Sweeping five primaries across the northeast, Donald Trump’s big showing on Tuesday has maybe – just maybe – put him in a position to win the Republican presidential nomination outright after all. But to avoid a contested convention, where Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich hope to supplant the real estate mogul and reality TV star, Trump will still have to post a strong showing in California’s delegate-rich June primary.
The final stop on the nominating calendar increasingly appears headed for a congressional district-by-congressional district battle royale. Though Trump leads with Republican voters statewide in the latest Field Poll, he shows regional weakness in Los Angeles and the Central Valley, and anti-Trump forces have been lining up in the state for weeks.
Ahead of the state GOP convention this weekend scheduled to draw all three presidential contenders, Trump will arrive in California today to his campaign here with an evening rally at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Watch Capitol Alert for coverage.
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OH EM ALGAE: California’s Dungeness crab season finally opened last month, but it was a bittersweet moment for fishermen, who suffered through a four-month delay caused by a toxic algae bloom off the coast and must now confront the reality that warming waters from climate change could lead to future disasters. The Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture will hold a follow-up hearing on the season to discuss current ocean conditions and preparing for next time, 2 p.m. in Room 112 of the Capitol.
TUNNEL OF MIXED FEELINGS: If you believe Gov. Jerry Brown, building two massive water conveyance tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is a “fundamental necessity” for the future stability of the state. So why are there forces threatening to thwart him at every turn? Learn more about the project, its fiscal impact and what it means for water delivery and storage at a daylong conference hosted by Capitol Weekly and the UC Center, starting at 9 a.m. at the Sacramento Masonic Temple on J Street. The Bee’s editorial page editor Dan Morain will host a panel on the politics of water at 2:20 p.m., featuring Assembly members Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, and Marc Levine, D-Greenbrae.
BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE: Affordable housing could soon become a hot issue around the Capitol. Assembly Democrats this week asked Brown to sign off on a $1.3-billion package of local grants and tax credits aimed at boosting the number of units available to low-income families, farm workers and homeless people. What are the biggest current challenges to the state’s housing market and how might we fix them? The UC Center Sacramento will host a discussion with Michael Lens, an assistant professor of urban planning at UCLA, and Kerry Vendell, a finance professor at UC Irvine, noon at its headquarters on K Street.
KEEPING UP WITH THE OBAMAS: Dozens of California cities, including Sacramento, have joined President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative aimed at closing the opportunity gap and creating more paths to success for minority youth. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Sacramento Vice Mayor Rick Jennings and Stockton Councilmember Michael Tubbs are among those who will provide an update on their efforts to the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, 10:30 a.m. in Room 437 of the Capitol.
FOREST ASSURED: The California Air Resources Board is considering expanding its cap-and-trade program to include international offset projects that preserve forests in tropical countries – and not everyone is happy about it. The California Environmental Justice Alliance, which argues that those projects allow governments and businesses to control and profit off indigenous peoples’ lands without reducing any carbon emissions at home, plans to protest outside today’s meeting where the proposal will be discussed, noon at the Cal/EPA building on I Street.