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THE NOONER for January 10, 2013

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By now, the governor has released his proposed 2013-14 state budget. From the nuggets I have heard, the governor will be balancing fiscal austerity with significant budget-related policy reforms in many areas. Obviously, this will be a major topic in tomorrow's Nooner. Meanwhile, let's go south, so to speak.


Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced her resignation, a move that, while not talked about in the national media, was not unexpected by Beltway insiders. 

The Twittersphere immediately began speculating what the 55 year-old former assemblymember, state senator and congresswoman. I think the most likely is seeking to follow in the footsteps of her mentor Gloria Molina, who is termed out of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2014. Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky are the first to be impacted by the three-term limits enacted by the county's voters in 2002.

Molina's district stretches from the county's eastern boundaries in Pomona and Claremont to downtown Los Angeles. The district has 798,434 registered voters, 59.9% of whom are Latino, but only 107,180 likely voters for the June 2014 primary.

When people asked me what office she'd run for and I said supervisor was likely, it was generally followed by a quixotic response. However, it's important to remember that, even with the new term limits, Los Angeles County supervisor is one of the best elected offices in the state. Beyond the 12-year horizon of three terms, it pays more than any statewide office ($178,179 in 2011) and includes a pension, unlike state office, for a total average compensation of about $225k, according to the State Controller's database. Additionally, there is very limited travel. That's attractive for someone like Solis who has been on the road for 4 years and previously was shuttling between El Monte and D.C.

Beyond those benefits, the most attractive part for Solis may just be continuing the legacy of Molina and Latinas in a part of Los Angeles that has been largely dominated by male Latino politicians in recent years. And, do not underestimate the power and legacy of "The Five Kings" that comprise the Board of Supes. The $25.4 billion county budget is larger than many state budgets, and power is really not shared with anyone but your four colleagues.

Also reportedly eyeing the seat is former state senator Gloria Romero, who succeeded Solis in the State Senate and has championed education reform while poking labor in the eye by becoming a spokesperson for Proposition 32.  Additionally, LAUSD board president Monica Garcia may want in the mix, although is highly unlikely to go up against Solis and still needs to win reelection in her new school board seat this year. Garcia worked for Romero when she was in the State Senate and is allied with Antonio Villaraigosa.

On the west side in the Yaroslavsky seat, former State Senator Sheila Kuehl is running. In the event his mayoral bid is unsuccessful, you have to imagine it would be tempting for Eric Garcetti to move a bit west out of Silver Lake (Molina's district) into Yaroslavsky's district, where you would find much of Garcetti's current council district. Also mentioned for Zev's seat is Santa Monica City Council member Bobby Shriver. Also floated is Alex Padilla, as the district stretches from the west side and Hollywood all the way up to the 5-210 junction, capturing Padilla's home of Pacoima.

Then there is the Speaker, John Perez. Perez is termed out in 2014, and has several options. He's only 43, and probably has the relationships in the Jewish community to put together a strong coalition for a district that blends west side money with blue collar Valley neighborhoods. Of course, 71 year-old Lucille Roybal-Allard might be looking to hand over the reins, and a long career in Congress could be very attractive to the Speaker. He could also run for Ron Calderon's State Senate seat or statewide office, for which he has opened a committee.

All that is in 2014, which of course starts now. Meanwhile, the City of Angels has an election on March 5. The full endorsements of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party are below the jump.



The 2012 Presidential Election forever changed both national campaigns and Americans' awareness of race. On January 17, the Leadership California Institute and Race 2012: A PBS Election Special will host a screening of the PBS documentary "Race 2012" followed by a panel discussion with experts on how race, ethnicity and politics interact.

This screening and discussion will be hosted at the Crest Theater at 1013 K St in downtown Sacramento from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Lunch will be provided and admission is free but space is limited so please reserve your seat quickly. RSVP online at or directly to Nicki Arnold, or (916) 529-4722.

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Los Angeles County Democratic Party Endorsements

Updated 1/9/13

 * Incumbent

 Ballot Measures

Los Angeles Proposition A – Yes

Los Angeles Charter Amendment B – Yes

West Hollywood Measure C - No



Los Angeles Mayor

No Consensus


Los Angeles City Attorney

Mike Feuer


Los Angeles City Controller

Ron Galperin


Los Angeles City Council, Dist. 1

No Consensus


Los Angeles City Council, Dist. 3

Bob Blumenfield


Los Angeles City Council, Dist. 5

Paul Koretz*


Los Angeles City Council, Dist. 7

Felipe Fuentes


Los Angeles City Council, Dist. 9

No Consensus


Los Angeles City Council, Dist. 11

Mike Bonin


Los Angeles City Council, Dist. 13

No Endorsement


Los Angeles City Council, Dist. 15

Joe Buscaino*


Los Angeles Unified School District, Dist. 2

No Endorsement


Los Angeles Unified School District, Dist. 4

Steve Zimmer*


Los Angeles Unified School District, Dist. 6

Antonio Sanchez


Los Angeles Community College District, Seat 2

Mike Eng


Los Angeles Community College District, Seat 6

David Vela


Burbank City Council (3 Seats)

David Gordon

Juan Guillen Jr.

No Endorsement


Burbank City Clerk

Gloria Salas


Burbank Unified School District (2 Seats)

Armond Aghakhanian

No Consensus


Redondo Beach City Council, Dist. 2

Bill Brand*


Redondo Beach City Council, Dist. 4

No Consensus


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