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Good morning from the 6:05am flight to ONT, and it's a beautiful morning looking at the Southwest Airlines-colored sunrise over the Sierras. Well, that was until the snorer on the window seat decided it was interfering with his log-cutting.

I'm heading to Mt. San Antonio College today to talk about student success and equity, and of course on my mind are the political districts I will traverse. Shortly I will land in Ontario, home to the mighty AD52, which Freddie Rodriguez assumed last Friday, where he can remain parked for the next 12 years. Norma Torres took over SD20 here earlier this year, and will run in the renumbered SD32 next year. As she is serving less than half a term, she'll be allowed to serve two terms in the upper house.

Of course, Ontario is also home to the most vulnerable GOP incumbent in the country, Gary Miller in CD31. And, lucky us, as it's quarterly filing day for the Federal Election Commission! Running to capture a spot in the top two are Pete Aguilar, Joe Baca, Eloise Gomez Reyes, and Danny Tillman. I see reports for Aguilar ($437,725 on hand) and Baca ($36,600) on hand, but nothing for Gomez Reyes, Miller, or Tillman yet. I'll be writing more on this soon.

Driving to Mt. SAC, we'll enter AD55 in Walnut, which is shaping up to be one of the most crowded Assembly Republican races in 2014. With 8 Republicans likely running now and 1 Democrat but a safe GOP turnout likely in 2014, this race should be decided in June. The region is also represented by Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff, who is supporting Diamond Bar councilwoman Ling-Ling Chang in AD55.

We're also in Ed Royce's safe CD39 that runs from Walnut and Diamond Bar in Los Angeles County to Yorba Linda and Fullerton in Orange County. Gary Miller moved from this district when the two found each other both seated after the 2011 redistricting. 

To watch the Federal Elections Commission filings, go to this page (the link on the FEC's site is broken). Choose CALIFORNIA under State, HOUSE under Committee Type, and OCT QUARTERLY under Report Type. You can then easily Ctrl-F/Cmd-F to the committee you're looking for.

The state fundraising deadline is October 31.

Sorry for the 2PMer yesterday. Apparently, the hamsters running my mail queue were debating whether it was Columbus Day, Indigenous People's Day, or just another Monday. Also sorry for the bad link on the Capitol Connection podcast, and here's the correct link.

BIGGER TENT? Gay Republicans seek formal role in state GOPMore than a quarter-century after the group was founded, the Log Cabin Republicans are barred from gaining inner-circle status in the state GOP, in part because of a party bylaw excluding groups advocating "certain lifestyle preferences or orientations. Charles Moran, who heads the 1,000-member state Log Cabin organization, said he's determined to see that change by the time the party holds its next statewide convention in the Bay Area in March."

ALIVE: Dodgers beat St. Louis 3-0 and, trailing the series 1-2, face off again at 5:07 p.m. from Chavez Ravine

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and AFL-CIO executive vice president Teferi Gebre



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Opt-out Efforts Won't Play In California, Insurance Chief Says
Christopher Cadelago @
The chief of California's health insurance marketplace said he has no concerns about advertising campaigns designed to derail the federal health care law, arguing there is no "echo chamber" for such efforts in the Golden State.

SF's Prop. D aims to raise awareness of drug costs
Lance Iversen @
Leah Pimentel was all set earlier this month to speak on the steps of City Hall at a press conference touting Proposition D, the Nov. 5 San Francisco ballot measure calling on city officials to seek ways to lower the cost of prescription drugs. D reads, "Shall it be city policy to use all available opportunities to reduce the cost of prescription drugs and to ask state and federal representatives to sponsor legislation to reduce drug prices paid by the government?" D - the first of its kind in the country - is a good first step in raising awareness about the secretive, seemingly arbitrary way pharmaceutical companies set drug prices. The city spends $23 million each year on prescription drugs for low-income AIDS patients, cancer patients and others. [...] members of the Board of Supervisors don't know how much money is spent by the Department of Public Health on which drugs because of confidentiality agreements with drug distributors.

Covered Calif.
Christopher Cadelago @
Officials with the state's health insurance marketplace acknowledged prematurely releasing an online directory of doctors and hospitals on Tuesday, a week after opening enrollment for its version of the federal health care overhaul.

State Oversight Agency Urges New Higher Education Agenda
Carla Rivera @
A state oversight agency Monday sent an urgent message to California’s higher education leaders and public officials: out with the old, in with the new.

Senate leaders close in on a budget deal
Lisa Mascaro, Michael A. Memoli and Brian Bennett @
WASHINGTON – Swift-moving negotiations in the Senate Monday led to an outline of a budget deal as leaders moved to prevent a potentially catastrophic debt default and end the damage done by the two-week government shutdown that has dismayed Americans over Washington’s brinkmanship.

BART, unions talk past deadline - no strike Tuesday
Lance Iversen @
"The bargaining has produced some productive" negotiations, and because of that, both sides will continue talking, said Cohen, who is director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington, D.C., and flew to Oakland on Sunday to help both sides come to resolution. "Because of all of our concerns, I am authorized to say the trains will run" Tuesday, Cohen said. The transit district's weekday ridership exceeds 400,000, and although regional transportation officials have cobbled together a strike plan enlisting charter buses, larger transit buses and extra ferries, they acknowledged that there was no way to replace BART's capacity. Fed up with the seemingly endless bargaining and repeated strike deadlines, BART had surprised the unions Sunday by presenting them with what they called a final offer at 4 p.m., eight hours before a strike deadline. On Monday, the transit agency's two largest unions - Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and Service Employees International Union Local 1021 - spent the day trying to persuade BART negotiators to withdraw or alter that final offer. BART said it was offering a 12 percent raise over four years, and provisions that would have employees paying in a 4 percent pension contribution and a 9.5 percent health insurance contribution. Negotiators for BART's two largest unions - Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and Service Employees International Union Local 1021 - denounced BART's final offer, saying they had been making progress at the bargaining table and had been close to a deal when BART slapped it on the table. A delegation of East Bay legislators, some of whom had spent parts of the past few days sitting outside bargaining and meeting with the unions, criticized BART's move and asked it to withdraw the final offer, saying the unions had agreed to postpone a strike for a day as a good-faith gesture.

Daniel Borenstein: Bart Unions Should Settle Before They Do Serious Damage
The deal is more than generous. A walkout Tuesday morning will further alienate Bay Area commuters and anger the unions' own political base.

Gov. Brown Spikes Faulty Initiative Change :: Fox&hounds
The governor saw that a special interest was trying to take control of the initiative process.

Senate Leaders Close In On Deal To End Budget Standoff
Lisa Mascaro, Michael A. Memoli and Brian Bennett @
Government shutdown: Senate leaders close in on a deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the budget standoff.

California Construction Unions Get Two Big Wins
Dan Walters @
Dan Walters

Not Much Hubbub Over Veto Of Oakland Gun Bill
By Josh Richman Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 2:33 pm in Assembly, gun control, Jerry Brown, Oakland City Council, Rebecca Kaplan, Rob Bonta.

Analysis: Bills Signed By Brown Indicate California May Not Be As Liberal As It Seemed In 2013
Jessica Calefati, Josh Richman and Paul Rogers @
Gov. Jerry Brown signed bills to let illegal immigrants get driver's licenses and practice law; raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour, the highest of any state; and make California the only state this year to increase access to abortions.

AC asks Brown to intervene to delay strike threat
AC Transit asked the governor Tuesday to impose a cooling-off period that would delay a possible strike by bus drivers and other employees by 60 days, after workers said they would walk off the job Thursday if they can't agree on a new contract with the agency. The union representing more than 1,600 AC bus drivers and other transit employees has rejected two contract offers. AC managers said Tuesday that a strike would "significantly endanger the public's health, safety and welfare," and asked Gov. Jerry Brown to impose the cooling-off period.

Lawmakers eye big spending on alternative energy
California has spent billions of dollars in recent years on alternative energy programs, even as education, public safety and other spending was cut, a newspaper reported.

Edison Again Says Customers Should Help Pay For San Onofre
Marc Lifsher @
SACRAMENTO -- For the second time in two months, Southern California Edison Co. has put advertisements in local papers to make the case that customers should help pay for the closing and cleanup of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

House GOP readies new government shutdown, debt limit plan
Michael A. Memoli and Brian Bennett @
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans, moving to get ahead of a developing bipartisan proposal in the Senate, plan to move their own measure Tuesday to end the standoff over the federal budget.

Report Shows Rising Property Values In Sacramento Region, California
Mark Glover @
Real estate agent Pat Quan of Coldwell Banker puts fliers in front of one of his home listings in El Dorado Hills, Calif., on Wednesday, October 09, 2013. Quan, 52, left a career in software sales and became a Realtor last year.

For Obama, a deal could fall short of his top goal in budget standoff
Kathleen Hennessey @
WASHINGTON -- Under a deal emerging in the Senate, President Obama is poised to claim a clear victory on his demands in the debt-and-shutdown showdown with Republicans -- except, perhaps, the one he wants most.