Bracing for protests, the California Republican Party is spending thousands of dollars to heighten security at its annual convention that begins Friday.
On the opening day of the three-day event, at least a half-dozen Sacramento police officers and four private security guards milled around the Hyatt Regency and the Convention Center, the two venues where most of the convention events are scheduled to take place. Four patrol cars were parked near the two facilities.
"The security at this convention is unprecedented — even tighter than when we have had presidential candidates attend," said former state party chairman Ron Nehring.
Taking the national stage as a leading foe of President Trump's policies, California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Friday told a meeting of the Democratic National Committee in Atlanta that his state is fighting federal efforts to roll back protections for immigrants and the environment.
The large audience at the DNC's winter meeting cheered as Becerra verbally attacked Trump, using a baseball metaphor to say the Republican president will strike out if he continues to try to undermine important policies of the states.
"Sooner or later the imposters strike out," Becerra said. "When you play fast and loose with the Constitution and you call for a Muslim ban, the umpire calls you out."
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) will no longer meet with constituent activist groups that have peppered his offices in recent weeks, according to a letter Deputy Chief of Staff Mike Harrison sent to a local Indivisible group.
Indivisible San Diego spokeswoman Tahra Ludwig of Alpine said the group has met with Harrison for the last few weeks. She said the meetings have involved six people at a time entering the congressman's district office to discuss their various concerns. The larger group of up to 150 people have waited outside the building with signs, she said.
"We had been going in and peacefully having a discussion," Ludwig said. "We're not shouting at him or anything like that."
After trying to make a statement about the late Tom Hayden and his opposition to the Vietnam War, Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) was removed from the floor of the state Senate on Thursday, a tense scene that ended in a slew of angry accusations from both Republicans and Democrats.
Nguyen, who was brought to the United States as a Vietnamese refugee when she was a child, said she wanted to offer "a different historical perspective" on what Hayden and his opposition to the war had meant to her and other refugees.
Hayden, the former state legislator who died last October, was remembered in a Senate ceremony Tuesday.
Feb. 23, 2017, 11:18 a.m.
The less we use Eric Holder, the better. The more we use Eric Holder, that means bad things are happening.
Senate leader Kevin de León, speaking about the former U.S. attorney general with whom California lawmakers are working on potential legal battles with the Trump administration
California's gay and lesbian state legislators lambasted President Trump's decision to rescind federal guidelines protecting transgender students as an "egregious attack" on Thursday.
"The Trump administration is the real bully here, and they are putting our LGBTQ community and progress at risk," Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said.
Lawmakers and advocates made a point to emphasize that the Trump administration's action does not change existing protections in California. The Obama administration determined that Title IX, which forbids federally funded schools from discriminating on the basis of sex, protected the gender identities of transgender students.
As state officials scramble to begin licensing marijuana sales by the end of the year, cities and counties have already begun issuing their own permits for medical pot and putting local regulations and taxes in place, officials said Wednesday.
City and county officials throughout California testified during a hearing of the Assembly Local Government Committee and said problems are already cropping up. They include skyrocketing property prices in popular growing areas that are keeping out farms that don't grow pot, large sums of cash handled outside of banks and inadequate staffing that has slowed the process of issuing and enforcing local licenses.
Because marijuana remains illegal under federal law, banks will not handle revenue from sellers, so dispensary operators brought $4.6 million in cash to Sacramento City Hall to pay taxes and fees last year, according to Randi Knott, director of government affairs for the city.