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Andrew Blount, mayor of Laguna Hills

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  • By the numbers

    As recession struck the nation, California and most other states borrowed heavily from the federal government to prop up their unemployment insurance programs. At one time, the states owed Washington more than $47 billion, but the debt has since been cut by more than half to $21 billion, and many of the debtor states have completely erased their negative balances, according to a nationwide survey by Stateline. But California accounted for more than $10 billion of the debt at its peak, and it has declined only slightly.

    – Dan Walters

The Buzz: Laguna Hills Mayor Andrew Blount pulls out of governor's race

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014 - 12:00 am

Laguna Hills mayor drops

governor bid, cites health

Laguna Hills Mayor Andrew Blount pulled out of the governor’s race Tuesday, citing health issues, according to a post on his Facebook page.

Blount, a little-known software developer, was nevertheless running second among Republicans with 3 percent support, far behind tea party favorite Tim Donnelly but 1 percentage point ahead of the best-funded Republican in the race, Neel Kashkari, according to the most recent Field Poll.

Blount said on Facebook that he has been “battling some health issues that have taken an unfortunate toll on me.”

“While the long-term prognosis is good, I have to concentrate on them in order to be here for my family,” Blount wrote. “Due to this, I’ve been unable to put together the campaign that California deserves and in the event that I was to win the primary, I would be unable to put forth the energy necessary to continue the race.”

Blount said he will continue on as mayor of his Orange County city. The candidate reported raising no money for his gubernatorial bid, and he said on Facebook, “I have no donations to refund, as I accepted none.”

– David Siders

Worth repeating

“I find it interesting that Pennsylvania’s commenting on California’s higher education system.”

Janet Napolitano, UC president, referring to a University of Pennsylvania report that concluded California’s Master Plan for Higher Education is “rudderless” and outdated.

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