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Wendy Carrillo led with about 53.27% of the vote while Luis López claimed 46.73% as the first results from Tuesday’s special election to replace Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez came in. 

John Sennick
John Sennick (Alejandra Reyes-Velarde)

John Sennick has lived in Mount Washington since 1959, and he wants his California Assembly member to know his neighborhood.

“Luis López knows the area,” he said. “You’re not in some place he’s never heard of.” 

So Sennick chose López over his fellow Democrat Wendy Carrillo on Tuesday in a special election to fill the Assembly District 51 seat recently vacated by now U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez.

  • California Legislature
  • California Democrats
  • 2018 governor's race
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

The allegations of sexual misconduct against Assemblyman Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills) reverberated in the California gubernatorial race on Tuesday, with one candidate calling on Dababneh to resign and another donating political contributions he received from the San Fernando Valley lawmaker.

State Treasurer John Chiang urged Dababneh to step down from his Assembly seat, citing the accounts of two women who spoke out publicly against the legislator on Monday.

“There should be zero tolerance for sexual harassment in the workplace,” Chiang said in a statement. “We cannot change the culture in Sacramento if we don’t remove those in power who abuse it.”

  • California Legislature
Sustainable cannabis farmer Dillon Turner applies fertilizer to a crop of plants at Sunboldt Farms in Redcrest, Calif.
Sustainable cannabis farmer Dillon Turner applies fertilizer to a crop of plants at Sunboldt Farms in Redcrest, Calif. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Two legislators called Tuesday for changes to regulations for growing marijuana in California to better protect small family farmers from being driven out of business by big corporate cultivators.

Initial proposals to cap licensed marijuana farms at one to four acres were discarded by the state Department of Food and Agriculture, which has since proposed new rules without any cap, according to a letter of complaint to the agency by State Sen. Mike McGuire (D-San Rafael) and Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg). McGuire and Wood support a one-acre cap.

 “We support the protection of small family cannabis farmers — the backbone of California’s cannabis industry — and are deeply concerned that a lack of a cap on small cannabis cultivation permits is undermining the desires of California voters expressed through Proposition 64,” the two lawmakers wrote, referring to the initiative approved by voters last year to legalize recreational marijuana.

  • California Democrats
  • 2018 governor's race
State Treasurer John Chiang speaks with voters at the Summer Solstice Festival in Santa Barbara in June.
State Treasurer John Chiang speaks with voters at the Summer Solstice Festival in Santa Barbara in June. (Mariah Tauger / For The Times)

State Treasurer John Chiang plans to launch a new attack against Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in the California governor’s race Tuesday by pointing out that a prominent Republican praised Newsom’s 2013 book “Citizenville.”

“Why did Newt Gingrich call Gavin Newsom’s book ‘A blueprint for the Republican Party?’ ” reads a post that will be published on, a site Chiang created about Newsom’s record. It has had a single post that criticized Newsom’s tenure as mayor of San Francisco.

The new critique centers on former House Speaker Gingrich’s praise for the book.

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(Courtesy of Masterman-Smith campaign)

Cancer biologist Michael Masterman-Smith is joining the race to challenge Rep. Steve Knight in the Antelope Valley’s 25th Congressional District, saying it’s time for scientists to help draft healthcare policy.

“Our leaders are defining these healthcare policies and yet they themselves have no experience in healthcare,” said Masterman-Smith, 46. If he won, he would join more than a dozen medical specialists, including doctors, in Congress.

Masterman-Smith’s research includes potential medical uses of marijuana, and he is chief executive of the cannabis pharmaceutical company CA Labs, Inc.

  • California Legislature
Sarah Ramage with her son, Campbell Ramage-Grose.
Sarah Ramage with her son, Campbell Ramage-Grose. (Alejandra Reyes-Velarde)

Sarah Ramage went to the polls Tuesday in California’s Assembly District 51 with the hope of electing a woman to the seat that was recently vacated by now Rep. Jimmy Gomez. 

Ramage, who said she thinks there needs to be more women in office, voted for Wendy Carrillo in Tuesday’s special election, although she voted for Carrillo’s opponent, Luis López, when he ran for the seat in 2012.

Francine Fisher also chose Carrillo on Tuesday. She supported Carrillo's campaign by assisting with data entry, canvassing and calling voters. She also canvassed for Democrat Hillary Clinton in her failed run against President Trump.