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  • 2018 governor's race
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday that Democratic wins in Virginia and New Jersey are clear signs that voters across the United States want to elect leaders who have a vision of uniting the nation. 

That vision, Villaraigosa said, should include a focus on creating clean energy jobs and job training, especially for low-income residents.

“I think what [the election] portends is that Democrats need to keep on working,” Villaraigosa said. “I believe we need to focus a lot more on the economy and moving people into the middle class — that’s what I’m doing as governor.”  

  • State government
(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

Industries regulated under California’s cap-and-trade program reduced greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 5% in 2016, according to new data released by state officials. 

Richard Corey, executive director of the California Air Resources Board, said the numbers show the state is on track to meet its emission-reduction targets in 2020 and 2030. 

“This is also further proof that cap-and-trade is now part of the fabric of the California economy,” he said in a statement. 


As long as the middle-income Americans in my district are going to have more money in their pocket, then I'm going to support the bill. That is my No. 1 concern, because middle-income Americans need tax relief.

  • California in Congress
(Cliff Owen / Associated Press)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation Wednesday to ban the sale and possession of military style assault weapons. The push comes after two mass shootings in six weeks, including a shooting at a church in Texas on Sunday that killed 26 people.

Feinstein indicated she knows the bill has little chance of moving in the Republican-controlled Senate. It is co-sponsored by 22 Democrats, including Feinstein's fellow California Sen. Kamala Harris.

Feinstein said in a statement that she introduced the bill so “the American people will know that a tool to reduce these massacres is sitting in the Senate, ready for debate and a vote."

  • California in Congress

Half a dozen California Democrats joined House colleagues Wednesday to say they won't back a bill that allows the federal government to spend money unless Congress passes the Dream Act to address the legal status of hundreds of thousands of people who were brought to the country illegally as children.

"It's a priority. Whenever you have a priority you want it done; it needs to be done because these young people deserve to live their lives without fear of being deported," Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) said.

The 25 Democrats explained their position in a piece published in the Hill on Wednesday.

  • 2018 governor's race
Delaine Eastin, a Democratic candidate for California governor, greets people as she arrives to speak at a meeting of the East Area Progressive Democrats in Los Angeles in June.
Delaine Eastin, a Democratic candidate for California governor, greets people as she arrives to speak at a meeting of the East Area Progressive Democrats in Los Angeles in June. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Democratic candidate for governor Delaine Eastin, the former state schools chief, has mostly lived off her California state pension, a handful of investments and some small jobs as an education consultant over the past six years.

According to Eastin’s tax returns, which were made available to reporters Tuesday, her average income from 2011 to 2016 was just over $170,000 a year, with about $80,000 coming from her pension from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

Before two terms as California’s superintendent of public schools, Eastin also served in the state Assembly representing Union City.

  • California in Congress
(J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher downplayed the effect of the lower mortgage interest deduction in the GOP tax bill Tuesday, saying that people who buy homes in the future will make up a small number of voters.

The Costa Mesa Republican told The Times that because the change only affects future home purchases it “makes it pretty irrelevant as a political issue.”

The tax bill caps the mortgage interest deduction at $500,000 for new mortgages, half of the current $1 million cap. It's supposed to have an outsized effect on California, where home prices frequently exceed half a million dollars.

  • California in Congress
(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

Rep. Ted Lieu walked out of the House chamber Monday night when Speaker Paul D. Ryan called for a moment of silence for the 26 victims of a shooting at a Texas church.

"It wasn't something I planned. I just felt angry. I've been to so many of these, and then nothing happens. I just thought, I can't do another one," the Democrat from Torrance said Tuesday.

Lieu, who is Catholic, said he prayed for the victims Sunday after hearing about the shooting, but he couldn't stomach another moment of silence that isn't followed by congressional action. He called it a spectacle and said he doesn't plan to stand for another one, joining other members of the California delegation who don't participate in such moments of silence.

  • California Republicans
Doug Ose attends a fundraiser in the Tahoe City area during an unsuccessful 2008 campaign for Congress.
Doug Ose attends a fundraiser in the Tahoe City area during an unsuccessful 2008 campaign for Congress. (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)

Former Republican Rep. Doug Ose said Tuesday that he is considering running for governor of California because of grave concerns about state's future.

“There’s no other way to describe it – we’ve gone backwards. I don’t care whether you’re talking about housing or quality of jobs that are available or road maintenance or the homeless question. There’s nobody in office today that’s doing anything about it,” Ose told the Times. “I’m tired of sitting on the sidelines watching these people take their salary and do nothing.”

Ose, a Sacramento-area resident and developer, served in Congress for six years and left in 2005 because of a self-imposed term limit pledge. He ran unsuccessfully to return to Congress in 2008 and 2014.

  • California in Congress

Rep. Jimmy Gomez flew across the country on Monday with a suitcase full of the ingredients for French dip sandwiches from Phillipe's packed in dry ice.

On Tuesday, the rabid Dodgers fan who represents downtown Los Angeles used a cart decked out in Dodgers gear to deliver the sandwiches to the office of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), who represents the Houston area where the Astros' stadium is located.

"My goodness, I am hungry. I am Astros hungry," Jackson Lee said as Gomez dropped them off.