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  • California in Congress
  • 2018 election
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) and House Democrats plan to wear black this evening in support the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) and House Democrats plan to wear black this evening in support the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

Rep. Jackie Speier of Hillsborough and other members of Congress are rallying colleagues to wear black to Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to recognize sexual harassment and assault, similar to the visual statement actors and musicians have made at award shows this year.

"This is a culture change that is sweeping the country, and Congress is embracing it," Speier told NBC News.

Staff for at least a half-dozen California members say lawmakers will join Speier and the Democratic Women’s Working Group in wearing black to the speech in solidarity with women in multiple industries standing up to sexual harassment. It is meant to mirror the actresses and others in the Hollywood anti-harassment group Time’s Up, who wore black to the Golden Globes.

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  • State government
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Chevy Bolt EV (Chevrolet)

California is on pace to exceed its goal of 1.5 million electric cars on the streets by 2025, according to a new report from public policy think tank Next 10.

Nearly 350,000 electric vehicles have been sold in the state, and 2017’s growth rate in sales was almost 30% higher than 2016’s rate, the report found. Researchers credited reduced battery costs, lowering the overall price tag of the vehicles, and strong demand worldwide as key drivers of the increase in sales.

“The movement around the globe to move away from gas-powered vehicles is very significant and California is at the center of that,” said F. Noel Perry, a venture capitalist and Next 10’s founder.

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Sen. Tony Mendoza had his leave of absence extended up to 60 days on Thursday.
Sen. Tony Mendoza had his leave of absence extended up to 60 days on Thursday. (Steve Yeater / Associated Press)

Montebello Mayor Vanessa Delgado, a Democrat, took out candidacy paperwork Monday to become the first challenger to state Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), who is under investigation over allegations of sexual harassment.

Delgado, a commercial developer, could not be reached for comment late Monday. She sought the papers from the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters two days after Mendoza failed to win 70% of the vote in a pre-endorsement meeting of local activists for the state Democratic Party.

Mendoza won 58% of the pre-endorsement meeting vote, which means he can seek an endorsement from delegates at the state Democratic Party convention next month.

State Senator Ricardo Lara presents a bill on the Senate floor. (D-Bell Gardens)
State Senator Ricardo Lara presents a bill on the Senate floor. (D-Bell Gardens) (Gary Coronado)

The state Senate on Monday approved a bill that would prohibit federal immigration agents from entering schools, courthouses and state buildings to arrest or question people without a warrant.

Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced Senate Bill 183 as part of a broader move by Democrats to counter President Trump’s calls for increased immigration enforcement and deportations.

On the Senate floor Monday, Lara said his legislation would help assuage the fears of hardworking immigrant parents dropping off their children at school, serving as court witnesses or paying their traffic tickets. 

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Billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer plans to start airing new ads for his impeachment effort around President Trump’s first State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Steyer has pledged $40 million toward his effort to impeach Trump, which already has funded national ads, a petition drive and billboards in Times Square. The new ad is tightly focused on a ticking clock and features Steyer giving examples of the kind of damage a president could do in 30 seconds: order the deportation of immigrant children, threaten an unstable dictator, and “go into a rage” and use the nuclear launch codes.

It concludes: “How bad does it have to get before Congress does something?”

  • California Legislature
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In the wake of intensifying criticism over the growing number of automated “bot” accounts on social media, a California assemblyman wants the state to require these accounts be easily identified and ultimately linked to a human user.

The bill introduced on Monday by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) would require a disclaimer to be displayed for automated accounts on sites such as Facebook or Twitter.

"From Big Tech to social media startups, it's clear that self-regulation is failing society and damaging our democracy," Levine said in a statement.

This post was updated to include Sharp, who is from Redding.

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  • Congressional races
  • 2018 election
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After saying last June he wouldn’t make a third run against Rep. Jeff Denham, Central Valley beekeeper Michael Eggman will enter the race for the 10th Congressional District race on Monday.

Eggman, of Turlock, said in a news release that people asked him to reconsider his decision not to run.

"I received countless calls from local Democratic Party officials, local labor representatives and Central Valley working people who told me I was the only candidate who could beat an entrenched incumbent like Jeff Denham,” he said.

  • Politics podcast

Within a span of less than eight hours last week, Californians saw the current governor deliver an early closing statement on his time in office and a fiery exchange between the leading candidates to replace him in 2019.

This week’s episode of the California Politics Podcast takes a closer look at Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address on Thursday and the Los Angeles forum that night featuring six gubernatorial hopefuls.

We also check in on the rising tensions over a state senator’s leave of absence — and how lawmakers have now taken the unprecedented step of changing their standing rules to keep state Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) from returning to work later this week.