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  • 2018 U.S. Senate race
State Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) announces his U.S. Senate campaign on Oct. 18.
State Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) announces his U.S. Senate campaign on Oct. 18. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Climate Hawks Vote, an activist group focused on fighting global warming, on Friday announced its endorsement of Kevin de León in his intraparty challenge to Sen. Dianne Feinstein in next year's election.

De León, a Los Angeles Democrat who serves as leader of the state Senate, has "used his powerful position atop the California legislature to push visionary climate policy," said R.L. Miller, the organization's president. 

She cited his support for reducing oil consumption and increasing the use of renewable energy and electric vehicles. Meanwhile, Miller said, "climate hawks are not impressed with Dianne Feinstein’s record" because she hasn't made the issue as much of a priority. 

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  • Congressional races
  • 2018 election
(Michael Allman for Congress campaign)

Democratic Rep. Scott Peters of San Diego is facing another GOP opponent in next year's primary.

Michael Allman, an investor and former executive of Southern California Gas Co., announced this week that he's running against Peters. Most recently, he was an executive at a software company called Bit Stew Systems before it was sold in 2016. Since then, Allman said, he's been investing in technology companies. He lived for nearly 20 years in Rancho Santa Fe but recently moved to Solana Beach. Both cities are in GOP Rep. Darrell Issa's district, not Peters' 52nd Congressional District. 

Allman, 57, said he considers himself a "Libertarian-leaning Republican" who trends left on social issues and more conservative on fiscal matters. But that won't matter if voters elect him, he said.

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  • 2018 election
  • California Republicans
  • 2018 governor's race
  • 2018 U.S. Senate race
(Eric Paul Zamora / Fresno Bee)

Ashley Swearengin, the former mayor of Fresno who was once considered one of the most electable Republicans statewide, said Thursday she had no plans to run for governor or the U.S. Senate next year.

“There was never any real consideration from me,” she said after moderating a discussion with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom at the California Economic Summit in San Diego. “The things I care about, the work I am doing in the Central Valley, is probably best pursued in the work I am doing right now.”

Swearengin, 45, who served as mayor of Fresno for eight years until January and unsuccessfully ran for controller in 2014, is the president of the Central Valley Community Foundation. The philanthropic group focuses on improving the economic opportunities for 2 million people who live in six counties in the middle of the state.

  • 2018 election
  • California Democrats
  • 2018 governor's race
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom dismissed on Thursday an attack on his record as mayor of San Francisco from another Democrat in the race for California governor, state Treasurer John Chiang, saying it was indicative of the standings in the race.

“It gives you a sense of where they think they are right now. I think it’s unfortunate they have to go down this path at this stage,” Newsom said in an interview. “I’m not going to go down there with them. I’m going to elevate above it.”

Newsom, the front-runner in the race, made the remarks hours after Chiang launched www.gavinfacts.com, which the campaign says will “give California voters the facts about Gavin Newsom’s record, as Mayor and as Lieutenant Governor.” 

  • 2018 election
  • California Republicans
  • 2018 governor's race
(Silvia Flores / For The Times)

GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox on Thursday called for reducing regulations and repealing and replacing a longtime state environmental law to decrease income inequality in California.

“The inequality gap in this country is all about the crushing regulations, not least of which in California is CEQA,” or the California Environmental Quality Act, Cox said at the California Economic Summit in San Diego. The law “has basically crushed the ability of people to start their own business,” he said.

The 1970 law is the state’s primary environmental law governing development, which requires developers to disclose and minimize a project’s impact on the environment. It is blamed by many as overly onerous and partly responsible for the state’s housing crisis. 

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(Gregory Bull / Associated Press)

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Thursday held up his city as an example of what can be accomplished when elected leaders put aside politics and focus on the housing, workforce and water needs facing their region.  

“It shouldn’t matter if you’re Republican, Democrat or independent — what’s the right thing we need to be doing for our city? What’s the right thing we need to be doing for our state, for our economy?” Faulconer said at the opening session of the California Economic Summit.

The event is a gathering of state civic and business leaders whose goals are to train 1 million new skilled workers, build 1 million new homes, and to capture and reuse 10 million acre-feet of water over the next decade.

  • California Republicans
  • California Democrats
State Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) has raised $1.8 million to fight a threatened recall effort by Republicans.
State Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) has raised $1.8 million to fight a threatened recall effort by Republicans. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

The California Republican Party has spent $822,000 on a petition drive for a recall election against State Sen. Josh Newman, while the Democratic lawmaker from Fullerton has raised $1.8 million to fight the effort to remove him from office, according to campaign finance reports.

The state party has submitted enough signatures to qualify a recall measure for the ballot, but the state is conducting a review of the cost of the recall before calling an election. Republicans say Newman should be recalled for voting to increase the state gas tax in April, but the party also sees the chance to deprive Democrats of a two-thirds majority in the Senate by removing Newman.

In addition to the petition costs borne by the state GOP, a separate committee sponsored by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. has so far raised $126,225 to campaign for Newman’s ouster.

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  • 2018 election
  • California Democrats
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
(Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times)

State Treasurer and candidate for governor John Chiang has launched a website attacking the record of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the front-runner in the race.

Chiang's political consultant, Parke Skelton, on Thursday tweeted out a link to www.gavinfacts.com, which the campaign says will "give California voters the facts about Gavin Newsom’s record, as Mayor and as Lieutenant Governor.” Chiang also tweeted a link to the site, then appeared to delete the tweet.  After he was criticized by the Newsom campaign for deleting his tweet, Chiang sent out a new tweet highlighting the website.

The site highlights a 2009 San Francisco Weekly article critiquing Newsom’s tenure as mayor of the city. The headline: "Why was Mayor Gavin Newsom's San Francisco Called 'the Worst Run Big City' in the U.S.?"

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