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AM Alert: Isadore Hall, Covered California and Cloris Leachman!

Former Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, during a 2012 floor session. He won a special election Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 for the 35th Senate District.
Former Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, during a 2012 floor session. He won a special election Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 for the 35th Senate District.

Former Assemblyman Isadore Hall is now a Senator-elect. Hall, D-Compton, clinched a seat in the state Senate Tuesday night to fill the 35th District vacancy of Democrat Rod Wright, who represented central and south Los Angeles before resigning in September. At least three special elections are on the horizon to fill the seats of soon-to-depart senators and Rep.-elects Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, and Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Niguel.

In unofficial returns, Hall received 54.98 percent of the vote in the four-candidate special primary election, avoiding a February runoff. Turnout in the holiday-season ballot stands at about 6.3 percent.

ENROLLMENT ENCORE: California’s health insurance exchange led the nation in sign-ups during its first year of operation and is set to announce its latest haul at a morning news conference today.

Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee will discuss the agency’s enrollment data for Nov. 15 through Monday. Officials have said more than 11,000 Californians selected a plan in the first three days of enrollment and another 33,368 applicants were likely deemed eligible for Medi-Cal. There were 314,100 unique visitors to the website over the first four days, officials said.

This is the second open enrollment period of the federal health care overhaul, and runs through Feb. 15. Those interested in securing coverage by Jan. 1 must enroll by Dec. 15. The state exchange estimates that 1.7 million people will be enrolled by the end of the second year, including 1.5 million in subsidized coverage. That would mark an increase of about 500,000 over the first year.

YOUTH EXTENSION: It’s been four years since California became one of the first states to extend foster care until age 21. Assembly Bill 12 beginning two years ago allowed 18 year olds to remain in foster case for an extra year. That was lengthened by one year in 2013, and by another year last January. Researchers today are set to release a new survey that they say will provide the most comprehensive review of people transitioning out of foster care. The presentation of key findings, including the high number of youth who reported that they wanted to graduate from college, takes place at 10 a.m. at 2860 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento.

THE BIG ONE? As Northern Californians hunker down for a massive storm (peak winds could reach 70 mph in Redding; and 67 MPH in South Lake Tahoe), Kris Kuhl, a maintenance deputy at Caltrans, will discuss what the state agency is doing to prepare. The event is planned for 10 a.m. at the traffic management center, 3165 Gold Valley Dr., Rancho Cordova.

INFEST THIS: A destructive scourge is ravaging California’s landscape: The goldspotted oak borer. The nonnative beetle is responsible for the death of tens of thousands of trees across San Diego, “resulting in millions of dollars of remediation costs and property value loss,” according to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. With the oak borer slinking its way into Riverside County, the agency is considering expanding its so-called “zone of infestation.” The meeting is at 8 a.m. in the resources auditorium, 1416 Ninth St.

GOING COASTAL: She made her big-screen debut in Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1947 musical drama, “Carnegie Hall,” as a dancing nightclub patron. Then, 58 years later, an 82-year-old Cloris Leachman appeared on the television hit “Dancing with the Stars.” Now at 88, Leachman, or more likely a representative, is preparing to make her case to the California Coastal Commission. The board, which begins three days of meetings Wednesday in Monterey, is scheduled to consider Leachman’s request for “after-the-fact approval” of a 1,805-square-foot addition to an existing 1,000-square-foot single-family home in the Santa Monica Mountains “along the toe of an easterly ascending slope.” The Oscar and multi-time Emmy winner also is proposing an interior and exterior remodel. Leachman is perhaps best known for playing Phyllis Lindstrom, Mary Tyler Moore’s landlady and friend in the 1970’s classic. The commission’s staff recommends approval, with nine special conditions, none of which mention a dance floor.

CELEBRATE: Happy birthday to Hall, who turns 43, and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, who turns 48.

Call Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5538. Follow him on Twitter @ccadelago.