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THE NOONER for March 5, 2013

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It's election day in Los Angeles, and here are my projections. A candidate needs over 50% to proceed to the May 21 runoff. 

  • Mayor: Garcetti, Greuel in runoff
  • City Attorney: Mike Feuer wins outright
  • City Controller: Dennis Zine wins outright
  • Council District 1: Gil Cedillo wins outright
  • Council District 3: Bob Blumenfield wins outright
  • Council District 5: Paul Koretz wins outright
  • Council District 7: Felipe Fuentes wins outright
  • Council District 9: Curren Price and Ana Cubas in runoff
  • Council District 11: Mike Bonin wins outright
  • Council District 13: John Choi and Alex de Ocampo in runoff
  • Council District 15: Joe Buscaino wins outright   

Also up are seats for LA Unified and LA Community College District.

One Week to go for the specials in SD32 and SD40.



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Gov. Brown Sends Out Robocall For Gilbert Cedillo's City Council Bid
Laura J. Nelson @
A robocall recorded by California Gov. Jerry Brown went out to 25,000 voters Tuesday in support of Gilbert Cedillo, a candidate for an Eastside seat on the L.A. City Council.

L.A. Mayoral Candidates Scramble To Reach Undecided Voters On Last Day Of Campaign
Dakota Smith @
L.A. voters are fickle these days. In a poll released Sunday, half of all voters who have picked City Councilman Eric Garcetti and Greuel said they may change their minds. Overall, 14 percent of likely voters hadn't decided who to vote for. The field also includes City Councilwoman Jan Perry, attorney/talk radio host Kevin James, and tech executive Emanuel Pleitez.

10 Wackiest Mailers From L.A.'s Mayoral Race | Neon Tommy
anonymous @
With Election Day for the L.A. City mayoral race looming on Tuesday, and each candidate rushing to secure those last minute votes, now comes the appropriate time to reflect on the nature of this past election cycle. To no surprise, this election was marked with the fiery political rhetoric that is evident in most elections.

Santa Clara County Judge Allows Valley Water District's $543 Million Tax To Stand, Despite Technical Glitches
Science @
Silicon Valley Taxpayers Associations lawsuit attempting to overturn Santa Clara Valley Water Districts Measure B is rejected

UC Berkeley And UCLA Ranked Among Top 10 Universities Worldwide
Larry Gordon @
The University of California system once again scored very well in an annual reputational ranking of world research universities by the Times Higher Education magazine of Great Britain, with UC Berkeley and UCLA in the top 10, officials announced Monday.

Courage Campaign Petition Draws 22,000 Seeking CaGOP Activist’s Resignation Over Rape Comments
Wyatt Buchanan, Michael Collier, Richard Dunham, Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Marisa Lagos, Carolyn Lochhead, Carla Marinucci, @
Courage Campaign petition draws 22,000 seeking CAGOP activist’s resignation over rape comments

Labor Union Headed Back To Court To Challenge Seattle Arena Plan
Tony Bizjak @
The Seattle labor union lawsuit against a plan to build an arena south of that city's downtown is headed back to court - adding at least a bit of renewed uncertainty to Seattle's efforts to buy the Sacramento Kings.

Fewer California School Districts In Financial Distress
Dan Walters @
The number of California school districts in financial jeopardy has dropped by a third in the last year, state schools superintendent Tom Torlakson said Monday.

The Tax Bill's Not In The Mail, For Now
Marc Lifsher @
The California Franchise Tax Board, which collects the state income tax, has temporarily opted not to send out bills to about 2,000 taxpayers telling them they owe $120 million in back taxes.

Kenya election: Rejected ballots likely to erase Kenyatta's majority, force runoff
Jason Straziuso And Rodney Muhumuza @
A slow ballot count in Kenya's presidential vote raised questions Tuesday about the election process, but it was a decision on the more than 325,000 rejected ballots that made it appear likely the election will be decided in a runoff.

Antonovich 'outraged' By Kevin James Endorsement Email
Catherine Saillant @
L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich blasted as "outrageous" a letter distributed by Los Angeles mayoral candidate Kevin James that made it appear he was endorsing James over his opponents in Tuesday's primary election.

Janet Napolitano: Budget Feud Has Resulted In Long Airport Lines
Hugo Martin @
The budget battle in Washington that is forcing cuts to federal budgets has already resulted in delays and long lines at some of the nation's largest airports, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday.

Special-interest Groups Treat 17 California Lawmakers To Hawaii Trips - Capitol And California - The Sacramento Bee
Seventeen legislators attended one of two Maui public policy conferences last November, each of which was bankrolled by a nonprofit group, according to newly filed financial disclosure statements.

Get Ready For Likely Gas Price Increase When California Taxes Go Up
Ronald D. White @
It's probably the last thing that California motorists want to hear: the state's excise tax on gasoline will rise by 3.5 cents a gallon on July 1.

Videos On The Cutting Edge Of Medical Education
Heather @
By Robin Urevich California Health Report

New Senate Gun Measure Unveiled, And This One's Bipartisan
Melanie Mason @
A bipartisan group of senators unveiled a new measure Monday to combat illegal gun trafficking, a sign of momentum for one element of President Obama¿s initiative to reduce gun violence.

L.A. City Attorney Candidates Pushing To The End In Tight Race
Jean Merl @
Southern California -- this just in

Federal Probe Sought Of Alleged 'dumping' Of Mental Patient In Sacramento - Bee Local News - The Sacramento Bee
A California state lawmaker is calling for a federal investigation into the alleged "dumping" of a Nevada mental patient last month in Sacramento.

Health care reform opportunities a challenge for highly diverse population with many languages
Garance Burke and Judy Lin @
California weighing how to help people for whom English a second language select policies offered in the state’s health insurance marketplace.

California Lawmakers Treated To Hawaii Conferences
Jim Sanders @
Numerous California lawmakers fly to Maui in an annual Capitol tradition that allows elected officials to talk public policy and schmooze on the dime of Capitol interests without having to disclose their participation until months later - a deadline reached Friday.

In Primary Alone, Super Pacs Have Spent Millions On Greuel, James | Neon Tommy
anonymous @
For two candidates -- Wendy Greuel and Kevin James  -- super PACs have made a world of difference for their mayoral bids. 

Hawaii Senate to vote on Steven Tyler Act
The Hawaii state Senate plans to vote on a bill aimed at protecting celebrities and other public figures from unwanted media attention.