The Skinny

It’s not often that we get to report good news regarding the Capitol Press Corps. But while the dean of the state budget reporters, Ed Mendel, has left the San Diego Union-Tribune, he has not faded away. Mendel has launched a new blog dedicated to state pensions. Check it out at… And it looks like legislators aren’t the only ones who get all-expense paid trips to exotic destinations. LA Times reporter Jordan Rau received a grant to attend a week-long seminar on public health sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control. Rau, among other things, writes about health care issues for the Times… How many former speakers do you know of who were at the top of ESPN’s news ticker Wednesday? We saw just one — Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle, who formally dropped the city’s lawsuit against its baseball team, The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Pringle said it was in “everybody’s interest” to drop the suit, letting the team suffer with the stupidest name in all of professional sports…Finally, congratulations to Assemblyman Danny Gilmore, who is not only officially on the Democrats’ target list for 2010, but also now runs the Dog House. We are referring, of course, to the 319 square-foot office that is the smallest in the Capitol. But look on the bright side, Assemblyman. At least the office is in the Capitol. See A1 for more…

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