After mulling over a run for the 34th Congressional District over the last week, Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu says he's decided not to run.
Ryu said the election of Donald Trump prompted him to "consider how I might best serve."
"After careful thought, it's even more clear to me that my heart remains here in Los Angeles, in the neighborhoods and schools where I grew up," Ryu said in a statement. "We all must defend the values that makes Los Angeles a beacon of hope for so many and fight for a future that lifts up every single Angeleno. For me personally, that means serving the people of the 4th Council District."
Citing a recent diagnosis of a serious health problem, former California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez said Saturday he is dropping out of the race to replace U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles).
"I've got to focus on my health right now," Pérez said in an interview. "But it was a very hard decision."
The 47-year-old Democrat declined to offer specifics about his condition, citing a desire to keep it private. But he said it was serious enough that it would keep him from waging a vigorous political campaign in 2017.
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.