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 More quake action needed on older concrete buildings, councilman says
Los Angeles Times / California - Oct. 31, 1:38 pm
More than a year ago, council members Bernard C. Parks and Tom LaBonge called on Los Angeles officials to review and report on the city’s older concrete buildings, which are considered a major risk to life safety during a big earthquake. In ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Tom LaBonge,

 Paso council race almost seems civilized
Cal Coast News - Oct. 31, 12:58 pm
By DANIEL BLACKBURN In a campaign season drenched in vitriol, the contest for two vacant city council seats in Paso Robles appears quite sanguine. And the mayor’s job there will be filled by default; former council member Steve Martin will assume ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jim Reed, Fred Strong,

   Jim Moran Recounts Raucous Bipartisan Brawl
Roll Call - Oct. 31, 12:20 pm
Cheers to Matt Laslo for getting retiring Rep. James P. Moran to open up about how incensed pols used to settle their differences in #ThisTown. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Duke Cunningham, George Miller,

   Ex-California state senator to begin jail term for fraud, perjury
Reuters - Oct. 31, 11:10 am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former California state senator convicted of perjury and voter fraud for lying to cover up the fact that he lived outside the district he represented was due to surrender to authorities on Friday to begin serving a 90-day ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Richard Alarcon, Ron Calderon, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee,

   NEW: Part of bullet-train legal mystery may be answered
CalWatchdog - Oct. 31, 11:00 am
For close followers of the bullet-train saga, one of the most basic mysteries of recent years has been what happened after Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny’s tentative ruling in August 2013 that blocked the state from starting ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: CEQA, Kamala Harris, High-Speed Rail, Chris Reed, Dan Richard,

 Getting Out the Student Vote
Santa Barbara Independent - Oct. 31, 11:00 am
UCSB and Cal Poly sign up thousands before November election. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Lois Capps, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Chris Mitchum, Gavin Newsom,

   NEW: Pension spikes crumbling CA roads
CalWatchdog - Oct. 31, 10:35 am
From roads to bridges and well beyond, California’s neglected infrastructure won’t receive relief this election cycle. For years, the state has lavished money on other projects — especially public pensions. Despite a flurry of ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: CalPERS,

 Obama and the Democrats' sexist double standard
The Hill / Politics Blog - Oct. 31, 10:30 am
The media had a field day this week when South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate, State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, called his opponent, Gov. Nikki Haley (R), a 'whore' while campaigning in Florence.'We are going to escort whore out the door,'... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Meg Whitman,

 NEW: Assembly 65 swing-seat spending tops $5.2 million
CalWatchdog - Oct. 31, 9:52 am
Two years ago, legislative Democrats pulled off an upset in the heart of conservative Orange County. “I was a surprise win in the last election,” Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, said in a recent interview of her ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: California Democratic Party, California Republican Party, Jon Coupal, Legislature, Charles Munger, Chris Norby, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Ed Royce,

 Chevron money rains down on Richmond election
Contra Costa Times / Politics - Oct. 31, 9:23 am
The oil giant's effort to influence the City Council election may be unprecedented in local politics. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Thad Kousser, Justin Levitt, Gayle McLaughlin, Meg Whitman,

 Irvine's "Education Team"? IEs add Wallin's name to New Signs in Irvine
The Liberal OC (blog) - Oct. 31, 9:20 am
Irvine commuters woke up this morning to new campaign signs — a black banner with hot pink text — proclaiming Irvine’s Education Team of Steven Choi, Jeff Lalloway, Ira Glasky and Sharon Wallin.  What what?  Wallin is part of a ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Larry Agran, Beth Krom, Don Wagner, Mimi Walters,

 Torlakson, Tuck react to latest superintendent of public instruction poll results; still big block of undecided voters
Contra Costa Times / Politics - Oct. 31, 9:13 am
Race for state public schools leader still largely off radar, with field poll showing incumbent Torlakson and challenger Tuck tied with 28 percent of likely voters favoring each candidate and 44 percent still undecided. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Field Poll, Tom Torlakson,

 Throngs of fans already packing Civic Center Plaza for Giants celebration
San Francisco Chronicle - Oct. 31, 7:32 am
Among the crowd in orange in black was Manuel Lozano, 61, a forklift operator an dlongtime Giants fan who work up at 1 a.m. and drove from Mendota (Fresno County) with his daughter and two grandsons, ages 9 and 12. The sisters have been Giants fans ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Ed Lee, Manuel Lozano,

 Biden In San Diego To Campaign For Peters In 52nd Congressional Race
KPBS San Diego public broadcasting / News radio (MP3) podcast - Oct. 31, 7:04 am
Friday night Vice President Joe Biden will appear at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser and on Saturday morning he will speak at a rally. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Joe Biden, Carl DeMaio, Barack Obama, Scott Peters,

 Yes on Props 1 & 2
Fox & Hounds Daily - Oct. 31, 6:17 am
The old expression that the perfect should not be the enemy of the good is often repeated in political debates when compromise is at hand. An application of that old saw should be applied to Propositions 1 & 2 on next week’s ballot and both ... »Read  »E-mail story

 Proposition 2: Houdini Economics
Fox & Hounds Daily - Oct. 31, 6:17 am
Escaping the bounds of financial reality seems to be Sacramento’s favorite magic trick.  The official forecast shows Proposition 2: adding just $1 billion a year to the state’s savings fund in each of the next three years; paying ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Loren Kaye,

 California Choices Offers Valuable Endorsement List
Fox & Hounds Daily - Oct. 31, 6:16 am
One of the truisms about American politics is that some voters are uninformed when they go to the polls. This can be especially true when voters face complex ballot measures, such as those going before Californians this year. How do voters fill ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jack Citrin,

 If Kashkari Really Cares About Kids, He Should Flip on Prop 2
Fox & Hounds Daily - Oct. 31, 6:15 am
Let’s do a little negative campaigning here – Neel Kashkari has endorsed Prop 2, the formula on reserve and debt payback, so Gov. Brown’s supporters should know the measure is clearly a payoff to creditors and Neel’s buddies on Wall Street! ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: California Teachers Association,

 Poll: Propositions 45 and 46 going down
San Jose Mercury News - Oct. 31, 6:12 am
Following an onslaught of negative advertising, two once-popular ballot measures will most likely go down in flames on Election Day, a new Field Poll shows. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jamie Court, Field Poll, Thad Kousser, Dan Schnur,

 Secretary Of State 2014: Tight Race, Cautious Candidates
Fox & Hounds Daily - Oct. 31, 6:05 am
It’s one of the few competitive statewide races in California. And befitting a close contest, Democrat Alex Padilla and Republican Pete Peterson share remarkably close visions for the job of secretary of state. CalWatchdog.com asked the two ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Debra Bowen, campaign finance, Tim Donnelly, Bill Jones, Alex Padilla, referendum,

 Field Poll: Propositions 45 and 46 going down
Contra Costa Times / Politics - Oct. 31, 6:04 am
Following an onslaught of negative advertising, two once-popular ballot measures will most likely go down in flames on Election Day, a new Field Poll shows. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jamie Court, Field Poll, Thad Kousser, Dan Schnur,

 California's $12.3 Billion in Proposed School Bonds: Borrowing vs. Reform
Fox & Hounds Daily - Oct. 31, 6:04 am
“As the result of California Courts refusing to uphold the language of the High Speed Rail bonds, the opponents of any bond proposal, at either the state or local level, need only point to High-Speed Rail to remind voters that promises in a ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: CalSTRS, Jon Coupal, High-Speed Rail,

 Bankruptcy Judge Explains Pension Cut Hurdles
Fox & Hounds Daily - Oct. 31, 6:03 am
A federal judge, who earlier ruled CalPERS pension contracts can be overturned in bankruptcy, yesterday outlined the difficulty of cutting pensions while approving Stockton’s plan to exit bankruptcy with pensions intact. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: CalPERS,

 California's Race For Governor A Contrast Of Styles
KPBS San Diego public broadcasting / News radio (MP3) podcast - Oct. 31, 6:00 am
One candidate is trying everything he can to get your attention. The other isn’t campaigning for himself at all. Welcome to the 2014 governor's race in California. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Leo McElroy,

 Most voters not worried about Ebola threat in California
Los Angeles Times / Editorial - Oct. 31, 5:00 am
Despite an onslaught of news bulletins and some missteps in the nation's response, a majority of California voters are unfazed by the Ebola threat and confident government officials and medical workers are prepared to handle outbreaks, a new USC ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Dan Schnur,

 How Election 2014 could create a Charlie Brown Congress
Christian Science Monitor - Oct. 31, 4:35 am
Remember when Lucy takes the ball away from Charlie Brown? That could be Congress and President Obama next year. Or maybe they take a page from President Clinton's book and actually work together. Here are three reasons for hope and for caution. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama,

 From State of Pappy and Kinky, SpicyBrown Seeks U.S. Senate Seat
Texas Tribune - Oct. 31, 4:00 am
Green Party candidate Emily Sanchez has few resources in her bid for U.S. Senate. She has no war chest to buy ads or television time. Her campaigning is limited because she holds a full-time job. She has no campaign staff to write speeches and set ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: renewable energy,

 Once a crusader against big money, Gov. Brown is collecting millions
Los Angeles Times / Editorial - Oct. 31, 4:00 am
Twenty years ago, one of the first callers to Jerry Brown's radio show, 'We the People,' asked whether campaign money had influenced him as governor in the 1970s and '80s. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: campaign finance, Derek Cressman, Rex Frazier, Anne Gust, Jose Mejia, Scott Wetch,

 When Being a County Supervisor Is More Appealing Than Congress
Roll Call - Oct. 31, 3:01 am
LOS ANGELES -- Washington's lousy with politicians who decry the city's endless cycle of partisan sniping, gridlock and dysfunction. Still, every election, there they are, fighting for one more term -- unwilling to leave the nation's capital even ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Joe Baca, Curt Hagman, Gloria Negrete McLeod, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Norma Torres,

 The Recount Rules Guide for 2014
Roll Call - Oct. 31, 3:01 am
After the polls close Tuesday, it's likely at least a handful of House and Senate races will be too close to call. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Ami Bera, Doug Ose,

 Rod Wright reports to jail*
AroundTheCapitol.com / The Roundup - Oct. 31, 8:59 am
Former Senator Rod Wright, convicted on eight felony counts related to living outside his district, »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: CalPERS, Field Poll, Kamala Harris, Rod Wright,

 Los Angeles airport shooting lessons linger
Associated Press - Oct. 31, 1:44 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A year after a man walked into Los Angeles International Airport with an assault rifle and vendetta against security screeners, efforts are still underway to prepare for such attacks.... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: David Cox, Maxine Waters,

 Hillary Clinton praises possible primary rivals
San Francisco Chronicle - Oct. 31, 12:59 am
O'Malley picked a policy fight with the Obama administration last summer over the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the southern border into Texas. Carrying signs that read 'Choose Families Over Politics,' waves of activists ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama,

 Why Kashkari's Electoral Project Is a Total Failure
Calbuzz - Oct. 31, 12:01 am
Neel Kashkari has argued throughout the 2014 that he could alter the dynamics of the party politics in California by demonstrating that a Republican who is socially moderate and economically conservative can win – or at least run competitively – ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: John Chiang, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Ted Gaines, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom, Alex Padilla, Tom Torlakson, Betty Yee,

 VP Biden stumps for Aguilar in Colton; Chabot, Republicans, counter
Inland Daily Bulletin - Oct. 31, 12:01 am
COLTON >> Vice President Joe Biden is in Colton Saturday stumping for Democrat Pete Aguilar, as the race for the 31st Congressional District neared a finish.Paul Chabot, the Republican running against Aguilar, is also stumping as he and Aguilar ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Joe Biden, Paul Chabot,

 Contentious Final Debate Between Peters, DeMaio
KPBS San Diego public broadcasting / News radio (MP3) podcast - Oct. 30, 10:33 pm
Democratic Congressman Scott Peters and Republican challenger Carl DeMaio sparred over several topics, including student loans. Both want to represent San Diego's 52nd Congressional District. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters,

 L.A. County's Prop. P would levy tax for parks, conservation work
Los Angeles Times / Editorial - Oct. 30, 9:30 pm
Along with casting their votes for a new supervisor, sheriff and assessor Nov. 4, Los Angeles County voters will decide whether to tax themselves to pay for park and conservation projects across the region. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Zev Yaroslavsky,

 Going to Giants parade? Here's what you need to know
San Francisco Chronicle - Oct. 30, 9:27 pm
For the third time since 2010, the San Francisco Giants will march up Market Street to celebrate a World Series championship with throngs of fans, but this time there will be an unwelcome guest: the weather. The outlook for the Giants’ third ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Dianne Feinstein,

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