Capitol Alert

California Nation Podcast: Becerra lays out ‘resistance’ and reporters talk Kamala Harris

California still has around 45 pending lawsuits against President Donald Trump’s administration, many of which involve clashes over immigration and environmental policies.

Leading the state’s legal efforts is Attorney General Xavier Becerra. He doesn’t mind the term “resistance,” but insists that is not what his office is setting out to do. He said he is simply protecting California from unreasonable actions by the federal government.

“We’re not trying to resist what Donald Trump wants to do,” Becerra said. “We’re just saying what Donald Trump wants to do doesn’t work in California, and we’re not going to do it.”

Becerra spoke to The Bee at length for the latest edition of the “California Nation” podcast. You can subscribe to the show on iTunesStitcherTuneInGoogle Play Music and SoundCloud.

He said victories in court have already paid for all of the state’s legal costs, which came with a $9.2 million price tag for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

“California doesn’t have time to waste spectating and watching others do things,” Becerra said. “If someone wants to stop us from doing what’s worked, we’re going to stand up and make sure they don’t get in our way.”

Earlier in the show, Bee reporters Alexei Koseff and Sophia Bollag discuss their latest reporting about whether California Sen. Kamala Harris knew about sexual misconduct claims made against her aide.

Finally, the show ends with the Buzz of the Week segment — where state Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, offering to have a reporter write portions of a potential bill.