The show of support for Republican state Sen. Janet Nguyen from California's Vietnamese American community continued Monday in a Capitol rally that drew a crowd of hundreds who traveled from Orange County, San Jose and the Bay Area.
Nguyen, who represents Garden Grove, has seen her political profile sharply rise since she was removed from the Senate floor less than two weeks ago after she attempted to critique the anti-Vietnam War activism of the late Democratic legislator Tom Hayden.
"This is our time to shine," Nguyen told the crowd on Monday, as she was flanked by fellow GOP lawmakers and leaders of Vietnamese American community groups and Vietnam War veterans. "Free speech needs to be protected everywhere in the United States."
County sheriffs on Monday slammed a Senate bill that would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from using resources for immigration enforcement, saying it would cause their departments to lose federal funding and allow violent offenders to go free.
At a press conference led by Republican lawmakers, the sheriffs said they did not want to enforce immigration laws or target hardworking families and students in the country illegally. But they argued the pending legislation would restrict collaboration between law enforcement agencies at different levels of government when going after crime suspects.
"If SB 54 passes, it will allow dangerous, violent career criminals to slip through the cracks and be released back into our communities," Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones told reporters.
It's going to take a lot more than millions of new electric cars for California to meet its ambitious new goals to severely curb greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, state climate officials warn.
To get people off the road at the rate needed to reach the state's targets and accommodate a growing population, cities across California will need to boost housing density — perhaps at a level not seen across the United States since at least the 1940s, according to climate officials and planning experts.
Initial efforts to plan to build dense housing in alignment with climate goals in Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego have struggled.
After weeks of Republican members of Congress catching an earful during their hometown town hall meetings, Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) in California’s Central Valley is taking a safer route.
The congressman and dairy farmer plans to hold a “huddle” with constituents in his district — which means he’ll be camped out in his Hanford district office and will meet with constituents for first come, first served one-on-one meetings. Valadao has vowed to meet with all comers for a maximum of 10 minutes, and will talk with everyone no matter how long that takes.
“While my constituents and I communicate with each other in many forms, one-on-one meetings are extremely beneficial as I am able to discuss and address their specific concerns and hear their story firsthand,” Valadao said in a statement.
More than 100 Vietnamese American community members gathered in Orange County on Saturday, rallying around state Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove), who was removed from the Senate floor Feb. 23 after attempting to speak out against the late Sen. Tom Hayden, an anti-Vietnam War activist.
They demanded Senate Democrats apologize to the community and to Nguyen for the incident, which will be investigated by a three-person panel designated by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Léon last week.
"The Senate majority silenced [Nguyen] ... because they did not want to hear what she had to say," said Garden Grove City Councilman Phat Bui. "This is a wake-up call for all Vietnamese Americans. Our voices are not yet heard by the Senate majority. Our rights are not yet respected."
Rep. Steve Knight (R-Lancaster) got an earful from his constituents at an early morning town hall meeting in Palmdale on Saturday that drew an at-capacity crowd of nearly 300 with dozens more protesting outside.
Though Knight ultimately was escorted to his car by several Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies as protesters booed him, the question-and-answer session remained relatively civil, if a bit raucous.
Knight drew a mixed reaction from the crowd. Local Democratic clubs from Simi Valley, Santa Clarita and the Antelope Valley were at the event, and many in the crowd sported pink caps and so-called "pussyhats" made popular during the Women's March earlier this year.
Gov. Jerry Brown isn't ready to declare California's drought officially over, but he recently said that the end is near.
On this week's California Politics Podcast, we take a closer look at the policy and political implications of state government standing down on the long crisis. That includes the impact to Brown's efforts on a long-term water reliability plan for the state.
We also discuss the governor's urgent plea to the Trump administration to sign off on a grant for a Bay Area electrified rail project that's linked to California's bullet train efforts. And we offer a segment of several political tidbits from the past week, from the saga of a silenced state senator to the mayoral election in Los Angeles on March 7.
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra endorsed state Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) in the race to fill Becerra's old Los Angeles congressional seat.
"Jimmy Gomez will be an outstanding representative for the people I served in Congress," Becerra said in a statement. "He's been at the forefront against climate change and domestic violence, to increase the minimum wage and to make higher education affordable."
Becerra, who also cited his close working relationship with Gomez, is the latest in a long line of Democratic elected officials who have announced their support for Gomez. Gomez's other endorsers include dozens of state lawmakers, major labor unions, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris.