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Wednesday, October 12, 2011


A Redistricting Bromance

With a quote that sounds straight-up Bromantic, the Hotline introduces State Senator Michael Rubio to his new DC audience as “our youngest, best-looking, most dynamic, most politically aggressive, most politically astute Member of Congress. If you look at how many of our current delegation are in their 70s and 80s, this guy's going to stand out.”

(The California Congressional Delegation immediately responded to the quote noting only 15 members of the caucus are over 70 and only one of them looks a day over 50.)

But today’s news includes other potential bromances - the always winning Manual Perez getting the treatment from Republican consultant Matt Rexroad and Congressman Jeff Denahm paired up with a Latino astronaut, who is also an inspiration for Sacramento columnist Marcos Breton, and Congressman Joe Baca joining arms with former Congressman George Radonovich in the lawsuit against the congressional lines.   So, if you've been looking for a story line for your next politico bromance flick, any of these could be your inspiration. 

In the opposite of a bromance, whatever that is, the Citizens Commission and Tony Quinn are at it again.  In the filing to dismiss the case against the state lines, commission lawyers argue that Mr. Quinn “has been, his whole life, a partisan for one political party, did not submit his opinions to the commission for public scrutiny during the public review process, and did not support his opinions in accordance with rules of evidence and should not have his individual opinions substituted for the eight months of work put in by the Commission.”  Quinn, and the Rose Institute he is affiliated with, were major advocates of the creation of a citizen’s commission, but that love did not bloom over the last year.

To read the two part legal response by the commission click here and here.


Competitive Calif. District Drawing New Blood
Roll Call
Rubio has signed up Richie Ross, one of the top Democratic consultants in the state, and California Democrats see big things for the telegenic and independent-minded Democrat. "I presume he gets elected, and when he does, he's going to be an interesting force in D.C." Democratic consultant Paul Mitchell said. "I think he'll be our youngest, best-looking, most dynamic, most politically aggressive, most politically astute Member of Congress. If you look at how many of our current delegation are in their 70s and 80s, this guy's going to stand out."

California redistricting means many lawmakers might move
The Sacramento Bee
California's new district lines, drawn for the first time by an independent redistricting commission, have shaken up the political landscape for next year's election. As a result, candidates and incumbents across the state are "diving and dodging" into districts that will give them the best shot at victory, said Paul Mitchell, a Democratic consultant who has tracked the redistricting process. By Mitchell's count, the maps left at least 60 current elected officials either outside the district they were eyeing or in the same district with a competitor. "It's happening all over the place," he said.

Suit filed against Redistricting Commission's maps
Rose Institute
On September 29th, 2011, former Republican Congressman George Radanovich, along with four others, filed a petition with the California Supreme Court arguing that the California Citizens Redistricting Commission racially gerrymandered the 37th, 43rd, and 44th congressional districts in order to favor three black incumbents in Los Angeles. Since the release of the 2010 census numbers this past spring, the Citizens Redistricting Commission has gathered information on communities of interest throughout California and drawn new electoral boundaries to account for population and demographic shifts.

Demos Applauds California’s Enactment Of Legislation To End Prison-Based Gerrymandering
National public policy organization Demos applauds California Governor Brown for signing AB 420, a bill to end prison-based gerrymandering. Introduced by Assemblymember Mike Davis, the legislation ends the practice of treating incarcerated individuals as residents of the districts where they are temporarily confined, for redistricting purposes. This legislation directs the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to report the last known addresses of incarcerated persons to the Citizens’ Redistricting Commission.

Did commission do right with redistricting?
Sonoma News
The Commission was to create districts with population equality, contiguous boundaries, respect for communities of interest, and compliance with the Voters Rights Act. In the latter case, district lines were not to be drawn that have a negative impact on the voter influence of minority populations. In the Sonoma Valley, what did the Commission do? The new Assembly and State Senate districts divide the Springs from the City of Sonoma. The Commission showed little sensitivity to the relationship between the Springs and the City.

Congress can Stop Redistricting Abuse
The Free-Stater Blog
Legislation has been introduced in the current Congress that would end partisan redistricting. The proposed legislation, requires "redistricting to be conducted through a plan developed by the independent redistricting commission established in the state, or if such plan is not enacted into law, the redistricting plan selected by the state's highest court or developed by a U.S. district court."  Want to make sure that this is the last cycle subject to partisan redistricting? Call your member of Congress and demand action on The John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act (H.R. 453).

With Governor Brown’s signature, California becomes 4th state to outlaw prison-based gerrymandering
Prisoners of the Census
The legislation, introduced by Assemblymember Mike Davis, would end the practice of treating incarcerated individuals, for redistricting purposes, as residents of the districts where they are temporarily confined. The new law will take effect for the 2020 round of redistricting, requiring the Department of Corrections to report the home addresses of incarcerated people to the Citizens Redistricting Commission so that the Commission may count incarcerated people at home for redistricting purposes.

OUR VIEW: Redistricting's other benefit to state: hope
The Bakersfield Californian
The redistricting process that has so enlivened the political landscape of California this past year has managed to serve a useful secondary purpose. It has almost, but not quite, distracted us from one of the most difficult years for state governance in living memory. The deliberations of the Citizens Redistricting Commission diverted some of our attention from a meltdown of epic and tragic proportions: the state's disinvestment in public higher education, brutal cuts in services without any new, balancing revenue, and an end to all pretense about pursuit of a greater common good. The commission's work gave us a morsel of hope, amid the dysfunction, that a shakeup -- any sort of shakeup -- might produce a Legislature that works better than the two warring, shortsighted lawmaking bodies we've got now.

Rose Institute's Dave Meyer Presents at Esri International User Conference
Rose Institute
This past July, Rose Institute student manager Dave Meyer presented a lightning talk to the Esri International User Conference in San Diego on the Rose Institute’s California redistricting draft plans viewer. Esri, the maker of the Geographic Information Systems software suite ArcGIS, puts on the conference for the wider GIS community. It is the largest GIS gathering in the world, drawing 16,000 users, vendors, and educators to discuss achievements, best practices, and learn new skills.

Newly Drawn Congressional Districts Under Fire
Last week former Congressman George Radanovich (R) and four others asked the California Supreme Court to declare California's newly drawn congressional districts unconstitutional. The state's 53 congressional districts now hang in the balance. The suit asks the state's highest court to appoint a special master to draw new congressional boundaries. This year, for the first time in the state's history, a 14-member commission drew California's state and federal legislative districts.

Viewpoints: Redistricting panel failed to meet expectations
The Sacramento Bee
Voter-approved Propositions 11 and 20 empowered the Citizens Redistricting Commission to draw political boundaries that are set for the next decade. As someone who closely observed the commission, the following suggestions are offered to improve the line-drawing process in 2021.

DOJ Redistricting Point Man: No Magic Formula
Roll Call
Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez plays gatekeeper to some of the most contentious Congressional maps and holds the keys to Members' political futures. He oversees the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, where racial discrimination and voting rights issues play out prominently in a redistricting cycle. What makes Perez's role particularly unique: He is in charge during the first Democratic administration to monitor redistricting since Congress passed the Voting Rights Act 46 years ago.

Redistricting Pits Black and White Democrats Against Each Other
For the past several months as new redistricting maps have been unveiled, Democratic lawmakers at all levels of government have publically complained that the new lines drawn by their states’ Republican-controlled legislatures threaten to diminish their numbers and disenfranchise voters. At the congressional level, some House Democrats now find themselves not only having to compete in new districts but also against members who, for now at least, are political allies. Maps in Michigan, Missouri, California and other states also will likely pit white and minority Democrats against each other.

A War on Voting: Could Redistricting and Voting Law Changes Help Republicans Win in 2012?
Democracy Now!
We speak with Ari Berman, author of the new article in Rolling Stone magazine, “The GOP War on Voting," and with ProPublica reporter Lois Beckett, who co-wrote, "The Hidden Hands in Redistricting: Corporations and Other Powerful Interests," about how money is helping re-shape Congressional districts along partisan lines, a practice known as gerrymandering.

2012 Cook Political Report Redistricting Outlook
The Cook Political Report
Throughout the 2012 cycle, use the scorecard below to keep score of the number of seats each state will draw, who will draw them (gathered by the NCSL’s Tim Storey), each state’s ideal district population, and the number of seats we estimate each party will gain or lose in each state due to reapportionment and redistricting alone. Because not all seats will be lopsided in favor of one party, not all estimates add up to whole numbers. For example, in Iowa, which is losing one seat and has a unique, depoliticized redistricting process, each party is at some risk and the creation of a competitive “fair fight” district is reflected in our estimate by each party losing “half a seat.”

Charlie, Please Be My Daddy
Fox and Hounds Daily
Charles T. Munger Jr. -- who spent $14 million backing campaigns to establish the citizens redistricting commission -- said last week that he considers himself "a bit of a proud father" now that the commission has done its work. Reaction: Charlie, please adopt me. Because, Dad (if I may), I can guarantee you this much. If you give me $14 million, I can make you at least as proud as the redistricting commission made you. Which is to say: I can do every bit as much for improving governance in California as the redistricting commission has done.

Redistricting diminishes GOP influence in California
Politics and Government
A California Republican says a GOP activist has betrayed his party by supporting redistricting that diminishes GOP influence in the state. Wealthy Republican Charles T. Munger, Jr. announced that he supports the decision to spend $14 million in the state's redistricting process. At a conference hosted by UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies, the activist said that he feels "like a proud father" for his effort in creating new legislative and congressional districts.

PLF sues CA Citizens Redistricting Commission over race- and sex- based selection criteria
PLF Liberty Blog
Yesterday, PLF attorneys filed Connerly v. California in the Sacramento County Superior Court.  The case challenges the illegal and unconstitutional use of race, ethnicity, and sex in selecting members to the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. In 1996, the people of California adopted Proposition 209, amending California's constitution (Article I, Section 31) to prohibit the state from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, "any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting."

Latest CA Redistricting Maps Leave Latinos Dissatisfied
Minority News
Now that the California Citizens Redistricting Commission has approved new political boundaries for the state, civil rights groups are weighing what impact the maps will have on communities of color. Local sources report on Friday, the commission voted 13-1 to approve final maps for the state Assembly, Senate and Board of Equalization and 12-2 for the congressional maps. How well the redrawn electoral districts serve communities of color depends on the ethnic group in question.

Redistricting maps find bipartisan challenge
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Rep. Joe Baca has reached over the political divide and expressed support for a lawsuit that seeks to reject dozens of newly-approved state congressional maps.

Baca, D-San Bernardino, said he is dissatisfied with the maps because they diminish minority voter clout in his district. Former U.S. Rep. George Radanovich, a Republican from Fresno, has joined four minority voters in a lawsuit that argues the maps violate the federal Voting Rights Act, specifically, in three new Los Angeles congressional districts where they say blacks voting strength has been diluted.


Redistricting meetings for college board set
Merced Sun-Star
The Merced Community College Board of Trustees invites public comment on three redistricting scenarios to be presented during two community outreach meetings scheduled for October. The district will hold the public outreach meetings Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Business Resource Center, 630 W. 19th St. in Merced, and Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Los Banos campus.

Supervisors Adopt Moderate A-3 Plan
The Topanga Messenger
More than 1,000 people packed the L.A. County Board of Supervisors boardroom and overflow areas on Sept. 27 to offer the supervisors public input on three rival county redistricting plans. In order to lend support for the A3 amended plan, the plan that largely preserves the five existing districts, Topangans and members of the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation arrived early to sign up as speakers.

Lawsuit Filed To Carve Up Cerritos College Into Seven Trustee Districts
Los Cerritos Community Newspaper Group
Proponents of a plan to carve up Cerritos College into seven different voting districts have filed a lawsuit against the Cerritos Community College District. The action, filed on behalf of former Cerritos College Trustee Carmen Avalos, former candidate Tom Chavez, and Downey resident Leonard Zuniga claim that the long held tradition of “at-large elections dilute the voting strength of Latino voters.” Attorney Mike Baller, who represents the three plaintiffs, claim that the 55-year system of electing Cerritos College Trustees at large from the electorate creates “racially polarizing voting.”

Supervisors embrace independent redistricting panel
Sign On San Diego
County supervisors took the first step Tuesday toward precluding themselves from redrawing political districts, voicing tentative support for a court-appointed panel of retired judges to carry out supervisorial redistricting duties. By a 4-1 vote, the board directed county officials to return in four months with recommendations on proposing legislation to change state elections code and the county charter to allow for the independent panel.

Supervisors unify redistricting support
Visalia Times-Delta
Although Tulare County Supervisors Phil Cox and Pete Vander Poel previously opposed a redistricting map that was adopted 3-2 on Sept. 27, they both pledged their support Tuesday for the board majority. There were no public objections during Tuesday's meeting. With one unanimous vote on 19 consent calendar items, the Board of Supervisors waived the first reading of an ordinance that adjusts boundaries of the supervisor districts.

County favors independent redistricting panel
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors endorsed a plan on Tuesday that would shift the board's controversial power to redraw its own political districts to an independent panel of retired judges. Critics have charged that the all-white, all-Republican board of five has rigged the supervisor districts to maintain politically safe territories over the past two decades.

Rosemont Moving Congressional Districts in 2012
Rosemont Patch
Rosemont residents will vote in a new Congressional election next year. Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) will no longer represent Rosemont as congressional lines are redrawn across California. Rosemont will now be in District 7, an area including parts of unincorporated areas of Sacramento County, Elk Grove and Folsom.

As We See It: Competency should count in 2012 elections
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Here's a promising buzzword for the 2012 elections: Competence. Here's another: Experience. We bring these up because voters, locally, statewide and nationally, seem again to be clamoring for change. Locally, two county supervisorial seats are going to be open with the announcement by 2nd District Supervisor Ellen Pirie, a three-term incumbent, that she will not run again in 2012. Candidates are already lining up to replace Pirie, who has been a popular and effective representative for constituents in Capitola, Aptos and La Selva Beach.

It's on
New Times
A local political wonk may have made the understatement of the year: “It’s gonna be a money election,” he said. “It’s coming down to calculating the money.” If money and politics were merely in bed before, in today’s climate their unholy union has shot out a litter of suckling trust fund babies. According to Michael Beckel, a spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics based in Washington, D.C., the coming campaign season will be unmatched by anything we’ve yet seen.

City Redistricting Task Force Moves Forward on Wednesday
Pasadena Now
Pasadena’s citizen-based Redistricting Task Force will move on to the next steps in redrawing City Council district boundaries at a public meeting scheduled for Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 100 N. Garfield. In Pasadena, there are seven City Council representatives, each of whom is elected by voters within their district boundaries.  The boundaries are looked at, by law, every 10 years after the federal census to ensure that each district is as equal in population as possible.

Malibu spared upheaval in redistricting debate
The Malibu Times
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last week approved new redistricting maps that leave the current boundaries of the five supervisory districts, including Malibu's, relatively unchanged. The result allayed fears by city officials who had worried an alternate map would be chosen that would have divided Malibu from neighboring cities and grouped it with South Bay cities. Malibu City Councilmember Lou La Monte said the vote comes as a relief, as Malibu will remain with other cities with shared interests.

Brentwood Dodges a Redistricting Bullet For Now
Brentwood Patch
Brentwood residents welcomed a vote from the Board of Supervisors last week that approved a redistricting plan without fracturing existing historic relationships, according to Brentwood Community Council president, Nancy Freedman. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a redistricting plan that would keep Brentwood in the 3rd Supervisorial District with a surprise turnover vote from Mark Ridley-Thomas.

AC Transit & BART seek community input on redistricting
Living in the O
The state’s redistricting has been completed (pending legal challenges and ballot initiatives) and the City of Oakland’s redistricting won’t happen until next year, so right now anyone who’s interested in redistricting should have plenty of time to focus on AC Transit and BART’s processes. In the coming weeks, both agencies are holding community meetings about redistricting so there should be plenty of opportunity to weigh in. AC Transit recently released its redistricting proposals, and for Oakland, no matter which proposal the Board picks, not much will change.

Valley representation at crux of council debate
Daily News Los Angeles
Now that Los Angeles County has wrapped up the first round in its redrawing of political boundaries, the redistricting battle shifts to the city, where issues ranging from Latino power to San Fernando Valley representation will dominate the debate. Two of the questions officials will wrestle with are whether to create a sixth City Council district wholly in the Valley and, separately, a third Latino-dominated district in the Valley.

Two redistricting proposals ask for ASUC Senate support
The Daily Californian
A redistricting proposal that criticized the proposed student super-majority redistricting plan led by ASUC External Affairs Vice President Joey Freeman was presented to the ASUC Senate Wednesday night. The two proposals take radically different looks at the redistricting issues — the first is a charter compliant plan that closely follows previous boundary lines, while the second would redraw district lines to concentrate students into fewer voting districts.

Redistricting decision could trigger lawsuit
Valley Voice Newspaper
The failure of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors to create two districts in which the majority of voting age citizens are Hispanic is likely to have consequences resulting in a local ballot measure or a Voting Rights lawsuit. Both are possible, according to those who called upon the five-member board to adopt a redistricting map that would include a “super Hispanic district” in the South County.

County Sups Approve Status Quo Districts
Malibu Surfside News
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, after a second hearing and several more hours of public testimony, voted 4-1, approving a plan endorsing a district map that maintains the status quo. A minimum of four votes was required for adoption. The board went down to the wire on adopting a redistricting plan since it had to be done by the end of September in order for the corresponding boundary ordinance to be effective by the statutory deadline of Oct. 11, according to county officials.


Berman-Sherman battle is one Democrats would rather not have
Los Angeles Times
Rep. Howard Berman hasn't had to fight for a job since Richard Nixon defeated George McGovern and M*A*S*H made its television debut. That was 1972, when he won a state Assembly seat in his first race. Now the 70-year-old Democrat and House veteran, one of California's most enduring politicians, is girding for a potentially bruising battle with a congressional colleague. New voting maps, drawn for the first time by a citizens commission instead of behind closed doors by self-interested lawmakers, melded Berman's San Fernando Valley district with that of Rep. Brad Sherman, 56, also a Democrat.

Support building for Legislature candidates
The Los Angeles Times
Candidates in some of next year's legislative races have been busy lining up support for their June primary showdowns: Assemblywoman Betsy Butler (D-Marina del Rey) recently added California Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to her endorsers list.  Her main competition for the new, Westside-based 50th Assembly District, Democratic activist Torie Osborn, has picked up support from several of California's environmental leaders, including Jonathan Parfrey of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, Paul Daniels of Heal the Bay and Joel Reynolds of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Mayoral Campaign Theme-songs
The San Francisco Chronicle
Monday night, the California Music and Culture Association and the Recording Academy sponsored a Mayoral Forum at the historic Fillmore Theater. In an exciting twist, each of the candidates was instructed to select a song to which they would enter the stage, much like a player at bat or guest on Letterman. This song must somehow describe the candidate, and would be played as part of their 60-second introduction.

Sacramento council incumbents could face plenty of challengers
The Sacramento Bee
After years of general apathy, the job of Sacramento City Council member is once again attracting widespread interest. Several well-known people are exploring candidacies for the four council seats in play in the June election. The list includes the head of the local NAACP branch, a former councilman and mayoral candidate, a well-known North Sacramento developer and the woman who ran President Barack Obama's Sacramento-area campaign.

Assembly District Candidate Talks About Priorities
Beverly Hills Patch
Redistricting has placed Beverly Hills in the newly formed 50th Assembly District along with West Hollywood, Malibu and Santa Monica. The election for the district's next representative takes place Nov. 6, 2012. Torie Osborn is a candidate in the race, along with 53rd District Assemblywoman Betsey Butler and Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom.

Armenian Groups Endorse Chris Holden for Assembly
Sierra Madre Patch
Pasadena City Council Member Chris Holden picked up the endorsement of the Armenian Community Coalition on Thursday in his bid to represent Sierra Madre and other nearby communities in the newly redrawn State Assembly district.

Roger Dickinson to seek reelection in new Assembly district
Capitol Weekly
Freshman Assemblyman Roger Dickinson announced Monday that he intends to run for reelection in the newly drawn 7th Assembly District. The decision by Dickinson, a Democrat, could have implications in the crowded game of musical chairs around Sacramento brought on by the new district lines drawn this year by the voter-approved California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission. One possibility is a showdown with fellow freshman Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Natomas.

First regional domino falls in Assembly musical chairs
The Sacramento Bee
Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson said today he will remain in his Sacramento-based Assembly District, and his endorsement from Assembly leadership suggests that fellow Assemblyman Richard Pan is looking elsewhere. The state's new independent redistricting process placed Dickinson, a North Sacramento resident, in the same new 7th Assembly district as Pan, who lives in Natomas.

Pérez says he won't run for Congress
Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez will announce today that he will run for re-election in 2012, ending months of speculation that he would run for U.S. Congress. The Coachella Democrat has spent six months seriously considering a campaign against Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack. But even with the advantage of running in a new congressional district that has a large Latino population, Pérez would have faced an enormous financial and political challenge in trying to unseat Bono Mack, who has represented the area since 1998.

Astronaut runs for Congress
News 24
A California native who grew up picking vegetables with his migrant parents and then soared over the same fields as an astronaut aboard the International Space Station announced plans on Tuesday to run for Congress in one of the state's newly formed districts. Jose Hernandez told a crowd of about 75 people outside Modesto City Hall that he was proof the American dream was still alive.

Berryhill to run for local state Senate seat
Tracy Press
Bill Berryhill, a Republican from Ceres who also served 11 years on a school district board there, will race against Cathleen Galgiani, who also is a member of the Assembly. Berryhill has spent the past four years in the Assembly representing parts of San Joaquin County, including Manteca, parts of Stockton and Clements, where he owns close to 400 acres of wine grapes. “I’ve kind of developed a love affair with San Joaquin,” he said.

Swanson may challenge Hancock for state Senate
Assemblyman Sandre Swanson sounds like he's ready to challenge incumbent state Sen. Loni Hancock in 2012, a showdown between like-minded, labor-friendly, liberal Democrats that could reverberate through California government as supporters take sides. Senate Democratic leaders are trying to dissuade Swanson, D-Alameda, from seeking the seat when he's term-limited out of the Assembly next year: They commissioned and released a poll showing Hancock, D-Berkeley, trouncing Swanson in the newly drawn 9th State Senate District.

State Senator Wolk says she'll run again
Daily Democrat
State Senator Lois Wolk, D-Davis, confirmed Tuesday her intentions to run for reelection in 2012 under the new maps. She will seek a second term in the State Senate in the newly approved 3rd District, which includes much of her current district -- the 5th -- in Yolo and Solano counties, plus Napa County and portions of Sonoma and Contra Costa Counties. "The voter-approved California Redistricting Commission has completed their work and I applaud their effort," Wolk said in a statement. "The commission correctly recognized these counties and cities have a great deal in common. It may not be perfect but it makes sense.”

Petaluma chiropractor to seek Assembly seat
H. Christian Gunderson, a Petaluma chiropractor and counselor, is running for an open seat in the state Assembly representing Marin County and a segment of Sonoma County including about half of Santa Rosa. Gunderson, 53, a political newcomer and a Democrat, is competing for the 10th Assembly District seat, newly created by California's statewide redistricting.

Supervisor contest gets crowded
The Press-Enterprise
The race for Riverside County’s 1 st Supervisorial District got a little bit more crowded this week. Retired CHP officer Michael Soubirous has abandoned his campaign for the county’s redrawn 61st Assembly District and jumped into the heated contest for the Board of Supervisors’ 1st District. Soubirous made the announcement on what had been his Assembly campaign's Facebook page. “As you can see, I have moved into a new race,” he wrote. “I am now a candidate for Riverside County Supervisor — District 1.”

Anderson pastor mulls State Senate bid
Anderson Valley Post
An Anderson pastor is exploring a run in 2012 for the newly-redefined California State Senate District 1. Les Baugh, co-pastor of Anderson Community Church, and his wife Suzie have actively been seeking guidance from parishioners and political advisors since late July, he said. Baugh said early Monday that he would publicly announce his decision on whether to run at noon Thursday, Oct. 12, in front of the Shasta County Courthouse in Redding.

Marquez makes it official, announces candidacy
The Downey Patriot
Downey Mayor Luis Marquez made it official this morning, sending out a press release formally announcing his candidacy for state Assembly in the newly-created 58th district. Here's the press release in its entirety: Today Downey Mayor Luis Marquez formally entered the race for the 58th Assembly District. Along with his announcement, Mayor Marquez has already secured the support and endorsements of key local leaders.

Endorsements come pouring in
Santa Monica Daily Press
Environmentalists and seasoned politicos are weighing in on the race to represent Santa Monica in the newly-created 50th Assembly District, throwing their weight behind two Democrats. Longtime non-profit director and liberal activist Torie Osborn of Santa Monica this week picked up endorsements from Jonathan Parfrey, president of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, Paula Daniels, former Heal the Bay president, and Joel Reynolds of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Torie Osborn Picks Up Eco-Endorsements
Santa Monica Patch
Assembly candidate Torie Osborn has picked up three new endorsements, all of them from environmental leaders, the Assembly candidate's camp announced Tuesday morning. Osborn is running for California's new 50th Assembly District, which will include Santa Monica. “I deeply appreciate the support of these environmental leaders, and I look forward to working with them to find ways to rebuild California,” she said in a statement.

Ricky Gill Raises Another $7,000 at Orinda Fundraiser
Almost 50 prominent physicians and veterinarians from the Bay Area gathered at the home of Jasveer and Satpal Mattoo here Sept. 25 to not only show their support for young congressional candidate Ricky Gill but to also add a sum of $7,100 to his fundraising efforts. Ranjit (Ricky) Gill is only 24 years old but is already making a very strong bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 9th Congressional District. If elected next year, he will become the youngest elected U.S. congressman.

Redistricting may pit Pavley vs. Strickland
Thousand Oaks Acorn
The newly formed state Senate district has thrown Fran Pavley and Tony Strickland a curveball. The redrawn legislative district, which include portions of each senator’s former territory, could pit the two incumbents against each other when their terms expire next year. Pavley’s mostly coastal 23rd Senate District and Strickland’s mostly inland 19th will morph into District 27 at the end of 2012.

Jews and Latinos Seek Common Ground
Jewish Daily Forward
It was billed as a broad coming together of two of Los Angeles’s most important ethnic communities. But percolating underneath the closed-door sessions and the concluding public declarations of common cause on such issues as immigration, racism and anti-Semitism at a recent “summit” between local Jewish and Latino groups was a more immediate issue: the city’s upcoming mayoral race. Surging demographics and rising expectations have given Latinos a greater political role than ever before in national and local politics. And that reality is both uniquely promising and in some ways politically problematic for L.A.’s Jewish community.

Los Alamitos City Councilman Troy Edgar Joins Race For Congress
Republican and Los Alamitos Mayor Pro Tem Troy Edgar has thrown his hat in the ring for California’s 47th Congressional Seat. With Edgar in the race, there are now three Republicans and one Democrat vying to represent Long Beach and a portion of West Orange County in Washington DC. Running against Edgar are fellow Republicans Long Beach City councilman, Gary Delong, and Long Beach Republican insider, Steve Kuykendall. The three Republicans will fight it out against the only Democrat in the race so far, Long Beach State Senator, Alan Lowenthal.

LB councilmembers become early contenders for new Assembly District 70
Signal Tribune Newspaper
So far, two Long Beach city officials have said that they will be running for the newly created Assembly seat, and both of them are casting themselves as candidates with cross-party appeal. Democrat Gerrie Schipske announced this month that she’ll be running against fellow Democrat Patrick O’Donnell for the 70th district that covers Long Beach and San Pedro in the June 5, 2012 primary. Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, who currently represents much of Long Beach, has said that she plans to run for the State Senate in 2012.

Attractive candidates
This is not an endorsement for Jose Hernandez. No, that would be more than a little premature. We have no idea of his stances on important issues. The public hasn't heard his plans. But that the 49-year-old former NASA astronaut from Stockton is running for Congress certainly can be viewed as a positive. The Central Valley needs more diverse options when making the ever-important decisions about who will represent us in Congress.

Two Gay Candidates Run for Mayor in San Diego
Towle Road
And they're both Republicans! Councilman Carl DeMaio and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis have partners. Voters don't seem to care either way about their orientation. And the third candidate for the Republican nomination, a former marine, was the sole state Republican assemblyman to vote for California's gay history bill.

LaMalfa visits Corning Tea Party Patriots
Corning Observer
Sen. Doug LaMalfa said the state redistricting "was like affirmative action for certain candidates," and accused Democrats of manipulating the process for political gain. Hands were raising like a classroom of enthusiastic students as LaMalfa, R-Richvale, fielded questions from Corning Tea Party Patriots on Thursday evening. The 51-year-old senator had barely introduced himself and offered a few opening remarks when the questions started to fly.

From the Twitterverse

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