MEDIA: Digital First Media, announcement, selection of financial advisor and legal counsel to explore sale of the company: "Owner of L.A. Daily News and other newspapers exploring sale" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Owner of L.A. Daily News and other newspapers exploring sale" - From the LAT:

Digital First Media, the owner of the Los Angeles Daily News and other newspapers across the country, said it will explore the sale of its publications. Facing a shifting outlook for print publications, Chief Executive John Paton said Friday that the company is looking at options to boost value for stockholders. “The news information industry in America is undergoing a period of seismic change, defined by the need to consolidate to rapidly compete in a digital world,” he said in a statement.

The nation's second-largest newspaper chain said UBS Securities LLC will be its financial advisor and Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP its legal advisor as it explores “strategic alternatives.” Digital First said those alternatives include the sale of the entire company, the sale of “one or more regional clusters or the continued execution of its business plan.”

The company, based in New York, has 76 daily newspapers and 160 weekly publications. Besides the L.A. Daily News, other publications include the San Jose Mercury News, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the Daily Breeze and the Denver Post.


POLITICS (National): Congressman Mark Sanford (former So. Carolina governor), in the news again: "Mark Sanford breaks up with fiance, blames ex-wife"; also, "On Facebook, Congressman Mark Sanford announces end of engagement"; "Mark Sanford and Maria Belen Chapur call of their engagement, blame lingering divorce" ....

***A South Carolina public official's soap opera played out in the national news, sampling of coverage....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Mark Sanford breaks up with fiance, blames ex-wife"

* The Post and Courier:  "Mark Sanford and Maria Belen Chapur call off their engagement, blame lingering divorce"

* Los Angeles Times:  "On Facebook, Congressman Mark Sanford announces end of engagement"


POLITICS (National, Local/Los Angeles): President Obama, Los Angeles fundraiser for Democratic National Committee, Thursday, October 9, at the home of Gwyneth Paltrow .... 

***President Obama to be in Los Angeles next month:  Fundraiser for Democratic National Committee on Thursday, October 9, at the home of Gwyneth Paltrow.  Copy of invitation:

Reception Guest | Write $1,000 per guest
Includes remarks from President Obama

Preferred Reception Guest | Write $2,500 per guest
Includes remarks from President Obama with preferred viewing

VIP Guest | Write $5,000 per guest
Includes remarks and a photo with President Obama

Dinner Guest | Write $15,000 per guest
Includes remarks, photo, and dinner with President Obama

Co-Host | Write $32,400 per guest
Includes co-host greet, remarks, photo, dinner with President Obama, and your name on the invitation


SACRAMENTO: State Senator Rod Wright, follow-up, jail sentence, "lifetime ban" from future elective office: "State Sen. Wright jail sentence could trigger special election" ....

***Following up on earlier item noted here (State Senator Rod Wright, perjury and voter fraud conviction, jail sentence, 90 days)....

* Los Angeles Times (PolitiCal):  "State Sen. Wright jail sentence could trigger special election" - From the LAT:

The sentencing of Democratic state Sen. Roderick D. Wright to 90 days in jail and a lifetime ban from public office on voting fraud charges Friday could end up requiring a special election but is unlikely to have a significant impact on the ability of Democrats to regain a supermajority in the Senate, officials said.

"Starting today, he's barred from holding any future elective office," said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office. If the state Senate wants to remove Wright from his current office, it would have to vote to expel him, she said.

Wright has not said whether he will resign, but the Senate leadership warned him earlier this year that he would be expelled if he is sentenced to jail and does not step down. Once Wright's office is vacant, Gov. Jerry Brown will have 14 days to issue a proclamation calling a special election and it must be set at least 126 days, but not more than 140 days, from the date of his proclamation. The primary for the special election would be held nine or 10 Tuesdays before the special election runoff.

Wright was a moderate, but his heavily Democratic district means he would likely be replaced by a more liberal person....................


POLITICS (State, Local/Bay Area): Death of former long-time San Francisco area legislator John Francis Foran, age 85 ....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Long-time California legislator John Foran dies" - From the Bee:

John Francis Foran, a fixture in San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento politics for more than 40 years, died Thursday night. Foran, his family said, succumbed to bladder cancer in a Bay Area hospital. He was 85.

Foran was first elected to the state Assembly in 1962 after a stint as a deputy attorney general, and later helped his high school friend, Leo McCarthy, also get elected to the Assembly. McCarthy later become speaker of the Assembly and lieutenant governor.

As young men in 1953, McCarthy and Foran, his leg in a cast, were kidnapped at gunpoint by Harold Miller, who had just shot a policeman near Foran’s San Francisco home. “I was about to let John out of the car,” McCarthy said in an oral history interview four decades later. “The motor was running. (Miller) rapped on the windshield of the car with his gun and made us drive him to Los Angeles. We were very lucky that we came out of it intact.”

Foran, McCarthy and other allies, such as former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos, jousted for years with a rival San Francisco faction headed by Willie Brown, also a former Assembly speaker and San Francisco mayor, and the Burton brothers, Phil and John, for dominance in the city’s politics. McCarthy outmaneuvered Brown to become speaker in 1974, but ceded the position to his long-time rival six years later, following a months-long power struggle with a third faction from Southern California, headed by Howard Berman.

Both as an assemblyman and later as a state senator, Foran was a major figure in recasting vital transportation services in the Bay Area. . . . . . . .


Foran also played a seminal role. . . . . . . .


After retirement from the Legislature in 1986, Foran became a lobbyist for the Nossaman firm in Sacramento, representing a variety of corporate and governmental clients, until his final retirement in 2005..........