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California Poppies growing near the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve near Lancaster, CA Tuesday March 17, 2015. 

Fire burn area recovery, California drought, and Poppy bloom in Los Angeles County, CA Tuesday March 18, 2015. Wildfire recovery from the Powerhouse Fire in 2013, Poppies at California Poppy Reserve.
California Poppies growing near the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve near Lancaster, CA Tuesday March 17, 2015. Fire burn area recovery, California drought, and Poppy bloom in Los Angeles County, CA Tuesday March 18, 2015. Wildfire recovery from the Powerhouse Fire in 2013, Poppies at California Poppy Reserve.
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We break down the week in California politics. And, find out more about proposed California legislation that would restrict or ban cell phones on school grounds. Plus, the history of the poppy flower.

State of Affairs

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Republican Congressman Devin Nunes sues Twitter. Meanwhile, Gavin Newsom meets with mayors to discuss homelessnesses. Plus: Could California's new governor cost Democrats in 2020?

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Cell phones in schools

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California Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi of Torrance is pushing a new bill that would require school boards to adopt policies that limit or prohibit the use of cell phones by students on school grounds. 

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UC Irvine wins!

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Turns out having a little presidential love can go a long way. When Barack Obama released his NCAA Tournament bracket earlier this week, he had 13 seed UC Irvine pulling off an upset over 4th seeded Kansas State. On Friday, the Anteaters validated 44's faith in them as they notched the university's first-ever tourney win, 70-64 over the Wildcats.

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History of the poppy flower

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The blooming buds are sprouting all around California's chaparrals and hillsides, but a particular flower got a lot of attention over the weekend. The state flower, the California poppy, fells victim to poor stewardship from visitors in Walker Canyon outside of Lake Elsinore. To learn more about our beloved state flower and understand its importance, we visit the native plant arboretum at Cal State Fullerton and get the details.

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Weekend Preview

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From a pie celebration in Claremont to a Nowruz Festival in Irvine, Take Two's Leo Duran and LAist's Christine Ziemba break down some of the fun things to check out this weekend.

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