San Gabriel Valley Senate Seat Up for Grabs

The prevailing wisdom is that former Assemblyman Mike Eng, husband of party favorite Congresswoman Judy Chu, is the frontrunner and the party anointed successor to Ed Hernandez for state Senate District 22 seat.

But while Eng still has a large money advantage, other strong candidates, especially Baldwin City Councilwoman Susan Rubio, have announced.

Rubio, the ex-wife of former (and disgraced) Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, has ridden the rising tide of women fighting back against sexual harassment and also reined in endorsements.That, and an overwhelming Latino voter advantage, could help her in the 2018 election. Also helping is that her sister, Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio, has a track record of beating the prevailing wisdom.

2010 Census Demographics for SD22





Citizen Voting-Age Population




Total Population




Campaign Finance and Declared Candidates 


Nothing Reported


Eng, Michael



Trustee, LA Community College District

Garcia, Raquel “Monica

Nothing Reported


Councilwoman, Baldwin Park

Hernandez, Roger

$128,731 (Assembly/Senate)


Not Running…

Martinez, Victoria



Councilwoman,     El Monte

Rubio, Susan



Councilwoman, Baldwin Park


Nothing Reported


Union organizer




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A Missed Pension Story in Monrovia?

When people talk government pension details, eyes roll back. But the latest at on Monrovia is interesting – and frightening – for a few reasons. The city’s current unfunded liability is $112 million. This, by the way, in a city of 36,000.

Here’s a show stopper:

“In fact, if we do nothing, current financial modeling indicates that the costs associated with the pending CalPERS UAL repayment schedule will strain our General Fund to the point of rendering the City insolvent in either FY 2021/22 or FY 2022/23.”

Despite this, the city’s plan has no staff or service cuts. Employees took a minor pay cut across the board, but the larger bite will be paid with a bond, which the city will have to pay back with interest. And more taxes. One potential stumbling block:

But in a system that expects to pay 60 percent of future pension costs with a risky stock-laden investment portfolio, a plunge in a record-high market could quickly add new debt.”

Have to wonder what the rest of the cities in the San Gabriel Valley are facing. 

You should read the whole scary story:

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New York Times Thursday Style Section

And the media’s hypocrisy on public civility.



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Why are reports showing misconduct in wrongful convictions secret?

Wrongful Convictions Are Set Right, but Few Fingers Get Pointed

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Posted in Law, Media

Job for talentless political cartoonists: Memes

This difference between political cartoonists and meme creators is the former has the “ability to capture complex issues inside a single box” and the latter…doesn’t. 

But the latter has become the new thing for the deep-pocketed political class or at least the companies looking to drain those pockets.

“This was the missing piece of the progressive infrastructure,” said Jess McIntosh, Shareblue’s executive editor, who worked as Mrs. Clinton’s director of communications outreach during the 2016 campaign. “Everyone understands that what gets shared online matters now.”


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No lives were put at risk with these leaks, only stupidity and arrogance

Now we have a new counter intelligence unit to investigate the press and leakers.  No presidential expansion of powers is curtailed in the succeeding administrations, and now we have Trump.

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Media should stop using retweets as support for stories

Considering the unreliability, the bots and unverified accounts, the addition gives the illusion of legitimacy.

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