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Surfing son seeks to extend LA political dynasty

Ian Calderon is a former state surfing champion and a candidate for the 57th Assembly seat.

Noel Jaimes is a Republican candidate for the 57th Assembly seat in Whittier.


Whittier is a long way from the waves. But that’s where Ian Calderon grew up and that’s where the one-time state surfing champion is running for the California Assembly in a bid to extend a three-decade long political dynasty. The 27-year-old Democrat faces Noel Jaimes, 57, a rare Latino Republican looking to put a new face on the GOP.

As a kid, Calderon says he stayed out of trouble because he understood his actions reflected on his father, State Assemblyman Charles Calderon. Standing inside his own campaign headquarters, the political neophyte recalls being raised on the campaign trail.

“I can remember literally being in my father’s arms when he was giving speeches,” Calderon says. “We were always with him on stage.”

Calderon’s father – and political hero – was first elected to the state legislature in 1982. He's termed out now, and his son his hoping to inherit the seat – and extend his family's long presence in Sacramento. Ian's uncles are Ron Calderon, a state senator, and Tom Calderon, a former state assemblyman who lost a bid earlier this year to return to the legislature. 

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Janice Hahn vs. Laura Richardson in the South Bay, the cost of layoffs at City Hall, another debate with Sherman, Berman

Reps. Laura Richardson, left, and Janice Hahn, right, will face each other in November in the race for Congress' 44th District.

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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 30, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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Democrats Janice Hahn and Laura Richardson are fighting it out in Congress' 44th District, a historically African-American seat, reports the Los Angeles Times. Because of redistricting the two incumbents were merged into the same district.

Laying off city attorneys to save the city money could turn out to be a costly move, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich says, according to the Daily News. "The layoffs would cascade throughout the department creating a devastating effect on trial preparation and creating havoc," he told the Budget and Finance Committee.

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El Monte Measure H soda tax proposal draws $1.3 million response from beverage industry

No on Measure H campaign video

No on Measure H website

The American Beverage Association has put $1.3 million into the campaign to oppose Measure H, a proposed penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened drinks sold in the city of El Monte. This image is from a campaign video, depicting the charge that would be imposed on a gallon jug of sweetened juice drink.

The modest campaign for El Monte's Measure H, a proposal to add a penny-per-ounce tax to soda sales, is drowning in a deluge of ads paid for by the soft drink industry.

The American Beverage Association, which represents the soft drink industry, has spent some $1.3 million to oppose the tax issue the El Monte City Council placed on the Nov. 6 ballot in hopes of balancing the city budget and fund anti-crime and wellness program.

Mayor Andre Quintero said he expects more to be spent in the week remaining before the Nov. 6 election.

"They're spending it on everything," he said. "Every single imaginable tool you can imagine in a campaign arsenal, they have. They have paid walkers, paid callers, they've got a campaign manager, they've got billboards, signs, literature in the mail, polls, tracking polls."

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Hurricane delays hearing on $11 million Arizona donation to California campaign

Hurricane Sandy is even affecting the fight over California's Proposition 30.

A court hearing had been scheduled for Tuesday regarding the source of an $11 million dollar donation from an Arizona-based organization that is working to defeat Governor Jerry Brown's proposed tax hike.

California’s elections watchdog, the Fair Political Practices Commission, wants the donors’ names to be revealed. But Virginia-based attorneys for Americans for Responsible Leadership — the Arizona non-profit behind the donation — said they couldn’t reach Sacramento in time for the hearing because of travel delays caused by the hurricane. The judge overseeing the case gave them an extra 28 hours.

The Arizona group made the donation to a California campaign seeking to defeat Prop 30 and pass Prop 32 — a ban on payroll deductions for political contributions.

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Prop 30 supporters expected to unleash media blitz in final stretch

Gov. Jerry Brown

Sharon McNary/KPCC

California Gov. Jerry Brown is stepping up his appeals on behalf of Proposition 30.

Proposition 30 has a narrow lead in the polls, though support has been dipping, with less than 50 percent of likely voters in favor. The campaign to raise taxes for public education is in the homestretch. 

Expect to see a lot of the Governor in the coming days—in a lot of different places. Over the weekend he stumped at Downtown L.A.’s Grand Central Market, and Wednesday he’s scheduled to make his case at a Los Angeles Town Hall gathering.

The Governor’s full court press generates a lot of free media attention. But expect to see the campaign for Prop 30 boost its spending on paid advertising. Expenditure reports filed with the Secretary of State show the campaign has spent $21 million so far — mostly on media. That leaves Brown and his supporters with $40 million to burn before election day.

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