Index
Saturday
Mar282015

SACRAMENTO: 2018 election, California Lieutenant Governor: "Seven lawmakers have committees for 2018 lieutenant governor's race" ....

* Los Angeles Times (PolitiCal):  "Seven lawmakers have committees for 2018 lieutenant governor's race" - From the LAT:

With Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom termed out in 2018, seven current and former state legislators, including Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), have opened committees to raise money for possible campaigns for lieutenant governor.

De Leon has begun fundraising in the last month for a possible candidacy . . . . . . . .

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) has scheduled an April 9th fundraising dinner . . . . . . . .

Gatto is committed to running for state Senate in 2016, said Parke Skelton, his political consultant. But if he loses the Senate race he could run for lieutenant governor two years later, Skelton said.

Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) reports having raised $88,000 for a campaign committee for lieutenant governor in 2018. Others who have formed committees include Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), former Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and GOP Rep. Jeff Denham of the Central Valley.

Some of those who have filed statements of intention to run for lieutenant governor will not be on the ballot, said Allan Hoffenblum, who publishes a nonpartisan election analysis called the California Target Book. “They often do that (open committees) just to park their money,” he said, noting that state law allows candidates to raise funds for seats for which they end up not running. In some cases, a candidate raising money for lieutenant governor might switch to running for secretary of state or some other statewide office and still be able to use the money raised, he said.

Saturday
Mar282015

POLITICS (National, State/Mississippi): University of Mississippi, update, ""racist episodes," filing of federal civil rights charges: "Former Ole Miss student charged with placing noose on statue of James Meredith" ....

***Following up on earlier items noted here and here (University of Mississippi, "idyllic campus," racist episodes, desecration of statue of James Meredith)....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Former Ole Miss student charged with placing noose on statue of James Meredith" - From the LAT:

A former University of Mississippi student has been indicted on federal civil rights charges, accused of placing a noose and a Confederate symbol around the neck of a statue of James Meredith, the civil rights leader who desegregated the school, it was announced on Friday.

Graeme Phillip Harris is accused of hanging the rope and an old Georgia flag that bears a Confederate symbol around the neck of the statue. Meredith was the first African American to break the color line in 1962 and enroll in what had been an all-white university. Federal troops protected Meredith so he could enter the school in Oxford, Miss., and overcome the opposition of the state’s white government.

According to the Justice Department, Harris faces two counts of violating civil rights laws. One count accuses Harris. . . . . The other count accuses him of . . . . . . . .

“This shameful and ignorant act is an insult to all Americans and a violation of our most strongly-held values,” Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a statement. “No one should ever be made to feel threatened or intimidated because of what they look like or who they are. By taking appropriate action to hold wrongdoers accountable, the Department of Justice is sending a clear message that flagrant infringements of our historic civil rights will not go unnoticed or unpunished.”

Saturday
Mar282015

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Orange County): Orange County Board of Supervisors, First District, special election (January 2015), 43-vote victory for Andrew Do, "political earthquake" in central O.C., "voter turnout disparity," report/analysis: "Voter turnout disparity was key in razor-thin O.C. supervisor race" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Voter turnout disparity was key in razor-thin O.C. supervisor race" - From the LAT:

On paper, the race for Orange County supervisor seemed to be Lou Correa's to win. A former Democratic legislator who had served in both the state Assembly and Senate, Correa was a familiar and respected figure in Santa Ana, a city big enough to easily carry the race. But when the final votes were tallied, a little-known Vietnamese American Republican won the race by 43 votes.

The upset marked a political earthquake in central Orange County, an ethnically diverse area dominated by Latinos in Santa Ana and Asian Americans in the Little Saigon area. It's the only part of Orange County where Democrats hold a voter registration advantage over Republicans. But a Los Angeles Times analysis of election results shows how Republicans can still win because Asian American voter turnout is so much higher than Latino turnout. The outcome, the analysis found, turned on the high number of Santa Ana voters who failed to return the absentee ballots that had been mailed to them .....................

Saturday
Mar282015

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): Follow-up, San Francisco Sheriff's Department, S.F. County Jail, accusation, staging of inmate fights: "Lawyer for deputies accused of staging gladiator-style fights denies allegations"; also, "Deputy in inmate fights faced 2006 complaints" ....

***Following up on earlier item notd here (San Francisco Sheriff's Department, staging of inmate fights, S.F. Public Defender Jeff Adachi)....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Lawyer for deputies accused of staging gladiator-style fights denies allegations" - From the LAT:

An attorney representing San Francisco sheriff’s deputies against allegations of wrongdoing disputed an investigation that found inmates were forced to fight gladiator-style as deputies gambled on the outcome. Harry Stern said Public Defender Jeff Adachi had “done a cursory sham investigation by interviewing a few inmates over a scant two days” and said it appeared some inmates had “exaggerated a rather benign situation.”

“A deputy may have encouraged one inmate to work out. The deputy may have also allowed two inmates to wrestle in order to settle a dispute about who was stronger,” Stern said in an emailed statement. “The ‘wrestling’ was essentially little more than horseplay.” He also said there was never any betting.

Adachi said in a news conference Thursday that he had launched a probe March 12, conducted by a private investigation firm, after the father of one inmate alerted his son’s attorney to the alleged abuse.

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Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who attended Adachi’s news conference, said he had reassigned all four deputies and moved two of the inmates. He called the alleged acts “barbaric” and said he would press for state or federal probes. The San Francisco police chief and district attorney’s office said Thursday they had launched investigations. “The conduct alleged against these Sheriff’s Department deputies is deplorable,” Dist. Atty. George Gascon said in a statement, and he urged anyone with information to contact his office.

Eugene Cerbone, president of the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs Assn., said that although he was not privy to the details of the investigation, “I’m not buying it.” “If I have to take the word of criminals who are committing crimes in the city or a deputy, it’s a no-brainer to me,” he said.

***ALSO, Related:

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Deputy in inmate fights faced 2006 complaints"

Friday
Mar272015

SACRAMENTO: Department of Consumer Affairs, BrEZe project, update: "California lawmakers approve another $17.5 million for troubled tech project" ....

* Sacramento Bee (The State Worker):  "California lawmakers approve another $17.5 million for troubled tech project" - From the Bee:

Despite the Legislature’s concerns, a leading state lawmaker has authorized spending another $17.5 million on a flawed state computer system that has blasted its budget, fallen behind schedule and still doesn’t work as originally promised.

Next question: Who should pay for it? ..................