Weekend Open Thread: Results You May Not Know!

I don’t know about you, but I could use a break from looking at the OC political results, don’t you? So we’re instead going to look at some other political results in our state — ones we haven’t reported on. (But yeah, some of them will still be about OC in part, because that’s just how we are.)

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Someone apparently misinformed this guy about the California flag being a warm-colored tie-die.

U.S. House Control Hinges on California — Maybe OC!

According to the New York Times, 23 U.S. House seats remain to be called. Of those 23, 13 are from California. Of those 13, 3 — Porter’s, Steel’s, and Levin’s — are in OC, more than any other county.

Our Big Sister County

  • You may have heard that Los Angeles’s Sheriff Alex Villanueva is currently having his ass kicked by former Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna, currently 58.4% to 41.6%. We don’t have a fresh take on that here; we just like looking at that result. Los Angeles has had a terrible run of Sheriffs for a while, and we hope that Luna will break that cycle.
  • You’ve probably also heard that Karen Bass has come roaring back out of a deficit and now leads developer Rick Caruso by about 4,400 votes, with 50.38% to his 100%-50.38%. (See how easy two-person races are?) This is a sliver out of the more than 575,000 votes already counted, but there does seem to be a blue-shift going in, despite the supposed aversion of conservatives to casting mail-in ballots (which doesn’t seem to work in California). Bass is among the best Democrats we have — and Caruso would fit right in in Orange County Democratic circles.
  • And here’s something to know: remember Josh Lowenthal, who ran for Assembly a OC’s upper coastal district? You know, the son of former Rep. Al Lowenthal? Well, he’s beating his opponent, from the Long Beach City Council, by about 20%. If you worked on his campaign in the past, now’s a great time to say hi!
  • In AD-67 — get used to that number, because it’s Sharon Quirk-Silva’s new district and it’s looking more and more like she’ll be representing it — she’s beating her opponent Soo Yoo in her own territory by 5-1/2 points, or about 750 votes. For a while, Sharon was losing in her home county are well, but how she’s up here by 1,100 votes, or 1,8%. So that’s a nice almost 1900-vote lead so far. We’re not calling it, by we’re winking and nodding.
  • In LA, Jay Chen is beating Michelle Steel by 10%, a bit over 1,400 votes. So he doesn’t have to get all the way to even here!
  • This measure is passing by a 2:1 vote:

LOS ANGELES CITY GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION – MEASURE LH: AUTHORIZATION FOR ADDITIONAL LOW-INCOME HOUSING. PROPOSITION LH. Shall a measure authorizing public entities in the City of Los Angeles to develop, construct, or acquire up to 5,000 additional units of low-income rental housing in each Council District to address homelessness and affordable housing needs, subject to availability of funding and City development requirements, be adopted?

A set amount of new low-income housing per council district could make sense here too, right?

  • Know who’s getting the lowest percentage of the vote of any Democrat in a predominantly LA-based district? Lisa Calderon. One one mostly LA-based Assembly other district is lower, but there a Republican is winning.

Statewide Races

  • Of the nine races are currently listed as “Close Contests” (within a 2% margin) on the Secretary of State’s site, two — Katie Porter’s and Sharon Quirk-Silva’s — are based in Orange County. Jay Chen is about 3% away from becoming the third.
  • Democrats lead all of the statewide races: Gov. Newsom with 58.0%; Lt. Gov. Kounalakis with 58.3%; Sec. State Weber with 58.6%; for Controller, Cohen with 54.0% against Lanhee Chen; for Treasurer, Fiona Ma with 57.6%; Atty Genl. Bonta with 57.7%; Insurance Commr. Lara with 58.4%, Supt. of Public Instruction Thurmond with 63.0%; and Sen. Alex Padilla with 59/5%. We can conclude that if anyone should be running for President in 2024 out of this group, it should be Tony Thurmond!

We may add to this list of non-OC stories, and maybe offer some updates, over the courts of the upcoming week.

This … is your Weekend Open Thread. Talk about that, or whatever else you’d like, within reasonable bounds of decorum, decency, and discretion.

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Corrupt party hacks hate him. He's OK with that too. He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)