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THE NOONER for October 30, 2014

 

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Good morning from Market Street in San Francisco, where I heard the celebration most of the night but thankfully stayed in my hotel room. As I have written before, I'm one of those Californians who can root for either the Giants or the Dodgers, which I know is like donning a yarmulke to take communion. What a great series, and a great win for a city that we love and is a leader in the California come-back.

Oh, we got numbers!!! Field Poll released its numbers on the statewides today. Field, which gets an A+ rating from FiveThirtyEight.com, expects 60% of ballots to be cast as vote-by mail, and a breakdown of 43% Democrts, 34% Republicans, and 23% NPP or other.

Governor

  • Jerry Brown (D): 54%
  • Neel Kashkari (R): 33%
  • Undecided: 14%

Lieutenant Governor

  • Gavin Newsom (D): 47%
  • Ron Nehring (R): 37%
  • Undecided: 16%

Secretary of State

  • Alex Padilla (D): 44%
  • Pete Peterson (R): 37%
  • Undecided: 19%

Attorney General

  • Kamala Harris (D): 49%
  • Ronald Gold (R): 36%
  • Undecided: 15%

Controller

  • Betty Yee (D): 44%
  • Ashley Swearengin (R): 36%
  • Undecided: 20%

Treasurer

  • John Chiang (D): 46%
  • Greg Conlin (R): 35%
  • Undecided: 19%

Insurance Commisioner

  • Dave Jones (D): 45%
  • Ted Gaines (R): 33%
  • Undecided: 22%

Superintendent of Public Insruction

  • Tom Torlackson: 28%
  • Marshall Tuck: 28%
  • Undecided: 44%

The poll results are largely as expected, although I'm surprised Republicans aren't putting up a bigger fight for Controller and Secretary of State. They have promising candidates in those two races, but their performance is essentially within the margin of error of all of the contested elections. If I were Ashley Swearengin or Pete Peterson, I'd be pretty pissed at how much money is being spent in legislative races with nothing to support statewides. I love Jim Brulte and know his plan, but this could be a huge missed opportunity to break the Democrats' dominance in statewides. And, I like all four candidates for these two offices. But, we're talking strategy for a having Republicans have a pulse here.

Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) has turned into the most interesting race--something I never thought I would write. How many of you know that Governor Jerry Brown eliminated the office of Secretary of Education, which Richard Riordan served as under Schwarzenegger? To most voters, the only education decision made in Sacramento is the annual budget, which is driven by Prop. 98.

What's amazing in the SPI race is the number of undecideds after so much money has been spent. My speculation is that voters are just clueless when there's no party identification, as in the SPI race. Look at the numbers. In partisan races, support for Republican candidates ranges from 33%-37%, and for Democrats from 45% to 54%. Drop Jerry Brown and it's 45-49%. Those ranges are basically within the poll's margin of error of 3.4%. Our media has been spread so thin that I honestly don't believe voters have much knowledge about candidates, and so party clues have become more powerful. I have seen ads for Yes on Prop 1 and 2 and heard ads in the SPI race. I know little about the message, but can tell you a lot about Gregor Blanco's error last night because I have watched it five times.

And, get off the "independents are growing" nonsense--the vast majority of independent voters have strong partisan ideology. As my friend Matt Rexroad said, independents here in San Francisco think Nancy Pelosi is too conservative, while those in Roseville think the Republican Party isn't doing enough to protect gun rights. At the end of the day, it's a top two scenario in which voters have to choose a silo. So, in the SPI race, they are just confused. I am still a registered Democrat but turned in a ballot yesterday that wasn't completely party line. (Clue: I am never running for public office by admitting that.) If I was to re-register, I could easily be No Party Preference, as registering with a party is like accepting a member card at a grocery store you patronize once every few years. At the end of the day, my political views are pretty close to those of most Californians, and the Field Poll reflects that.

The only difference is that I know the folks on the ballot in most cases, and they are good people. Voters don't get the chance that we "insiders" do to know candidates, and it's gotten worse in this thin media, indepenent expenditure, and mail-like-crazy environment. 

Pardon my French, but Superintendent of Public Instruction has become a pissing match between uber-wealthy individuals and well-heeled teachers unions, and is really the only statewide race in play. Yesterday, Michael Bloomberg added $250,000 to the IE campaign for Tuck. SPI is a proxy war for the funders about education polcy, although the policy doesn't translate for most voters. But, as reflected in the Field Poll with 44% undecided a week out, those of us who have opinions are a very small majority of those likely to vote. When we aren't given guidance about partisan affiliation, we seem to be just clueless. I joked about the Vergara case being the Viagra case, which is a sad but true reflection on voters' minds toward education.

We're going to see a 45-50% voter turnout next week and even those who do vote have little clue what the stakes are. We need a civic responsibility renaissance in California. People just don't care, are too busy, or think they have no responsibility. Then, of course, they hate the politicians who are elected or policies that are enacted.

Oh, and why did I yesterday hear an ad for Bobby Shriver against Sheila Kuehl paid for by an IE with majority support from Michael Bloomberg? Anyone understand that play? Sheila certainly isn't a gun-toting anti-same-sex marriage conservative.

Sorry if I sound bitter and congratulations Giants!

 

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  • Capitol Weekly, UC Center and Leadership California Institute present A Post-Mortem of the Election, Nov 6 in Sacramento. Over two dozen participants, including Jim Brulte and Ace Smith.  The day concludes with a Welcome Reception for New Legislators. Click here for info or call 916-444-7665.
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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 
Fresno Bee  Yes Yes  Yes Yes  No No
LA Daily News Yes Yes No No  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    Newsom   Harris Swearengin Chiang Jones Tuck
Fresno Bee Brown  Newsom Peterson  Harris Swearengin Chiang Jones  Tuck
LA Daily News Brown Newsom   Peterson Harris  Swearengin Chiang Jones Tuck
LA Times Brown Newsom Peterson Harris  Swearengin Chiang  Jones  Tuck
OC Register     Peterson    Swearengin Chiang   Tuck
SacBee Brown Newsom Padilla Harris 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
Atlas Political Action Committee Mike Toerge (Oppose) $5,501 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
Atlas Political Action Committee Scott Peotter (Support) $5,501 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
Building And Protecting A Strong California, A Coalition Of Firefighters, Building Trades, Realtors And Correctional Officers Organizations Sharon Quirk-silva (Support) $113,145 10/20/2014 10/29/2014
Building And Protecting A Strong California, A Coalition Of Firefighters, Building Trades, Realtors And Correctional Officers Organizations Rob Mccoy (Oppose) $2,167 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
Building And Protecting A Strong California, A Coalition Of Firefighters, Building Trades, Realtors And Correctional Officers Organizations Jeff Stone (Oppose) $14,782 10/20/2014 10/29/2014
Building And Protecting A Strong California, A Coalition Of Firefighters, Building Trades, Realtors And Correctional Officers Organizations Sharon Quirk-silva (Support) $2,167 10/21/2014 10/29/2014
Building And Protecting A Strong California, A Coalition Of Firefighters, Building Trades, Realtors And Correctional Officers Organizations Sharon Quirk-silva (Support) $24,044 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Building And Protecting A Strong California, A Coalition Of Firefighters, Building Trades, Realtors And Correctional Officers Organizations Jeff Stone (Oppose) $14,583 10/21/2014 10/29/2014
Building And Protecting A Strong California, A Coalition Of Firefighters, Building Trades, Realtors And Correctional Officers Organizations Bonnie Garcia (Support) $14,583 10/21/2014 10/29/2014
Building And Protecting A Strong California, A Coalition Of Firefighters, Building Trades, Realtors And Correctional Officers Organizations Young Kim (Oppose) $5,278 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Building And Protecting A Strong California, A Coalition Of Firefighters, Building Trades, Realtors And Correctional Officers Organizations Bonnie Garcia (Support) $35,760 10/20/2014 10/29/2014
Building And Protecting A Strong California, A Coalition Of Firefighters, Building Trades, Realtors And Correctional Officers Organizations Eric Linder (Support) $97,786 10/08/2014 10/29/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Valerie Cuevas (Support) $9,210 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Ian Calderon (Support) $12,500 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Jessie Ryan (Support) $5,048 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Jay Hansen (Support) $6,370 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Elizabeth Block (Support) $9,210 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Prophet Walker (Support) $8,967 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
California Conservative Pac Matthew Harper (Support) $3,812 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
California Conservative Pac Duffy Duffield (Support) $2,899 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
California Conservative Pac Diane Dixon (Support) $2,899 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
California Conservative Pac Kevin Muldoon (Support) $2,899 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
California Conservative Pac Mike Toerge (Oppose) $4,990 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
California Conservative Pac Scott Peotter (Support) $2,899 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
California Credit Union League Political Action Committee Bonnie Garcia (Support) $9,500 10/22/2014 10/29/2014
California Farm Bureau Fund To Protect The Family Farm (farm Pac) Sandra Fluke (Oppose) $25,873 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
California Future Fund Political Action Committee Lisa Bartlett (Support) $22,924 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
California Future Fund Political Action Committee Mike Amabile (Support) $2,202 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Darrell Fong (Support) $15,507 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
California Republican Party Luis Chavez (Oppose) $1,717 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
California Republican Party Adam Gray (Oppose) $8,679 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
California Senior Advocates League Pac Bonnie Garcia (Support) $24,614 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
California State Council Of Service Employees Political Committee Mike Gipson (Oppose) $59,596 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
California State Council Of Service Employees Political Committee Roger Dickinson (Oppose) $1,989 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
California State Council Of Service Employees Political Committee Richard Pan (Support) $8,895 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
California State Council Of Service Employees Political Committee Prophet Walker (Support) $21,651 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
California Taxpayers Advocate Mike Gipson (Oppose) $11,556 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
California Taxpayers Advocate Prophet Walker (Support) $4,715 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Californians Allied For Patient Protection Independent Expenditure Account Assembly Member Roger Dickinson (Oppose) $86,792 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Darrell Fong (Oppose) $45,024 10/27/2014 10/29/2014
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Jim Cooper (Support) $19,730 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Jim Cooper (Support) $2,200 10/27/2014 10/29/2014
Campos For Assembly 2014 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Nurses, Teachers And Working Families United To Support David David Chiu (Oppose) $33,722 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Cooperative Of American Physicians Independent Expenditure Committee David Chiu (Support) $15,283 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Courage Campaign Issues Committee Healthcare Insurance. Rate Changes. Initiative Sta (Support) $7 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Courage Campaign Issues Committee Criminal Sentences. Misdemeanor Penalties. Initiat (Support) $27 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Courage Campaign Issues Committee State Budget. Budget Stabilization Account. Legisl (Oppose) $7 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Dart Container Corporation Ian Calderon (Support) $2,000 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Dart Container Corporation Eric Linder (Support) $4,665 10/23/2014 10/29/2014
Dart Container Corporation Miguel Santiago (Support) $1,400 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Dart Container Corporation Jose Medina (Support) $1,500 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Dart Container Corporation Mike Mcguire (Support) $1,400 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Dart Container Corporation Eric Linder (Support) $2,000 10/27/2014 10/29/2014
Dart Container Corporation Tony Mendoza (Support) $1,955 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Dart Container Corporation Rudy Salas (Support) $2,000 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Dart Container Corporation Jose Solorio (Support) $2,000 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Dart Container Corporation Eric Linder (Support) $1,166 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Dart Container Corporation Adam Gray (Support) $2,208 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Dart Container Corporation Bill Dodd (Support) $1,400 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Matt Dababneh (Support) $10,765 10/27/2014 10/29/2014
Families For An Affordable San Francisco, Sponsored By Labor And Community Organizations David Campos (Support) $218 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Families For An Affordable San Francisco, Sponsored By Labor And Community Organizations David Campos (Support) $3,722 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
Golden State Leadership Fund Pac Jim Cooper (Oppose) $15,000 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Golden State Leadership Fund Pac Jim Cooper (Oppose) $23,793 10/24/2014 10/29/2014
Independent Voter Pac Sharon Quirk Silva (Support) $1,408 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Independent Voter Pac Ian Calderon (Support) $1,309 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Independent Voter Pac Rob Mccoy (Oppose) $505 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Independent Voter Pac Rudy Salas (Support) $778 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Independent Voter Pac Tony Thurmond (Support) $1,739 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Independent Voter Pac Jacqui Irwin (Support) $2,641 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Independent Voter Pac Mike Gipson (Support) $1,330 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Andy Vidak (Support) $14,000 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Luis Chavez (Oppose) $14,000 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Catharine Baker (Support) $38,000 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Keep Ca Strong Tony Thurmond (Support) $42,500 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Rudy Salas (Support) $21,225 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Marc Steinorth (Support) $7,662 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Mike Gipson (Support) $20,000 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Adam Gray (Support) $8,480 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Jack Mobley (Oppose) $25,441 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Lasd Parents For Great Schools Marshall Tuck (Support) $4,083 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Marcil, Gerald J. David Hadley (Support) $3,087 10/15/2014 10/29/2014
Marcil, Gerald J. David Hadley (Support) $49,459 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Million More Voters, Sponsored By The California Labor Federation, Afl-cio Andy Vidak (Oppose) $42,644 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
Million More Voters, Sponsored By The California Labor Federation, Afl-cio Luis Chavez (Support) $30,839 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
Orange County Dignity Pac, Sponsored By Orange County Federation Of Labor, Afl-cio Young Kim (Oppose) $22,644 10/25/2014 10/29/2014
Orange County Dignity Pac, Sponsored By Orange County Federation Of Labor, Afl-cio Sharon Quirk-silva (Support) $2,917 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Powerpac.org Voter Fund, A Sponsored Committee Of Powerpac.org Dr. Jose F. Moreno (Support) $5,840 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Powerpac.org Voter Fund, A Sponsored Committee Of Powerpac.org Lara Delaney (Oppose) $2,036 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Privacypac: Naral Pro-choice California Jacqui Irwin (Support) $2,259 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
Privacypac: Naral Pro-choice California Rob Mc Coy (Oppose) $6,090 10/22/2014 10/29/2014
Privacypac: Naral Pro-choice California Rob Mc Coy (Oppose) $1,644 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
Privacypac: Naral Pro-choice California Rob Mc Coy (Oppose) $6,090 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Privacypac: Naral Pro-choice California Jacqui Irwin (Support) $6,090 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Privacypac: Naral Pro-choice California Rob Mc Coy (Oppose) $291 10/16/2014 10/29/2014
Republican Party Of Orange County (state Account) Connie Boardman (Oppose) $7,279 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Republican Party Of Orange County (state Account) Orange Unified School District Bond Proposition (Oppose) $9,972 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Republican Party Of Orange County (state Account) Joe Shaw (Oppose) $1,820 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Republican Party Of Orange County (state Account) Orange Unified School District Bond Proposition (Oppose) $4,900 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
Republican Party Of Orange County (state Account) Katherine Daigle (Oppose) $400 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
San Manuel Band Of Mission Indians Anthony Cannella (Support) $22,500 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
San Manuel Band Of Mission Indians Adam Gray (Support) $22,500 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Sbranti For Assembly 2014, Sponsored By The California Teachers Association And California State Council Of Service Employees; Californians For Economic Prosperity To Support Tim Tim Sbranti (Support) $70,758 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Sbranti For Assembly 2014, Sponsored By The California Teachers Association And California State Council Of Service Employees; Californians For Economic Prosperity To Support Tim Catharine Baker (Oppose) $36,442 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Slo County Democratic Party Dan Riviore (Support) $1,608 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Slo County Democratic Party Carlyn Christianson (Support) $83 10/27/2014 10/29/2014
Slo County Democratic Party Jan Marx (Support) $83 10/27/2014 10/29/2014
Slo County Democratic Party Carlyn Christianson (Support) $1,608 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Slo County Democratic Party Jan Marx (Support) $1,608 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Slo County Democratic Party Dan Riviore (Support) $83 10/27/2014 10/29/2014
Solorio Senate 2014 Sponsored By Labor And Public Safty Organizations, Working Families For Jose Solorio (Support) $13,435 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Solorio Senate 2014 Sponsored By Labor And Public Safty Organizations, Working Families For Janet Nguyen (Oppose) $57,783 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Catharine Baker (Support) $543,954 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Tony Mendoza (Oppose) $31,709 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Catharine Baker (Support) $49,098 10/27/2014 10/29/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Catharine Baker (Support) $63,664 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Tony Mendoza (Oppose) $32,677 10/27/2014 10/29/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Tim Sbranti (Oppose) $23,407 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Tony Mendoza (Oppose) $33,443 10/24/2014 10/29/2014
Taxpayers For Ethical Government Larry Agran (Oppose) $17,724 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Tuck For State Superintendent 2014; Parents And Teachers For Marshall Tuck (Support) $50,833 10/29/2014 10/29/2014
United Nurses Associations Of California / Union Of Health Care Professionals Pac (unac/uhcp Pac) Elizabeth Echols (Support) $12,073 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
United Nurses Associations Of California / Union Of Health Care Professionals Pac (unac/uhcp Pac) Tony Thurmond (Oppose) $12,073 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
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One afternoon in late September, David Plouffe, President Barack Obama’s former campaign manager and most trusted political aide, slipped into Hillary Clinton’s stately red-brick home on Whitehaven Street in Washington, D.C., to lay out his vision for her 2016 presidential campaign. The Clintons have always made a habit of courting their most talented tormenters, so it wasn’t surprising that she would call on the man who masterminded her 2008 defeat as she finds herself besieged by Republicans replaying Plouffe’s greatest hits.

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Southern Democrats, Courting Black Voters, Focus Senate Campaigns on Racial Scars
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Democrats in the closest Senate races in the South are turning to racially charged messages to jolt African-Americans into voting and stop a Republican takeover in Washington.

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Mediation Fails In Aclu Lawsuit Over Va Leases At West L.A. Campus
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Mediation between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Civil Liberties Union has failed to resolve a long-running dispute over leases on the sprawling West Los Angeles campus.

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Berkshire Hathaway executive donates $65 million to UC Santa Barbara
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The vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has donated $65 million to a UC Santa Barbara physics institute -- the largest single gift in the university's history.