Gov. Jerry Brown sent a letter to President Obama as he was leaving office, asking him to permanently place California’s coast off limits to drilling.
“California is blessed with hundreds of miles of spectacular coastline; home to scenic state parks, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife and thriving communities,” Brown wrote. “Clearly, large new oil and gas reserves would be inconsistent with our overriding imperative to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and combat the devastating impacts of climate change.”
The federal government already announced it would not auction federal leases until after 2022, if at all. But Obama declined to make that permanent, even as he ruled out energy exploration in parts of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.
Thus far the Trump administration has not signaled its intentions.
Since January of 2015, when the state of California began offering immigrants here illegally the opportunity to become lawful drivers, the state Department of Motor Vehicles reports it has issued more than 792,000 licenses to undocumented drivers. Now, however, California is preparing for the possibility that the administration of President-elect Trump—who campaigned on a promise to deport at least 2 million people—might demand access to various state databases that would reveal the names and locations of undocumented immigrants, such as the one maintained by the DMV.
But in a state where Democrats hold the governor’s office and supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature, lawmakers say if the Trump administration does come knocking for such state data, their answer will be a vociferous “no.” That would likely kick off what could be a protracted fed-versus-state legal battle—one in which people on both sides predict their argument would prevail.
“We’re consulting with our lawyers to make sure (data) is not accessible to federal authorities for any deportation proceedings,” said Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). Read the full CALmatters story:
The President signed his first executive order to begin the repeal of the Affordable Care Act just hours after he was sworn into office. The broad order instructs federal agencies to roll back or waive provisions of the law within their purview. That means agencies can change, delay or bypass parts of the Act.
A week before Trump made this move, Gov. Jerry Brown sent a strident letter to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy—California’s highest ranking Republican in Congress—insisting that a repeal would create instability and send many Californians back to emergency room healthcare.