CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2000 |
One of the most significant consequences of California's 1990 term limits law has been the tripling of the number of Latino lawmakers in Sacramento. But one unexpected result has been the undermining of ethnic loyalties in the service of self-interest, turning political allies into rivals. Just two years ago, Assemblyman Martin Gallegos (D-Baldwin Park) was eager to help a Cal State L.A. professor named Gloria Romero win the San Gabriel Valley Assembly seat adjacent to his own.
June 30, 2000 |
Brian Setencich, a former state Assembly speaker and former City Council member, was convicted Thursday of cheating on his taxes. A U.S. District Court jury found that Setencich, now a special assistant to San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, filed a false tax return understating his 1996 income by $19,300. He was cleared of filing a false 1997 return. The trial was Setencich's second after a jury in February acquitted him of bribery and mail fraud, but deadlocked on the tax counts.
June 26, 2000 |
Ten years after California voters revolted against the imperial rule of famed Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and imposed the strictest term limits in the nation, a growing assortment of critics is arguing that the limits have hurt government and should be relaxed. From the League of Women Voters to the California Chamber of Commerce, an unusually broad spectrum of groups is calling for the change.
June 8, 2000 |
Gov. Gray Davis and U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt are scheduled Friday to push forward a sweeping campaign to solve the state's most critical water problems. The two will announce a plan that would raise Shasta Dam to expand the state's largest reservoir and give government biologists more money and clout to save endangered fish.
June 3, 2000
California Gov. Gray Davis hosted colleagues from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border this week in Sacramento, discussing regional concerns about border crossings, the environment and the economy at the 19th Annual Border Governors Conference. Topics included visas for Mexican workers seeking to work as farm hands in the United States and recent incidents in Arizona in which ranchers have detained illegal immigrants trespassing on their land.
June 2, 2000 |
State Sen. Hilda Solis won the "Profile in Courage" award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation last month, including a silver lantern worth up to $10,000. But a Watergate-era anti-corruption law in California is preventing her from accepting the elegant Tiffany lantern, unless she pays all but $300 for it. "There's no way I'd be able to do that," said the Democratic lawmaker from La Puente, the first woman to win the honor for political courage in public service.
May 31, 2000 |
Monicagate it's not. There is no stained dress, no secret tape recordings, no buxom intern. But as political soap operas go, the Chuck Quackenbush Affair ain't half bad. And given the absence of a sexy policy war this spring, the insurance commissioner's travails have the capital abuzz at a voltage not seen in years. "It's unbelievably good theater," says David Townsend, a political consultant who confesses he can't wait to open the paper each morning.
May 22, 2000 |
The news clips say Bob Hertzberg was sworn in as Assembly speaker April 13. But ask Hertzberg and he'll tell you he really didn't become speaker until May 9. That's the day he pulled together the biggest deal of the year in the Capitol. It's the day the Sherman Oaks Democrat first felt the power of the office--and passed a leadership test he easily could have avoided without anybody noticing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2000 |
Several key members of a state Senate committee said Wednesday that they will push for state oversight of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The Senate Education Committee postponed voting on a bill to place a monitor over the district, but Chairwoman Dede Alpert (D-Coronado) said that she would bring the measure back at a special meeting Wednesday and that she intends to vote for it. The delay will allow the bill's author, state Sen.
April 17, 2000 |
Daniel Zingale told a recent gathering of top health-insurance executives that he feels like the new sheriff in the Mel Brooks classic "Blazing Saddles"--greeted with suspicion at every turn. Indeed, by accepting Gov. Gray Davis' appointment to run the new Department of Managed Care, the 39-year-old Sacramento native stepped into the middle of one of the modern era's most contentious relationships: that of patients and their health-maintenance organizations.