In addition to the 15 California members, dozens of other Democratic members of Congress have announced they won't attend the inauguration. That amounts to more than a quarter of the full delegation.
“My humble and loving parents taught me to live by this saying, ‘Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres.’ It means, 'Tell me who you hang out with, and I'll tell you who you are,'" Cárdenas said in a statement Tuesday. "This week I've been thinking a lot about what my parents, family, and constituents would say about the situation I'm facing. After serious consideration, I have decided that I will not stand with Donald Trump during his ceremonial inauguration."
Thirty-nine members in California’s 55-member delegation to Congress have told The Times they plan to attend the inauguration, where members of Congress have some of the best seats to view the peaceful transfer of power.
That includes all 14 of the delegation’s Republicans. But at least 12 California House Democrats are skipping it. Another five say they are still trying to decide.
Like most years since his return to Sacramento in 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown is urging caution when it comes to the state budget.
But this time, even Democrats who have advocated for more spending seem to agree. They, like Brown, are keeping a close eye on Republican priorities in Washington.
On this week's podcast, we take an in-depth look at the budget unveiled by Brown earlier this week. And aside from national concerns, a key question is whether some of the most ambitious efforts can muster enough support among majority Democrats.
The painting, which depicts police with pig heads, has been the subject of a tug of war between House Republicans and some Democrats. Republican representatives, including Californians Duncan Hunter and Dana Rohrabacher, have been pulling it off the wall of a Capitol hallway in protest of its presence there.
Two other candidates said Friday morning they will join the race to replace Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) in the 34th Congressional District.
William Rodriguez Morrison, a Republican, and Tenaya Wallace, a Democrat, have not yet filed papers with the Federal Election Commission, but say they will run for the seat, which Becerra is expected to vacate if confirmed as state attorney general.
Morrison, an apartment building manager, is a perennial candidate. He has run for L.A. city council, state Senate and, most recently, L.A. mayor. He dropped out of that race in December, he said.
Gov. Jerry Brown issued a terse but pointed response Friday to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's request for input on repealing the Affordable Care Act, warning of spiraling damage to healthcare coverage, premium costs and the state budget.
Brown's letter to McCarthy argued that repealing Obamacare without an alternative plan would lead to instability in the commercial insurance market. He also warned of returning to an era where emergency room care is a fallback for many.
"California stands ready to work with you and your colleagues to find decent and real solutions," he wrote. "But I implore you: don't just shift billions of dollars of costs to the state. That would be a very cynical way to prop up the federal budget - and devastating to millions of Americans."
The smiling, little boy in the photo is Nicolas — not Nicolás, as his father, Pablo Espinoza, wanted to name him when he was born in May at a Los Angeles hospital.
"We thought it was an issue of the keyboard," said Espinoza, special projects media consultant for Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. Instead, it was a result of state law.
Due to Proposition 63, which voters approved in 1986, English became the official language of California. Since then, legislative analysts say, the Department of Public Health has interpreted the rule to mean that diacritical marks, such accents (è or á), umlauts (ö or ü) and tildes (ñ or ã), on vital records are unacceptable.
After losing a race for Congress in November, former state Sen. Isadore Hall was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday to the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board. He will earn an annual salary of $142,095.
Hall, 45, was appointed the same day that board Chairman William B. Gould IV announced his resignation, accusing the state bureaucracy of stalling a proposal to allow the board to demand access to farms to educate workers about their rights. Board member Genevieve Shiroma took over as chair Friday.
Since his election loss, Hall, a Democrat from Compton, has served as interim executive director of the Mervyn Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute, a public policy center at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
The accuracy of revenue predictions promises to be a key part of this year's budget debate at the state Capitol, as the Legislature's independent analyst said Friday that there could be "considerably more" in total tax collections than estimated by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The early review of the governor's budget plan by the Legislative Analyst's Office was that personal income tax revenues could grow by more than the $2.7 billion estimated by Brown.
"The weak growth that the governor envisions" for income tax revenues, said the new report, "seems inconsistent with parts of the administration's own economic outlook."