What to do when your two-thirds legislative supermajority hinges on a tight re-election battle in a highly competitive district? Send in the big guns.
Gov. Jerry Brown will be in Irvine today to visit the future site of the Southern California Veterans Cemetery, which he directed the California Department of Veterans Affairs to begin developing when he signed AB 1453 last month. Though Brown made relatively few public appearances for bill signings in September, the cemetery legislation was written by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, one of the most vulnerable incumbents in any state legislative race this year.
Quirk-Silva ousted a Republican incumbent in 2012, but the fairly even party registration in her district and expected low turnout could hurt her chances Nov. 4. Campaign donors and independent expenditures are already spending big on both sides of the race. You can explore more with our “follow the money” election map.
Brown and Quirk-Silva will be joined by state Secretary of Veteran Affairs Peter J. Gravett and local veteran groups for the site visit, 12:15 p.m. at Orange County Great Park in Irvine.