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Taking a jab at Gov. Jerry Brown, President Trump’s top immigration chief on Wednesday said he was preparing to “significantly increase” his agency’s enforcement presence in California because of last year’s passage of a landmark “sanctuary state” law.

“California better hold on tight,” Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said on Fox News. “They are about to see a lot more special agents, a lot more deportation officers.”

The comments were the latest salvo between Trump immigration officials and California leaders over the law that took effect Jan. 1.

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  • State government
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra.
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra. (Ronen Tivony / TNS)

California police departments receive few formal complaints of racial profiling or other bias and find even fewer of them to be true, according to newly released data from Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra.

Nearly three-fourths of the 451 law enforcement agencies surveyed by Becerra’s office reported no complaints in those areas in 2016.

Police agencies statewide reported they had received 553 complaints of racial, nationality, sexual orientation, disability or other bias, with 388 of those based on race or ethnicity. 

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  • Congressional races
  • California in Congress

The fight to define the effects of the new tax law is continuing with new ads that target four vulnerable California Republicans.

The six-figure ad buy from the American Action Network, a nonprofit with ties to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), will run on television and online through January. They are tailored to Reps. Jeff Denham of Turlock, David Valadao of Hanford, Mimi Walters of Irvine and Steve Knight of Palmdale. 

The ads feature a couple, Fortino and Bertha Rivera of Santa Ana.

  • California Legislature
  • Sexual harassment
(Los Angeles Times)

Both houses of the California Legislature will convene Wednesday afternoon for the formal beginning of an eight-month session to craft a state budget and consider hundreds of proposed laws.

And they will do so with three fewer lawmakers, two having resigned after being accused of sexual harassment.

The national conversation over sexual misconduct —  including the decision by women in California politics to decry what they call a culture of harassment around the state Capitol —  has taken place during the almost four months in which the Legislature has been in recess.