AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Ron Calderon shares my vision of providing an excellent education to every child in our state, and I am confident he will continue to work hard toward meeting that goal,” said Escutia. “Ron has lived in Montebello his entire life and he knows the needs of our local communities,” she added. “Ron Calderon has the necessary experience and investment in this Senate District and I am confident he will effectively fulfill the responsibilities of senator, which have been entrusted to me by the people for the past eight years.” Bermudez discounted Escutia’s endorsement. “I have teachers, nurses, firefighters, police officers and the AFL-CIO endorsements,” he said. “I have everything.” Bermudez said he also has the endorsement of Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, who also represents much of the district. Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. State Sen. Martha Escutia has endorsed Assemblyman Ron Calderon to succeed her. Calderon, D-Montebello, is running against Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk, for the 30th Senate District. Escutia cannot run again because of term limits. Escutia, D-Norwalk, earlier had endorsed Assemblyman Marco Firebaugh of Whittier. But Firebaugh died in March. Two others who had endorsed Firebaugh, Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, and state Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, have now endorsed Bermudez. Still, Escutia’s endorsement of Calderon figures to help him, said Ralph Pacheco, a Whittier-area political consultant and member of the Whittier Union High School District Board of Education. “Her endorsement will carry some weight with those who have followed her career and support her legislative agenda,” Pacheco said. ANNUAL MEETING: La Habra Councilwoman Rose Espinoza, who is a candidate for Orange County supervisor, will speak at the third annual Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club luncheon from noon to 3 p.m. today at the Sizzler Restaurant, 15252 E. Rosecrans Ave., La Mirada. Tickets are $25 per person. VOTER REGISTRATION: The deadline to register to vote in the June 6 primary election is Monday. Persons may register at the Registrar/County Clerk’s Office, 12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk, during normal office hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Registration forms and a deposit box for completed forms will be available in the office’s front lobby until midnight Monday. BIOLA DAY: Paul and Judith Rood, who both are professors at Biola University in La Mirada, will speak at the 11 a.m. June 2 meeting of the Whittier Republican Women Federated. Paul Rood teaches political philosophy, comparative politics and international relations, while his wife, Judith, is associate professor of history and Middle Eastern studies. The club meets at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. Business meeting begins at 11 a.m. For reservations, call Maybe Hendricks, (562)696-3345. Cost is $17. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Comments Share The most common projection for Arizona at number 24 is Todd Gurley from Georgia, who showed up on 10 of 32 April mock drafts. Gurley ran for 911 yards last season at Georgia, but had his junior campaign cut short by a NCAA infractions suspension and a torn ACL suffered in November in a win over Auburn. He finished his career with 3,285 yards and 36 touchdowns on 510 carries.Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin, who ran for 2,586 yards as a junior in 2014, appears on eight mocks, including the latest projections by CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco, SI’s Peter King and Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.A third running back, Jay Ajayi of Boise State, appears on the mock of CBS Sports’ Will Brinson, who has both Gurley and Gordon off the board by the time the Cardinals are on the clock.Kentucky edge rusher Bud Dupree, and Florida State interior offensive lineman Cam Erving each show up on two mock drafts linked to the Cardinals, while LSU cornerback Jalen Collins, Florida State defensive lineman Eddie Goldman and Missouri pass rusher Shane Ray appear twice.The Arizona Sports Mock Draft Tracker is updated daily. Check it often to keep tabs on all the latest projections as we inch closer to the NFL Draft. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The NFL Draft in Chicago is a little more than two weeks away and the vast majority of experts still have the Arizona Cardinals taking a running back with the 24th overall selection of the first round.The Adrian Peterson trade talk — at least involving Arizona — has cooled, but running back remains a need for Bruce Arians’ team heading into 2015.With an abundance of running backs available, almost 66 percent of the mock drafts tracked by Arizona Sports this month have the Cardinals going that way on April 30. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling