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Trump has no plans now to visit California wildfire damage

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, who has made four visits to hurricane zones in recent weeks, isn't rushing to survey the damage from California's wildfires.<p>The president has no immediate plans to visit the state to inspect the aftermath of the wind-whipped wildfires, which have swept …

California’s old guard Democrats under siege

Progressives revolt against Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the party establishment.<p>LOS ANGELES — In California, a lodestar for the left in the era of President Donald Trump, the Democratic establishment is besieged and fighting to hang on.<p>The state Democratic Party, until recently, has been caught in …

Democratic Party

Jerry Brown compares Trump supporters to cave dwellers

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday called President Donald Trump’s approach to climate change and North Korea “stupid and dangerous and silly,” sharpening his criticism of the president and comparing his supporters to cave dwellers.<p>“They’re both kind of very similar,” Brown said at a climate …

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California Assembly calls on Congress to censure Trump

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers late Friday formally urged Congress to censure President Donald Trump for his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., the latest salvo in an ongoing feud between the president and Democrats in the nation’s most populous state.<p>The advisory measure, passed …

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California lawmakers greenlight early primary in 2020

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers, bidding to exert greater influence on the next presidential nominating contest, sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill early Saturday that would move the state’s 2020 primary election up three months to March.<p>If signed into law by Brown, the early primary could dramatically …

Elections

California legislature tries to force Trump to release tax returns

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump may have to release his tax returns if he wants to compete in California in 2020.<p>A bill passed by the state legislature Friday requires presidential candidates to release their five most recent years of tax returns to get on the ballot.<p>If this holds, Trump would have …

Government

California lawmakers take anti-Trump stance as session ends

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California lawmakers voted to become a sanctuary state, tussled over hot-button environmental issues and urged other states to refuse to cooperate with President Donald Trump's Election Integrity Commission as their legislative year ended early on Saturday.<p>The …

California Sues Justice Dept. Over Funding for Sanctuary Cities

Intensifying California’s standoff with the Trump administration over immigration policy, the California attorney general sued the Justice Department on Monday over the administration’s plans to cut off millions of dollars in federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities unless they begin …

Immigration

California knocks Trump as it extends climate change effort

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown and his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, stood side by side Tuesday to cheer the extension of one of the most ambitious programs in the U.S. to reduce fossil fuel pollution, while condemning President Donald Trump's failure to see climate change as a deadly …

Climate

Calif. Lawmakers Extend Cap-And-Trade Program Through 2030

David Greene talks to Gov. Jerry Brown about the program which sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions while issuing permits for emission of pollutants which companies can sell.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>There may be gridlock in Washington, D.C., but Republicans and Democrats in California seem …

California lawmakers extend program to cut emissions in bipartisan vote

Cap-and-trade system, which aims to help state cut greenhouse gases 40% by 2030, stands against Trump policies: ‘That’s what good government looks like’<p>California legislators have voted to extend a centerpiece program to cut greenhouse gas emissions, burnishing the state’s reputation as a bulwark …

Climate

California lawmakers extend landmark climate change law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers voted Monday to extend a climate change initiative that Gov. Jerry Brown holds up as a model for states and nations looking to lower carbon emissions.<p>Brown's signature will add another decade of life to the state's cap-and-trade program, bolstering the …

Climate

California Democrats plunge into 'civil war'

In the wake of Donald Trump's election, progressives are demanding the party move more aggressively on a variety of issues.<p>LOS ANGELES — Long-standing tensions between the Democratic Party’s moderate and liberal wings have ignited in California, where progressive activists are redirecting their …

Bernie Sanders

Your place or mine? Texas liberals and California conservatives swap states

The widening partisan divide in America’s two most populous states lies behind a small but significant population shift between the two<p>Paul Chabot is a native Californian who stood for Congress last year as a Republican, in a district near Los Angeles. After his defeat, he decided the only option …

Ken Paxton

Gov. Jerry Brown signs $125 billion state budget without a veto

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a $125 billion state budget Tuesday, stamping his official approval on a package of bills his office negotiated with Democratic leaders and then ushered through a Democratic-controlled Legislature.<p>Brown signed the budget without a news conference or a single …

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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 …

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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 …

Anthony Rendon

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 …

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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 …

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. …

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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>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 move comes after protests, …

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 …

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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 …

Environment

Sunken pleasure: California will need mountains of sand to save its beaches - Salon.com

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 $40-billion annual coastal and ocean economy.<p>But scientists have bad news: Without …

Climate Change

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 …

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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 …

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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