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With all the talk of Gavin Newsom vs. Antonio Villaraigosa in 2010, it looks
like there will be at least one more Democrat in the field if Phil Angelides
loses in November. Jack O’Connell tells the Ventura County Star that he’ll
be a candidate if Phil comes up short. “That’s where my interest is.
There’s still a lot of things I want to do, and the best way to do them is
as governor,” O’Connell says. O’Connell later tried to hedge his declaration
in a statement, but we all know he wants to run. … Meanwhile, as Alex
Padilla
prepares to head to the Senate, there’s a new local official in
charge of the League of California Cities. Pinole Mayor Maria Alegria, who
previously served as first vice president, will be the new president. Former
second VP, San Diego councilman Jim Madaffer will be the new first VP and
Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo the new second VP. … Speaking of local
electeds, Tom Ammiano, the man who almost beat Willie Brown in a write-in
campaign for San Francisco mayor, has opened a committee to run for Mark
Leno
‘s Assembly seat in 2008. … While this column got most of the Assembly
committee assignments right, we did make one insy-winsy little gaffe. Pedro
Nava
will not be chairman of Banking and Professions. Instead, he’ll head
the Transportation Committee. Ted Lieu will chair B&P. … Finally, congrats
to Deborah Ortiz staffer Abbie Blackman and Andrew Acosta on the birth of
their second child this week. The baby girl didn’t have a name, as of press
time.


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