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THE NOONER for April 24, 2013

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THE CASH REPORT:

  • LAO (April 22): Month-to-Date Collections and Refunds: $11.548 billion. (86.8% of budgeted projection for the month)
  • Controller (April 22): $10.86 billion  

With yesterday's $678 million net haul, the LAO increased its projection for year-to-date PIT revenues above budget forecast from $3.5 billion to $4 billion.

Speaking of dough, the GOP laundromat is in high gear to funnel money to SD16. Yesterday, Andy Vidak reported $27,086 from the Tulare County Republican Central Committee, which in turn collected $30,000 from Bob Huff and $10,000 from Mimi Walters

State Sen. Roderick Wright to Stand Trial in July [Jean Merl @ LAT] - "Prosecutors allege that Wright lied about his residence when he first ran for the Legislature's upper house in 2007, when he reported he had moved to an Inglewood apartment complex he owned inside what was then the 25th District. State legislators are required to live in the districts they represent."

SOS: Pete Peterson (R), executive director of Pepperdine University's Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, joins Alex Padilla and Leland Yee in the race to succeed Debra Bowen. [Torey Van Oot @ SacBee]

CD10: Michael Eggman (D), a farmer and beekeper and the brother of Assemblymember Susan Eggman, yesterday announced a bid against Jeff Denham. Jose Hernandez, who ran in 2012, has made gestures about running again, but raised no money in the first quarter. It's a tough district. Democrats have only a 1.2% registration margin, and Denham beat Hernandez by 5.4% (~11,000 votes).

AD04: Former Davis City Councilman Stephen Souza changed his Facebook profile picture to a map of Mariko Yamada's AD04, suggesting that he is either in the race, or considering it. 

(Is this the new way to announce--akin to the ultrasound pictures announcing buns in the oven?)

AD52: Danielle Soto, Pomona councilmember and granddaughter of Nell Soto, is running in the likely special election to fill Norma Torres's Assembly seat, assuming Torres wins the SD20 special runoff. Also in the race would be Pomona councilmember Freddie Rodriguez, former legislative staffer Manuel Saucedo, and Pomono school board member Jason Rothman. All are Democrats.

AD73: Rancho Santa Margarita councilman Steve Varic (R) has jumped into the race to follow Diane Harkey. Also in the race are Bill Brough, Anna Bryson, and Jesse Petrilla. All are Republicans vying in a district with a 2:1 margin for the GOP. [$$$ OC Register]

AD80: Former councilmember, labor leader battle for Assembly seat [Mark Walker @ UTSD]

UNDER THE DOME:

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Dennis DeYoung, candidate in AD45 is a Republican, and the Tri-Valley race to succeed Joan Buchanan is AD16.

 

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