California House candidates celebrate PA-18 — STUDENTS MARCH for gun safety across California — Parents of six kids die in SUV crash fleeing ICE — RENDON: ‘No leaks’ of harassment complaints — SHRIVER, now ‘decline to state’ voter

By Carla Marinucci ([email protected]) and David Siders ([email protected]) with Candice Norwood ([email protected]) THE BUZZ: The Pennsylvania Effect -- California House candidates and progressive groups around the state are celebrating Democrat Conor Lamb’s robust showing in that heavily Republican, PA-18 special election race — and seizing on the outcome as evidence that the road to flipping the House will go through California. Story Continued Below -- Not only are they drawing comparisons to Lamb — a veteran and former prosecutor, like several hopefuls in critical California House races — but they’re using his apparent win as another moment to energize the Democratic grassroots. And to fundraise: The inbox is full of such appeals, also from super PACs hoping to ride the wave. -- As Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Andrew Godinich put it: “California congressional Republicans are running in even more competitive districts than PA-18, and even with millions of dollars in spending from outside special interests, they should be prepared to face the fight of their political lives this.” -- PUSHING HARDER -- CA-22’s Andrew Janz, challenging Rep. Devin Nunes: “Fellow prosecutor” Conor Lamb “showed that Democrats can run strong campaigns in the reddest of districts and win. As someone who has been told my +8 seat is too big of a swing, I can’t thank Conor enough for having the tenacity to take on a +11 seat and prove the pundits wrong .,.” -- PULLING OUT-- CA-39’s Phil Janowicz, who was running for retiring Rep. Ed Royce's now-open seat, drops out to increase Dem chances. His statement: “The prospect existed that too many Democratic candidates could shut us out entirely from the ballot in November. The chance to flip this seat, just as we’ve seen with so many across the country, is very real, but is also difficult based on sheer math. ... I Continue Reading

63rd Assembly District race just a warm-up for Miller and Rendon

By Andrew Edwards | [email protected] | Press-Telegram PUBLISHED: May 27, 2014 at 2:59 am | UPDATED: September 1, 2017 at 3:17 am The primary election ballot for the 63rd Assembly District has only two candidates, which means both the Democratic incumbent and his Republican challenger are guaranteed a spot on the final ballot in November. Democrat Anthony Rendon was elected to the Legislature in 2012 after working as executive director of Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services, which is a Head Start childhood education organization. Republican Adam Miller is a self-described “political enthusiast” listed on the ballot as a documentary producer. The 63rd Assembly District is an L-shaped area that includes communities in Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, a small part of Long Beach, Paramount, South Gate, Lynwood, Maywood, Cudahy and Bell. The district’s electorate has a definite tilt toward the Democratic Party. More than 56 percent of the district’s registered voters are affiliated with the Democratic Party, compared with the nearly 17 percent of voters who are registered Republicans. The primary election is scheduled for June 3. Adam Miller Miller indicated that he has no illusions about his odds in facing an incumbent legislator in a district where his opponent’s party holds a strong advantage, but entered the race on the encouragement of friends to make sure that voters within the 63rd had an alternative this election cycle. “When you have a strong two-party system, you elect more responsible leaders that can truly be held accountable,” he wrote in an email. “I believe that the old guard of the Republican Party has strayed from its responsibilities and has become culturally irrelevant as an institution, but that doesn’t mean that young people that have a hard time identifying with the Democratic Party can’t have an alternative and can’t be a part of a new vision and a new voice.” In Continue Reading

3B Anthony Rendon reaches $12.3 million, 1-yr deal with Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon more than doubled his salary going into 2018, reaching agreement on a $12.3 million contract Friday to avoid salary arbitration. Rendon made $5.8 million last season, his first year of arbitration eligibility. He finished sixth in NL MVP voting last season and ranked seventh in WAR among the league's position players, helping carry an injury-depleted Washington team to a second consecutive NL East title by batting .301 with 25 homers, 100 RBIs, 41 doubles, a .403 on-base percentage and .533 slugging percentage. At third base, he made seven errors and had a .979 fielding percentage. Asked at the Nationals' fan festival in December whether he would be open to staying with the team for the long term under a multiyear contract, he replied: "Yeah, for sure. Why not stay with one organization?" As for whether he expects his agents, Scott Boras and Co., to negotiate this offseason with the Nationals about a long-term contract, Rendon joked: "Maybe. I don't know. That's up to them. That's why I hired them. I dropped out of school." Also Friday, outfielder Michael Taylor received a hefty increase from $557,900 to $2,525,000. He batted .271 with 19 homers, 53 RBIs and 17 steals, but also 137 strikeouts and only 29 walks in 118 games as a part-time starter. He had a breakthrough NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, hitting .333 with two homers — including a grand slam — and eight RBIs. Right-hander Tanner Roark avoided arbitration as well with a $6,475,000, one-year deal, an increase from $4,315,000. Roark went 13-11 with a 4.67 ERA in 181 1/3 innings as Washington's No. 4 starter in a rotation that featured Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. He didn't pitch in the postseason. Slated to start in Game 4 of the NL Division Series against the Cubs in place of an ill Strasburg, that game was rescheduled because of rain and Strasburg was able to make the start. Gonzalez was chosen Continue Reading

Nationals face Friday deadline to exchange figures with Anthony Rendon, Tanner Roark, and Michael A. Taylor

Third baseman Anthony Rendon reached career-highs in home runs (25), RBI (100) and batting average (.301) in 2017. (David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports) The Washington Nationals have three arbitration-eligible players this winter, Anthony Rendon, Tanner Roark, and Michael A. Taylor, a smaller class than they’ve had in recent years, but a noteworthy one. Rendon compiled an MVP-caliber season last year. Taylor was a Gold Glove finalist. Roark, who experienced some regression, is nevertheless a key part of an aging rotation. The leaguewide deadline to exchange salary figures with representatives for those players is Friday at 1 p.m. Eastern. Often, the Nationals settle with their players before that deadline, choosing to find middle ground outside of league-sanctioned arbitration hearings that can often produce ill-will.  If the team and the player do not settle by that deadline, they may still negotiate until a hearing, though some teams — referred to as “file-and-trial” clubs — set that filing deadline as a drop-dead moment. The Nationals have not held to that rule without exception, but do tend to go to hearings if they have not settled by the deadline. Those hearings usually take place in February, and given that the team argues a player’s value down, those hearings can often foster awkwardness because of the more unflattering arguments teams make against their own. Though the Nationals have already tendered contracts to all three arbitration-eligible players, meaning there is no risk of losing their services regardless of their arbitration outcomes, they face a particularly complicated group. [Nationals re-sign right-hander Edwin Jackson to minor league deal] Rendon made $5.8 million in arbitration last season, but should earn a substantial raise after hitting .300 with 100 RBI in his most consistent and productive season yet. The staff at MLB Trade Rumors, which predicts these things with useful accuracy, suggests Rendon Continue Reading

Donaldson, Machado, Bryant, Rendon in arbitration hot corner

NEW YORK (AP) — The hot corner figures to be sizzling Friday when players and teams swap proposed salaries in arbitration.Toronto's Josh Donaldson, Baltimore's Manny Machado, Washington's Anthony Rendon and the Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant were among the more than 170 players headed to the exchange. But most are likely to reach agreement Friday, the busiest day of the offseason.Machado and Donaldson can become free agents after this season and are expected to command one-year deals approaching or exceeding $20 million. A three-time All-Star, the 25-year-old Machado hit. 259 with 33 homers and 95 RBIs last year, when he made $11.5 million. He has been mentioned in persistent trade rumors.Donaldson, 32, is a three-time All-Star and the 2015 AL MVP. He rebounded from an injury-slowed 2016 to hit .270 last season with 33 homers and 78 RBIs. Donaldson earned $17 million last year in the final season of a $28.65 million, two-year deal.Rendon set career bests with a .301 average, 25 homers and 100 RBIs for the Nationals and made $5.8 million. The 27-year-old is eligible for free agency after the 2019 season.Bryant could break the record for highest salary among players eligible for arbitration for the first time, a mark set when first baseman Ryan Howard was awarded a raise from $900,000 to $10 million by a three-person panel in 2008 instead of Philadelphia's $7 million offer. Bryant, who turned 26 last week, was an All-Star in his first two big league seasons, hitting .292 with 39 homers, 102 RBIs and a major league-leading 121 runs in 2016, when the Cubs won the World Series for the first time since 1908.Bryant agreed last March to a $1.05 million, one-year contract, a record for an unsigned player under club control with less than two years of major league service, and batted .295 with 29 homers and 73 RBIs.Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, Houston pitcher Dallas Keuchel and newly acquired St. Louis outfielder Marcell Ozuna also are among the stars set to Continue Reading

The Latest: Rendon says Assembly now proactive on misconduct

Updated 2:45 pm, Wednesday, January 3, 2018 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California Legislature's first session day of 2018 (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon says the California Legislature must build a community of "active protectors" to speak out against sexual harassment and misconduct. Rendon's remarks came Wednesday as the full Assembly returned to Sacramento for the 2018 legislative year. Assembly seats are vacant following the resignations of former Democratic lawmakers Matt Dababneh and Raul Bocanegra over misconduct accusations. Another Democratic lawmaker, Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, also resigned due to health concerns. LATEST SFGATE VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing NWS Forecast for the Bay Area sfgate Man sought in early-morning sexual assault and robbery sfgate Santa Clara cardboard factory fire sfgate 300 people plunge into Ocean Beach sfgate A beginner's guide to recreational marijuana sfgate Opening day for legal marijuana sales in Humboldt sfgate Recreational+cannabis SFGate Where is recreational marijuana available in California? sfgate Beautiful Yosemite sfgate Randy+Bennett+discusses+St.+Mary%E2%80%99s+rout+of+LMU+in+the+WCC+opener. SFGate Rendon did not give a direct answer when asked if he knows of other existing misconduct allegations against sitting lawmakers. He says the body has become more "proactive" in investigating claims of harassment in recent months. ___ Noon: Eyes are on the California Senate's handling of sexual misconduct allegations against one of its members as lawmakers return to Sacramento for the new year. Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza of Artesia is resisting pressure to step aside amid an investigation into allegations of misconduct toward young women who worked for him. Republican Sen. Andy Vidak will try to force the issue Wednesday by introducing a resolution to expel him, putting the chamber's ruling Democrats in a tricky Continue Reading

Healthy David Wright and pitching depth will lead the Mets to NL East crown

It was unseasonably warm in Florida this spring and that could explain it. It had to be the heat. All I know is, after six weeks of surveying the top tier of the National League East, from Jupiter all the way up the East Coast to Viera, I’ve been Mets-no-tized. I know. I know. They’ve got all that starting pitching in Washington, and ever since the Nationals’ ridiculous $210 million investment in Max Scherzer, they’ve been polishing off the World Series trophy in the nation’s capital, with just about every pundit from here to Tucumcari seemingly buying into it. (A quick aside here: Do you think if Scherzer goes 15-10 with a 2.85 ERA the Nats will be pleased with that return? Because that was what Tanner Roark, who’s been bounced from their rotation for Scherzer, did for them last year.) I agree the Nationals have too much quality starting pitching not to at least make the postseason, but when it comes to winning the division, I like the Mets. Yes, the Mets, who have never had a winning record at Citi Field; the Mets, who have had this dark cloud of doom hanging over them ever since Carlos Beltran was left standing, looking at that called third strike from the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright, for the final out of the 2006 NLCS. There you have it. “Mets win! Theeee Mets WIN!” (Oops, wrong broadcast messenger.) But just to be clear here, I like the Mets for a lot more reasons than simply all their young stud pitchers, which we’ll get to in a moment. I wish I could be equally optimistically bold about the Yankees, who only once (2000) in the last 23 years finished with fewer wins than the Mets. But this will be the second time. The best thing the Yankees have going for them this year is the American League East. Even with Alex Rodriguez making it all the way through camp without breaking down, the Yankees remain a flawed team, rife with question marks about their aging, injury-prone middle-of-the order Continue Reading

2015 Baseball Preview – NL East: Even without Zack Wheeler, Mets feel pitching superb

1. METS (92-70) THE BIG PICTURE: The Mets are hoping that Connie Mack was right when he said pitching is 75% of baseball, because even without Zack Wheeler they feel they’ve got as much good pitching as any team in baseball and, in Matt Harvey, potentially the most dominant starter in the NL this side of Clayton Kershaw. For the first time in six years, the Mets — with Harvey heading up a rotation with Jacob deGrom, Jonathon Niese, Bartolo Colon and Dillon Gee plus Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz on the cusp at Triple-A, and hard-throwers Rafael Montero, Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Bobby Parnell anchoring the bullpen — can say they’re a good team. Just how good will depend on how completely David Wright’s shoulder woes are behind him, and how the rest of the offense improves as well. WHY THEY’LL FINISH FIRST: For all their pitching, the Mets still have issues — specifically defense at second with Daniel Murphy and short with Wilmer Flores — but Matt Reynolds gives them protection if either has to be replaced. They also have to hope their other two up-the-middle components, Travis d’Arnaud behind the plate and Juan Lagares in center, continue to improve. Sandy Alderson may have to make some in-season alterations, but if they can stay healthy, the Mets will defintely be a playoff team. 2015 BASEBALL PREVIEW: NL CENTRAL | NL WEST | AL EAST | AL CENTRAL | AL WEST 2. MARLINS (90-72) THE BIG PICTURE: It’s a new day of lavish spending and high hopes in Miami as Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, once the most vilified man in south Florida, has made good on his pledge to put a team befitting their three-year-old, $650 million taxpayer-funded ballpark. After securing the Marlins’ franchise player, Giancarlo Stanton, with a record $325 million contract, Loria embarked on more spending, signing free agent first baseman Michael Morse for $16 million, extending Continue Reading

Mets fail to give Jacob deGrom run support in 2-1 loss to Nationals

NATIONALS 2, METS 1 WASHINGTON —Matt Harvey will set the tone for the 2015 season after all. On Wednesday night, the Mets reverted to form after surprising the Nationals Monday on Opening Day. Jacob deGrom pitched well, but the Mets could not solve Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann and fell, 2-1, in a game delayed by rain for 56 minutes at Nationals Park. The Mets, who have not won a series against the Nationals since September of 2013, were 4-15 against the Nats in 2014. On Thursday afternoon, the Mets will send Harvey, who missed all of 2014 after having Tommy John surgery, to the mound to try to get the season back on track against Stephen Strasburg. DeGrom, the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year, labored Wednesday but was solid against a weakened Nationals lineup missing Jayson Werth, Anthony Rendon and Denard Span, who are all on the DL. He gave up two runs on six hits over six innings, walked two and struck out six. “He did really well, especially for not having his best stuff,” said catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who said deGrom was laboring with his offspeed pitches. “He kept fighting with the stuff he had and pitched well.” RELATED: METS PLACE CLOSER JENRRY MEJIA ON 15-DAY DISABLED LIST The Nationals mustered only a two-run homer by Ryan Zimmerman in the first inning. DeGrom went inside with a high fastball, but Zimmerman was able to turn on it and sent the ball over the left-field wall. “That pitch was inside, he must have just been looking for it,” deGrom said. “I looked at the video and I got it in where I wanted it. He just happened to hit it.” DeGrom and Rafael Montero, making his season debut as a reliever, held the Nationals scoreless for eight innings and 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. “I am definitely pleased with that,” deGrom said of his 2015 debut. “The only thing I wasn’t Continue Reading

Clayton Kershaw is MLB’s highest-paid player, 27 are making at least $20 million

(AP) — The 2015 salaries for the 508 major league baseball players on opening day rosters and disabled lists earning $1 million or more. Figures were obtained by The Associated Press from management and player sources and include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses and other guaranteed income. For some players, parts of salaries deferred without interest are discounted to reflect present-day values. 2015 BASEBALL PREVIEW: NL EAST | NL CENTRAL | NL WEST | AL EAST | AL CENTRAL | AL WEST Player — Club — Salary 1, Clayton Kershaw, LAD $31,000,000 2, Justin Verlander, Det 28,000,000 3, Zack Greinke, LAD 27,000,000 4, Josh Hamilton, LAA 25,400,000 5, Ryan Howard, Phi 25,000,000 (tie) Cliff Lee, Phi 25,000,000 7, Felix Hernandez, Sea 24,857,143 8, CC Sabathia, NYY 24,285,714 9, Robinson Cano, Sea 24,000,000 (tie) Prince Fielder, Tex 24,000,000 (tie) Albert Pujols, LAA 24,000,000 12, Cole Hamels, Phi 23,500,000 13, Mark Teixeira, NYY 23,125,000 14, Joe Mauer, Min 23,000,000 15, Miguel Cabrera, Det 22,000,000 (tie) Jose Reyes, Tor 22,000,000 (tie) Alex Rodriguez, NYY 22,000,000 (tie) Masahiro Tanaka, NYY 22,000,000 19, Adrian Gonzalez, LAD 21,857,143 20, Jayson Werth, Was 21,571,429 21, Carl Crawford, LAD 21,357,143 22, Matt Kemp, SD 21,250,000 23, Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY 21,142,857 24, Matt Cain, SF 20,833,333 25, Mark Buehrle, Tor 20,000,000 (tie) Jon Lester, Cubs 20,000,000 (tie) Troy Tulowitzki, Col 20,000,000 28, David Price, Det 19,750,000 (tie) Hanley Ramirez, Bos 19,750,000 30, Adam Wainwright, StL 19,500,000 31, David Wright, NYM 19,347,171 32, Hunter Pence, SF 18,700,000 33, C.J. Wilson, LAA 18,500,000 34, Jered Weaver, LAA 18,200,000 35, Andre Ethier, LAD 18,000,000 (tie) Tim Lincecum, SF 18,000,000 37, Pablo Sandoval, Bos 17,600,000 38, Continue Reading