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- Gov. Jerry Brown is in Washington, D.C., this week for a four-day trip amid concerns that President Trump's proposals will hit hard on California. He spoke with reporters after a meeting at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Monday about his measured approach to the Trump administration. On Tuesday, Brown met with members of California's congressional delegation.
- Rep. Adam Schiff implores Trump to tell the truth in Democrats' weekly video.
- State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) announced Tuesday that he will run for state insurance commissioner.
The Los Angeles Rams and other large developers across California have ballot initiatives to secure fast-track approvals for their projects — and sidestep the state's environmental rules.
But a new proposal from Assemblyman Jose Medina (D-Riverside) aims to end that practice, arguing that only the wealthy and powerful benefit from the maneuver.