The "Star Wars" theme song blared as participants entered Nanjing’s environmental conference on Monday, a fitting lead-in to Gov. Jerry Brown’s fervent speech about climate change and the new frontiers he pledged to conquer.
The Democratic governor gave his usual rally cry in this coastal Chinese city, imploring the packed ballroom to help reinforce a global commitment to climate change. But a more specific theme also emerged, an undercurrent in his five-night trip that he’s echoed in several meetings with officials: Brown is looking to China for the future of California’s electric vehicles.
The state aims to put 4 million to 5 million electric cars on roads by 2030, he said at the event, “and we aren’t going to get there until Chinese business people, Chinese government leaders make it a priority to develop batteries and electric cars. And we will too.”
The drama surrounding the election of a new California Democratic Party leader continues.
Newly elected state party Chairman Eric Bauman on Monday criticized his rival in the race for continuing to allege improprieties in the election she narrowly lost just over two weeks ago at the state party convention, saying her attacks are disparaging the party.
“Ms. Ellis has chosen to ratchet up the rancor at every turn, propagating inaccurate innuendoes and disingenuous half-truths designed to turn our members against each other,” Bauman said a statement released Monday morning.
State Treasurer John Chiang plans to poke at one of his top gubernatorial rivals Tuesday when he unveils a notable endorsement at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights.
That neighborhood is the birthplace of former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Chiang will be endorsed there by Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, the man Villaraigosa recruited to run for his council seat when he was elected mayor in 2005. Villaraigosa declined to comment on the endorsement.
“John Chiang is a powerful voice for efficiency and transparency in state and local government who has saved taxpayers billions as Controller and Treasurer,” Huizar said in a statement. “John Chiang is the candidate for Governor with the experience and proven track record to fight for a better future for all Californians.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown’s first day in China began with a ceremonial signing and then proceeded to pandas.
Brown started the first leg of his five-night China tour Sunday in Chengdu, the southwestern city known for the cuddly creatures, high-tech and fiery hot pot.
He quickly signed a ceremonial document acknowledging a sister relationship between his state and the broader province, known as Sichuan, while traditional Chinese music blared from a speaker. The ceremony added another ally in California’s relationship with China and set the tone for a trip focused on forging climate change partnerships.
With less than three days until the special congressional election in Los Angeles, hundreds of newly registered voters have not received the mail ballots they requested, county election officials say.
More than 400 voters who registered as permanent mail voters between May 1 and May 31 have not gotten their ballots to vote, said Aaron Nevarez, a manager for governmental and legislative affairs at the L.A. County registrar's office.
He said although these voters showed up in the Secretary of State's database as permanent mail voters, they did not appear in the county's records as mail voters. The campaigns of attorney Robert Lee Ahn and Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, both Democrats, received an email about the issue Saturday. The two are running to replace Xavier Becerra, who left Congress to become California's attorney general.
Seven months since the tightest congressional race in the country made Rep. Darrell Issa the most vulnerable member of Congress, the Vista Republican headed to a stronghold of his district Saturday for another raucous town hall meeting.
After boos, picketing, some yelling, and tough questions from constituents at a San Juan Capistrano high school (plus a 20-foot-tall inflatable chicken bearing a resemblance to President Trump in the parking lot) Issa said he is not fretting about next year’s midterm elections — the primary is now 363 days away.
“Not a bit,” he said after speaking with constituents for nearly two hours, his button-down shirt still tucked in, still fielding questions from his feet (he rejected a staffer’s suggestion that he sit down), but on at least his second caffeinated soda.
The executive director of the California Democratic Party on Saturday pushed back against allegations of discrepancies in the party’s election for chairperson, saying no evidence has been presented backing the claim.
Bay Area Democratic organizer Kimberly Ellis, the candidate who narrowly lost last month's race to be the next leader of the state party, made the allegations Friday. She also criticized the party for not granting her request for an independent audit of the election.
Chris Masami Myers said in a statement the party already has allowed Ellis and her campaign team to review all the ballots cast by delegates as well as other election-related material. He noted that Ellis’ team looking over the election material included an attorney and a certified public accountant.
Within hours, Brown was one of the most visible politicians in the nation taking aim at the president's action.
On this week's episode of the California Politics Podcast, we take a closer look at how Brown's rhetoric will need to deal with reality, both overseas and with an intense climate change debate now going on in Sacramento.
Rep. Darrell Issa's Saturday town hall, which you can watch all of above, was the second intense crowd the congressman has faced in as many days.
In a pop-up question-and-answer session on Friday outside his Vista office, Issa took many pointed questions, including ones about his vote for the Republican healthcare plan and President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.
He faced many of the same topics at Saturday's well-attended town hall.