Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar, CA Primary Election, Cannabis Tax Revenue

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White House Visit: Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar
On Wednesday, a contingent of California lawmakers and law enforcement officials met with President Trump and members of his Cabinet to discuss a shared view on immigration: namely, opposition to California's sanctuary policies. At the table was Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar, whose city declared itself exempt from the state’s sanctuary law in April. The law, SB 54, prohibits state and local police from helping federal authorities with immigration enforcement in many cases. We get a report from Mayor Edgar on his visit to the White House.

California Primary Election 2018
With the June 5 primary around the corner, we get analysis from KQED’s Politics and Government team. We’ll discuss the governor’s race, in which President Trump just endorsed Republican candidate John Cox, as well as the increasingly heated San Francisco mayor’s race. We’ll also look at congressional races and statewide ballot measures, including a proposition that would require revenue from a new gas tax to be spent only on transportation projects and another that would give tax relief to homeowners who invest in rainwater capture systems.


  • Marisa Lagos, KQED politics and government reporter
  • Guy Marzorati, KQED politics and government reporter and producer
  • Scott Shafer, KQED politics and government senior editor

Cannabis Tax Revenue and Updated Regulations
Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown released a revised state budget that included $14 million to crack down on illegal cannabis sales, while state tax revenue from the legal cannabis industry has been lower than projected. The steep cost of obtaining permits, and the number of cities and counties that still don’t allow legal marijuana activity, are contributing to a still-thriving illicit market for marijuana.


  • David Downs, freelance cannabis journalist
  • Josh Drayton, California Cannabis Industry Association spokesperson