It’s looking like we may actually get a contested Democratic presidential primary in California, with a new poll showing Bernie Sanders gaining on Hillary Clinton, but regardless of how the votes fall you can count on one thing: politicians using California to generate donations.
President Obama will be honoring that tradition this weekend, stopping Saturday at San Francisco’s storied Warfield Theater for an event benefiting the Democratic National Committee that will also feature Kanye West, a man for whom Obama had some choice language. VIP tickets run $10,000, and a spot in the photo line will set you back $5,000.
After that the president will be in Los Angeles raising money for the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee – the Hollywood Reporter reports Obama will attend events at the homes of J.J. Abrams and of designer Michael Smith, whose partner is U.S. ambassador to Spain James Costos – before completing the statewide sweep by heading to San Diego for the night. He has no public events planned for America’s Finest City, according to the White House.
RIP: Campaign expert Allan Hoffenblum’s death has saddened the California political world. Those seeking to honor Hoffenblum’s memory can gather this afternoon at the State Social House in West Hollywood for a celebration of his life. Organizers are asking that you skip the flowers and send donations to the USC General Scholarship fund.
TAKING CREDIT: Watching politics unfold can be horrifying. So it seems appropriate that the show American Horror Story owes its Los Angeles relocation to the film tax credit hammered out in the Legislature last year, according to officials who will be touting the move at an on-set event in LA today (other shows getting tax breaks include the political comedy Veep, the irony of which has been noted). Speakers will include Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, and Assembly members Mike Gatto and Sebastian Ridley-Thomas.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Eric Linder, R-Corona, who turns 37 today, and in advance to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who will celebrate his 48th tomorrow.