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- Gov. Jerry Brown told the Times Wednesday that a decision by President Trump to withdraw from the Paris Accord on climate change would be "tragic."
- Legislators at the state Capitol will winnow down the hundreds of bills pending by Friday afternoon, quietly killing some of them which have been sitting in what's called the "suspense file."
- African Americans in the California Democratic Party want an apology made to Rep. Maxine Water (D-Los Angeles) after her microphone was cut off at last weekend's convention.
Gov. Jerry Brown proposed Thursday to increase the budget of Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra to pay for continuing the barrage of lawsuits that have been filed challenging executive orders by President Trump on immigration, the environment and healthcare.
The revised budget adds $6.5 million to provide 19 attorneys and 12 support staff focused primarily on health care, environmental, immigration and consumer protection issues, according to Chris Moyer, a spokesman for Becerra..
“There are unique litigation expenses right now and the attorney general feels that he wants to pursue those and I think he should be given some latitude,” Brown told reporters. “There are some real legal issues [raised] by Mr. Trump and his deputies there in Washington. We do have to defend our rights. I think as an initial investment its reasonable but certainly I would be watching it carefully over the next year.”
Becerra said he would put the additional resources to good use.
"I'm grateful to Gov. Brown for providing the Department of Justice with additional resources in this budget to fight on behalf of Californians in this unprecedented time," Becerra said.
Updated at 4 pm to include comment from Becerra.