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AM Alert: Donald Trump leads Republican presidential contenders in California

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters after speaking at a campaign event in Dallas on Sept. 14, 2015.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters after speaking at a campaign event in Dallas on Sept. 14, 2015. The Associated Press

The state Senate may want Californians to “dump Trump,” but that hasn’t stopped The Donald from jumping to the front of a crowded Republican field in the Golden State.

As he has for months in national surveys, real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump sits atop a new Field Poll of likely Republican primary voters in California, the first since he joined the race in June, with 17 percent support.

Trump is followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, whose campaigns have surged in recent weeks on the strength of their outsider status and conservative frustration with Washington politics. They stand at 15 percent and 13 percent, respectively.

How do the rest of the candidates, like recent California visitor Mike Huckabee, stack up? David Siders has more in his story, including the public results and statistical tabulations from the poll.

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN: Gov. Jerry Brown has four days left before his signing deadline...and another 310 bills to get through. What measures are we watching for in the crush of announcements to come? Check out our updated gallery.

EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN: After years of layoffs during the recession, a rebounding economy has put California schools on a hiring binge. The supply of teachers, however, is not keeping up, driven by a wave of baby boomer retirements and the pull of higher-paying jobs in other fields for college graduates. Enrollment in teacher preparation programs halved over the past five years, according to a new report from the state Commission on Teacher Credentialing, from 36,577 in the 2009-10 school year to 18,984 in 2013-14. The commission will discuss that report and other business at its bimonthly meeting, 9 a.m. at its headquarters on Capitol Avenue.

WINDS OF CHANGE: Issues ranging from the Delta and marijuana to prison health care have been the subject of “extraordinary” focus in California, with blue ribbon commissions, task forces or policy czars appointed to investigate them. What has been the effect of these processes? Former Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and others will share their expertise at a half-day conference hosted by the McGeorge School of Law Public Policy Program, starting at noon at McGeorge’s Oak Park campus.

YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG: The world has experienced 18 massive earthquakes, with a magnitude of 8.0 or greater, over the past decade – an annual rate of significant seismic activity that is more than double what was observed over the previous century. Thorne Lay, a professor of earth and planetary sciences at UC Santa Cruz, discusses this surge and what we are learning from it, noon at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street.

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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