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THE NOONER for July 11, 2013

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  • SD26/SD30 (Culver City): updated analysis (included below)
  • AD45 (West San Fernando Valley): updated analysis (included below)
  • AD52 (Pomona-Ontario): updated analysis (included below)

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SD26/SD30 (Culver City)

With Curren Price moving over to the State Senate, Holly Mitchell has a chance to move from the Assembly to the Senate a year early. She will likely win the seat outright on September 17, and will be eligible to serve two additional terms commencing in 2014 and 2018.

NOTE: The special in 2013 is actually for SD26, although the district is substantially similar to SD30, which will be so-numbered with the 2014 election.

AD52 (Updated):

The domino effect from Gloria Negrete McLeod's 2012 election to congress continues with a special election to fill Norma Torres's Assembly District. Torres was elected to the State Senate on May 14. The primary is scheduled for July 23 and there will almost certainly be a September 24 runoff.

Manuel Saucedo has picked up the endorsement of former Congressman Joe Baca. From what I can recall, this is the first "three-way" split of the Democratic politics in the region, with Gloria Negrete McLeod supporting Danielle Soto and Norma Torres endorsing Freddie Rodriguez. A fourth Democrat, Jason Rothman, has important family ties (dad is mayor of Pomona) and has the only education ballot label.

Ontario mayor Paul Leon dropped his Republican registration that he carried through the special election for the State Senate seat against Torres. He is thus the only NPP candidate on the ballot, and Dorothy Pineda is running as the lone Republican.

This will be a brutal primary and the turnout is probably about as brutully low as 10%, which was the turnout in the special in the overlapping SD32 on May 14 (10.42% in run-off; 9.15% in primary). If we project similar turnout in AD52, that's only 17,707 votes! On average, the 9 candidates will average 1,967 votes each. In fact, the five "higher tier" candidates--including Leon, Rodriguez, Rothman, Saucedo, and Soto--will probably split a combined 80% of the vote, meaning that the top two will be in the 3,000 vote range. If anyone tries to spin you that their candidate is in the clear lead, don't believe them. This will very likely be a nail biter.

I don't think there's a chance for both Leon and Pineda to make top two, squeezing out Democrats as we saw in CD31 in 2012. The Inland Valley Daily Tribune has endorsed Paul Leon, and he is likely to make the runoff. The California Teachers Association is trying to stop him and has launched an independent expenditure against Paul Leon, trying to bank two Democrats rather than risk a NPP candidate on the runoff ballot.

However, whichever Democrat emerges should win the district easily in September.

AD45 (West San Fernando Valley): 

With Bob Blumenfield's swearing-in to the Los Angeles City Council, this safe Democratic seat opens up and lots of upcoming politicos see an opportunity to begin a twelve-year career in the Assembly. With seven Democrats and many well-funded and well-endorsed, it is impossible to predict who will emerge in the top-two on September 17. However, it is likely that a Republican will emerge along with a Democrat, and then a November runoff that will almost certainly result in a Dem being sent to Sacramento.

SANDY EGGO: Key backers call for Filner to resign [Craig Gustafson @ UTSD] - "Three of Mayor Bob Filner's biggest supporters, including former City Councilwoman Donna Frye, have called on him to resign over allegations of sexual harassment."

Somehow, I've got to imagine we'll be seeing Gloria Allred soon.

Employers face changes after same-sex-marriage ruling [Wendy Kaufman @ NPR]

Can't we all get along? Adorable.

It's 7/11, meaning you can get a free Slurpee at any 7/11. And, because America needs more pure sugar calories, this year's giveaway is 69% bigger.

Anyone know what that huge white flag is flying over AT&T Park?



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Patrick McGreevy @
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Amy Gebert @
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Paige St. John @
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