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(Editor’s Note: The above is the headline on a recently sent e-mail to Sacramento lobbyists by Santiago’s campaign.)
Miguel Santiago is running to succeed Assembly Speaker John Perez who employs Santiago as his district director. Nearly 59 percent of the registered voters in Perez’s 53rd Assembly District are Democrats like Perez and Santiago. Republican registration is 11 percent, a little less than half those voters who state no party preference.
The Democratic primary is June 3, 2014, more than 10 months away. Candidates have until March 7 , 2014 to officially declare. Those candidates wishing to avoid the $952.91 filing fee for the Assembly can submit signatures from 40 to Read more »
By Dennis Hoey, Portland Press Herald Staff Writer
George H.W. Bush, the nation’s 41st president, did not decide to go bald for style or even for comfort.
His spokesman, Jim McGrath, said the 89-year-old Bush went under the razor to show his support for the 2-year-old son of a Secret Service agent assigned to his security detail at the Bush family compound on Walker’s Point.
The boy, known only as Patrick, was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year. The toddler is undergoing cancer treatments and started losing his hair earlier this month, McGrath said.
Patrick’s situation hit close to home Read more »
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to reassure coroners that they’re shielded from liability if Californians see illegal copies of photographs or images of dead people.
The bill — AB 957 by Assemblyman Don Wagner, an Irvine Republican –only reassures because coroners have been protected from liability for someone else copying or leaking official corners’ photographs since 1968.
Analyses of the bill from both Senate and Assembly committees politely say the measure “clarifies” existing law.
Wagner’s bill is just one of a number of unnecessary new laws the Democratic governor will sign between now and October 14 – his final day to Read more »
Both the California and federal constitution are explicit on the subject of religious freedom:
“Free exercise and enjoyment of religion without discrimination or preference are guaranteed,” reads the 12-word declaration in Article I, Section 4 of California’s constitution. With only this 21-word exception:
“This liberty of conscience does not excuse acts that are licentious or inconsistent with the peace or safety of the state.”
Additionally, says the third of the four sentences in the section:
Counting the fourth sentence, which says religious beliefs don’t prevent someone from being Read more »
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation shoring up the finances of the Kern River Valley Cemetery District – the fifth cemetery district the Democratic governor has aided during the past two years.
Four of the five cemetery districts have seen business drop not because of falling mortality rates but because of competition from nearby, recently opened federal Veterans Administration cemeteries.
On July 3, Brown signed SB 159 by Sen. Jean Fuller, a Bakersfield Republican, to aid the Kern River Valley Cemetery District on July 3.
Almost four years ago to the day, the Veterans Administration opened the Bakersfield National Cemetery some 40 miles from the Read more »
July 2 is the birthday of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
He was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1908.
Marshall’s legal shingle went up in 1935. Five years later, he won his first case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Chambers v. Florida, which asserted due process was violated by a forced confession of an African American defendant. Marshall was named chief counsel for the National Association for the Advancmenet of Colored People the same year. He won 29 of the 32 cases he argued including the landmark Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.
President John Read more »
Further buttressing the state’s financial condition, California’s June income tax and business tax receipts are nearly $1.5 billion higher than projected.
Total income tax payments through June 30, the close of the previous fiscal year, were $8.4 billion.
In the budget signed by Gov. Jerry Brown June 27, $7.5 billion was predicted.
One month does not a fiscal year make, the Brown administration counters, noting that any number of fiscal uncertainties, domestic and international, could damage the state’s Read more »
At an 11 a.m. signing ceremony on June 27, Gov. Jerry Brown signs California’s $145 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.
His press office says he’ll be joined by Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, a Sacramento Democrat, and Assembly Speaker John Pérez, a Los Angeles Democrat.
The Budget Act of 2013 is AB 110.
See the webcast at: www.calchannel.com.
Assembly Passes Corbett Bill Protecting Struggling Homeowners, Borrowers
SB 426 Clarifies Status of Debts Following Foreclosure
SACRAMENTO – Legislation that strengthens existing deficiency protections for borrowers after losing their homes in foreclosures passed from the Assembly floor earlier today (June 24, 2013).
Authored by Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett, a Hayward Democrat, SB 426 specifically prohibits deficiency collections and adverse credit reporting on non-recourse loans following a non-judicial foreclosure.
In spite of existing anti-deficiency protections for residential borrowers in California, some creditors and debt collectors still attempt to collect debts by non-judicial means after a foreclosure. Also, when these debts are reported as delinquent Read more »
The line between felony and fundraising is plainly visible.
Public officials who vote or act in a certain way in return for a campaign contribution are guilty of big time crime.
Yet California legislative history is littered with politicians and those who solicit contributions for them who have gone well outside the OB marker.
This inability to solicit within the lines led to the conviction of 14 Democratic and Republican lawmakers, staffers, lobbyists in a federal undercover corruption investigation that came to light 25 years ago this August.
Memories of Shrimpgate — so dubbed because the phony bill used by FBI agents Read more »
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