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THE NOONER for October 20, 2014

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DEADLINE: Today is the deadline for voter registration. Paper applications must be postmarked by today and online registration must be completed by midnight.

VBM UPDATE: 462,526 of 8,693,407 (5.3%) mail-in ballots have been returnded. The breakdown is 42% Dem, 37% Rep, and 21% Other. [Political Data Inc.]

AD21 (Merced): The most frequent individual race question I have gotten over the last two weeks is about Adam Gray's seat in Merced. This is not one that was on the landscape early in the legislative cycle, but now is in the mix because of an adverse national climate for Democrats and the likelihood of historic low turnout.

You may have noticed the Republican Party's independent expenditure efforts on behalf of Jack Mobley that started on October 7:

California Republican Party
Independent Expenditures
10/7/14 JACK M. MOBLEY, JR. SUPPORT  $121,440
10/8/14 JACK M. MOBLEY, JR. SUPPORT  $106,121
10/10/14 JACK M. MOBLEY, JR. SUPPORT  $64,606
10/14/14 JACK M. MOBLEY, JR. SUPPORT  $44,533
10/16/14 JACK M. MOBLEY, JR. SUPPORT  $112,839
10/17/14 JACK M. MOBLEY, JR. SUPPORT  $48,100

 

The race is a rematch of 2012, when Gray defeated Mobley by 17,815 votes (6.4%). The current voter registration 42% Dem, 36% Rep, and 23% Other. Democrats saw a decline of the party's share of voter registration of 2.3% since 2012, while Republicans increased their share by 1.8%. While Barack Obama easily won this seat in 2012 (+13.6%), Jerry Brown only won it by 2.5% in 2010.

Gray had $113,025 on hand as of September 30 and has added $235,200 since. This includes $60,000 from the California Democratic Party and $45,000 from the Stanislaus County Democratic Central Committee received last week. Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG) has spent $190,000 on IEs for Gray thus far.

Mobley had $21,498 as of September 30, and has reported only $4,947 in contributions ($1,000+) since then. Nevertheless, the party's nearly $500,000 on his behalf in independent expenditures makes it a contest.

Republicans believe that the Brown showing in 2010, voter registration changes since 2012, and a statewide voter turnout that is 12-18% lower than 2010 provides an opportunity for them to snatch this seat. With improved fundraising and a feeling that they are well positioned in AD36 and AD65, they added what had been seen as a longshot and may have a real chance at the seat. Their chances were buoyed when the DCCC backed out of the offensive plan for CD10 (Denham v. Eggman), and the ground operation that would have helped fund.

Meanwhile, Democrats will point out that, through yesterday, the vote by mail turnout is 44% Dem, 40% Rep, and 17% Other. It's definitely another close race that requires watching.

The district moves from LIKELY DEMOCRAT to LEANS DEMOCRAT.

Adding AD21 to the watch list gives us the following landscape:

  • 80 Assembly seats up
  • Democrats hold 55 seats
  • There are 50 safe/likely Democratic seats and 23 safe/likely Republican seats, leaving the following field:
    • AD16 (Tri-Valley) [Buchanan (D) seat]: Catharine Baker (R) v. Tim Sbranti (D)
    • AD21 (Merced): Adam Gray (D-inc.) v. Jack Mobley (R)
    • AD32 (Kings): Pedro Rios (R) v. Rudy Salas (D-inc.)
    • AD36 (Antelope): Steve Fox (D-inc.) v. Tom Lackey (R)
    • AD40 (Redlands) [Morrell (R) seat]: Kathleen Henry v. Marc Steinorth (R)
    • AD44 (Ventura) [Gorell (R) seat]: Jacqui Irwin (D) v. Rob McCoy (R)
    • AD65 (Orange County): Young Kim (R) v. Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-inc.)
    • AD66 (Torrance): David Hadley (R) v. Al Muratsuchi (D-inc.)  

Dems need a net of four from this field to hold a 54-vote supermajority, as do Republicans to block Dems from that mandate.

GOV: Kashkari's $1 million donation to slam "Jerry Brown's Watergate" [Carla Marinucci @ SFChron] - "Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari says he is on "the right side of history, and the right side of the angels" by putting an additional $1,040,000 of his own money into his uphill race against Democrat Jerry Brown. "We want to make sure all the voters of California know that Jerry Brown has betrayed California children," said Kashkari in a phone interview Saturday. "This is his Watergate." "I'm on the right side of history, and the right side of the angels,” said Kashkari, speaking from the campaign trail."

STATE SENATE: Democrats' hope of Senate supermajority could rest with 2 districts [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT]

SD32 (Whittier): Big GOP money flowing to Calderon’s California Senate seat [Christopher Cadelago & Jim Miller @ SacBee]

SD34 (Orange County): Janet Nguyen's donors subpoenaed [Martin Wisckol @ OCR]

SD34 (Orange County): Jose Solorio Can't Even Get Jerry Brown to Pronounce His Last Name Correctly in Campaign Ad [Gustavo Arellano @ OCWeekly]

AD16 (Tri-Valley): Democrats pour funds into key East Bay Assembly race [John Wildermuth @ SFChron]

AD36 (Antelope): Outcome of Battle for Remote State Assembly Seat Could Break Dem's Supermajority in Sacto [Steven Cuevas @ KQED]

MUST READ: AD64 (Carson): A cynical campaign to knock off an upstart in South Central Los Angeles [Dan Morain @ LAT]

PROP 46: Doctors' drug tests: a divisive issue [Sigrid Bathen @ CapWeekly]

The Rose Institute at Claremont McKenna is out with nonpartisan overviews of the ballot measures provided by students:

JUST WONDERING: While the "it's over." "we give up." "we have no chance." subject lines in the political fundraising emails may be effective for the $$$, do they dissuade volunteers who otherwise would be willing to give time for GOTV in the closing two weeks?

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Angela Alioto, Andi Fletcher, Anita Quinonez Gabrielian, Kamala HarrisMax Mikalonis, Freddie Oakley, and Hello Kitty!

 

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  • Please join us for Capitol Network's fall luncheon featuring Diane Boyer-Vine, Legislative Counsel, on Thursday, November 6 from 11:30 am – 1 pm. Ms. Boyer-Vine will be sharing information about the inner workings of the Office of Legislative Counsel, the legislature's official attorney. In addition, Ms. Boyer-Vine will offer insights about her professional career and how she got to her current position. Register HERE: www.eventbrite.com/e/capitol-network-luncheon-featuring-diane-boyer-vine-legislative-counsel-tickets-13192034731

  • The California Hotel & Lodging Association seeks a Communications & Legislative Coordinator to manage the association's legislative and regulatory effort and political action committees, including coordination with lobbying firm, outside accounting firm and staff accounting.  Skilled communication and writing skills are required to direct and manage member communications, including a printed magazine, an electronic newsletter and member/industry alerts, and updating the web site. Email your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to michelle@calodging.com

  • The San Diego County Water Authority is seeking applications for Assistant Management Analyst in the Government Relations Program.  This position is based in Sacramento and features a competitive salary ($30.59-41.14/hr) and fantastic benefits. The ideal candidate has strong written and verbal communication skills, is highly organized, is able to work independently, and is able to prioritize and manage multiple assignments on deadline with a "can-do" attitude.  The successful candidate will also demonstrate a strong interest in promoting the goals of the Water Authority and the Government Relations Program. For further details and to apply, please visit: agency.governmentjobs.com/sdcwa.  The first application review will be on 10/29/14.

  • New Leaders Council Sacramento is accepting applications for their 2015 NLC Institute. New Leaders Council is a premier leadership, and professional development organization for young progressive professionals. Our Institute is an intensive 5 weekend over 5 month program that gives emerging leaders the tools and networks to succeed. Apply at newleaderscouncil.nationbuilder.com/fellows_application_2015. Applications close Nov. 11, 2014.
  • McCallum Group Inc/Collaborative BrainTrust Consulting Firm seeks administrative assistant to support lobbyists and vice presidents of Consulting firm.  Scheduling, travel arrangements; advanced phone and computer skills are desired.  Defined Benefit retirement plan, health stipend. Position starts in January. For more information on both firms, please visit mccallumgroupinc.com and collaborativebraintrust.com
    Resumes to Lori@cbtconsult.com

  • Learn the legislative process and best practices for effective lobbying. Cover the complete spectrum of governmental advocacy in two days. Veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov presents "Lobbying 101" and "Lobbying 201" seminars November 13-14. $250 each. Essential for lobbying firm principals / support staff, organizations that employ lobbyists, public agencies. Complete info / registration: www.capitolseminars.net or 916 442 5009.
  • District Coordinator for the Office of Senator Ricardo Lara, 33rd Senate District:
    Guided by a strategic plan, the District Coordinator will work in collaboration with district staff, legislative staff and the Chief of Staff, to implement outreach strategies that serve the community at large while also expanding the Senator’s base and visibility in his district. The District Coordinator will be responsible for managing district office staff; establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with local elected officials, community leaders, non-profit organizations, business groups in the district, and constituents. Candidates must have knowledge of government and the legislative process, strong management skills and excellent written, verbal, analytical and interpersonal communications skills. A successful candidate will have a flexible schedule that will often require working non-traditional hours, including weekends. District Coordinator will balance their time between Senator's Long Beach and Huntington Park offices.  Please submit resumes to erika.contreras@sen.ca.gov.

  • Special Assistant for the Office of Senator Ricardo Lara, 33rd Senate District:
    Special Assistant will assist the Senator in the daily functions of a legislative office, primarily ensuring the member is on schedule and prepared for district events, meetings and presentations. Will act as primary liaison and final editor for incoming and outgoing communication between the Senator and staff in preparation for legislative activities in the district. Will coordinate with district and event staff to advance events; provide administrative support;  ensure the Senator's transportation to and from events and meetings is taken care of; and keeps the Senator on-time, fully briefed and prepared for meetings, events, presentations, speeches, and trips. Must have knowledge of government and the legislative process and familiarity with the cities within Senate District 33 and Southern California, specifically Southeast Los Angeles and Long Beach. Knowledge of Southern California area freeways and roads and a valid driver's license is required. A successful candidate will have a flexible schedule that will often require working non-traditional hours, including weekends. Position is located in Long Beach/Huntington Park. Please submit resumes to erika.contreras@sen.ca.gov.

  • League of California Cities - Public Affairs Program Manager. Work on a diverse range of issues and initiatives that impact local government. The position requires knowledge of campaign strategies, local government issues and knowledge of key government and private sector stakeholders Competitive salary/benefits. Information at www.cacities.org/employment.

 

EditorialProp 1: water bondProp 2: rainy day fundProp 45: health ratesProp 46: malpractice & testingProp 47: crim. penaltiesProp 48: gaming referendum
California Democratic Party Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
California Republican Party Yes Yes  No  No  No   
California Peace and Freedom Party No No Yes No Yes Yes
Bakersfield Californian  Yes  Yes No No No  No 
LA Daily News     No No    
LA Times Yes Yes  No No  Yes Yes
OC Register Yes Yes  No No  Yes No
Sacramento Bee   Yes No No No  No
San Francisco Chronicle    Yes No No Yes No
SJ MercNews Yes   Yes Yes No Yes No
UT San Diego Yes  Yes  No No No  No 

 

EditorialGovernorLtGovSecOfStateAttGenContTreasInsCommSupPubInstr
Bakersfield Californian         Swearengin Chiang Jones Tuck
LA Daily News   Newsom   Peterson Harris  Swearengin Chiang   Tuck
LA Times   Newsom Peterson Harris  Swearengin Chiang  Jones  Tuck
OC Register     Peterson    Swearengin Chiang    
SacBee Brown Newsom Padilla   Swearengin Chiang Jones Tuck
SF Chron Brown Newsom Peterson Harris Yee Chiang  Jones Tuck
SJ MercNews Brown Newsom  Peterson Harris Swearengin Chiang Jones Tuck
UT San Diego Kashkari   Nehring Peterson     Swearengin Chiang   Tuck

 

Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
Campos For Assembly 2014, With Major Funding By Reid Hoffman; San Franciscans To Hold Campos Accountable, Vote No On David Campos (Oppose) $42,377 10/11/2014 10/19/2014
Golden State Leadership Fund Pac Stewart Chen (Support) $4,500 10/18/2014 10/19/2014
Vote Planned Parenthood Northern California, A Project Of Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund Tim Sbranti (Support) $1,262 10/19/2014 10/19/2014
Alliance Of Energy, Labor And Healthcare Invested In The Middle Class Richard Pan (Support) $14,802 10/18/2014 10/18/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Jay Hansen (Support) $5,880 10/17/2014 10/18/2014
California Republican Party Jack M. Mobley, Jr. (Support) $48,100 10/17/2014 10/18/2014
California Republican Party Jack M. Mobley, Jr. (Support) $64,606 10/10/2014 10/18/2014
California Republican Party Marc Steinorth (Support) $13,390 10/17/2014 10/18/2014
California Republican Party Mario A Guerra (Support) $14,215 10/17/2014 10/18/2014
California Republican Party David Hadley (Support) $55,963 10/17/2014 10/18/2014
California Taxpayers Advocate Prophet Walker (Support) $5,599 10/17/2014 10/18/2014
Californians Allied For Patient Protection Independent Expenditure Account Candidate David Chiu (Support) $20,872 10/18/2014 10/18/2014
Chiu For Assembly 2014, Public Service Coalition - Sponsored By Public Safety, Building Trades And Retail Workers Organizations To Support David David Chiu (Support) $28,346 10/17/2014 10/18/2014
Costa For Congress, Jim (federal Candidate Campaign Committee) Water Quality, Supply And Infrastructure Improveme (Support) $17,989 10/09/2014 10/18/2014
Costa For Congress, Jim (federal Candidate Campaign Committee) Water Quality, Supply And Infrastructure Improveme (Support) $3,894 10/07/2014 10/18/2014
Golden State Leadership Fund Pac Darrell Fong (Support) $47,035 10/08/2014 10/18/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Tim Sbranti (Oppose) $25,473 10/17/2014 10/18/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Richard Pan (Support) $51,260 10/18/2014 10/18/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Pedro Rios (Oppose) $23,448 10/18/2014 10/18/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Mike Gipson (Support) $17,562 10/17/2014 10/18/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Prophet Walker (Oppose) $11,708 10/17/2014 10/18/2014
Octaxpac, Sponsored By The Orange County Taxpayers Association Gail Eastman (Support) $1,758 10/18/2014 10/18/2014
Octaxpac, Sponsored By The Orange County Taxpayers Association Kris Murray (Support) $1,758 10/18/2014 10/18/2014
Octaxpac, Sponsored By The Orange County Taxpayers Association James Vanderbilt (Oppose) $10,547 10/18/2014 10/18/2014
Solorio Senate 2014 Sponsored By Labor And Public Safty Organizations, Working Families For Janet Nguyen (Oppose) $59,523 10/18/2014 10/18/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Tim Sbranti (Oppose) $27,407 10/18/2014 10/18/2014
Vote Planned Parenthood Northern California, A Project Of Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund Tim Sbranti (Support) $5,550 09/23/2014 10/18/2014
Vote Planned Parenthood Northern California, A Project Of Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund Tim Sbranti (Support) $13,589 10/07/2014 10/18/2014
Vote Planned Parenthood Northern California, A Project Of Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund Tim Sbranti (Support) $827 10/01/2014 10/18/2014
Aclu Foundation Of San Diego & Imperial Counties Yes On 47 (Support) $3,888 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Alice B. Toklas Lesbian & Gay Democratic Club Pac David Chiu (Support) $545 10/09/2014 10/17/2014
Alice B. Toklas Lesbian & Gay Democratic Club Pac David Chiu (Support) $769 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Michael Gipson (Support) $31,393 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Alliance Of Energy, Labor And Healthcare Invested In The Middle Class Ian Calderon (Support) $23,702 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Associated Builders & Contractors Northern California Chapter Political Action Committee Brian Thiemer (Support) $726 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Associated Builders & Contractors Northern California Chapter Political Action Committee Brian Thiemer (Support) $1,581 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Ben Allen (Support) $52,380 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
Build Jobs Pac, Sponsored By The Building Industry Association Of The Bay Area Pam Bertani (Oppose) $12,776 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Building And Protecting A Strong California, A Coalition Of Firefighters, Building Trades, Realtors And Correctional Officers Organizations Bonnie Garcia (Support) $1,798 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Building And Protecting A Strong California, A Coalition Of Firefighters, Building Trades, Realtors And Correctional Officers Organizations Jeff Stone (Oppose) $11,044 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Building And Protecting A Strong California, A Coalition Of Firefighters, Building Trades, Realtors And Correctional Officers Organizations Bonnie Garcia (Support) $11,000 10/13/2014 10/17/2014
California Alliance For Progress And Education, An Alliance Of Small Business Professional Organizations Andy Vidak (Support) $13,262 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
California Alliance For Progress And Education, An Alliance Of Small Business Professional Organizations Andy Vidak (Support) $719,746 10/09/2014 10/17/2014
California Apartment Association Independent Expenditure Committee David Hadley (Oppose) $41,602 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Mike Gipson (Oppose) $14,144 10/14/2014 10/17/2014
California Conservative Pac Matthew Harper (Support) $8,278 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
California Correctional Peace Officers Association Independent Expenditure Committee Bonnie Garcia (Support) $1,480 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Darrell Fong (Support) $25,502 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
California Republican Party Jack M. Mobley, Jr. (Support) $112,839 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
California Republican Party David Hadley (Support) $35,000 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
California Teachers Association Independent Expenditure Committee Sharon Quirk-silva (Support) $11,213 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
Californians Allied For Patient Protection Independent Expenditure Account Assembly Member Adam Gray (Support) $22,078 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
Californians Allied For Patient Protection Independent Expenditure Account Assembly Member Roger Dickinson (Oppose) $16,466 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Californians Allied For Patient Protection Independent Expenditure Account Candidate Mike Gipson (Support) $23,879 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Californians For Fiscal Accountability And Responsibility, Sponsored By Dentists, Physicians, Health Care Workers, Realtors And School Employees Steve Fox (Support) $27,382 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Californians For Fiscal Accountability And Responsibility, Sponsored By Dentists, Physicians, Health Care Workers, Realtors And School Employees Dr. Richard Pan (Support) $4,144 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Jerry Brown (Support) $5,659 10/10/2014 10/17/2014
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Jim Cooper (Support) $16,978 10/10/2014 10/17/2014
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Darrell Fong (Oppose) $33,768 10/15/2014 10/17/2014
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Jack Mobley (Oppose) $29,448 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Jim Cooper (Support) $11,256 10/15/2014 10/17/2014
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Jose Solorio (Support) $49,105 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
Campos For Assembly 2014, With Major Funding By Reid Hoffman; San Franciscans To Hold Campos Accountable, Vote No On David Campos (Oppose) $29,840 10/14/2014 10/17/2014
Campos For Assembly 2014, With Major Funding By Reid Hoffman; San Franciscans To Hold Campos Accountable, Vote No On David Campos (Oppose) $45,450 10/15/2014 10/17/2014
Cdf Firefighters Small Contributor Pac Jim Ek (Oppose) $1,642 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Cdf Firefighters Small Contributor Pac Theresa Mckenna (Oppose) $1,642 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Cdf Firefighters Small Contributor Pac Mike Vacio (Oppose) $1,642 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Fairpac Independent Expenditure Committee, Sponsored By The Civil Justice Association Of California Jeff Stone (Oppose) $77,247 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
Keep Ca Strong Tony Thurmond (Support) $10,000 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Rudy Salas (Support) $23,448 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
Million More Voters, Sponsored By The California Labor Federation, Afl-cio Janet Nguyen (Oppose) $30,056 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Octaxpac, Sponsored By The Orange County Taxpayers Association James Vanderbilt (Oppose) $20,592 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
Octaxpac, Sponsored By The Orange County Taxpayers Association James Vanderbilt (Oppose) $20,592 10/15/2014 10/17/2014
Octaxpac, Sponsored By The Orange County Taxpayers Association Jose Moreno (Oppose) $20,592 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members, School Employees, And Public And Private Employee Associations Steve Cohn (Oppose) $38,985 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members, School Employees, And Public And Private Employee Associations Rob Mccoy (Oppose) $27,090 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
Perea Reviving Jobs And The Economy Ballot Measure Committee Rainy Day Budget Stabilization Fund Act (Support) $5,000 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
Perea Reviving Jobs And The Economy Ballot Measure Committee Water Quality/supply/infrastructure Act (Support) $5,000 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
Personal Insurance Federation Committee Jose Solorio (Support) $29,829 10/15/2014 10/17/2014
Personal Insurance Federation Committee Jose Solorio (Support) $18,162 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Powerpac.org Voter Fund, A Sponsored Committee Of Powerpac.org Dr. Jose F. Moreno (Support) $5,082 10/07/2014 10/17/2014
Powerpac.org Voter Fund, A Sponsored Committee Of Powerpac.org Dr. Jose F. Moreno (Support) $2,940 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Solorio Senate 2014 Sponsored By Labor And Public Safty Organizations, Working Families For Janet Nguyen (Oppose) $70,023 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
Solorio Senate 2014 Sponsored By Labor And Public Safty Organizations, Working Families For Jose Solorio (Support) $12,500 10/16/2014 10/17/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Tim Sbranti (Oppose) $29,500 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Catharine Baker (Support) $12,871 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Catharine Baker (Support) $21,446 10/14/2014 10/17/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Tony Mendoza (Oppose) $35,747 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Sycuan Band Of The Kumeyaay Nation Shirley Anderson (Support) $946 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Sycuan Band Of The Kumeyaay Nation Shirley Anderson (Support) $5,105 10/10/2014 10/17/2014
Sycuan Band Of The Kumeyaay Nation Barbara Stevens (Support) $911 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Sycuan Band Of The Kumeyaay Nation Barbara Stevens (Support) $5,105 10/10/2014 10/17/2014
Tuck For State Superintendent 2014; Parents And Teachers For Marshall Tuck (Support) $4,920 10/17/2014 10/17/2014
Vote Planned Parenthood Northern California, A Project Of Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund Tim Sbranti (Support) $12,000 10/16/2014 10/17/2014

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Jerry Brown’s Team Releases A Slew Of Upbeat New Prop. 1 & 2 Ads - Politics Blog
blog.sfgate.com
While he still hasn't done a single ad for his own 2014 re-election campaign, California Gov. Jerry Brown will hit the airwaves again Monday to push two state ballot measures -- this time with a ne...

For Down-Ticket Democrats, Jerry Brown A Rare Sight
David Siders @
sacbee.com
It was a first in this election year when Gov. Jerry Brown appeared in a TV ad recently for a state Senate candidate in Southern California. Brown has done little visibly to help other members of his party.

Gov. Jerry Brown Touts Decades Of Experience On Water Policy
latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown pitched his decades-long political career as an asset in tackling California's vexing water problems in a speech at Stanford University on Monday, portraying this year's major water legislation as a continuation of his first gubernatorial term nearly 40 years ago.

How CalPERS Ranks: Average Service, High Costs
Ed Mendel @
calpensions.com
A new comparison with four other large public pension funds found that CalPERS, while scoring average on service, had high pension administration costs — $213 per member a year, nearly twice the average of $108 per member.

Ad Watch: Mailers Paint Senate District 34 Candidates As 'Most Dangerous' Or 'Most Corrupt'
MARTIN WISCKOL @
ocregister.com
According to the mail, I and my fellow voters in state Senate District 34 have a choice between “the most dangerous politician around” and “Orange County’s most corrupt supervisor” to replace termed-out Sen. Lou Correa.

Opinion: Record Low Voter Turnout Looms In California
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
Or to put it another way, California, which set a record for low participation in June’s primary election, will likely set another low mark for a general election in November.

Gov. Brown To Meet With Nursing Groups To Discuss Ebola Preparations
latimes.com
Leaders of two nursing organizations say they plan to meet Tuesday with Gov. Jerry Brown to call on the state to upgrade Ebola training and safety precautions for California health professionals.

Young Latino Voters Target Of Silicon Valley 'power Summit'
Howard Mintz @
mercurynews.com
But that demographic was front and center this weekend in Silicon Valley, where one national group used Hollywood glitz and political firepower to make sure the next wave of Latino voters use Facebook, Twitter and other social media to make their way to voting booths for decades to come.

De Leoacute;n Throws Extravagant Bash As Steinberg Quietly Leaves
George Skelton @
latimes.com
State Sen. Darrell Steinberg officially stepped off the stage last week. And Sen. Kevin de León stepped on it. Did he ever!

Fracking Ban On The Ballot In Tiny San Benito County Has Big Statewide Implications
Paul Rogers @
mercurynews.com
The small protest vote was soon copied by 25 other coastal communities, from San Diego to Fort Bragg, helping to kill the oil industry's drilling plans.

California nurses oppose surgical masks, demand Hazmat suits
calnewsroom.com
The union that's now demanding full Haz-Mat suits just two years ago rejected a requirement that nurses wear surgical masks. Back in 2012, the CNA blocked Senate Bill 1318, authored by Senator Lois Wolk, D-Davis, that would have required employees in health clinics and hospitals "to either annually receive an influenza vaccination or, as an alternative to the annual influenza vaccination, wear a clinic-provided surgical or procedural mask."

First Draft: Obama Votes Early
rss.nytimes.com
President Obama cast his ballot in the midterm elections as early voting started in his hometown, Chicago, hoping to send a message to the Democratic faithful about the importance of turning out to vote.

S.F.'s Prop. A is first step on road to put driving last
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @
sfgate.com
There’s a lot more to San Francisco’s $500 million Proposition A than fixing roads — it’s really the first step in a master plan to put buses, bikes and pedestrians on the fast track and move cars into the slow lane.

Law Students, Lawyers Help UC Santa Cruz Students Avoid Deportation
Kara Guzman @
santacruzsentinel.com
Approximately 1.7 million immigrants qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: those who came to the U.S. before the age of 16. Other requirements include current status as a student or honorably discharged veteran, or a high school diploma or GED. They must have been younger than age 31 by June 15, 2012 and without a felony, significant misdemeanor or three other misdemeanors. Proving that a student meets these requirements sometimes requires an attorney's help, since students must prove they have resided continuously in the U.S. since June 15, 2007.

Whittier's Voting System Shift Is Better For Latinos, But Not Ideal
latimes.com
Last year, the city of Whittier was sued under California's Voting Rights Act. Roughly half of the city's registered voters are Latino — yet, in its 116-year history, only one Latino has been elected to the five-member City Council. None have been elected in the last decade. According to the lawsuit, brought on behalf of several residents, power in Whittier has been concentrated in the hands of white politicians because of the city's at-large voting system.

Trial Date Set For Dispute Over Canceled Sale Of State-owned Buildings
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After almost four years, a legal spat over a busted deal to buy billions of dollars' worth of state government office buildings could finally be going to trial.

Danny Elfman Talks About Halloween Concerts Of Tim Burton Movie Music
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Danny Elfman will be back this Halloween season for concerts of his music from the movies of Tim Burton . The performances, which will feature a live orchestra and choir, are scheduled for Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, and Nov. 2 at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

POLITICO poll: Alarm, anxiety as election looms
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Two-thirds of likely voters say they feel that the U.S. has lost control of its major challenges.

Obama Makes Delayed Debut On The Campaign Rally Circuit
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Kashkari’s Tv Spot Betrays His Utter Lack Of Decency « Calbuzz
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Japan's trade and justice ministers resign amid campaign fund scandals
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Japan's trade and justice ministers resigned Monday after accusations they misused campaign funds in the biggest setback so far for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's conservative administration.