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THE NOONER for June 4, 2014
Good morning from Blythe, where I am working on a few hours sleep and Comfort Suites coffee. I'm going to prison this morning, but not in the Orange is the New Black sense, but to applaud inmates graduating with degrees and certificates. This is my third time, and these students become model inmates and the recidivsm rate is 1.526%, whereas 65% of the overall inmate population returns to prison within three years, according to CDCR. Ironwood is a Level III prison, the second highest level of general population, so we're talking about inmates with tough stories.
Actually, this is the same program at Ironwood State Prison that started the rehabilitation story of Prophet La'Omar Walker, who earned a spot in November along with Mike Gipson in AD64 (Carson) last night. Check out this TEDx filmed last month sponsored by the Ford Foundation on the program at Ironwood.
Thanks to our sponsors, panelists, and for the hundreds of folks that joined our little stream of consciousness shindig last night. It was a lot of fun, although some of us (me) are getting too old for this late-night ballot counting.
Thank you to the Secretary of State's Office for a flawless election stream!
Speaking of stream of consciousness, that's what you get in today's Nooner...my election quick notes after the jump! More thoughtful analysis in the upcoming days.
We're at 18.3% turnout, setting up for a historic low. Late absentees, provisionals, and damaged ballots may get that to 22-23%, but still a historic low. Top-two is not encouraging voter participation, nor is SB 202's movement of most ballot measures to November.
Riverside County reports 37,200 uncounted ballots, and we should see the report for all counties in the next couple of day. It will likely take at least a week to complete the counting.
Here is Michael Coleman's preliminary report on local bond and tax measures that were on the ballot yesterday.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Will Jerry Brown fly solo or lift Democrats up?
Under the "me" strategy, Brown would continue his history of running as a party of one, with a campaign centered on the message that he has kept to his promises of fiscal restraint. The "we"-style campaign would have Brown use his money and 5o percent-plus approval rating to stump statewide on such issues as immigration reform, climate change and health care, with the goal of helping to elect more Democrats to shore up the party's near-supermajority in the state Senate and Assembly. Most governors in Brown's position would opt for the "one for all" strategy, using their political capital and war chest to firm up their party's control over the state - and rack up some personal IOUs from grateful lawmakers along the way. Chamberlain would go on to work for the business-friendly SF SOS political action committee, which sent out a campaign blast against then-Supervisor Chris Daly - complete with photos of dog feces and urine. [...] while he wasn't alone in creating it, said one consultant familiar with the incident, "that mailing got hung on Ryan." The No Wall on the Waterfront campaign has filed an ethics complaint against the Democratic County Central Committee's chairwoman, Mary Jung, charging her forces with misleading voters in a last-minute phone blitz against Proposition B. The issue: A $25,000 phone bank run by the committee and paid for by tech investor Ron Conway, which could well have led voters to conclude that the No Wall forces opposed the measure requiring voter approval of high-rises along the waterfront.
Controller 2014: Swearengin top vote getter, Perez expected to make run-off for Controller
Republican Ashley Swearengin is expected to face Democrat Assembly Speaker John Perez in the November run-off for state controller. But, a second GOP candidate, is just 2,500 votes behind Perez.
Honda far ahead in South Bay - Khanna in second
Speaking to dozens of supporters at a hotel in Cupertino, he said he had achieved his first goal - qualifying for the general election among the top two primary candidates, regardless of party label - and intended to "build a coalition of Democrats, independents and Republicans that will emerge victorious in November." The race in the nation's innovation and tech capital turned into a generational referendum pitting the 72-year-old Honda, in politics since 1981, against Khanna, 37, a Silicon Valley attorney whose only previous campaign was an unsuccessful run in another House district in 2004. Along with labor groups such as the AFL-CIO, Honda boasted the support of environmental organizations including the Sierra Club and much of the Democratic establishment, including President Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and California's two U.S. senators. Khanna collected endorsements from tech executives including Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, along with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Differing strategiesWhile the two Democrats agreed on many major issues, including the need for immigration reform and economic growth strategies, the competing campaigns showed stark stylistic differences in messaging, organization and outreach. Knocking on doorsWhile labor supplied its formidable get-out-the-vote force for Honda, Khanna brought on Jeremy Bird, a veteran of President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, to run strategy and relied on a mix of social media and grassroots outreach.
Indicted senator Leland Yee in third place for secretary of state
Charges of corruption and gun-running conspiracy notwithstanding, almost a tenth of California voters Tuesday thought suspended state Sen. Leland Yee should become secretary of state.
Why Did 200,000-plus Californians Vote For Leland Yee? - Politics Blog
One of the odder stats of Election Night: As of 11:23 p.m., 236,614 Californians had cast ballots for indicted state Sen. Leland Yee for Secretary of State. And that was with less than half the pre...
California Legislative Contests
A leadership shuffle in the California State Senate rippled through Sacramento-area legislative races on Tuesday, as the departure of Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, later this year set off a cascade of competitive contests in Democrat-heavy districts.
Jerry Brown Doesn’t Like Ranked-choice Voting - Politics Blog
Gov. Jerry Brown says he finds the ranked-choice voting system used in Oakland and some other cities to be "complicated" and not "a great way to pick candidates." "Well I find the ranked-choice vot...
California State Controller
The fall lineup in the race for state controller remained muddled early Wednesday, with none of the six candidates having a lock on the top-two spots.
Schools chief: It's Torlakson vs. Tuck in November
Tom Torlakson fell just short of the majority he needed for an outright re-election victory Tuesday as state superintendent of public instruction and will face a November rematch with one of his challengers, charter school executive Marshall Tuck. Elsewhere on the ballot, Ashley Swearengin, Fresno's Republican mayor, advanced to the Nov. 4 general election with 24 percent of the vote in the contest to replace John Chiang as state controller. With an undetermined number of mail-in and provisional ballots still to be counted, , Democratic Assemblyman John PÃ©rez, the former Assembly speaker, had 21.7 percent, followed by Republican David Evans, an accountant, at 21.6 percent, and Democrat Betty Yee, a Board of Equalization member from San Francisco, at 21.5 percent.
California State Workers’ Union Rejects Contract Offer From Jerry Brown, OKs Strike
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
California State Capitol building
Republicans Leading Key Legislative Races, Early Returns Show
Republicans were the top vote-getters in early election returns for key legislative primary races Tuesday, indicating an uphill battle for Democrats seeking to regain their supermajority in November.
Voters Approve Props. 41 And 42
Becky Bach @ mercurynews.com
Proposition 41 would finance housing for low-income and homeless veterans. Proposition 42 makes local governments, rather than the state, pay for the cost of holding open meetings and complying with other open-government laws. Proposition 41, the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014, aims to redirect money from a little-used veteran's home loan program to develop multifamily housing units, also for veterans. About 1.9 million veterans live in California, and more than 15,000 are homeless. The measure would allow the state to sell $600 million of bonds, increasing state bond expenses by about $50 million over 15 years.
UC President Napolitano To Create Lgbt Advisory Group - San Francisco Business Times
University of California President Janet Napolitano will create a group to advise her on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.
California Controller Race Too Close To Call; Other Contests Decided
The hotly contested race for state controller, one of the top financial posts in California, remained too close to call on Tuesday night as primary election results continued to be tallied.
Superintendent: Tuck to challenge Torlakson
Tom Torlakson fell just short of the majority he needed for an outright re-election victory Tuesday as state superintendent of public instruction and will face a November rematch with one of his challengers, charter school executive Marshall Tuck. According to returns posted Wednesday morning, Torlakson, with 47 percent of the vote, was just shy of the 50 percent plus one vote that he needed to ensure another term. No Republican has won a statewide office since 2006, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was re-elected and Steve Poizner was elected insurance commissioner.
California state workers’ union rejects contract offer from Jerry Brown, OKs strike
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
California’s state building-machinery operators have rejected a contract offer from Gov. Jerry Brown and authorized a strike against the state, according to the union’s top representative.
Republican Peterson And Democrat Padilla Advance To Secretary Of State Runoff
Republican Pete Peterson and Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla of Pacoima received the most votes in Tuesday's primary election for secretary of state and will face off in the November general election.
Measure ensures access to local public records
ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press @ utsandiego.com
A ballot measure requiring local governments in California to pay the cost of making their meetings and documents public enjoyed broad support in voter opinion surveys and faced no organized opposition. Yet backers anticipating low turnout fought ahead of Tuesday's election to make sure voters knew what Proposition 42 was about.
Schools: Peninsula, South Bay, Santa Cruz County voters passing bonds and parcel taxes
Keeping with their record of staunchly supporting local school funding, South Bay, Peninsula and Santa Cruz County voters appeared to be passing nearly a dozen school tax measures on the ballot.
It's Official: Sisi Wins Egyptian Presidential Election By Landslide
Abdel Fattah Sisi overwhelmingly won Egypt’s presidential elections, gaining 96.9% of the vote last week over lone challenger Hamdeen Sabahi, the chief of the Presidential Elections Commission announced Tuesday.
First Returns: Kashkari Leads Donnelly For 2nd Place - Politics Blog
The first returns are in from Tuesday's primary election. Here's what we've got, along with a look at what to watch as the night rolls. Governor: Update: With 8.2 percent of precincts report...
Baker, Sbranti to vie for Assembly - Glazer out
Republican attorney Catharine Baker of Dublin and Tim Sbranti, the Democratic mayor of Dublin, will face off on the November ballot after winning a wild - and wildly expensive - East Bay Assembly primary race, results updated Wednesday morning showed. Elsewhere in the Bay Area, Democrat Mary Hayashi, a former Castro Valley assemblywoman, lost her bid to resurrect her political career after a well-publicized shoplifting conviction. Cortese was backed heavily by labor, including the police and fire unions, who had opposed outgoing mayor Chuck Reed's proposed pension cuts.