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AM Alert: Isadore Hall leads Senate special election field

hamezcua@sacbee.com

Just a week after terming out of the Assembly, Isadore Hall is likely on his way back to Sacramento. The Compton Democrat is the heavy favorite to win today’s special primary election in California’s 35th Senate District, covering parts of central and south Los Angeles.

The seat was vacated in September when former Sen. Rod Wright resigned. Following a nearly nine-month effort to overturn eight felony convictions for perjury and voting fraud, Wright was sentenced to jail, where he ultimately served for 71 minutes on Halloween.

The Senate opening initially attracted the interest of termed-out Assemblyman Steven Bradford as well, but the Gardena Democrat ended his campaign in October, offering his support to Hall. Three other candidates have not reported any fundraising and seem to offer little challenge to Hall, who could win the special primary outright by getting more than half of the vote. If no candidate wins outright, a runoff would take place in February.

The Los Angeles race is just the first in a series of special elections to look forward to in the coming months. With Sens. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, and Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Niguel, headed to Congress in January, candidates are already lining up to replace them.

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REFORMING POLITICAL REFORM: The Political Reform Act’s “conflict of interest” regulations are undergoing an update, courtesy of the Fair Political Practices Commission. The latest meeting, soliciting input on when public officials should recuse themselves from a decision that has a financial impact on them, is at 2 p.m. at the commission’s office at 428 J St.

DONATE AND DRIVE: As part of the annual state employee food drive to collect non-perishable items for the Sacramento Food Bank, the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, the Government Operations Agency, the State Transportation Agency and the State Treasurer’s Office are hosting a “drive-through” donation at the Capitol Mall traffic circle from 7-9 a.m.

RECLAIM THE RIVER: The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation holds a public meeting to discuss the expected impacts of climate change on water in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins and how to adapt, 1:30 p.m. at its regional office on Cottage Way.

Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.

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