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June 26, 2007 5:50 AM

The AM Alert

It's

Election Day

again! Voters in the Long Beach area

head to the polls

today to vote on a replacement for the late Rep.

Juanita Millender-McDonald

. OK, more like

one in five

eligible voters - and that's if turnout's "good." The two leading Democratic candidates are Assemblywoman

Laura Richardson

and Sen.

Jenny Oropeza

, who have battled it out in a shortened special-election campaign. The biggest spender in the race, however, was neither Richardson nor Oropeza, but the

Morongo Band of Mission Indians

, which the Associated Press reported had spent

$400,000

as of Sunday. The money all went to help Oropeza, who

just happened to have voted for the Southern California gambling tribe's compact

. Also, today the 29-member governing board of the

California Institute of Regenerative Medicine

meets. Item No. 2 on the agenda is "consideration of

CIRM presidential candidates and compensation

." What does that mean? It means the board, which is searching for a new leader following the departure of Zach Hall, is

considering changing the salary of its president

. The assumption is that the next CIRM president's salary -- the current range is

$275,000 to $412,500

-- will be higher, but CIRM spokesman Dale Carlson was mum on the possibility on Monday. In the Legislature, the "flood fives" are up (that's

AB 5 and SB 5

, authored by

Lois Wolk

and

Mike Machado

, respectively) in each house's natural resource committees. On the Senate side, Assemblyman

Joel Anderson

, a Republican, presents his AB 257 to provide

lifetime state parks passes

to disabled veterans and Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. The Assembly Public Safety committee will take up Sen.

Gloria Romero

's SB 1019, the public access to police officers' files bill. Sen.

Gil Cedillo

will fight for his SB 275, the patient dumping bill, in Assembly Health. In the evening, Assemblyman

Lloyd Levine

continues to

rub salt in the wound

of Assembly candidate and former chief of staff

Stuart Waldman

by co-hosting a fundraiser for Waldman's opponent,

Bob Blumenfield

.

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