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AD47 (Rialto): A new poll commissioned by the Eloise Reyes campaign, conducted by Jonathan Brown of Sextant Strategies & Research finds a close race, with a lot of undecided voters:

  • Cheryl Brown (D-incumbent): 42%
  • Eloise Reyes (D): 38%
  • Undecided/Don't Know: 21%

As the incumbent, Brown has won most legislative endorsements and is supported by the energy industry. Reyes is running to the left and capitalizing on the district's significant Latino population. There will be a lot of "independent" money spent down the stretch in this district. Aside from money, the race could be tipped by Latino turnout should there be a Trump effect. And, it's one of these races where the question of what Republicans do--vote for the more conservative Democrat or abstain from voting altogether?

NOBODY WATCHES: Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez agree to one Senate debate [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "The [Loretta] Sanchez campaign and debate sponsors confirmed Wednesday that the Oct. 5 debate from Los Angeles would proceed after weeks of wrangling over the fall schedule. [Kamala] Harris, the frontrunner, came out first in agreeing to the Los Angeles debate, as well as a planned Sept. 20 TV debate in Sacramento."

US SENATE: Meet the men plotting strategy for California's U.S. Senate candidates [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - "Rep. Loretta Sanchez turned to Carrick, Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s longtime advisor, for those answers. To charter her path, Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris went with Sean Clegg and the team at SCN Consulting, a group that has worked with Sen. Barbara Boxer."



TERM LIMITS SUCK: Pavley’s legacy: premier warrior fighting greenhouse gases [Lisa Renner @ CapWeekly] - "As a longtime former middle school teacher, Fran Pavley thought she would focus her energies on education when she got elected to the California Legislature 15 years ago. But Robert Hertzberg, who was then Assembly speaker, gave the Southern California politician some advice.  “He said we have several champions on education, we need you to focus on the environment,” Pavley said." 

JUICE: Jerry Brown presses case for expanding California’s power grid [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Gov. Jerry Brown, who last month delayed his proposal to integrate California’s largest electricity grid with other states, on Wednesday acknowledged the political difficulty of such a plan but said a broader grid is necessary to support growing renewable-energy production in the West."

COMMERCE CORRUPTION: Mountain resorts, rent subsidies and saunas: The benefits of living in a city plagued by scandal [Adam Elmahrek @ LAT] - "Fueled by hefty tax revenue from the Commerce Casino, Citadel outlet mall and other businesses, the city has long provided services to residents that surrounding communities cannot match, including extensive recreation facilities, rent subsidies for the elderly and even a mountain retreat."

THE OC: Bill to prevent future sale of O.C. fairgrounds heads to governor [Louis Casiano Jr. @ OCR] - "State Assemblyman Tom Daly, D-Anaheim, introduced AB 1907 in February, with the intention of striking down two provisions of state law allowing the sale of the 150-acre property by the state Department of General Services."

PREY: The SacBee has a story on the increasing gang violence that has Asian gangs preying on largely older Asians in South Sacramento. When the city has hundreds of millions (bonded, of course) for the arena, this issue has to be tackled.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Asm Gonzalez's Evan McLaughlin, Assemblymember Bill Quirk, Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, and Cathy Unger!





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This November, There Will Be A Rush Of Local Votes On Marijuana Rules, Taxes - The Orange County Register
Deep into the looong November ballot, many voters will be sorting through a typical mix of school bond measures, sales tax hikes and the like. But this year, in dozens of cities and counties in California, communities will also face pivotal questions about the future of marijuana.

Meet The Men Plotting Strategy For California's U.S. Senate Candidates
Behind the scenes of the US Senate race, two veteran California political consultants battle again

Did A Rambling Ballot Argument Hijack The Debate Over A $288 Million School Bond Measure? - The Orange County Register
Opponents of a $288 million Orange Unified school bond measure say voters could be ill-informed on the issue when they enter the polling place on Nov. 8 after a recent superior court ruling allowed a disjointed argument against the measure to remain on official election materials.

Law school ex-deanâ
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[...] Choudhry, who resigned last spring as the law school’s dean following a sexual-harassment lawsuit from his former executive assistant, marked his return with an open letter in Berkeley’s student newspaper, the Daily Californian. The letter, in which he justified his return to the campus and described emotional difficulties the case has caused him and his family, ignited a student protest overnight. Around 100 students protested and marched in front of Sproul Hall; about 50 stayed to protest the law school, Boalt Hall, floor to floor. “This is next level glorification of a perpetrator who is given a platform and vehicle that many survivors simply” do not have, one student, Alyssa Liu, wrote on Facebook. Student activists have clashed with campus newspapers elsewhere over choices to include controversial perspectives in opinion pieces — one high-profile case, at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, led the student government to slash the paper’s budget in response to a guest commentary critical of the Black Lives Matter movement. The publication of others’ beliefs, however — even those that are unpopular and contentious — is fundamental to a multifaceted dialogue on pressing matters related to the campus and city, they wrote. Steve Montiel, press secretary for UC President Janet Napolitano, said in an email statement that Choudhry will not teach this academic year. Professor Choudhry did not return to the UC Berkeley School of Law for the remainder of the spring semester, consistent with President Napolitano’s instruction.

Why A Conservative California Mega-donor Gave More Than $100,000 To Gary Johnson's Presidential Campaign
Update on 'Campaign 2016 updates: Trump doesn't want to talk about his 'birther' comments, but Mike Pence speaks up'

Group Fights To Keep Marijuana, Pot Dispensaries Out Of Laguna Beach - The Orange County Register
The statewide ballot measure would allow Californians 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, up to 8 grams of concentrated cannabis and up to six plants.

Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez Agree To One Senate Debate | The Sacramento Bee
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Diaper, Tampon Sales Tax Exemption Bills In Jeopardy -
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Court Filing Accuses Texas of Misleading Voters Without IDs
Advocacy groups and the Justice Department said a state education campaign ordered in a previous court ruling was leaving voters with wrong impressions.

Marion Gray, photographer of performance art, dies at 81
Marion Gray, a San Francisco artist who developed a niche photographing the performance art scene here and around the world, died Sept. 2 after a five-year battle with cancer. Ms. Gray had been hospitalized but was released so she could pass away in her favorite environment, her live/work studio in an art cooperative in the Mission District, said her daughter, Jennifer Tincknell of Healdsburg. In a 40-year career that started as a volunteer photographing Christo’s “Running Fence” in Marin and Sonoma counties, Ms. Gray developed a reputation for making candid pictures of artists as they were making art, whether it be dance, music, theater or painting. “She was both an incredibly dedicated artist and a really bright spirit,” said Christina Linden, associate curator of painting and sculpture at the museum and curator of that show. While teaching at an elementary school in Seaside (Monterey County), she met and married Robert Gray, an engineer who had graduated from Stanford University. [...] after the marriage ended in divorce, Ms. Gray moved to Europe for three years, to begin her education in the arts, which meant dragging her young daughters to “every single museum in Europe,” Tincknell said. Upon their return, they lived in Kentfield, where Ms. Gray began her academic education in the arts, first at College of Marin and then at UC Berkeley, where she earned both a master’s in fine arts in ceramics and photography and a master’s in art history, in 1975. Among the artists she portrayed were David Ireland, Tom Marioni, Karen Finley, John O’Keefe and Survival Research Laboratories.

New Tijuana-beijing Nonstop Planned For 2017 |
The Cross Border XPress pedestrian bridge between San Diego and the Tijuana Airport makes it easier to take international flights, like the nonstop to Beijing that is expected debut next year. — Alejandro Tamayo

Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson: 'what Is Aleppo?' - Politico
Asked what he would do about the Syrian city of Aleppo, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson responded by asking 'what is Aleppo?'

This Corrupt Politician Made Nearly $1 Million In Past 3 Years But Says He Can’t Afford To Pay A Fine For Money Laundering
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With Guilty Pleas, Calderon Brothers Political Legacy Punctuated With Corruption
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Are There More Bigots Now Than There Were Before Trump Became The GOP Front-runner?
For all the rhetoric on immigration, polls show public views haven't changed much.

Court Ruling Deals Blow To 385,000 Uber Drivers - San Francisco Chronicle
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Two California Congresswomen Are Behind The New Sexual Assault Survivors Bill Of Rights
An unlikely pair of California Representatives want national standards for treating rape survivors

Ryan Eyes Budget 'minibuses' - Politico
Lewandowski's old boss seems to be laying the groundwork for a similar ending if he Manhattan billionaire loses in November.

Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton: Where They Stand on Education
The two candidates on Common Core standards, school choice and the rising cost of college tuition.

Senate Nears Zika Funding Breakthrough - Politico
To help protect against those threats, the Department of Homeland Security has been offering to assist election officials with cyber hygiene evaluations,...

Joe Biden to Lead New Push for Senate Vote on Merrick Garland
The vice president will join congressional Democrats to again urge Republicans to hold a confirmation hearing on President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court.

Merrick Garland To Visit Senate Again - Politico
Obama says he continues to believe Trump isn't qualified to be president and that "every time he speaks, that opinion is confirmed."

Oakland Police To Fire 4 Officers, Suspend 7 Others, In Sexual Misconduct Scandal
Four Oakland police officers will be fired and seven others suspended without pay for their roles in a sexual misconduct scandal that sparked national outrage