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Vanquished in AG's race, Dave Jones plotting his next move

Californians need 'fighter against Trump, not a follower,' Dave Jones says

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, running for attorney general against fellow Democrat Xavier Becerra, told delegates at the California Democratic Party convention on Feb. 24, 2018 that he would be more aggressive than Becerra in filing legal challenges against President Donald Trump. Video courtesy California Democratic Party.
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California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, running for attorney general against fellow Democrat Xavier Becerra, told delegates at the California Democratic Party convention on Feb. 24, 2018 that he would be more aggressive than Becerra in filing legal challenges against President Donald Trump. Video courtesy California Democratic Party.

Coming off an unsuccessful run for attorney general, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is considering what to do after his second term expires at the end of the year.

"I'm not ruling anything out or in," Jones said.

Jones, the former Sacramento city councilman and state assemblyman, has spent the last eight years leading the California Department of Insurance and regulating the state's insurance market. He said he is passionate about consumer protection and civil and criminal justice and will continue working on those issues after he leaves office. But he's unsure whether that will be in the public or private sector.

"You can make a difference on the outside (of politics) or inside," he said.

Jones did not say whom he would endorse for insurance commissioner, though he did hint an endorsement is forthcoming. Fellow Democrat Ricardo Lara is running against Steve Poizner, a former state insurance commissioner who switched party designation from Republican to no party preference.

CAN PRIVACY BALLOT MEASURE BE AVERTED?

The Senate was set to vote today on a deal privacy advocate Alistair Mactaggart made with lawmakers that could result in him pulling his initiative from the Nov. 6 ballot. But legislative sponsors on Sunday accused him of making a last-minute amendment, jeopardizing the agreement. The measure must clear both houses and win the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown by the end of Thursday in order for Mactaggart to meet the secretary of state's deadline.

INFLUENCER OF THE DAY

How to solve California's housing crisis? Influencers have plenty to say.

"There is a great deal of opposition to new housing developments. We need to find a way to convene conversations to hear the concerns of those who oppose affordable housing developments in their neighborhoods and find a way to actually address their needs so that we may start building."

— Aziza Hasan, Executive Director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership For Change

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