A group of activists who went to Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's home Thursday night asking for a meeting say they found a closed door and, soon after, the sprinklers turned on.
Activists with the Service Employees International Union, Courage Campaign and other groups tried to visit the California homes of half a dozen Republican members of Congress that night.
A group of about 100 Costa Mesa residents met at the Newport Public Library and held candles as they walked to Rohrabacher's home. Costa Mesa police partially stopped traffic in front of Rohrabacher's home, and the group held a candlelight vigil outside.
California Republican activists and state party leaders have descended on Sacramento for their annual convention, which runs Friday to Sunday.
While it's not expected to be quite as eventful as last year's event in Burlingame, when an appearance by Donald Trump was met with protests, there are a few key things on the state GOP's agenda as the party looks to rebound in 2018.
Party delegates will decide on their top party leaders, including whether chairman Jim Brulte should be granted a third term. Members will also consider proposed party rules and a slate of resolutions, including one supporting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and another condemning sanctuary cities.
Bracing for protests, the California Republican Party is spending thousands of dollars to heighten security at its annual convention that begins Friday.
On the opening day of the three-day event, at least a half-dozen Sacramento police officers and four private security guards milled around the Hyatt Regency and the Convention Center, the two venues where most of the convention events are scheduled to take place. Four patrol cars were parked near the two facilities.
"The security at this convention is unprecedented — even tighter than when we have had presidential candidates attend," said former state party chairman Ron Nehring.
Taking the national stage as a leading foe of President Trump's policies, California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Friday told a meeting of the Democratic National Committee in Atlanta that his state is fighting federal efforts to roll back protections for immigrants and the environment.
The large audience at the DNC's winter meeting cheered as Becerra verbally attacked Trump, using a baseball metaphor to say the Republican president will strike out if he continues to try to undermine important policies of the states.
"Sooner or later the imposters strike out," Becerra said. "When you play fast and loose with the Constitution and you call for a Muslim ban, the umpire calls you out."
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) will no longer meet with constituent activist groups that have peppered his offices in recent weeks, according to a letter Deputy Chief of Staff Mike Harrison sent to a local Indivisible group.
Indivisible San Diego spokeswoman Tahra Ludwig of Alpine said the group has met with Harrison for the last few weeks. She said the meetings have involved six people at a time entering the congressman's district office to discuss their various concerns. The larger group of up to 150 people have waited outside the building with signs, she said.
"We had been going in and peacefully having a discussion," Ludwig said. "We're not shouting at him or anything like that."
After trying to make a statement about the late Tom Hayden and his opposition to the Vietnam War, Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) was removed from the floor of the state Senate on Thursday, a tense scene that ended in a slew of angry accusations from both Republicans and Democrats.
Nguyen, who was brought to the United States as a Vietnamese refugee when she was a child, said she wanted to offer "a different historical perspective" on what Hayden and his opposition to the war had meant to her and other refugees.
Hayden, the former state legislator who died last October, was remembered in a Senate ceremony Tuesday.
Feb. 23, 2017, 11:18 a.m.
The less we use Eric Holder, the better. The more we use Eric Holder, that means bad things are happening.
Senate leader Kevin de León, speaking about the former U.S. attorney general with whom California lawmakers are working on potential legal battles with the Trump administration
California's gay and lesbian state legislators lambasted President Trump's decision to rescind federal guidelines protecting transgender students as an "egregious attack" on Thursday.
"The Trump administration is the real bully here, and they are putting our LGBTQ community and progress at risk," Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said.
Lawmakers and advocates made a point to emphasize that the Trump administration's action does not change existing protections in California. The Obama administration determined that Title IX, which forbids federally funded schools from discriminating on the basis of sex, protected the gender identities of transgender students.