RENEGADE STATE: The Four Families Of California

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For 80 years the Brown, Newsom, Pelosi, and Getty families have ruled over the State of California. Turning it into the economic and social disaster that we see today.

And in On October 1, 2016, right before Donald Trump won the election, President Obama transferred full control of the internet from the U.S. Government, to an independent California non-profit organization called ICAAN.

In a cyberwar scenario, the U.S. government may not have control over the internet.

From top left, clockwise: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Antonio Villaraigosa, Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris are pictured in this composite. | Getty
Rising stars have come and gone, but the state’s chief power players have remained.

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Political shakeup looms in California


LOS ANGELES — The rumblings are early but unmistakable: A political earthquake is — finally — headed to California.

For decades now, Democrats and Republicans here have experienced statewide politics as an interminable waiting game, thanks to a gang of 70- and 80-somethings from the Bay Area who have dominated government for a generation.

In a state famed for its youth and vitality, home to Hollywood and the Silicon Valley gospel of economic “disruption,” boasting an ultra-diverse population that presaged the country’s larger ethnic transformation — California’s leadership looks much the same as it did in the late 20th century.

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Rising stars in both parties have come and gone, but the state’s chief power players have remained the same: Jerry Brown, California’s 76-year-old governor, is running for reelection this year to a post he first won in 1974. The two senators — Barbara Boxer, 73, and Dianne Feinstein, 81 — have held their jobs since the early 1990s.

The most prominent member of the congressional delegation, 74-year-old House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, started out as chairwoman of the California Democratic Party when Ronald Reagan was president. The current party chairman, 81-year-old John Burton, is a former congressman who first went to Washington in the 1974 post-Watergate revolution.

But at long last, change is afoot in the Golden State.

Democrats here — along with a few tenacious Republicans — say there’s a palpable sense that a changing-of-the-guard moment is approaching. It has already begun in some places, with the retirements of several long-tenured federal lawmakers and the defeat of 16-term Democratic Rep. Pete Stark in a 2012 primary.

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For the most part, members of the under-50 crowd in California politics aren’t taking shots at their elders. On the contrary, they praise them for their steady leadership of an often-troubled state even as they brace for a shakeup that may be as few as two years away.

“We’ve had great leadership in Washington and also in Sacramento lately. But look to the next eight, 10 years — it’s going to be a generational shift. The Gen X-ers are going to take over in California,” said Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, a 43-year-old Democrat.

Longtime Democratic consultant Garry South called it “ironic” that in a state “viewed as a hip trendsetter for the rest of the nation, we’ve got this cast of septuagenarians and octogenarians.”

“I mean, even Catholic bishops have to retire at 75,” South said. “We’ve got such an aging leadership in our party when there’s so much bright young talent on our bench. It’s only a matter of time before the torch is passed.”

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The elections this year in California look mostly like a status quo affair: Brown is expected to easily win another term . Neither of the U.S. senators is up for reelection. The hottest statewide race may be a down-ballot contest for superintendent of education that has become a proxy fight between teachers unions and heavily funded reform groups.

Yet the buildup of talent on the Democratic bench means it’s only a matter of time before the state witnesses a genuine free-for-all among feisty younger officeholders. At the latest, that’ll come in 2018, when Brown would run up against the state’s two-term limit on governors; it could happen even sooner if Boxer were to retire in 2016. What’s more, new term limits promise to shake loose entrenched members of the Legislature and start to bring new faces to Sacramento as early as next year.

The names regularly circulated for the next big statewide race include state Attorney General Kamala Harris (49), Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (46), former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (61) and his successor, 43-year-old Eric Garcetti.

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