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  • State government
A homeless person wrapped in a blanket sleeps on the street under a bus stop across from Los Angeles City Hall.
A homeless person wrapped in a blanket sleeps on the street under a bus stop across from Los Angeles City Hall. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

California’s homeless population has grown to more than 130,000 people, an increase of nearly 14% over the last year. 

On this episode of Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Pod, we delve into some of the causes of the increase and discuss why a state-approved $2-billion bond to help finance new housing for the homeless is tied up in court

We recorded the show from the Housing California conference in Sacramento, one of the state’s largest annual gatherings of low-income housing developers and advocates. Our guests are advocates for the homeless from across the state: Ann English of the Corporation for Supportive Housing in Los Angeles, Laura Guzman of EveryOne Home in Alameda County and Stephen Russell of the San Diego Housing Federation. Our interviews focus on how homelessness is different around the state and how the homeless population has changed over the years.

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  • 2018 election
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California’s relatively new system in which 16- and 17-year-olds can preregister to vote has been used by 88,700 teenagers during its first months in existence, with most of them declining to identify as Republicans or Democrats.

The data released by Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Thursday cover the first 18 months of a law designed to encourage teenagers to begin thinking about the voting process before they actually become eligible.

“It’s just picking up as time goes on,” Padilla said in an interview. “More and more young people are aware of it.”

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A legislative investigation into unwanted hugs by a state senator nicknamed “Huggy Bear” in California’s state Capitol found that he made people feel uncomfortable, but his behavior wasn’t sexually motivated.

  • Governor's race
  • 2018 election
  • California Democrats
Antonio Villaraigosa, accompanied by his wife, Patty, officially files to run for governor in Norwalk Thursday
Antonio Villaraigosa, accompanied by his wife, Patty, officially files to run for governor in Norwalk Thursday (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Panicked callers to Alba Hernandez’s hotline reported a possible immigration raid. She rushed to the West Oakland home to find officers had blocked off traffic in what they described as a human-trafficking investigation.

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  • Congressional races
  • 2018 election
Former Orange County Republican Party chairman Scott Baugh started the process to file to run on Wednesday.
Former Orange County Republican Party chairman Scott Baugh started the process to file to run on Wednesday. (Jon Fleischman)

Former Orange County GOP chairman Scott Baugh plans to run for the House seat of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a fellow Republican, according to multiple sources close to Baugh.

The entry of Baugh, a well-known name in Orange County Republican circles, would scramble the already crowded field in the 48th Congressional District race. With more than half a dozen Democrats hoping to flip the district and the an ugly party-endorsement fight still lingering, Baugh could put Democrats at added risk of getting shut out of the November top-two runoff.

Baugh pulled filing papers at the Orange County Registrar of Voters’ office Wednesday and paid the $1,740 fee to run. He has yet to announce a campaign and did not respond to a request for comment. Baugh has until Friday to complete additional paperwork to get his name on the June 5 primary ballot. 

California's pot czar has begun warning marijuana sellers that they can no longer operate without state licenses.
California's pot czar has begun warning marijuana sellers that they can no longer operate without state licenses. (Mathew Sumner / Associated Press)

California’s pot regulation agency has sent 900 warning letters to marijuana shops suspected of operating without state licenses.

Lori Ajax, the chief of the state Bureau of Cannabis Control, also sent a cease-and-desist notice to the marijuana-location service Weedmaps, telling it to stop advertising sellers that lack a permit, officials said Wednesday.

Ajax, the first person to hold her post, notified Weedmaps that a new state law that took effect Jan. 1 requires all marijuana sellers to have state licenses and all advertisements to contain the state license number.

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The most prominent super PAC dedicated to helping Democrats regain control of the House is reserving nearly $8 million worth of television ad time in California in the final weeks of the 2018 campaign.

Flipping a few of California’s Republican-held congressional districts is a big part of Democrats’ strategy to retake the House, and candidates, outside groups and political action committees are expected to flood the state’s airwaves.

California’s expensive media markets are getting nearly a fourth of the $43 million House Majority PAC is spending across 33 media markets. The PAC, which has close ties to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, is reserving $5.2 million in ad time on cable and broadcast in Los Angeles, $1.5 million in Sacramento and $1.2 million in San Diego.

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  • Governor's race
  • 2018 election
  • California Democrats
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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf seized upon remarks U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions made Wednesday as he castigated them during a speech in Sacramento, accusing the state’s leaders of illegally undermining federal immigration policy.

Sessions, who was speaking at a law enforcement conference where he announced the federal government’s lawsuit against California over “sanctuary state” policies, accused Schaaf of warning about impending immigration raids in Oakland and helping criminals who are in the country illegally avoid apprehension.

“Here's my message to Mayor Schaaf: How dare you,” Sessions said. “How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of law enforcement just to promote your radical open-borders agenda.”

  • Governor's race
  • 2018 election
  • California Democrats
State Treasurer John Chiang files to run for governor of California at the Los Angeles County registrar's office in Norwalk on March 7.
State Treasurer John Chiang files to run for governor of California at the Los Angeles County registrar's office in Norwalk on March 7. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)