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California activist Tom Steyer adds health care to his brand

Joining the drug price battle could boost the political fortunes of the California billionaire.<p>SAN FRANCISCO — California billionaire activist Tom Steyer made his name as an environmental activist, worked with Democratic groups to register a million new voters and redefined green politics with …

Climate

California looks to boost marijuana, block immigration jails

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers voted Thursday to set rules for the state's nascent marijuana industry and to quash the growth of federal immigration detention as part of a $125 billion state budget lawmakers approved for the next fiscal year.<p>Lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown a measure …

Cannabis

California governor, legislature agree on final budget

(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown announced on Tuesday that state lawmakers had reached an agreement about the state's 2017-2018 budget.<p>Both houses of the state legislature will likely vote on the new budget on Thursday, the constitutional deadline for lawmakers to adopt a budget …

Jerry Brown

A California-led alliance of cities and states vows to keep the Paris climate accord intact

President Trump may be quitting the Paris accord on climate change — but forcing the rest of the nation to go along with him is proving more of a challenge.<p>Led by California, dozens of states and cities across the country responded Friday to Trump’s attack on the worldwide agreement by vowing to …

Climate

To Fight Climate Change, Heal the Ground

<i>Good morning.</i><p><i>(Want to get California Today by email?</i> <i>Here’s the sign-up</i><i>.)</i><p>The climate change fight has focused largely on cutting emissions.<p>But California is now considering another solution: dirt.<p>Whereas an overabundance of carbon in the air has been disrupting our climate, plants are hungry for the …

University of California

Waze is bringing carpooling to all of California

Waze is doing its part to fight California traffic.<p>The Google-owned navigation app will expand its carpool service to the entire state of California on June 6.<p>Waze Carpool, which has only been available in the greater San Francisco area, has registered tens of thousands of riders and drivers there. …

Uber

Brown: ‘The rest of the world is against’ Trump

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Jerry Brown, one of the nation’s foremost proponents of efforts to address climate change, on Wednesday called President Donald Trump’s planned withdrawal from the Paris climate accord “outrageous,” while predicting the effect of the move will be short-lived.<p>“This …

Climate

Bernie backers rage over Calif. Democratic Party chair race

Audit underway after accusations of ballot stuffing, floor protests.<p>Updated 05/23/2017 08:32 AM EDT<p>SAN FRANCISCO — Supporters of the losing candidate in a bitterly disputed election to serve as chair of the California Democratic Party say they’ll begin a detailed audit of the votes on Tuesday.<p>The …

Elections

Eric Garcetti isn’t running for president (wink, wink)

But the Los Angeles mayor sure sounds like a man who wants to.<p>Joe Biden’s already been to New Hampshire. Bernie Sanders will be in Iowa in July.<p>Eric Garcetti is headed to Wisconsin.<p>The Los Angeles mayor and his staff like to say his trip to the state Hillary Clinton famously forgot to pay attention …

Eric Garcetti

California again leads list with 6 of the top 10 most polluted U.S. cities

California's smoggy reputation appears to be deserved: Six of the USA's 10 cities with the worst air pollution are in the Golden State, according to a new report.<p>Bakersfield, Calif., again holds the dubious distinction of having the USA's most days of highly polluted air, based on data from …

Pollution

Sunken pleasure: California will need mountains of sand to save its beaches

Up to two thirds of SoCal’s sandy shores may erode by 2100 without extra human help<p>Southern California’s beaches are an essential part of the state’s identity. The sandy, blond shorelines are like Hollywood or the towering redwoods—iconic. They are also an important piece of California’s more than …

California governor: We won't 'bring stupid lawsuits' against border wall

California Gov. Jerry Brown said in an interview that aired Sunday that California will "fight very hard" against President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, but will not "bring stupid lawsuits" to the table.<p>During an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," Brown told host Chuck Todd that "if …

Meet the Press

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 …

Oroville Dam

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 governor defiant in face of Trump agenda

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown forcefully defended California's efforts to curb global warming, protect immigrants and expand health care, vowing in his State of the State address Tuesday to fight the Trump administration if it tries to roll back the state's accomplishments.<p>"California …

Climate

At least 4 reported dead in California storms

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 …

Weather

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 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 …

Why Russia Loves the Idea of California Seceding

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>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, …

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 …

Silicon Valley