SACRAMENTO — Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Frank Vicencia (D-Bellflower), a six-term veteran member of Assembly Speaker Willie L. Brown's inner circle, plans to announce his retirement today, a source close to the lawmaker said Monday.
Vicencia, 54, plans to return to Southern California to be closer to his family and devote more time to his insurance agency, the source said.
In October, the state Fair Political Practices Commission cleared Vicencia of any intentional wrongdoing in failing to report income he received from eight of the agency's clients, including a poker parlor controlled by W. Patrick Moriarty, who is awaiting sentencing on a number of political corruption counts, and a Hollywood Park concessionaire. The source said the Moriarty case was not a factor in Vicencia's decision to leave the Assembly.
Vicencia said he would announce his plans today. "Very frankly," he added, "I probably would have retired two years ago except for Willie Brown. I ran last time just because Willie was the Speaker. . . . We work well together."