We saw plenty of expected results on Tuesday night and a couple of surprises: Gov. Jerry Brown easily won a historic fourth term and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson held off a strong challenge in his closely contested re-election race, while legislative Democrats lost their two-thirds supermajorities in both the state Senate and the Assembly.
So why did it happen and what does it all mean for California? An all-star list of political consultants and journalists will debrief the outcome during a day-long post-mortem conference hosted by Capitol Weekly, the UC Center and the Leadership California Institute, starting at 9 a.m. at the Sacramento Masonic Temple on J Street.
California Republican Party Chair Jim Brulte, who had a good night, will deliver the luncheon keynote. Sessions include a discussion on campaign finance with California Democratic Party Chief Financial Officer Angie Tate and Fair Political Practices Commission enforcement chief Gary Winuk; an examination of the statewide races with Ace Smith of SCN Strategies, Aaron McLear of Redwood Pacific and Paul Hefner of the Torlakson campaign; a breakdown of the legislative races moderated by The Bee’s own political editor Amy Chance, featuring Andrew Acosta of Acosta Consulting, Jon Fleischman of Fleischman Consulting Group and data guru Paul Mitchell; and a look forward with California Voter Foundation’s Kim Alexander, Comcast Spotlight’s Carol Dahmen, and Rose Kapolczynski of Rose Kapolczynski Consulting, among others.
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VICTORY LAP: Brown is down in Southern California this morning, where he will attend a service for Pomona Police Officer Shaun Diamond, who was killed in the line of duty last week, 10 a.m. at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, then deliver remarks at the Anti-Defamation League 2014 Annual Meeting, 1 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.
LIGHTS, CAMERA...: California expanded its film tax credit this year, from a $100 million annual fund to a $330 million annual fund, in hopes of luring more productions back to the land of Hollywood. The California Film Commission, which meets in Los Angeles today, is currently developing regulations for how to administer the additional program money.
OH, CHRISTMAS TREE: Halloween is barely behind us, but there’s already a Christmas tree on the west lawn of the state Capitol. The 53-foot white fir was raised into place on Tuesday in anticipation of the annual tree lighting ceremony, which will take place this year on Dec. 2.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, who turns 44 today, and to state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, who turns 64. And a belated best wishes to state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Los Angeles, who celebrated his 40th birthday yesterday, sans fundraising boat trip to Catalina.
Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.