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With lower than every week to go till the first, two Democratic candidates for governor — Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa, the previous mayor of Los Angeles — are engaged in border-to-border bus journeys.
Mr. Newsom’s tour took him to a labor corridor in Burbank on Wednesday. For these of you who couldn’t make it, listed here are some excerpts from his 16-minute speech, condensed and edited for readability.
“I’m of the common-or-garden opinion that in an economic system as massive, with a inhabitants as numerous and extraordinary as ours, with the pure instincts to lead, with the flexibility to redirect current assets in a extra resourceful method, that we might cowl each single citizen and each single resident on this state, no matter revenue, and supply common well being care. Regardless of pre-existing situations, your capability to pay, or your immigration standing. We can lead the nation in that dialog.
“In so some ways, the world is trying to us. This is California. I wouldn’t need to be anyplace else. Eat your coronary heart out, Texas. California is a particular place: a majority-minority state; 27 % of this state international born. The state has introduced in 112,000 refugees within the final 15 years: 1,454 Syrian refugees. No different state has taken extra Syrian refugees, Mr. Trump. It’s some extent of satisfaction.
“There was a man operating for re-election as governor by the identify of Pete Wilson. Not too a few years in the past — 1994. He was on the market selling Prop. 187: Xenophobia, nativism was entrance and heart in our political debate. He was not solely selling his personal candidacy for governor, he was on his method to announce his bid to be president of the United States. Pete Wilson wins his re-election strolling method. Prop. 187 wins, overwhelmingly.
“But it’s a cautionary story isn’t it — California? Because today’s headlines are concerning the Republican Party being third-party standing in California. Donald Trump, it’s your decision to concentrate to that. Mitch McConnell, it’s your decision to concentrate to that. You guys are strolling off the identical cliff Pete Wilson walked the Republican Party off of within the state of California in 1994.”
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• Of California’s 53 congressional seats, solely 14 are held by Republicans. And seven of these Republican districts favored Hillary Clinton in 2016. Democrats hope to flip these districts to win again management of the House. [The New York Times]
• Antonio Villaraigosa, whose rise in California was seen because the embodiment of accelerating Latino affect, is now in a battle for his political life. “He needs to over perform with his base,” a Republican strategist mentioned, “and that would be Los Angeles voters and Latinos.” [Los Angeles Times]
• “The world changes.” That was Senator Dianne Feinstein explaining her current embrace of extra liberal positions on the dying penalty and leisure marijuana as she campaigns for re-election. Her challengers within the June 5 election embody Kevin de León, the previous State Senate Democratic chief. [The Sacramento Bee]
• Alarm over the election of Donald Trump spurred dozens of first-time candidates to run for Congress. Some of these candidates now current an issue for the Democratic Party. [Listen to ‘The Daily’]
• Rick Caruso, a West Los Angeles billionaire, was elected chairman of the united statesC. board of trustees whereas he oversees an investigation into the widening scandal involving a longtime campus gynecologist. [Los Angeles Business Times]
• Immigration as political salvation: From Texas to California, Republican backers of an immigration petition are making life powerful on Speaker Paul Ryan. [The New York Times]
• California is underreporting hate crimes to the F.B.I., state lawmakers and the general public, state auditors mentioned. Even with the undercounting, the state’s reported hate crimes elevated by greater than 20 % from 2014 to 2016. [A.P.]
• Google blamed Wikipedia for search outcomes that mentioned the ideology of the California Republican Party included “Nazism.” The House majority chief, Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, known as the outcomes a “disgrace.” [CBS]
• Cries of “techsploitation” in San Francisco. Anti-Google protesters dumped scooters in entrance of personal buses for tech employees. Scooters have change into the most recent flash level of anger towards the tech business in its hometown. [The New York Times]
• California’s electrical utility corporations will spend almost $768 million on charging infrastructure for electrical vehicles, vehicles and buses, underneath a sequence of proposals authorised by state regulators. [The San Francisco Chronicle]
• The State Senate authorised a invoice that might create a state financial institution for marijuana companies. The proposed financial institution would additionally improve safety at marijuana dispensaries, the place stockpiles of money can tempt thieves. [High Times]
• “Streets raised us, horses saved us.” Here are some reader responses to a Times article on the Compton Cowboys, a gaggle of African-American males who experience horses in one of many poorest areas within the U.S. [The New York Times]
• In memoriam. Ted Dabney, 81, a San Francisco native who helped lay the groundwork for the fashionable online game business as a co-founder of Atari in Sunnyvale within the 1970s. [The New York Times]
• And the Warriors received in additional time. Golden State held off LeBron James, his 51 factors, and the remainder of the Cleveland Cavaliers to take the opening sport of the N.B.A. finals, 124-114. Game 2 is Sunday (we double-checked). [The New York Times]
And Finally …
As a journey vacation spot, Sacramento will get no respect.
But the state’s oldest integrated metropolis — based in 1849, the 12 months earlier than California joined the union — stays a lush oasis of bougainvillea and palms, prolific fruit timber and mighty oaks.
It additionally has a thriving cultural scene and architectural character all its personal, together with neighborhoods of midcentury fashionable properties, Craftsman Bungalows and ornate Victorians.
Unlike California’s glittering, glamorous coastal cities, Sacramento, situated within the Central Valley, has an earnest, small-town have an effect on and a welcome lack of pretension.
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