She has until Dec. 7 to submit at least 500 nominating signatures for her campaign. Lopez would be running to replace Monica Ratliff, who is raising money for a possible City Council run. Ratliff represents the LAUSD board's 6th District, which includes much of Lopez's current Assembly district.
Ellison, a progressive Democrat who was the first Muslim American elected to Congress, will be speaking to members of the California Democratic Party’s executive committee at their weekend conference in San Diego.
Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton, and how the party should respond, is expected to be a primary topic at the meeting.
As California turned blue on election night, state political leaders found themselves at odds with an incoming presidential administration some see as an existential threat to the progressive work they have accomplished.
In the days since, California's Democratic leaders have rushed to set up the state as a liberal counterweight to President-elect Donald Trump, laying the groundwork for four years of battles with Washington.
The posture is out of character for a state that in recent times has not tended to view federal power with hostility. But it seems to be taking a cue from a perennial rival: Texas playing the role of chief antagonist to President Obama.
Want to be there in person to see Donald Trump sworn in as the nation's 45th president? It's time to start talking with your member of Congress.
Each congressional office receives a limited number of tickets for the swearing-in ceremony held on the Capitol's west steps on Jan. 20. The tickets are normally standing room only, and there are some spaces in the area to glimpse the new president taking the oath even if you don't get a ticket.
It's not yet clear how many tickets each office will get this year, and a few offices have already started talking about giving them away. The majority of California's 55 members (39 of whom are Democrats) haven't put out a public call for takers yet.
In the close race for the 65th Assembly District, Republican Assemblywoman Young Kim (R-Fullerton) has conceded to Sharon Quirk-Silva, according to a statement released by Kim Thursday evening.
Kim said she called Quirk-Silva Thursday to congratulate her.
"As our area faces some serious challenges in the weeks and months ahead, I will keep Sharon Quirk-Silva in my prayers that...she will have the knowledge and judgment to be the leader our area deserves."
How did Donald Trump end up on the path to the White House?
Nine days after the presidential election, a bipartisan group of consultants and politicians came together for an L.A. Times panel to figure out what we all just went through and what's next.
Democratic consultants including Sean Clegg, who worked for California Sen.-elect Kamala Harris this cycle, agreed that Trump's populist message tapped into a part of the electorate in Rust Belt states that Hillary Clinton's campaign did not appeal to.
The members of Congress who persuaded President Obama to grant temporary legal status to hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought into the country illegally as children are now asking him to use a pardon to prevent those immigrants from being deported by President-elect Donald Trump.
The White House, however, promptly batted down the idea.
Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Downey) and Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) sent a letter to Obama on Thursday asking him to use his pardon authority to forgive the past and future civil immigration offenses of the nearly 750,000 people granted deportation deferrals under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.
Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) will again fill a leadership role for House Republicans.
“I am humbled that my peers unanimously reelected me to serve as their sophomore representative to House Republican Leadership," Walters said in a statement.
Walters was tapped early for the leadership team, and she was also picked to represent her first-term colleagues in House leadership when she came to Washington in 2014. The party only has class representatives for the first two terms.