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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (George Frey / Getty Images)

Gov. Jerry Brown pleaded California’s case to prevent offshore drilling in a 20-minute phone call Friday with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, according to a summary of the call provided by Brown’s office.

The phone call came days after Zinke agreed to exempt Florida from a new Trump administration proposal to expand oil and gas drilling off most of the U.S. coastline. Zinke said the Florida decision, which critics denounced as a partisan favor for the state’s Republican governor, came as a result of local opposition and because its scenic coastline drives tourism.  

Brown told Zinke that the same conditions exist in California.

  • Governor's race
  • 2018 election
  • California Democrats
(Jenna Schoenefeld / For The Times)

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom called on President Trump to step down in response to reports that the president used a vulgar phrase when talking about immigrants from Africa, Central America and the Caribbean.

“You're a joke and a racist, President Donald J. Trump. Resign,” Newsom wrote on Facebook.

The gubernatorial front-runner was responding to comments Trump reportedly made Thursday during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers about immigration.

  • Congressional races
  • 2018 election
(Josh Schoonover for Congress)

Republican Josh Schoonover’s challenge to GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter was short-lived. Announcing his bid Monday, he spoke of being “frustrated by my congressman’s inability to conduct himself in an ethical manner” and said, “I can’t sit on the sidelines any longer.”

By Wednesday morning, after Rep. Darrell Issa announced he no longer would seek reelection in the neighboring 49th Congressional District, Schoonover had changed his mind.

“I think I resonate better with the people [in Issa’s district], better than Issa who’s a career politician,” said Schoonover, an attorney who lives in Hunter’s district. He said a business leader and supporter of Issa called him Wednesday morning to urge him to run in Issa’s district instead, but he declined to name the person.

State legislation that would have expanded rent control in California failed Thursday after a lengthy and heated debate that brought landlord and tenant groups from across the state to the Capitol.

(Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images)

Antonio Villaraigosa called on gubernatorial rival Gavin Newsom on Friday to drop a lawsuit challenging the right of San Francisco voters to set height limits on new buildings along the city’s scenic waterfront.

Newsom, former mayor of San Francisco, chairs the State Lands Commission, which filed the complaint.

The lawsuit seeks to nullify the Sierra Club’s Proposition B, passed by 59% of the city’s voters in 2014. It requires voter approval for any new waterfront building that exceeds the city’s height limit.

  • California in Congress
  • 2018 election
(Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

Rep. Duncan Hunter said Thursday he plans to run for reelection this year following a report that fellow California Rep. Darrell Issa is considering running for Hunter’s seat.

"I am 100% running for reelection and with continued support from those in my district and the full endorsement of the Republican Party of San Diego County,” Hunter (R-Alpine) said in a statement. “I have run every race with full effort because my constituents deserve no less and this time is no different.”

Washington publication The Hill reported that Issa (R-Vista), who said Wednesday he would not run for reelection in his district, was considering running in Hunter’s district instead if the San Diego-area congressman bows out.

  • Governor's race
  • 2018 election
  • California Republicans
Republican candidate for governor Travis Allen at a debate hosted by the Redlands Tea Party Patriots on January 4.
Republican candidate for governor Travis Allen at a debate hosted by the Redlands Tea Party Patriots on January 4. (Gina Ferazzi)

Republican candidate for governor Travis Allen clearly doesn’t think California voters are as liberal as people think.

The Huntington Beach assemblyman, spoke Thursday at a candidate event hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco where he talked about his support for expanding oil drilling off the coast, said he supports taxpayer-funded school vouchers, pushed for the repeal of the California’s so-called sanctuary state law and described President Trump as great leader.

The upbeat conservative told the audience that a “silent supermajority” of Californians, including Democrats, share his opinions and priorities, not those of the left-leaning political leaders who have controlled Sacramento for most of the past four decades.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia joined other mayors in challenging federal marijuana policy.
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia joined other mayors in challenging federal marijuana policy. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

The mayors of 10 cities including Seattle, Long Beach and San Leandro have signed a letter urging U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions to reconsider his decision to roll back a federal policy that gave low priority to prosecution of marijuana offenses in states that legalized the use of the drug.

“Reversing course now is a misguided legal overreach and an attack on cities where legal, safe, and high regulated recreational sale and use occurs, and on the majority of states where the voters have made their voices heard loud and clear on this issue,” the letter said.

Instead, the federal government should focus on combating the opioid epidemic, according to the letter by mayors including Jenny A. Durkan of Seattle, Michael B. Hancock of Denver, Bill de Blasio of New York, Jim Kenney of Philadelphia, Ted Wheeler of Portland, Ore., Robert Garcia of Long Beach, and Pauline Cutter of San Leandro.