As we inch closer to Inauguration Day, it’s becoming increasingly clear that California’s opposition to the agenda of President-elect Donald Trump will be a defining dynamic of the next four years in Sacramento.
Legislative leadership made that clear with a Nov. 9 statement vowing to “defend our accomplishments using every tool at our disposal” and to “lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our social fabric or our Constitution.” On issues from healthcare to climate change to water, Trump’s stated policy preferences depart from California’s path.
But it’s the fate of the state’s undocumented immigrants – a population that the Pew Research Center estimated at 2.3 million as of 2014, “by far” the most of any state – that could spark the most intense fight.
California already has a history of defying the feds on deportations, and local officials like Sacramento Mayor-Elect Darrell Steinberg have said they will continue that effort. Today immigrant advocates will plan their next steps during a summit put on by the California Immigrant Policy Center in Sacramento, where they have plenty of sympathetic ears in the immigrant-friendly Legislature. Subjects range from incarceration to mental health to aging immigrants to farmworker overtime, but the title of the lunchtime keynote says it all: “What’s At Stake After The Elections.”
The answer is most likely “a lot.” We’ll soon see just how much.
WORTH REPEATING: “Democrats have Tea Party Republicans on the run here, and we’re going to do the same to Donald Trump.”
— California Democratic Party Chairman John L. Burton gets in a dig as he encourages Democrats to be party delegates.
BY THE NUMBERS: $6.4 million was the approximate amount the California Chamber of Commerce spent on lobbying during the 2015-2016 session.
COMMERCIAL: For another measure of CalChamber’s influence in Sacramento, take a look at the agenda for day two of their policy conference: no fewer than 13 lawmakers are scheduled to speak at the business lobby’s Huntington Beach gathering today, following the group of just-elected newbies who appeared yesterday. Some of those members may see their bills slapped with the Chamber’s much-feared “job killer” label, but for today they’re talking shop. A panel on the potential for tax reform will feature California Department of Finance Director Michael Cohen and California State Controller Betty Yee.
FAMOUS: What do George Takei, Tony Gwynn and Isabel Allende have in common? They’re all members of the this year’s California Hall of Fame class of inductees. Gov. Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown will be on hand to honor them during an event at the California Museum this evening.
Editor's note: This post was updated at 7:40 a.m. Nov. 30 with the correct location of tonight's California Hall of Fame ceremony.