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October 16, 2012
Mystery Arizona group sends $11 million to fight unions, Gov. Jerry Brown

A shadowy Phoenix-based group contributed $11 million Monday to a campaign committee funding attacks on Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative and supporting a measure curbing union dues collection, a new campaign finance report shows.

Americans for Responsible Leadership gave the donation to Small Business Action Committee PAC, which is backing Proposition 32 and opposing Proposition 30. Before the latest contribution, the PAC had been heavily reliant on more than $20 million from Charles Munger Jr.

A spokeswoman for the Small Business Action Committee said she didn't know where Americans for Responsible Leadership got its money.

October 16, 2012
VIDEO: 'Don't be complacent,' Jerry Brown urges students at Prop. 30 rally

LOS ANGELES - Gov. Jerry Brown urged college students this afternoon to rally support on campus for his Nov. 6 ballot initiative to raise taxes, saying that by doing so they can avoid a tuition increase.

"My plea to you is, don't be complacent," the Democratic governor told about 200 students at a rally at the University of California, Los Angeles. "You can avoid that tuition hike."

The event marked the start of what Brown said will be a "full-on campaign" for Proposition 30, his initiative to raise the state sales tax and income taxes on California's highest earners. The measure would avert about $5.4 billion in cuts to schools and community colleges this budget year, but it would also have a direct impact on college students: If the measure fails, University of California officials have said they will raise tuition by about 20 percent.

"A lot is riding on this election," Brown said.

October 16, 2012
California has by far most immigrants from Asia to U.S.

California is home to nearly a third of the nation's 11.6 million Asian immigrants, according to a new Census Bureau report, and the Los Angeles metropolitan area has the nation's largest urban concentration.

California's 3.7 million Asian-born immigrants are 10 percent of the state's population and are three times as numerous as No. 2 New York's 1.2 million. The Philippines are California's largest source of Asian immigrants, with nearly 900,000 from that nation counted by the Census Bureau, but the state also has the nation's largest populations of immigrants from China, India, Vietnam and Korea.

The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metropolitan region is home to 1.6 million Asian immigrants, according to an addendum to the main report, slightly larger than the New York metropolitan area's Asian immigrant population.

The San Francisco-Oakland area ranks third in the nation with 707,000, while the San Jose area is fifth at 420,000 and San Diego is 10th at 269,000.

The report covers only those born in Asia, not their American-born offspring and descendents. The overall Asian population of California is estimated at more than 5 million.

October 16, 2012
Outside groups spend big in 7th Congressional District race

Congressional hopefuls put their fall cash hauls on public display Monday, the filing deadline for third quarter fundraising reports.

But those reports, which covered money raised and spent through Sept. 30, don't show the full picture of spending in many contested races. Much of the big-money action in House races across the country this year is coming from super PACS and political party committees.

That's the case in the 7th Congressional District, where Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, and Elk Grove Democrat Ami Bera are locked in a tight race.

October 16, 2012
Group for 'courageous' candidates sits out November campaign

A new political committee created to back California legislative candidates with courage has decided not to drop cash on the general election races.

Govern for California was launched last year by Democrat David Crane, a former adviser to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, investor Ron Conway and WalMart Board of Directors member Greg Penner, who are both registered without a party preference. The committee was one of several new political efforts created in the wake of California's new political maps and top two primary system.

October 16, 2012
Dan Walters Daily: Session over but fights continue

VIDEO: Dan says the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown may have finished their work for the 2011-12 session, but some groups are still fighting battles..

Have a question you'd like Dan to answer? Post it on our Facebook page.

See other Dan Walters Daily clips here.

October 16, 2012
AM Alert: Jerry Brown hits the campaign trail

VIDEO: 'Tis the season of rule-making, Dan Walters says in today's video post.

PROPOSITION 30: Gov. Jerry Brown will be at UCLA today, stumping for his Proposition 30 tax increase. It's likely the first of several campaign events he'll hold on college campuses in the next three weeks, as the governor tries to motivate a hard-to-nudge crowd: students. As we reported in today's Bee, many students so far are unengaged - even though their tuition will rise or fall with the fate of Proposition 30.

DEBATE: President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney square off again tonight for their second debate, a town hall format in which audience members will ask questions on domestic and foreign policy. If you think Obama is going to try to bring a stronger game this time, drink!

Well, maybe not at this hour. But perhaps you'd like to take your favorite debate-watching drinking game to one of these viewing parties:

  • Metro Edge - the Sacramento Metro Chamber's group for under-40 professionals - is hosting an event at the California Museum, touting mingling, munchies, and a panel of pros dissecting the issues. Kitty O'Neal of KFBK moderates the panel including Sac State Professor Emeritus Barbara O'Connor, Yolo County Supervisor Matt Rexroad, GOP consultant Tony Quinn, political blogger Greg Lucas and others. All the details are here.
  • The University of Southern California's Sol Price School of Public Policy hosts a 6 pm debate-watch followed by a 7:30 pm discussion with Janet Denhardt, a professor of public administration. It's at USC's State Capital Center, 1800 I Street, Sacramento. For more information, email kawilson@usc.edu or call 916-637-8981.

NEW JOB: Kim Belshé, former Secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is the new executive director of First 5 LA, the county-level agency created by Proposition 10 in 1998 that promotes the well-being of children from birth to age five.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Best wishes to Assemblyman Warren Furutani, D-Gardena, on his 65th birthday.



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Jeremy White Jeremy B. White covers California politics and edits Capitol Alert's mobile Insider Edition. jwhite@sacbee.com. Twitter: @capitolalert

Amy Chance Amy Chance is political editor for The Sacramento Bee. achance@sacbee.com. Twitter: @Amy_Chance

Dan Smith Dan Smith is Capitol bureau chief for The Sacramento Bee. smith@sacbee.com

Christopher Cadelago Christopher Cadelago covers California politics and health care. ccadelago@sacbee.com. Twitter: @ccadelago

Micaela Massimino Micaela Massimino edits Capitol Alert. mmassimino@sacbee.com

Laurel Rosenhall Laurel Rosenhall covers the Legislature, the lobbying community and higher education. lrosenhall@sacbee.com. Twitter: @LaurelRosenhall

David Siders David Siders covers the Brown administration. dsiders@sacbee.com. Twitter: @davidsiders

Dan Walters Dan Walters is a columnist for The Sacramento Bee. dwalters@sacbee.com. Twitter: @WaltersBee

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