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The Buzz: Special election in Los Angeles Assembly district draws three Democrats

Special election Assembly race in L.A. draws three Dems

A leisurely weekend offers as good a chance as any to do a little prognosticating about California’s newest special election.

With Assembly Democrats again knocking on the door of a two-thirds supermajority, the steady stream of elections takes on more significance.

We already know Democrat Matt Dababneh and Republican Susan Shelley will be squaring off Nov. 19 for the 45th Assembly District seat formerly held by Bob Blumenfield, who’s now on the Los Angeles City Council.

Now we have a sense of the field vying for the seat recently vacated by another Los Angeles Democrat. Holly J. Mitchell’s move to the Senate has produced a candidate list of three Democratic men hoping to represent the 54th Assembly District.

They are accountant and former Culver City Mayor Christopher Armenta, real estate broker John Jake and Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, son of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas and formerly a policy adviser to then Sen. Curren Price, also now a Los Angeles City Council member.

The special primary is Dec. 3, with a runoff on Feb. 4 if necessary.

– Jeremy B. White


The House of Representatives is expected to consider a water infrastructure bill next week that would authorize the completion of levee improvements in Sacramento, a vote delayed by the federal shutdown. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia told House Republicans in a closed-door meeting Wednesday that the chamber would vote on the bill, which was approved unanimously last month by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The Senate overwhelmingly OK’d a similar bill in May.

– Curtis Tate