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  • Governor's race
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa receives the endorsement of the California Police Chiefs Assn. on Feb. 12
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa receives the endorsement of the California Police Chiefs Assn. on Feb. 12 (Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times)

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday received his second major endorsement from law enforcement in his 2018 bid for governor, giving him some influential and well-funded allies in a tightening race.

The California Police Chiefs Assn. announced its endorsement at a morning news conference a month after Villaraigosa was backed by the Peace Officers Research Assn. of California, the largest law enforcement organization in the state with 70,000 members.

“As a mayor of Los Angeles for eight years he tackled crime in one of the most challenging cities in the United States,” Gardena Police Chief Edward Medrano, president of the association, said at the news conference.

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  • California Legislature
Expo Line service to Culver City commenced in 2012 as part of Metro's major rail expansion.
Expo Line service to Culver City commenced in 2012 as part of Metro's major rail expansion. (Los Angeles Times)

A coalition of 37 low-income housing and tenant groups in Los Angeles is opposing state legislation that would dramatically increase new housing around transit.

Senate Bill 827 from Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) would eliminate most local zoning restrictions within half a mile of rail and major bus stops across the state, allowing for new buildings that would be a minimum of four to eight stories tall. He argues that the bill is needed to address both the state’s housing shortage and environmental goals.

The tenant advocacy groups say the legislation would exacerbate the displacement of low-income Californians from neighborhoods surrounding transit.

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  • Governor's race
  • 2018 election
  • California Democrats

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom launched his first digital ad in the governor’s race on Monday, timed to the 14-year anniversary of when San Francisco issued the first marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The minute-long spot argues that Newsom showed courage by being out front on issues such as gay marriage as well as universal healthcare and gun control.

The online ad starts with archival video of gay couples exchanging vows in 2004, as Newsom’s voice is heard declaring, “Today we can confidently say is the first day in the state of California that we are providing marriage equally and fairly to everyone and denying no one their right and their opportunity to live their lives out loud.”

  • Governor's race
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (Los Angeles Times)

The California Police Chiefs Assn. on Monday endorsed former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for California governor, the second major law enforcement organization to back the Democratic candidate.

In January, Villaraigosa was also endorsed by the Peace Officers Research Assn. of California, the largest law enforcement organization in the state, with 70,000 members.

During Villaraigosa’s eight years as mayor, he hired hundreds of police officers and violent crime plummeted in the city. Villaraigosa has made his record one of the pillars of his campaign for governor.

Seven years ago, at the depth of the state’s budget crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown eliminated an urban renewal program that provided billions of dollars annually for economic development and low-income housing. Ever since, lawmakers have tried and failed to bring it back.

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Republican candidate for governor Travis Allen praised President Trump during his rally on the steps of the state Capitol Sunday afternoon.
Republican candidate for governor Travis Allen praised President Trump during his rally on the steps of the state Capitol Sunday afternoon. (Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times)

Calling himself the only “true conservative” in California’s race for governor, Republican Travis Allen revived up a crowd of supporters at the state Capitol Sunday with praise for President Trump and calls for cutting taxes and securing the border.

A few hundred people showed up to hear Allen, an assemblyman from Huntington Beach, at his “Take Back California” rally Sunday afternoon, an event peppered with patriotic chants and signs slamming Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and calling for the repeal of the gas tax.

Allen rattled off a list of “day one” policy changes he would make if elected governor: repealing the newly approved gas tax; scrapping plans to replumb the state water supply system with the Delta tunnels; nixing the high-speed rail system and tossing out California’s so-called “sanctuary state” law.

  • California Legislature
  • 2018 election
  • Sexual harassment

Lawmakers returning to the state Capitol on Monday will find that one of their colleagues has taken a leave of absence after new sexual misconduct allegations.

And the case again raises important questions about how these investigations should proceed.

This week’s California Politics Podcast episode examines the accusations made against Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), as well as the final action last week on a new law granting whistleblower protections to legislative employees.

President Donald Trump’s vision for a “big, beautiful wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border faced its first substantial legal challenge in a San Diego federal courtroom Friday.

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President Donald Trump’s vision for a “big, beautiful wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border faced its first substantial legal challenge in a San Diego federal courtroom Friday.

A Los Angeles-area assemblywoman has voluntarily taken leave of her seat Friday after facing allegations of sexual harassment, an unusual twist of the gender dynamics shaping the misconduct controversies engulfing California’s state Capitol.