Capitol Alert

AM Alert: Presidential campaign heats up in California

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a rally at Hartnell College in Salinas on May 25, 2016.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a rally at Hartnell College in Salinas on May 25, 2016. The Associated Press

There was hope that the California primary might be a crucial turning point in the presidential delegate counts. When Ted Cruz dropped out of the Republican race and Hillary Clinton pulled ahead in key primaries, that hope was crushed.

But by the looks of it, candidates Bernie Sanders, Clinton and Donald Trump missed the “California isn’t important anymore” memo.

Sanders is hosting seven rallies in California through Sunday, including stops in Ventura and Pomona today. Clinton will swing through the Bay Area with events in San Jose and San Francisco today, and Trump will take a brief hiatus from the Golden State, traveling to Montana today and returning to Fresno and San Diego tomorrow.

Trump blasted Clinton during a campaign stop in Anaheim yesterday, highlighting concerns about her handling emails, calling her “as crooked as they come.” The rally drew protests, but they weren’t as violent as the ones in Albuquerque on Tuesday. Elsewhere this week, Sanders discussed his campaign tactics with The Bee, and Bill Clinton met with Gov. Jerry Brown before a Sacramento rally.

MATCHMAKER, MATCHMAKER: You’ve got less than two weeks left to figure out who you’re voting for in the primary election. If you still need help, The Bee’s new candidate matching tool finds which legislative and congressional candidates are most compatible with your views. You can also track the millions flowing into races across the state with The Money Trail.

PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: A new exhibit at the California Museum explores the state’s election history, from the first absentee ballots for Civil War troops in 1864 to campaign memorabilia from some of the 135 candidates who ran for governor in the circus-like 2003 recall. Secretary of State Alex Padilla and the California State Archives will host a reception for the display, which opened last week and continues through November, 5:30 p.m. at the museum on O Street.

WHIP IT: Is it a thing? Then it’s probably regulated in California (unless it’s Uber). The state’s hundreds of boards and commissions and committees oversee both the grand and the minute details of everything from athletics to guide dogs, private colleges to pest control. Just how deep does the rabbit hole go? Take the California Horse Racing Board, meeting at 9:30 a.m. at the Santa Anita Park Race Track in Arcadia, which is set to vote on a rule change allowing jockeys, during the last 16th of a mile of a race, to use a riding crop four times in succession before their horse responds, rather than the current limit of three times.

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND: As climate change intensifies, how can California manage its vital agricultural sector to maintain growing lands, natural resources and food security? Ann Thrupp, executive director the Berkeley Food Institute, will moderate a discussion between UC Berkeley ecosystem sciences Professor Dennis Baldocchi and Louise Jackson, a professor in the land, air and water resources department at UC Davis, noon at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street.

Rachel Cohrs: 916-321-1046, @rachelcohrs. Alexei Koseff of The Bee Capitol Bureau contributed to this report.