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  • Governor's race
  • 2018 election
  • California Republicans
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Republican candidate for governor Doug Ose will once again be left off the debate stage as six hopefuls square off at UCLA on Thursday.

The former congressman was excluded from the race after he was not included in recent polling by the Latino Community Foundation because he entered the race earlier this month, the candidate said on Wednesday. He described his exclusion as based on “a legitimate reason.”

“You guys took your poll before I got in the race. I mean, I’m respectful,” Ose said. “I’m just trying to communicate with voters. That’s all I want to do.”

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(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

There’s very simple wins for America that because somebody’s asking for them from the wrong state or city seem to move extremely slowly. Or maybe in the more pro-White House areas they move just as slowly, I don’t know. I can’t tell if it is malice or incompetence or both.

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  • Congressional races
  • 2018 election
(Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call)

Amid reports that he is considering running for Congress in a neighboring district, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) said Wednesday that he was looking at “taking a different role” and “being back in the community.”

Issa, who announced two weeks ago that he would not seek reelection for his 49th Congressional District seat, told KUSI-TV that he decided “it was the right time” to leave his post.

“A lot of the things I’m working on I don’t need to be in government to work on,” Issa told the station. “Taking a different role, probably some government boards or commissions, but being back in the community, it seemed like it was the right time.”

  • California in Congress
Fire and smoke turn the sky behind a Napa Valley home a menacing orange in 2017.
Fire and smoke turn the sky behind a Napa Valley home a menacing orange in 2017. (David Bridges)

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday joined Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to urge Congress to approve more funding for their 2017 disasters.

“Simply put, the communities devastated by these storms cannot be completely put back together until the federal government makes good on its promises to our citizens,” they said in a letter to House and Senate leaders Wednesday. If ever there was a time and role for the federal government to urgently help its citizens rebuild communities damaged by epochal disasters, now is the time to step up and fill that role.”

An $81-billion emergency aid bill to help Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and California communities rebuild has languished in the Senate since passing the House in December.

Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) says labor shortages in California fields are hurting vital industries.
Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) says labor shortages in California fields are hurting vital industries. (Jazmine Ulloa/ LA Times)

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has introduced legislation that it hopes will lead to the creation of a California work permit program for farmworkers and service industry employees without legal residency in the United Sates.

At a press conference in Sacramento on Wednesday, state Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) said labor shortages have caused farmers across the state “to leave their crops on vines, trees and in the fields.” 

Efforts to increase housing and pay for farmworkers haven’t been enough to attract more workers, he said, while a federal ramp-up in immigration enforcement is further hurting vital industries.

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When Meg Whitman stepped down as chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, political observers wondered if she would run again for political office in California.

Never again, the billionaire said.

“I won’t be running for public office again,” Whitman told Variety magazine in an article about her new job as chief executive officer of a Jeffrey Katzenberg-backed mobile content start-up.

  • State government
Men work on a natural gas valve at a fracking site in South Montrose, Pa.
Men work on a natural gas valve at a fracking site in South Montrose, Pa. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Wednesday marked his one-year anniversary in the post by filing his 25th legal challenge to Trump administration policies, this time over the federal decision to repeal restrictions on the oil-extraction method known as fracking.

The latest lawsuit says the Trump administration violated federal law when it decided to repeal regulations on hydraulic fracturing, in which water and chemicals are injected under pressure into the ground to break rock and release oil and gas.

“Once again, President Trump and Interior Secretary [Ryan] Zinke didn’t let the law or facts get in their way in their zeal to repeal the 2015 Fracking Rule,” Becerra said. “The Interior Department’s own factual record shows that the risks to our health and environment are real. So, once again, the California Department of Justice will get in the way of another reckless Trump violation of our laws.” 

  • State government
The California Growers Assn. requested a temporary restraining order Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court, just weeks after the state began issuing licenses to grow, distribute and sell marijuana for medical and recreational uses.

A group of small marijuana farms in California has filed a lawsuit challenging new state rules that allow growers to obtain multiple licenses to put together cultivation operations of more than one acre.

The California Growers Assn. requested a temporary restraining order Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court, just weeks after the state began issuing licenses to grow, distribute and sell marijuana for medical and recreational uses.

The lawsuit says the rules adopted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture are in conflict with the voter-approved Proposition 64, which it said “ensures the nonmedical marijuana industry in California will be built around small and medium sized businesses.”

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Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian is one of more than 100 tech executives backing housing legislation from Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco).
Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian is one of more than 100 tech executives backing housing legislation from Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

More than 120 top executives of California tech companies and venture capital firms are supporting high-profile state legislation aimed at dramatically increasing housing production.

The executives, including Marc Benioff of Salesforce, Logan Green of Lyft, Jeremy Stoppelman of Yelp, Alexis Ohanian of Reddit, Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Reid Hoffman, who co-founded LinkedIn, said that the state’s housing crisis makes it hard to recruit and retain employees and is pushing tech firms to relocate out of the state.

“The lack of homebuilding in California imperils our ability to hire employees and grow our companies,” the group said in a letter dated Wednesday to Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), the author of Senate Bill 827. “We recognize that the housing shortage leads to displacement, crushing rent burdens, long commutes, and environmental harm, and we want to be part of the solution.”

  • Congressional races
  • 2018 election

With retirement announcements, a slew of new candidates and yet another vulnerable Republican on the list, the ground has shifted since we first published our rankings of the toughest congressional contests in California.

Our race tracker debuted last fall with 13 contests both parties identified as potentially vulnerable. Democrats, feeling ambitious, have added Rep. Tom McClintock, in a strongly Republican Northern California district, to the list of seats they believe have the potential to flip. He joins our list at No. 10.

Even more significant: Two Republicans who were under electoral pressure in their Southern California districts decided to bow out, giving Democrats even more hope they could add to their majority in the delegation.