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Well, this is it. 5pm deadline for incumbents to file, otherwise there is extension until next Wednesday.
I can't promise anything, as counties have different procedures for posting candidate filing logs. Ironically, some of the smallest/poorest counties are the best.
I forfeited my "Black Panter" ticket, because there is too much going on.
I'll send out an update to Nooner Premium subscribers tonight.
Meanwhile, we're on the clock. The clock...the clock...what does that bring to mind?
Have I told you yet about my strangest travel experience on a Friday night, which I had while CEO of the association of California community colleges? It was on the "stripper shuttle." I finished up a speaking gig in LA and went to meet my wife and law school buddy for a Vegas weekend. (We were all old...not slot machines old, but no nightclubs old.)
The "stripper shuttle" is a Southwest flight from Burbank to Vegas. I'm not ******* you. The porn industry from Chatsworth moves to Vegas for shows or private entertainment over the weekend in Sin City.
Anyway, that Friday night, I was in the bulkhead aisle seat and some crazy looking dude comes in at the end of boarding and takes the middle next to me. The worst feeling in SWA, right?
I assumed that he was some Flavor Flav impersonator and this was in the heyday of is remake as a reality TV star in Flavor of Love.
He was engaging and happy to talk about things. He said his current "girl" didn't want him to do Flavor of Love again. I told him that, while not a rap guru, I loved Don't Believe The Hype as did a lot of white kids did in Orange County. We became somewhat urban to share the culture, through our (I think at that point) CDs. I remember when I first installed a CD player in my car. We wore high tops to go along with it.
My skepticsm was proved wrong when the flight attendants invited the passanger in the middle seat of the first row to take over the "mic." And, there my "neighbor" was singing to the entire cabin "Don't Believe the Hype."
Ha! I've given up the high tops and a personal car. I have hundreds of CDs and I guess I can play them through my TV/AV system.
Pardon me for taking a needed break from politics, which we get to after the jump.
Some big candidacies are still big question marks. The filing deadline is 5pm. I'm going to wrap this Nooner and put it "in the can" and see The Black Panther. I'll likely send out an update late tonight to Nooner Premium, although it's dependent on the postings of county registrats. Working though 58 counties as one person is impossible, let alone being physically present in each to see who shows up with a check and papers.
CA50 (East San Diego County): As of last night, former SD councilmember Carl DeMaio has only pulled papers but has done nothing else. He has until 5pm to write a $1,700 nonrefundable check if he wants to be in the race. Incumbent Duncan Hunter appears to be qualified for the ballot, but you wouldn't be able to discern that from the county's candidate log.
NOTED: The Secretary of State's office has released data on the "pre-registration" program, which allows 16- and 17-year olds to file for voter registration, which automatically occurs when they turn 18. The filings thus far are:
Young voters (or would-be voters in this case) are generally more affiliated with the Democrats, but this is still bad news for the waning GOP voter registration in the state. And, any 16 or 17-year old who registered "American Independent" gets an "F" in civics. George Wallace died 20 years ago.
SD28 (Coachella Valley): No update yet from Riversde Countil whether Jeff Stone (R) has filed for re-election.
SD32 (Whittier): The special election to fill Tony Mendoza's State Senate seat will be June 5/August 7. So, the primary is consolidated with the regular primary, with the runoff in August. Right move by the governor, but wrong way to run a government. Blame it on Tony...who hopes to be on all those ballots after resigning.
REXROAD: I hate for this to be on a Friday, but the news cycle is the cycle and I wanted him to break it to constituents before I did. Facing a formidable challenge and in respect for his family, Matt Rexroad decided to not run for re-election to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors. Indeed, the firm that he is a partner in, Meridian Pacific, is a longtime sponsor of this scribe. That said, nobody can point to a bias therefrom.
I first met Matt on a day in September 2001. It was a day of grieving and the only time I've gone to a Catholic church for something other than a wedding. I went to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament for what was the city's biggest gathering for grieving. You can remember where you were that week.
Upon leaving, there were local activists trying to recruit voters to switch their party registration to Republican in response to the terrorist attacks.
It was abhorrent. I would have felt the same way about any local party's capitalization and of course any commercial exploitation. For Amida Buddha's sake, we were grieving!
I marched into the California Republican Party headquarters, which was on the first floor of the same building I worked in, the Senator Hotel. There was one guy there--a bald-headed Marine named Matt Rexroad. I yelled at him for the voter registration going on outside of the cathedral, he agreed, and that crap stopped.
I've loved the guy ever since.
That's before I saw him as the most lovingest father--and foster father--I've ever seen. He's competing with the humanitarian blessing along with the wonderful Aaron Klein (trustee at Sierra CCD) who has brought together an amazing family with international adoptions in, frankly, a lily white community is a heart-warming competitor.
Thank you Matt and Jennifer. And Aaron and Cacey. You know it's not easy for me to say, but you are doing God's work. Namo Amida Butsu!
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Victor Arrañaga, Jr., Keith Curry, Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald, and Alice Miller!
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