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July 8, 2014

By David Siders and Alexei Koseff, The Sacramento Bee

July 08--Mike Curb, the former lieutenant governor who famously made trouble for Gov. Jerry Brown in the 1980s, demonstrated over the weekend that he is still capable of stirring the gubernatorial pot.

The Sporting News reported Friday that a political ad for Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist was removed from a car in a race at Daytona International Speedway after state GOP officials and Curb, a music producer and sponsor of the car, complained.

"I did it out of respect to Mike Curb, who is a staunch Republican and he didn't feel comfortable and he's been a huge supporter and a partner to us from the very start," said Phil Parsons, the car's owner. "In respect to Michael, we decided to take it off."

Curb, 69, was lieutenant governor from 1979 to 1983, when Brown, a Democrat, was governor before. Brown traveled out of state frequently in those days, and Curb, left behind as acting governor, made mischief. Among other things, Curb tried to elevate a Republican judge to the appellate court -- an appointment Brown rescinded -- and signed a bill permitting a temporary increase in the lead content of gas.

- David Siders



The Bee has updated its state worker salary database with 2013 payroll data from the University of California. UC employees accounted for all of last year's top 10 state salaries, most of which were athletic coaches at the Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses. Steve Alford, UCLA's head basketball coach, topped the list with $2.64 million. Former Cal football coach Jeff Tedford was second at $2.44 million. Tedford received a buyout last year after his firing at the end of the 2012 season.

- Alexei Koseff



"Ira was a compassionate and dedicated public servant in the truest sense of the word."

Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, on the death of former lawmaker Ira Ruskin, D-Redwood City.


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