Putting the price tag of California's brutal winter storms at $569 million, Gov. Jerry Brown asked President Trump on Sunday for a fourth federal disaster declaration to help speed up recovery and repairs across the state.
"California has experienced one of the heaviest precipitation years in its recent history, and the impacts of storms that occurred in January and February have been extremely destructive to the state," Brown wrote in the letter to Trump.
The request for another disaster declaration specifically mentions the serious damage to both the main and emergency spillways at the Oroville Dam, a crisis that forced the evacuation of almost 200,000 nearby residents on Feb. 11.
Gov. Jerry Brown is headed to Washington amid increasing worry from state lawmakers that sweeping proposals from President Trump and congressional leaders will hit hard on Californians and several high-profile government programs.
The governor's four-day trip, which begins Monday, will be his first since Trump took office, and comes less than a week after Brown sharply criticized the president's proposed path forward on a key environmental policy.
“This is a chance to get a lay of the land in rapidly changing times,” said Evan Westrup, Brown’s press secretary.
Frustrated House Democrats say they got few specifics from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly when they questioned him Friday in a closed-door meeting about his agency's efforts to comply with President Trump's immigration orders.
The orders have caused panic in many of California's immigrant communities because they are aimed at deporting millions of people who are in the country illegally.
Some Democrats in the meeting said Kelly told them "if you don't like the law, change the law," when they complained about how immigration officers seemed to be enforcing laws under Trump.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) takes time to meet with protesters who had a list of grievances against her as she arrived for a fundraising stop in Los Angeles.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) held an impromptu question and answer session Friday with a couple of dozen liberal activists outside a Hancock Park home where she was raising money for her 2018 reelection campaign.
Many in the crowd demanded Feinstein take a more outspoken stand against the Trump administration, including filibustering Judge Neil Gorsuch’s U.S. Supreme Court nomination.
Feinstein said “it makes no sense” for her to make up her mind before going through Gorsuch's cases, adding she was “humiliated” that President Obama’s pick to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat, Merrick Garland, never got hearings.
With a road-repair funding plan lagging in support among Democratic lawmakers, the Brown administration is stepping up pressure on them to reach a deal before the Legislature goes on spring break April 6.
A bill that would raise the gas tax and vehicle fees to provide $5.5 billion annually to fix crumbling roads and improve mass transit needs a two-thirds vote, which would require all Democratic senators to support it given that the Republicans oppose the tax increases.
But two Democrats — Sens. Richard Roth of Riverside and Henry Stern of Woodland Hills — did not vote for the bill, Senate Bill 1, in committee, and a third, Sen. Steve Glazer of Concord, indicated Friday that he is not yet on board.
The California Legislative Women's Caucus appealed to President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, to maintain abortion rights, protect Planned Parenthood and uphold gender equity laws in a video released Friday.
The video comes as Gorsuch is slated to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week for his confirmation hearing.
"Since the campaign and even now, as women, we've felt like our rights have been under attack. And our Supreme Court justices have a lot of power," Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), the chair of the women's caucus, said in an interview.