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Schwarzenegger knocks down Senate rumors

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the subject of buzz about a possible return to politics, told his fans on Facebook Sunday that his first mission will be to work on redistricting reform — not the U.S. Senate.<p>Schwarzenegger was inundated by press inquiries last week after POLITICO …

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Official: Calif. faces $50B price tag for flood control

WASHINGTON (AP) — California faces an estimated $50 billion price tag for roads, dams and other infrastructure threatened by floods such as the one that severely damaged Oroville Dam last month, the state's natural resources secretary said Wednesday.<p>Nearly 200,000 people living near the country's …

Water

California demands details of Trump administration immigration arrests

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California legislative leaders on Monday demanded detailed information from the Trump administration on immigration arrests and raids in the most populous U.S. state, amid growing concern that agents are targeting non-criminals for deportation.<p>Citing reports that …

Immigration

Why California's eroding coast is a problem – and what the government can do

El Niño brought unprecedentedly powerful waves to the Pacific Coast in 2015-2016, while droughts starved beaches of sediment, according to a new …

Climate

California is not 'out of control,' leaders tell Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California leaders pushed back on Monday against President Donald Trump's claim that the state is "out of control," pointing to its balanced budget and high jobs numbers in the latest dustup between the populist Republican and the progressive state.<p>The state's top …

Government

Think States Alone Can’t Handle Sea Level Rise? Watch California

Last March, a paper by a geoscientist named Rob DeConto came out in <i>Nature</i>. And as far as geology papers go, it was a big deal: It outlined a new …

Climate Change

Californians are calling for a split from the US — but one secessionist group has odd ties to Russia

The tweets began within hours of President Trump's victory on November 8.<p>"We'll just take our avocados and legal weed and go#CalExit," one person tweeted.<p>"#Calexit I'm all in for this! We're basically in our own little world anyway. And let's elect #BernieSanders as our supreme leader!" another …

Russia

As the White House changes course on climate change, California stubbornly presses forward

With cheese and shrimp cocktail piled on their plates, guests strolled the exhibit like patrons at an art gallery, sipping beer and pausing to ponder the displays that lined the room. But instead of paintings or sculptures, they were examining scientific charts about climate change at a state …

Climate Change

State of State speech: Jerry Brown takes on Trump administration

SACRAMENTO — California must prepare for uncertain times ahead in light of “disturbing” rhetoric and actions during the first days of President Trump’s term, Gov. Jerry Brown said in his annual State of the State speech Tuesday.<p>Brown said he read through previous speeches and was struck by what the …

California

California governor defiant in face of Trump agenda

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown delivered an aggressive defense on Tuesday of California's liberal policies on immigration, health care and climate change during his State of the State address, vowing to fight the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress if they threaten to roll …

Government

Latest California storm goes out with a bang

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sunshine and rainbows alternated with thunderclaps, downpours, snow and hail on Monday as the last in a trio of storms broke up over California after flooding roads and homes and trapping people in swamped vehicles.<p>At least four people died, three were missing and others were …

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More Californians dreaming of a country without Trump: poll

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The election of Republican businessman Donald Trump as president of the United States has some Californians dreaming - of their own country.<p>One in every three California residents supports the most populous U.S. state's peaceful withdrawal from the union, according to …

California

California Senate confirms Democrat Becerra as attorney general

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The California Senate on Monday confirmed U.S. Congressman Xavier Becerra as attorney general, positioning the majority-Democrat state to challenge conservative policies of new Republican President Donald Trump.<p>Becerra, who represented Los Angeles for 24 years in …

Government

Why Russia Loves the Idea of California Seceding

Once again, Moscow is winking at a long-shot breakaway movement in the U.S.<p>On a sunny late September day, a trio of tourists gathered on Moscow’s Red Square. Well-dressed, carrying a Russian flag, the visitors bunched in front of the Kremlin’s walls to snap a selfie. Like so many others before, the …

Russia

Peter Thiel considering bid for California governor

The outspoken Silicon Valley billionaire and Trump supporter has been discussing a prospective run with advisers.<p>Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire and outspoken Donald Trump supporter, is considering a 2018 bid for California governor, according to three Republicans familiar with his …

Peter Thiel

California's Devastating Drought Conditions Are Starting to Lift

The severe drought that left California parched for five years has finally started to lift in more than a third of the state this week following …

The flooding in California won't end its three-year drought

We’ll have to wait and see<p>California is usually drenched with sunlight. But this week, it's just drenched. A series of storms have pummeled the state, dropping staggering quantities of rain and snow—leading to flooding, mudslides, and a whole lot of water pouring into reservoirs that were just …

Drought

California Republican challenges state's hiring of Eric Holder to fight Trump policies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A California Republican state lawmaker is challenging the legality of a move by Democrats in the legislature to hire former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to help in any legal battles with President-elect Donald Trump's administration.<p>Assembly member Kevin Kiley …

Government

Trump's deportation vow spurs California farmers into action

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Days after Donald Trump won the White House vowing to deport millions of people in the country illegally and fortify the Mexican border, California farmer Kevin Herman ordered nearly $600,000 in new equipment, cutting the number of workers he'll need starting with the next …

Trump presidency puts California Legislature in defense mode

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California lawmakers return to Sacramento on Wednesday, liberal dreams of expanding safety-net benefits and providing health coverage to immigrants are giving way to a new vision revolving around a feverish push to protect gains racked up in the past.<p>After years of …

California, at Forefront of Climate Fight, Won’t Back Down to Trump

LOS ANGELES — Foreign governments concerned about climate change may soon be spending more time dealing with Sacramento than Washington.<p>President-elect Donald J. Trump has packed his cabinet with nominees who dispute the science of global warming. He has signaled he will withdraw the United States …

Climate Change

California Gets Ready To Defy Trump's Washington

With Donald Trump set to become president next month and Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress, California's Democrats believe their state should take the lead in opposing the new administration's priorities.<p>And they have no interest in calls for national unity.<p>"We must be defiant …

Government

California governor: 'If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite'

In a fiery speech, California Gov. Jerry Brown lashed out against President-Elect Donald Trump on climate change and reports that his administration would shutter some NASA earth science programs.<p><b>Follow BI Video:</b> On Twitter

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Jerry Brown Blasts Donald Trump’s Proposed Attack On Climate Science: 'We're Ready To Fight'

“If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite."<p>California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) told scientists on Wednesday that he would protect climate research in his state, even as President-elect Donald Trump presents retrograde ideas and proposals to quash studies on the …

Climate Change

Democratic states wary as Trump embarks on victory tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Donald Trump makes his thank-you tour of states that voted for him, other parts of the country are gearing up to do battle with his administration.<p>Three of the most populous, urban and ethnically diverse states — California, New York and Illinois — voted heavily for Hillary …

Government

California Democrats propose series of infrastructure bills

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Democrats in California's state Senate announced on Tuesday a series of infrastructure funding bills that would invest billions in roads, bridges, housing and water projects.<p>Infrastructure investment has been at the forefront of political agendas this year, from …

California

California prepares to fight Trump on immigration, other issues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Lawmakers in Democrat-controlled California are already laying the groundwork to fight President-elect Donald Trump's conservative populist agenda.<p>On Monday, leaders of both houses of the legislature introduced measures to protect undocumented immigrants in the state …

Elections