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  • California Democrats
Lindsey Buckingham will perform at a meet-and-greet fundraiser for Democratic congressional hopefuls.
Lindsey Buckingham will perform at a meet-and-greet fundraiser for Democratic congressional hopefuls. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

A star-studded fundraiser for Democratic candidates in key House races is scheduled for next month.

Former Fleetwood Mac lead guitarist Lindsey Buckingham will perform at the Los Angeles home of California Coastal Commissioner Chair Dayna Bochco on July 31. 

The event’s co-hosts include directors Cameron Crowe and Callie Khouri, affordable housing developer Tom Safran, producers Doug Wick and Bill Mechanic and “Game of Thrones” co-creator David Benioff.

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Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove prepares for the oath of office from Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon with her husband, Austin Dove.
Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove prepares for the oath of office from Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon with her husband, Austin Dove. (California Assembly Democrats)

The Clippers are again asking state lawmakers to help them speed up construction of the team’s proposed arena in Inglewood.

Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Los Angeles), whose district includes Inglewood, introduced new legislation that would provide shortcuts for approval should the arena proposal face challenges under California’s primary environmental law governing development.

The bill would encourage judges to decide any lawsuit under the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, within nine months and prohibit a judge from stopping construction on the arena unless there were imminent life and safety risks.

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  • 2018 election
Gavin Newsom (left), John Cox
Gavin Newsom (left), John Cox (File photos)

The results of California’s gubernatorial primary means the state’s next governor has big promises to fulfill on housing affordability.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has set a goal for developers to build 500,000 new homes annually for the next seven years — a number the state has never reached since the building industry began keeping statistics in the mid-1950s. Not to be outdone, Republican businessman John Cox wants 300,000 new homes built every year, a level of production that far outpaces the state’s current rate. Both agree that the state needs a lot of new homes to keep pace with soaring demand.

On this episode of Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Pod, we talk about the differences between Newsom and Cox’s housing plans and round up action in the Legislature on key housing production and tenant bills. 

  • 2018 election
Mary Gonzales Gomez at her home, the campaign base of the Kings County Latino Roundtable.
Mary Gonzales Gomez at her home, the campaign base of the Kings County Latino Roundtable. (Jazmine Ulloa / Los Angeles Times)

In a city most known for its prison and farmland, the modest, one-story home of Mary and Raul Gomez has the feel of the quintessential American dream with its trimmed green lawn, little porch and white picket fence. In the driveway, there’s even a remodeled 1968 black Chevrolet Biscayne visible from Dairy Avenue.

For 20 years, it also has served to foster a truly American value — the civic duty of voting — as the campaign headquarters for the Kings County Latino Roundtable. There, in a shaded backyard decked with Oakland Raiders memorabilia, members meet over hot dogs and cold beverages to strategize voter canvassing routes, host candidate meet-and-greets and craft their trusted election guide — logistics for the crucial task of getting Latinos to cast ballots.

  • California Democrats
Eleni Kounalakis, the U.S. ambassador to Hungary under President Obama, secured the top spot in the lieutenant governor race on Tuesday.
Eleni Kounalakis, the U.S. ambassador to Hungary under President Obama, secured the top spot in the lieutenant governor race on Tuesday. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Three candidates who formerly worked for President Obama advanced in California’s primary election Tuesday.

Obama administration alumni rallied to help their former colleagues in a number of races across the country. Seven such candidates were on the California ballot. Three prevailed.

Democratic fundraiser Eleni Kounalakis, who served as U.S. ambassador to Hungary, finished first in the contest for lieutenant governor with 23% of the vote. Bay Area attorney Jeff Bleich, who was the U.S. ambassador to Australia, was fourth with 9% pending the final count of mail-in ballots and won’t advance to the November general election.

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  • California Legislature
One option the A's are considering for a new stadium is redeveloping the site of their current home, Oakland Coliseum.
One option the A's are considering for a new stadium is redeveloping the site of their current home, Oakland Coliseum. (D. Ross Cameron / Associated Press)

A proposed new ballpark for the Oakland A’s would have an easier path to construction through new legislation introduced this week.

Assembly Bill 734 from Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) would provide shortcuts to approval should the ballpark proposal face challenges under California’s primary environmental law governing development. The bill would encourage judges to decide any lawsuit under the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, within nine months and prohibit a judge from stopping construction on the ballpark unless there were imminent life and safety risks.

“It’s a great project that will create good jobs and benefit the city of Oakland,” Bonta said.

We’re covering the California primary live over here.

Find statewide results here.

And here’s everything you need to know about the election. 

Gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa put on an apron and served customers Monday while campaigning at Dulan's Soul Food on Crenshaw.
Gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa put on an apron and served customers Monday while campaigning at Dulan's Soul Food on Crenshaw. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa began his final campaign sprint on Monday shaking hands with Bay Area commuters streaming on and off BART trains before flying south and heading to San Pedro.

Villaraigosa visited the Port of Los Angeles for a tour of the AltaSea marine research center. The trip also provided the candidate with a picturesque backdrop for a series of local and national television interviews in the final push of his campaign for California governor.

Villaraigosa was quick to take a shot at Republican John Cox for having the support of President Trump, who remains unpopular in California along with his policies on immigration and healthcare. Recent polls show Cox is in second place behind Democratic front-runner Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and is the candidate Villaraigosa needs to beat on Tuesday to advance to the November election.

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  • Governor's race
  • 2018 election
  • California Republicans
GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox and his wife, Sarah, turn in their ballots after voting at the San Diego Registrar of Voters on Monday.
GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox and his wife, Sarah, turn in their ballots after voting at the San Diego Registrar of Voters on Monday. (K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune)

Republican candidate for governor John Cox expressed confidence that he would place in the top two in Tuesday’s primary and face off against Democratic front-runner Gavin Newsom in November.

“I’m energized and if the polls are right, I’m going to get the chance to make my case to the voters that Gavin Newsom is going to raise your taxes,” Cox said in an interview after greeting GOP voters at a luncheon in San Diego. “He’s going to raise your property taxes, double the state income tax, he’s going to defend the regressive, horrible gas tax that impacts the working people of this state and drives up gasoline costs, and he’s going to have to defend the mismanagement of the state.”

Cox also voted Monday and planned to visit a phone bank in Corona with Assembly candidate Bill Essayli, who is running for the 60th Assembly District.

  • Governor's race
  • 2018 election
  • California Democrats
Gavin Newsom with his wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom, right, greet Andre Truth, left, and Zhani Jackson at The Serving Spoon in Inglewood.
Gavin Newsom with his wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom, right, greet Andre Truth, left, and Zhani Jackson at The Serving Spoon in Inglewood. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Gubernatorial front-runner Gavin Newsom said he felt confident about his chances in Tuesday’s primary election, but was taking nothing for granted as he greeted voters at a diner in Inglewood on Monday.

“I feel good,” the lieutenant governor told reporters at the Serving Spoon. “At this stage, it’s just about getting out the vote. … Polls don’t vote, people vote, and that means all this is academic until people get out there, send their ballots in, or show up on election day.”

The former San Francisco mayor kicked off the day with a television appearance in Los Angeles before heading to Inglewood with Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The region’s voters are critical to the campaign of former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Newsom has spent considerable time here trying to edge his Democratic rival.