Three state senators rose Monday to adjourn the day's session in honor of Julie Soderlund, a public affairs professional and former aide to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who died late last week. She was 38.
Soderlund was diagnosed with melanoma nine months ago. She chronicled her battle with the disease through a blog widely shared among Sacramento political and media circles.
"Julie was an amazing person," said Senate GOP leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) in her floor remarks. "She was too young to die."
Gov. Jerry Brown called Donald Trump's presidential campaign "a phenomenon worth examining" on Monday, but took a pass at offering any direct comment about the either the tone or the tenor of Trump's two-day campaign swing through California.
Brown made the comments during a question-and-answer period after an event on fire prevention awareness at a Cal Fire facility near Sacramento. Asked about Trump's campaign, the governor labeled it as "something strange."
"I think people are upset. Wherever you look, there's a lot of climate of discontent," he said.
Just as a bill to legalize internet poker in California appears to be moving forward, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she opposes the measure because she fears it would hurt California's youth.
The proposal, which was approved last week by the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, would allow Native American tribes and card clubs to partner on state-sanctioned Internet sites in exchange for California getting a cut of the take.
Feinstein, in a letter to state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, said Internet gambling sites in other parts of the world have been involved in money laundering and other crimes.
That would be Nathan Fletcher, the former GOP assemblyman from San Diego who for years was touted as major player in the future of the Republican Party in California.
But while running for San Diego mayor in 2012, he left the GOP and became unaffiliated with a party. A year later, Fletcher switched to the Democratic Party and unsuccessfully ran for San Diego mayor a second time.
Gov. Jerry Brown welcomed Florida's governor to the Golden State on Monday with a zinger of a reaction to the fact that the trip is designed to lure businesses to pack up and move east.
Brown's letter to Gov. Rick Scott was billed as a plea for the Florida Republican to get engaged on the issue of climate change. But he also made it clear that he sees nothing wrong with California's economic health these days.
"Rick," wrote Brown, "a fact you'd like to ignore: California is the 7th largest economic power in the world. We're competing with nations like Brazil and France, not states like Florida."