Tag: SD-19

Flap’s California Morning Collection: March 23, 2012


Mission San Diego de Alcala

Good morning!

The California Legislature is in session.  But, there are no floor sessions scheduled until Monday. Today’s schedule is here.

The California Assembly’s Daily File is here and the California State Senate’s here.

On to today’s California headlines:

California Democratic lawmakers up their fundraising price

The price of access is going up for top donors attending this weekend’s Pro Tem Cup at La Jolla’s Torrey Pines Golf Course, an annual golf outing held to raise cash for the California Democratic Party.

Contributors looking to spend some quality time with Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg this weekend can expect to pay up to $60,000 – a $10,000 increase from recent outings, according to this year’s invite and event listings from 2011 and 2008.

The top “Two Day Platinum” price includes golf for four on Friday and Saturday, an evening with Steinberg, two nights’ accommodation, attendance at an awards barbecue and “commemorative gifts,” according to an invitation. The “Two Day Gold,” which includes the same access for two people, spiked $5,000, to $45,000 this year.

Prices for the cheaper packages, which start at $10,000 for golf for one on Saturday, a one-night stay, the awards barbecue and gifts, remained steady. Spa packages are available for interested parties who don’t want to golf.

The increased ticket price comes as Senate Democrats prepare for major battles in several swing districts where victory could mean securing a two-thirds majority in the upper house. Those targeted races, including the Stockton-area 5th Senate District, are expected to be costly battles.

The fundraiser, which starts today, is sponsored by cable industry interests, including the California Cable & Telecommunications Association, Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Jason Kinney, a spokesman for the Senate Democrats’ political operations, declined to comment on details of the fundraiser, including package prices, ahead of the event.

Admission of Democratic concern in 19th Senate District

In his weekly briefing with reporters today, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg for the first time acknowledged concern about his party’s prospects in the 19th Senate District, which covers western Ventura County and all of Santa Barbara County.

Responding to questions about an upcoming fundraiser, Steinberg said that his caucus is “highly motivated” to win enough seats in November to attain a two-thirds majority in the Senate — to “get to 27 and beyond,” is how he phrased it.

Dan Walters: Lawmakers ready to green-light California high-speed rail

Its popularity has declined sharply, many of its details have yet to emerge, and independent authorities have questioned its financial and operational viability, but California’s bullet train project is very likely to get the green light from the Legislature soon.

That’s the consensus of those who have been counting votes among the Legislature’s dominant Democrats, who can give the California High-Speed Rail Authority authorization to sell bonds and begin construction of an initial segment in the San Joaquin Valley.

And that’s true even though lawmakers still don’t know, in any detail, what linking the northern and southern halves of the state via rail would entail.

They don’t know how much the system would cost, who, if anyone, would put up its money, or whether it could draw enough passengers to cover costs without subsidies.

Assemblyman’s gun case set for Monday

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge continued a case against an Inland assemblyman charged with two misdemeanors for bringing a loaded gun into Ontario International Airport.

Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, did not appear at the Rancho Cucamonga court Thursday because he was in Sacramento, according to his attorney, Rod Pacheco. Pacheco, who last week said he proposed a plea deal to prosecutors, declined to comment as he left the courtroom.

Pacheco, a former district attorney for Riverside County, met with San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney John Kochis and Judge Sarah Jones in her chambers for about a half-hour before they came out and she announced that they agreed to the delay.

“We’re just discussing the case and I’ll have more information on Monday,” Kochis said.

Prosecutors filed one count of carrying a loaded firearm into a city and one count of possession of a prohibited item in a sterile area — in this case, Ontario airport, according to court records.

Enjoy your morning!


Many California Election Filing Deadlines Extended to Wednesday


We will have to wait on a number of races to get started due to California Election Code 8022.

The complete list is here (Pdf).

In Ventura County, the following races have extended filing deadlines:

  • Assembly District 38
  • State Senate District 19
  • California Congressional District 26

In each of these districts NO incumbents filed for re-election.

Stay tuned…..


SD-19: Republican Mike Stoker to Run for California State Senate


Mitt Romney and Mike Stoker in January of this year

There has been speculation for many months that former Santa Barabara County Supervisor Mike Stoker would run for California state Senate. He announced his candidacy yesterday.

From the steps of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden yesterday, former county supervisor Mike Stoker declared he’s running for the State Senate in the upcoming June primary race.

“The road to change the status quo in Sacramento starts here in Santa Barbara,” he said.

Standing in front of more than 50 supporters, Stoker also compared California’s debt-laden government to a sinking ship. (…)

After he finished reading from his prepared statement, Stoker passed the microphone to those who flanked him.

Among them were State Senator Tony Strickland and Santa Barbara City Councilman Frank Hotchkiss.

Stoker, a Republican, will face Santa Barbara Democrat former Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson and Oxnard Democrat Firefighter and Oxnard Harbor District Commissioner Jason Hodge in the June Primary Top Two election.

53 per cent of SD-19 is in Ventura County and includes the City of Camarillo where Stoker was raised and where his parents continue to reside.

This should be a very lively race, especially with the Democrat on Democrat machinations.


SD-19 Poll Watch: Mike Stoker Beating Hannah-Beth Jackson in Jason Hodge Sponsored Poll


The newly redistricted California State Senate District 19

Scott Lay over at Around the Capital has this Nooner poll result.

A polling memo on SD19 conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang for Jason Hodge made the rounds this weekend. While it suspiciously doesn’t include wording and other critical details, the headline is that either Hodge or Hannah-Beth Jackson could have trouble beating former Santa Barbara supervisor Mike Stoker (R). Here are the general election matchups:

Stoker  47%
Jackson  42%

Stoker  42%
Hodge  41%

Hodge 39%
Jackson 35%

Whoa? This is a seat that Obama won by 23 points and Brown won by 6.2%. (emphasis mine)

This poll by Hodge’s campaign pollsters is an outlier if I have ever seen one. Or, it is just a fabrication.

In the three way June primary election it splits this way:

  • Hodge 30%
  • Stoker 30%
  • Jackson 24%

I understand that a run by Mike Stoker is not even a certainty, since his polling shows him in a futile race against either of the two Democrats in the general. This district is a tough race for any Republican in the general election.

This poll is an attempt by Oxnard Firefighter Jason Hodge to influence Sacramento money follks to fund his campaign against Hannah-Beth Taxin’ Jackson who has a firm Democratic base of support in Lefty Santa Barbara.

And, what about, if Senator Fran Pavley should decide to move to her Oxnard beach house?

I would say this poll is probably NOT a fair picture of the state of this race.


California Election 2012: California Democratic Party Pre-Endorsement Conferences


Scott Lay at AroundtheCapitol.com and The Nooner has the breakdown on some of the results.

The Democratic Party held pre-endorsement conferences around the state over the weekend for state legislative and congressional races. Candidates receiving 70% of the vote of delegates to the conferences will be placed on the “consent calendar” for endorsement at the party’s February 10-12 convention. If one candidate receives more than 50% but less than 70% of the vote, the endorsement for that district will be considered at caucuses held at the convention. The candidate that received over 50% is listed here for reference, but they are not the only eligible candidate for the endorsement for that district at the convention caucuses. Here’s the official guide from the California Democratic Party.

Of interest to Ventura County are the following:

  • SD19 – Hannah-Beth Jackson – over 70%
  • SD27 – Fran Pavley – over 70%
  • CD26 – Steve Bennett – over 70%
  • CD30 – Brad Sherman – 50% – to convention

If you  are confused as to what these California Democratic Party Pre-endorsement conferences are or how they work, then head over to read John Meyer’s post here.

Thankfully, the California GOP will NOT weigh in with such a convoluted process – much to the dismay of California Republican Party Big Wigs who would like to be in control.

California voters will just have to decide for themselves, as to who is GOP enough and who is the RINO, I suppose.

I trust the voters, to make the RIGHT choice.