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A BP logo at a gasoline station in Buckinghamshire, England.
A BP logo at a gasoline station in Buckinghamshire, England. (Matt Dunham / Associated Press)

BP Energy Co. has agreed to pay $102 million to California to settle claims that it overcharged the state for natural gas purchased over a decade ending in August 2012, Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra announced Thursday.

The settlement of a lawsuit against the firm includes substantial penalties, but Becerra would not say how much the state was actually overcharged on natural gas used by the state and local governments to heat classrooms and public offices.

“Cheating the state of California is not a good business strategy,” Becerra told reporters at his Sacramento office. “The last thing that any of us needs is to be ripped off by a company that does business with your great state and your government.”

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Before taking the stage with Patt Morrison, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke about California.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is, not surprisingly, a supporter of the Golden State.

“I think California sets the future. California is the future in almost everything we’ve ever done,” he said backstage Wednesday night at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

Before sitting down with Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison as part of the paper’s Ideas Exchange series, Biden spoke briefly about the resilience of Californians in the aftermath of wildfires and mudslides, calling it a “a heavy price to pay in such a beautiful place.”

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  • California in Congress
  • 2018 election
(Molly Riley / Associated Press)

Don’t put GOP Rep. Darrell Issa on the retirement list just yet.

Issa has been discussing possibly running for another House seat in a neighboring district, The Hill newspaper reported Thursday.

The rumblings in California political circles about a district switcharoo have been rampant since the Vista Republican issued a statement Wednesday that he would “not seek reelection in California's 49th District.”

  • California in Congress
  • 2018 election
(Molly Riley / Associated Press)

Don’t put GOP Rep. Darrell Issa on the retirement list just yet.

Issa has been discussing possibly running for another House seat in a neighboring district, The Hill newspaper reported Thursday.

The rumblings in California political circles about a district switcharoo have been rampant since the Vista Republican issued a statement Wednesday that he would “not seek reelection in California's 49th District.”

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  • Governor's race
  • 2018 election
  • California Democrats
(Mel Malcon / Los Angeles Times)

John Chiang’s gubernatorial campaign has taken down a website attacking front-runner and fellow Democrat Gavin Newsom as part of a broader overhaul of the campaign’s strategy, according to a spokeswoman for Chiang.

Spokeswoman Kate Chapek said the campaign decided to take down www.gavinfacts.com indefinitely as it revamps its messaging and approach in the run-up to the June primary.

The move comes at a crucial moment for Chiang, the state’s treasurer. He is one of four top Democrats running, but he consistently polls below competitors Newsom, the state’s lieutenant governor, and Antonio Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles.

A complex proposal to help Californians evade a provision in President Trump’s federal tax plan faces key questions even as its author is working toward the bill’s speedy passage: How much would the plan ease Californians’ new tax burdens, and would the Trump administration let it happen?

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Rep. Darrel Issa (R-Vista)
Rep. Darrel Issa (R-Vista) (Molly Riley / Associated Press)

The announced retirement this week of two highly vulnerable Southern California congressmen, Republicans Darrell Issa and Ed Royce, could signal something larger. If a Democratic wave is building, the swell may be gathering off the Pacific Coast.

California always stood at the center of this year’s fight for control of the House. Democrats, in the minority for most of the decade, need 24 seats to seize control in November. More than half a dozen of their top targets are in California, including the seats held by Issa and Royce.

Significantly, their districts — filled with well-educated suburbanites, social moderates, aspiring immigrants and their millennial offspring — are the very embodiment of the year’s election battleground; not just in California, but in Arizona, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington state.

  • California in Congress
  • 2018 election

I look forward to campaigning in 2018 to represent the 42nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives....

Posted by Ken Calvert For Congress on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Corona Rep. Ken Calvert wants to be clear: He doesn’t plan on joining two other California House Republicans who announced this week that they won’t run again in their districts.

The Republicans who are bowing out — Reps. Darrell Issa of Vista and Ed Royce of Fullerton — faced particularly tough reelection bids as Democrats targeted their seats this year.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), another vulnerable member, jumped Wednesday to reassure supporters that he’s running again.