We also discuss a far reaching proposal by Democrats in the state Capitol to offer a "debt-free" college financial aid plan.
The week also saw the end of an era in Los Angeles politics with the guilty verdict in the trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and the death of former state Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp.
I'm joined by Times staff writer Melanie Mason, along with Marisa Lagos of KQED News and Anthony York of the Grizzly Bear Project.