By John Diaz

(Excerpted)

Even before Donald Trump was sworn in as 45th president, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra served notice that he was ready to do battle to defend the state’s values. In fact, one of the very reasons that Gov. Jerry Brown selected Becerra to succeed Kamala Harris was the veteran congressman’s legal and political mettle.

Brown and Becerra knew from Trump’s campaign rhetoric that California policies would be in peril, from immigration to gun control to health care to cannabis to climate change.

“We have policies in place that probably won’t pass at the federal level for another five, 10, 15 years,” Becerra said in a conference call with reporters right after his appointment last fall. “If you want to take on a forward-leaning state that is prepared to defend its rights and interest, then come at us.”

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