January 25, 2017


Political Stories – Top stories

Jerry Brown: ‘California is not turning back. Not now, not ever’ — Gov. Jerry Brown, plunging into position as a Democratic bulwark against Donald Trump’s presidency, warned Tuesday of looming battles with Republican-controlled Washington, using his State of the State address to assuage fears that California would turn its back on progressive policies.  Sacramento Bee articleLA Times articleSacramento Bee editorialDan Walters column: ‘Jerry Brown joins anti-Trump resistance in unusual State of the State speech’ in Sacramento BeeKQED reportSan Francisco Chronicle articleWashington Post article

Trump moving forward with border wall, weighs refugee cuts – President Donald Trump will begin rolling out executive actions on immigration Wednesday, beginning with steps to build his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to two administration officials. He’s also expected to target so-called sanctuary cities and is reviewing proposals that would restrict the flow of refugees to the United States. AP articleNew York Times articleMcClatchy Newspapers article

Valley politics

Valley politicians respond to Gov. Brown’s State of the State – Central San Joaquin Valley legislators responded Tuesday to Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address.  Fresno Bee article

Supervisor Kristin Olsen’s new business raises questions about commitment to county – Stanislaus County Supervisor Kristin Olsen has a new business and will try to juggle that with efforts to revive the Republican Party in California and fulfill her county responsibilities. Last week, the former assemblywoman formally launched a consulting firm, called Red Suit, to offer public relations and legislative services to clients. The firm has a Sacramento phone number and mailing address and a second mailing address in Riverbank, where she lives. Modesto Bee article

Bakersfield council to discuss how to fill vacant seat — The Bakersfield City Council is poised to discuss Wednesday how to fill the vacancy created by the suicide of Councilman Jeff Tkac earlier this month. A clear majority of council members have already told The Californian they believe a special election ought to be held, especially since Tkac had just assumed the post and so its term would be nearly a full four-years long. Bakersfield Californian article

Statewide politics/Ballot Measures

Trump is a hot topic in California’s race for governor, but not in a good way – One of the most talked about politicians in California’s 2018 governor’s campaign isn’t even running. Rarely does a day go by when Republican President Donald Trump isn’t used as a political piñata by one of the top Democrats in the race. LA Times article

Newly sworn in, Becerra preps for 2018 attorney general election — Shortly after he was sworn in as California’s new attorney general, Xavier Becerra, a longtime liberal Democrat from Los Angeles, said he intends to “officially” form a campaign committee and launch a 2018 run for the influential post as the state’s top cop. Sacramento Bee article


Anti-immigration groups are pushing Trump to stick to campaign pledge to deport Dreamers — Immigration hawks are pressuring President Trump to stick by his pledge to end legal protections for some 750,000 immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children, while the immigrants themselves are cautiously relieved that he appears to be backing off. LA Times article

TRUE: 27 percent of Californians were ‘born in a foreign land’ — Gov. Jerry Brown claimed in his State of the State Address that 27 percent of Californians, almost 11 million, “were born in a foreign land.” A 2015 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau verifies that statistic. Additionally, a researcher at the Public Policy Institute of California, which studies the state’s immigration and demographic patterns, confirmed the census report is the best authority on California’s foreign born population. We rate Brown’s claim True. PolitiFact CA article

Other areas

Democrats pave the way toward spending $1 trillion on roads, ports and other projects — A lot more money could fuel improvements to California’s highways, airports and rail lines under a 10-year, trillion-dollar infrastructure plan proposed by Senate Democrats on Tuesday. The ambitious but broad-stroke Democratic plan amounts to an opening bid, nudging the White House and congressional Republicans to start down the road toward a major infrastructure bill that California lawmakers would help write. McClatchy Newspapers article

California House members vote along party lines on permanently banning federal funds for abortion – California’s House delegation split along party lines Tuesday on a bill to permanently prohibit the use of certain federal funds for abortions. LA Times article

Tech workers aren’t known for political activism.  But that may be changing — Donald Trump’s presidential victory sent a shock wave through the socially liberal but generally politically detached tech industry, catalyzing something of an awakening in Silicon Valley. Some tech workers who had long toed their companies’ apolitical lines saw Trump’s win as a turning point; the moment when they should become more vocal about their views.  LA Times article

Yosemite-area lodge cancels white nationalist event booking after learning of group’s views — Officials for Tenaya Lodge near Fish Camp, just outside Yosemite National Park, on Monday canceled the booking for a white nationalist group’s public conference after becoming aware of the organization’s views. Fresno Bee article

Brik McDill: How much more racist can you get? — Danny Morrison has a dream “that African-American students are seen as different, yet still regular children nonetheless. Where LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan) funding mandates that a mentoring program is constructed within each school district specifically catered to the African-American child” (“I have a dream as well, but it’s for Kern County,” Jan. 17). Wow. How much more racist can one get? And how much more can one insult his community and race of origin? Pretend a white person had said what he did; can you imagine the outrage that would have arisen, not just from the black community, but from everybody? McDill column in Bakersfield Californian

Boycott threats mount after East Sacramento brewery owner slams women’s march on Facebook — Twelve Rounds owner Daniel Murphy, an award-winning brewer, sparked online criticism and boycott threats after he wrote on his Facebook page that he was disgusted by supporters of the women’s march. Sacramento Bee article

U.S. abortion rate drops to a new low – but why? – The U.S. abortion rate has hit its lowest point since the landmark Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court ruling made the procedure legal nationwide in 1973, according to a new study. LA Times article

Sports stars embrace activism in San Jose — A star-studded panel of athletes and activists gathered in San Jose on Tuesday to discuss a time-honored Bay Area tradition: stirring things up. There were NFL legend Jim Brown and basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Bay Area’s own Olympic icon, Tommie Smith, also was on hand, along with renowned sports sociologist Harry Edwards. San Francisco Chronicle article

Presidential Politics

How a Trump tax-rate cut could cost California and other high-tax states big time – For millions of families in California and other high-tax states, there is one bright spot when filling out their federal tax forms each year: They can deduct the hefty state taxes they pay. That might change under the administration of President Donald Trump, who will meet with GOP congressional leaders this week to discuss tax revisions and other legislative proposals. McClatchy Newspapers article

Trump says he will announce Supreme Court pick next week – President Donald Trump said Tuesday he plans to announce his nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States next week, hours before he was scheduled to meet with Senate leaders to discuss his judicial pick. McClatchy Newspapers articleNew York Times articleNPR report

Trump acts to advance Keystone XL, Dakota Access pipelines — President Donald Trump signed executive actions Tuesday to advance construction of the huge Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, moving aggressively to overhaul America’s energy policy and dealing a swift blow to Barack Obama’s legacy on climate change.  AP articleNew York Times articleLA Times article

Trump orders EPA contract freeze and media blackout – The Trump administration has instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants, part of a broader communications clampdown within the executive branch. AP articleSan Francisco Chronicle article

Trump tells auto CEOs that environmental regulations are ‘out of control’ – President Trump told leaders of the country’s largest automakers Tuesday that he will curtail “unnecessary” environmental regulations and make it easier to build plants in the U.S., changes that he expects will shore up the manufacturing jobs he repeatedly promised to voters on the campaign trail. LA Times article

Trump the schmoozer may be just the kind of president Congress wants – After years of being ignored or just endured, lawmakers may finally have just the kind of guy they want in the White House. Donald Trump wants to schmooze with lawmakers. He realizes his legacy depends on them. And he doesn’t plan to bother them with the details, just the big picture. McClatchy Newspapers article

Steve Lopez: Meditate, agitate, lie in wait: California Democratic delegation strategizes in U.S. capital of alternative facts – You’re a Democrat. You represent Southern California in Congress. The world has just been turned upside down, and you’re on the bottom. What do you do now? Lopez column in LA Times

Trump’s Trans Pacific Partnership disappoints Valley ag leaders – President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from a major trade agreement will cost California farmers an estimated $615 million in annual sales – including nuts, wine and other goods from the Modesto area. Modesto Bee article

Why Trump’s rejection of Trans-Pacific Partnership hurts California farmers – If the deal had gone through, California fruit and nut growers could have raked in $562 million in sales thanks to lower tariffs or the elimination of tariffs, the American Farm Bureau estimated. Dairy producers could have potentially pulled in $53 million in added revenue, according to the Fresno Bee. On the campaign trail President Trump promised to kill the deal, so it’s not exactly a surprise. But that doesn’t mean it’s easier for California’s agriculture sector to swallow. KQED report

Local ag reacts to Trump’s trade policy – When President Donald Trump signed away the Trans-Pacific Partnership, local farmers and agriculture partners watched their hopes of easier trading disappear. Visalia Times-Delta article

Trump dogged by insecurity over popular vote, media coverage – Donald Trump holds the most powerful office in the world. But he’s dogged by insecurity over his loss of the popular vote in the election and a persistent frustration that the legitimacy of his presidency is being challenged by Democrats and the media, aides and associates say. AP article

Donald Trump’s indefensible claims of rampant voter fraud are now White House policy – Technically, the proper way to describe claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 election is to state that there’s no evidence that it happened. Shortly after the election, we tallied up reports of in-person voter fraud that occurred last year and found a grand total of four examples. There is no evidence that there was fraud at any significant scale at all. Washington Post article

Gerald Todd: The dark and sinister Declaration of Independence – The Bakersfield resident writes, “’Dark and sinister’ is the latest mantra the left is already widely using against Donald Trump and any who oppose their totalitarian schemes. But Trump’s inaugural speech very much paralleled the Declaration of Independence. His statements about the Congress also fit the wisdom of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson before him.  Todd op-ed in Bakersfield Californian

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News Stories

Top Stories

UC regents to vote on first tuition increase in six years – University of California regents will vote this week on the first tuition increase in six years as the nation’s premier public research university system struggles to maintain its quality amid surging enrollment and reduced levels of state support. LA Times article

When will soggy California drop water restrictions? – Much of California has gone from withered to water-logged this winter, but the state’s top water regulator is not ready to lift emergency conservation measures enacted during the height of the drought. AP article

Jobs and the Economy

California won’t be ready to regulate marijuana businesses next year, lawmaker says – Californians legalized recreational marijuana in November, and the state is expected to begin distributing licenses to businesses by January 1, 2018. But least one state senator, who represents California’s marijuana-rich northern counties, doubts the state will be able to write regulations fast enough to hit the deadline. Fresno Bee article

Coalinga prison to pot farm gets green light, snag over energy discovered – An old prison in Coalinga is getting a second life as a facility that deals with medical marijuana. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports even though the project has a green light there are hurdles still ahead. Valley Public Radio report

Is it a fee or a tax? California’s cap-and-trade program faces tough questions – California’s marquee climate-change program faced tough scrutiny on Tuesday from a state appeals court judge who seemed skeptical that the $4.4 billion raised from the state’s cap-and-trade program complied with laws regulating taxes and fees. Sacramento Bee articleLA Times article

Economic index dipped slightly, still healthy in December 2016 – The Central Valley economy appears primed for job and wage growth in 2017, according to the latest Business Conditions Index released by Fresno State. The Business Journal article

Private sector urged to pitch in on Stockton’s struggling youth jobs program – The City Council has approved allocating an additional $18,000 to a summer jobs program for at-risk youth in Stockton, but not before making it clear more funding is needed. Stockton Record article

Tulare County to establish economic development plan — Supervisor Pete Vander Poel called for using a five-point strategic financing plan and an Ad Hoc committee to guide the county as representatives and administrators take on financial challenges over the next year. Visalia Times-Delta article

Saving money or curtailing feedback? Fresno City Council may cancel outreach effort on new park plan — It took a 4-3 vote last fall for the Fresno City Council to award a contract to consultants to gather citywide public input on the development of a long-awaited Parks Master Plan for the city. But the composition of the City Council has changed since then, and now it appears ready to cancel the contract with Bertz-Rosa Strategy & Creative and subcontractors Catalano Fenske & Associates and Fresno Building Healthy Communities.  Fresno Bee article

Public to vote on Calaveras pot – After hours of emotional public testimony, Calaveras County supervisors on Tuesday agreed to give voters the final say on the future of commercial medical marijuana farms, an issue that has deeply divided the region. The unanimous vote was a victory for growers. Supervisors had the option of banning the industry on the spot Tuesday but declined to do so, despite some board members expressing their own personal concerns about marijuana. Stockton Record article

Plans changing against at 18th and H in downtown Bakersfield — What a difference nine months make. No, this story is not about the birth of a child, but the death of a business. And the birth of a new one. Maybe. But let’s start at the beginning. Bakersfield Californian article

Greg Lucas: Libraries need a little more love; lower the level for voters to approve tax increases – The California state librarian writes, “An effective way to help tackle the state’s ever-growing local facility needs is to give local governments – and voters – more power to address them. One simple approach is to apply the 55 percent approval threshold for local school projects to libraries. This gives communities more control without increasing the state’s liabilities or ‘wall of debt.’” Lucas op-ed in Sacramento Bee

Trump’s swift mortgage move angers real estate industry — Donald Trump may have made his fortune in real estate, but one of his administration’s first moves has upset the state and national Realtors associations. Shortly after the inauguration on Friday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development “suspended indefinitely” a planned cut in the annual mortgage insurance premium on home loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration. San Francisco Chronicle article

Why women quit working: It’s not for the reason men do — Men have been the focus of concern about a stubborn trend of working-age Americans neither working nor looking for jobs. But the trend applies to women, too.  New York Times article


San Luis Reservoir in California could fill for first time in six years — San Luis Reservoir west of Los Banos is on its way to filling for the first time since 2011 as rain and snow bring the state additional relief from a punishing drought.  Fresno Bee article

Is the drought almost over? That depends on where you live, but not in Tulare County – California’s received record levels of snow and rain so far this year. And in Northern California there are signs that the drought may be coming to an end. There are full reservoirs, record snow levels and flooding. But as FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports even though there are these indicators, places in the Central Valley remain in extreme drought. Valley Public Radio report

California’s stormy weather sets snowfall record for Mammoth resorts – over 20 feet in one month – A set of atmospheric rivers that brought heavy rains and floods to California also dumped a record amount of snow on Mammoth Mountain in January — 20½ feet, the most in the resort town’s history, local tourist officials announced. LA Times article

Citrus industry applauds Trump’s move to block Argentine lemons — The Trump administration has drawn a line in the soil protecting local citrus growers from the specter of Argentine lemons. With guidance from the White House, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a 60-day stay on its final rule to allow fresh lemon imports from northwest Argentina. The Business Journal article

Criminal Justice/Prisons

False arrest, excessive force claim against Bakersfield Police Department likely Wednesday – Chain Cohn Stiles, the Bakersfield law firm that has in recent years successfully sued local law enforcement agencies over incidents of alleged excessive force, among other complaints, announced its intention Tuesday to file a new claim against the City of Bakersfield and Bakersfield Police Department. Bakersfield Californian article

No charges against LAPD officers who shot and killed Ezell Ford, D.A. says — Los Angeles County prosecutors said Tuesday they will not bring criminal charges against the two Los Angeles police officers who shot and killed Ezell Ford during a clash near his South L.A. home in 2014, ruling that the 25-year-old presented an immediate threat to both officers. LA Times article

City Council approves ballot measure that could put more civilians on LAPD discipline panels — The Los Angeles City Council took the final step Tuesday toward putting what has become an increasingly controversial measure on the May ballot that, if passed by voters, could give civilians a greater role in disciplining the city’s police officers. LA Times article

Fresno County expands efforts against scams on immigrants — Back in November, Fresno County residents may remember a phone scam following the accidental shooting of Sheriff’s Deputy Rod Lucas. Residents were receiving calls asking for donations on the deputy’s behalf—even though the sheriff’s office said it would never solicit donations by phone. Consumer fraud like this isn’t new, but research suggests that some San Joaquin Valley communities are prime targets. New efforts from law enforcement aim to stem the tide. Valley Public Radio report


Fresno State adds performing arts center to plans for campus overhaul — Fresno State is proposing a new performing arts center as its latest addition to campus, joining a string of planned renovations. President Joseph Castro announced plans for the new building, which would host theater, dance and musical performances, at his State of the University address on Tuesday. Fresno Bee article

Assemblyman Arambula proposes medical school for Fresno State — Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula, D-Fresno, introduced legislation Monday to establish a medical school at Fresno State, which if approved by lawmakers would be the first in the state not at a University of California campus. Fresno Bee articleThe Business Journal article

Civil rights icon John Lewis chats with Los Banos students, says he plans to visit Merced County — Georgia congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis on Tuesday told San Luis High School students he sometimes thinks he was more effective as an activist on the ground than as a member of Congress. Los Banos Enterprise article

Which California colleges help transform impoverished students into wealthy adults? – It’s a piece of the American Dream: An economically disadvantaged student goes to college, studies hard, graduates, lands a good job and eventually becomes wealthy. But how often does it happen in California? And which colleges are good at helping launch students from poor backgrounds into wealthy careers? CSU Bakersfield mentioned.  Sacramento Bee article

When campus rapists are repeat offenders – Some students commit sexual assault more than once, research says. Many question whether colleges are doing enough to prevent these recurring crimes. New York Times article

New program aims to create more uniform standards among linked learning academies – California’s hundreds of high school career academies can now boost their prestige — and create a greater degree of uniformity — through a voluntary certification program, an education nonprofit announced Tuesday. EdSource article

Trump could help school choice advocates — Local school choice advocates are feeling upbeat about the administration of President Donald Trump. Hanford Sentinel article

Your English degree costs less than you paid for it – to subsidize engineering majors — The ever-increasing cost of college tuition is a contentious issue in the U.S., especially among millennials who feel forced to take on thousands in debt to compete for jobs. A new study shows that not only have the costs of producing those degrees per student actually decreased since 1999, but also that colleges use less expensive degrees, such as English and business, to subsidize higher-cost degrees, such as engineering. McClatchy Newspapers article

Why doesn’t every school have a crossing guard? — Mineral King Elementary is not the only school campus without a crossing guard. Several campuses in Visalia and Tulare rely on the help of teachers or parents to ensure students safely navigate school drop-off locations. Visalia Times-Delta article


California set to fight Washington over environmental protections – The Trump administration has quickly put in motion a radical shift on environmental policy that sets the federal government on a collision course with California. San Francisco Chronicle article

California utilities propose a $1-billion electric vehicle push – Three of California’s largest utilities, including Southern California Edison, have put together proposals totaling more than $1 billion to try to electrify the state’s transportation sector. LA Times article

SMUD buys solar power from Fresno County facility — SMUD has signed a 20-year contract to buy power from a solar farm under construction in Fresno County. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is buying 60 megawatts of capacity, enough to power 15,000 homes, from a project being developed by Recurrent Energy. Recurrent is a subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. of Guelph, Ontario. Sacramento Bee article

Health/Human Services 

3 years in, how has Affordable Care Act impacted the Central Valley?— The debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is a hot topic in Washington. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of Central Valley residents have found insurance under the law. With the Republican replacement plan still very much a mystery, Valley Public Radio decided to take a look back at the raw data to see what has changed in the Central Valley. Valley Public Radio report

Death rate from cancer down 20 percent since 1980, but clusters of high mortality remain – The mortality rate linked to cancer is falling nationwide, but worrisome pockets of deadly malignancy persist – and in some places have worsened – in regions throughout the country, according to the first-ever county-by-county analysis of cancer deaths across the United States. LA Times article

Laura’s Law making a difference for San Francisco’s mentally ill homeless – Laura’s Law, which allows for the compelled treatment of mentally ill people, has proved in its first year in San Francisco to be a small but helpful step toward addressing a problem obvious to anyone who walks around the city. San Francisco Chronicle article

Are new drugs for Hepatitis C safe? A report raises concern – Drugs approved in recent years that can cure hepatitis C may have severe side effects, including liver failure, a new report suggests. New York Times article

San Joaquin County supervisors move forward on new hospital wing — While work on San Joaquin County General Hospital moves forward on an acute care wing expansion project this spring, officials worry looming changes to the healthcare industry make the much-sought-after improvements irrelevant. Stockton Record article

Land Use/Housing

Sacramento officials could let homeless people skip the line for housing vouchers – Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg wants to divert 1,600 federal housing vouchers to homeless people, letting them jump the line on a list of disabled, elderly and low-income residents who have waited years for a chance at one of the coveted subsidies.  Sacramento Bee article

Sacramento County Oks birds, bees and farm stands with urban ag ordinance — Residents of urban and suburban Sacramento County will be able to legally grow and sell crops, keep bees, and raise chickens and ducks at home under an urban agriculture ordinance that county supervisors unanimously passed Tuesday. Sacramento Bee article


Ex-high speed rail manager to oversee Fresno County transportation improvements – A longtime area engineering manager has been hired as executive director of the Fresno County Transportation Authority, which oversees projects funded by the county’s Measure C transportation sales tax measure. Mike Leonardo served as engineering manager for California high-speed rail contractor Parsons Brinckerhoff. Fresno Bee article

Pedestrian struck, killed by train – second in four days — A man was killed by a train late Tuesday morning in Stockton, the second such incident in four days. Stockton Record article

Other areas

Merced Count Board of Supervisors introduces prayer to regular public meeting – At the start of Tuesday’s Merced County Board of Supervisors meeting, the Rev. John Motz said a prayer asking God to give the county’s leaders wisdom for the decisions they were about to make. The invocation even was listed on the meeting’s formal agenda. It’s a subtle change from the way the board has started its meetings in the past. Board Chairman Daron McDaniel said the invocation was something he “felt needed to be there.” Merced Sun-Star article

Report slams fair; livestock office in new hands – A long-awaited report on a state investigation into the 2016 Kern County Fair was released Tuesday at the fair’s monthly board of directors meeting, interrupted at times by angry members of the audience challenging the findings and fair CEO Mike Olcott. Bakersfield Californian article

Helped by education, hurt by crime, Modesto gets ‘C’ as a family city – A “Best Cities for Families” analysis by Apartment List (ApartmentList.com) gives Modesto an overall grade of “C” and ranks it 376th out of 509 cities examined. The San Francisco-based apartment-hunting resource calculated its index by weighing four factors of particular importance to families: safety (35 percent), housing affordability (30 percent), education quality (25 percent) and child friendliness (10 percent). Modesto Bee article

Lois Henry: Too early to talk about fireworks? I think not – A review of Bakersfield’s new approach to citing people who blow off illegal fireworks showed it was a pretty good success last summer. Not enough that anyone should feel safe in their homes on the Fourth of July, but, hey, any progress on this issue is worth heralding. Henry column in Bakersfield Californian

 Other personnel questioned regarding $224,000 missing from Lamont Public Utility District, warrant says — The Kern County District Attorney’s office has been conducting an investigation since May into how $224,000 in cash went missing from the Lamont Public Utility District, according to newly filed court documents. Bakersfield Californian article

 Danny Morrison: Stop using Hart Park to pick on poor people — Nothing bothers me more than when people pick on the poor. For some reason, there’s a portion of the populace that finds satisfaction in kicking the poverty-stricken. Morrison column in Bakersfield Californian

Theater visionary Al Muller dies at 84 — Al Muller, who impacted thousands of lives, from the students he taught to the cast and crew members he directed to the audiences he entertained, died Sunday, surrounded by Camilla, his wife of 64 years, and daughters Mary, Jessica, Allison, Lori and Dominee. He was 84. Stockton Record article

Valley Editorial Roundup

Fresno Bee – Salmon don’t read memos or get emails from the state Department of Water Resources, nor do they consult U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service instruction manuals. So how can they possibly know when it’s time to spawn?

Merced Sun-Star – Without uttering President Donald Trump’s name, Gov. Jerry Brown responded to this extraordinary historical moment with a State of the State speech celebrated California’s diversity and economic power and called for an invigorated democracy nationally; Repealing Obamacare is giving to the rich, taking from the poor.

Modesto Bee –The expected House GOP Obamacare repeal bill would eliminate two tax hikes on the rich and give them a huge windfall. At the same time, millions of Americans – including 1.4 million Californians – would lose tax credits on health insurance premiums they now get under the Affordable Care Act.

Sacramento Bee –- Without uttering President Donald Trump’s name, Gov. Jerry Brown responded to this extraordinary historical moment with a State of the State speech celebrated California’s diversity and economic power and called for an invigorated democracy nationally; So far, President Donald Trump’s actions on trade display a dangerously simplistic view of the world and overconfidence in his own abilities as a dealmaker.