California Republicans are gathering in Los Angeles over the next three days for their biannual convention, hoping to stir up enthusiasm for the party’s slate before the November election. Chairman Jim Brulte is seeking to roll back the Democrats’ two-thirds supermajority in both houses of the Legislature.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield are the convention’s big guests, delivering keynote addresses at the lunch and dinner banquets on Saturday, respectively. But for political aficionados, the stories to watch are how party activists, who favored Assemblyman Tim Donnelly at the March convention, react to gubernatorial nominee Neel Kashkari, and whether secretary of state hopeful Pete Peterson and controller candidate Ashley Swearengin, widely regarded as the best GOP prospects this fall, can gather momentum for their campaigns.
David Siders has a preview of the convention in today’s paper. Siders and Christopher Cadelago will have coverage from Los Angeles throughout the weekend.
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DON’T SPEAK: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, will hold a press conference with San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane, 10 a.m. at the California State Building in San Francisco, calling upon Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate revelations of inappropriate communications between the California Public Utilities Commission and PG&E following a deadly 2010 gas explosion in San Bruno. PG&E was recently slapped with a record $1.4 billion fine for the explosion, which killed eight people.
TAKE CARE: Researchers from the Public Policy Institute of California lead a discussion on the growing workforce needs of California’s health care industry, noon at the CSAC Conference Center on 11th Street.
IN MEMORIAM: Longtime legislator John Francis Foran, a fixture in San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento politics, died last week at the age of 84 after a battle with bladder cancer. A rival of former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown in local politics, he was known for recasting vital transportation services in the Bay Area. A funeral for Foran will take place today at 10 a.m. at the St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco.
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CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, who turns 49 on Saturday.