The Note

"'When Bustamante did not call the election for the most immediate date and created a 16-day filing period, rather than a one-day filing period, he sealed Gray Davis' fate,' said Republican strategist Kevin Spillane. 'He created a period of time for Gray Davis to twist in the wind and allow Democratic unity to crumble.'" LINK

"Spillane recalled the time Davis removed some parking spaces from Bustamante's control."

"'The parking spaces that Gray Davis took away from Bustamante's office in 1999 are going to go down as the most valuable parking spaces in California political history,' Spillane said. 'Someone should build a monument by those parking spaces: 'On this spot Gray Davis ultimately lost his political career.'"

The Orange County Register Noted on Thursday that Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez "has secured a legal opinion saying she can use her congressional campaign money to run for governor." LINK

Today, the Orange County Register has Sanchez supportive of Bustamante but still playing coy: "'My intention is that we support heavily one prominent Democrat,' Sanchez said before a conference call Thursday with fellow House Democrats. 'If Cruz can be that Democrat, then I'll be willing to say, 'Go for it, Cruz.'" LINK

The Bee Notes that state Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi "managed to read his own announcement speech without ever referring to Davis or to the recall effort."

"Garamendi said Thursday night that party leaders were trying to dissuade him from running, but he said he plans to stay in the race," the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The Times has thumbnail sketches of Bustamante, Garamendi and other declared candidates: LINK

California recall, the chaos:

The Los Angeles Times' editorial page does the business side of the operation no favor by directly attacking its readers:

"The root of California's problems is not its governor. It is in large part the voters themselves." LINK

While the Sacramento Bee's Weintraub tries to calm his fellow Californians.

"But as tempting as it might be to conclude that California is going over the edge, we are not. We are on our way toward holding an election to decide whether to keep the governor or dismiss him, just as the state constitution has allowed since 1911. And if we decide to dismiss Davis, we will then decide who should replace him. It's not that complicated." LINK

Another silver-lining story from the Bee: "More than one in four Californians, nearly 9 million of us, was born in another country."

"Yet this land of immigrants has never elected an immigrant as governor. Nor can historians recall the last time a major gubernatorial candidate was born in another country."

"The recall election, which already has spawned a bevy of firsts, may change that."

The Bee's editorial page warns of looming problems. Those killjoys.

"The state's workers' compensation system is on the verge of collapse. Any solution to this problem will be tough to craft, given the political clout of the interested parties — labor unions and trial lawyers on one side, business interests on the other. In this case, it will be doubly tough because the Legislature needs to come up with some solution before it adjourns on Sept. 12 — only 35 days from now. In order to make next year's patchwork budget work, the state needs to negotiate new labor agreements with a number of unions — the same unions whose political support helped Gray Davis win two terms as governor." LINK

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