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Ramani undecided about election

August 05, 2010|By Bill Kisliuk,

While Sunder Ramani's name will appear on the ballot in November, his campaign staff says it is not yet clear whether the Republican nominee for the 43rd Assembly District will actively run against Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake).

In June, Gatto defeated Ramani 59% to 41% to win the remainder of former Assemblyman Paul Krekorian's term representing the district, which includes Glendale, parts of Burbank and several Los Angeles neighborhoods.

Just 20% of registered voters participated in the special election.

In November, Gatto is seeking election to a full two-year term. Voter turnout likely will be much higher because the ballot also includes the race for governor, congressional seats and state ballot propositions.


On Tuesday, Ramani's campaign manager, Bo Patatian, said they were studying information from the Los Angeles County registrar of voters and a demographic analysis from Burbank-based Political Data Inc. to decipher the implications of the vote count.

"How many Republicans showed up? What did Democrats do? Did the decline-to-states come out? How active was the Armenian voting bloc?" Patatian said. "We need to comprehensively synthesize the numbers."

A decision could come in the next several days.

"People invested in me to run a full marathon, not a half-marathon," Ramani said. "I don't quit, and it would be out of character for me to quit unless the odds are inordinately stacked against me."

Portantino fights $150,000 question

Six times this year, Assemblyman Anthony Portantino introduced legislation to block raises for state workers making more than $150,000 a year. Six times he saw the proposal die in an Assembly committee.

Portantino's legislation would have frozen salaries at their current levels through 2012 and denied bonuses to thousands of state workers, including many in the Cal State and University of California systems. People working under union contracts and certain other classifications of workers would have been exempt from the freeze.

Assembly analysts estimated the measure would save the state $17 million.

Portantino said fellow lawmakers have buried the proposal in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and others, where it has essentially been frozen with no action taken, or not referred out of committee.

"Why hold it when it actually saves the state money?" Portantino said. "I think it is because some of the institutions that have folks who make over $150,000 lobbied to kill the bill."

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