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February 25, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- The state ethics agency on Tuesday made public a warning letter to Gov. Jerry Brown, 10 days after it was provided to the chief executive as a caution for accepting improper contributions from a lobbyist. The state Fair Political Practices Commission sent warning letters to 37 politicians indicating the expenses covered at fundraisers by lobbyist Kevin Sloat violated the ban on contributions from lobbyists. Brown was warned about two fundraisers organized by the California Democratic Party and held at Sloat's house in 2012 to benefit the Brown for Governor 2014 campaign and committees supporting his Proposition 30. "At those fundraisers, he (Sloat)
February 20, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Hector Santiago does not have a personality that matches his signature pitch. A screwball, the new Angels left-hander isn't. Mature, hard-working, dependable, gregarious - these are among the adjectives that describe Santiago, who was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in the three-team Mark Trumbo trade. The son of a flooring-and-carpet installer and hotel housekeeper, Santiago, 26, grew up in a blue-collar section of Newark, N.J., resisting the temptation of drugs and gangs by staying in school, playing ball in the afternoons and rising at 5 a.m. on the weekends to work with his father.
February 16, 2014 | By James Barragan
The gig: Noel Massie is president of United Parcel Service's Southern California District, which has 20,000 employees and serves 144,000 customers in the area that includes the Southland, Hawaii and the southern tip of Nevada. On top of being responsible for a typical budget of $190 million, Massie oversees every aspect of the district's operation, including sales and customer relationships. Massie was installed as chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce this year. Early days: Massie grew up in an integrated East Oakland neighborhood, where his appreciation for people with diverse backgrounds would later apply to his work at UPS. Massie attended Berkeley High School for its math and science curriculum.
February 12, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Responding to the fallout over a six-figure ethics violation fine for one of Sacramento's top lobbyists, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) is proposing a measure that would prohibit lobbyists from hosting fundraisers at their home.  Kevin Sloat and his firm agreed Monday to pay a record administrative fine of $133,500 to the Fair Political Practices Commission, after the ethics agency found that the lobbyist had made improper, non-monetary campaign contributions to lawmakers when he provided expensive wine, liquor and cigars at fundraisers hosted at his home.
February 11, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - With the state Legislature rocked by multiple scandals, the leader of the Senate has assembled a group of lawmakers to examine the state's decades-old ethics and campaign laws. The Senate Ethics Working Group was formed by Senate President Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). "I asked a few colleagues to get together informally and examine legislative and campaign finance rules in other states, with an intent to discuss and prepare a package of reforms that strengthen California's laws," Steinberg said Tuesday.
February 7, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom are among 40 elected officials being notified by state ethics authorities that contributions they received from a lobbyist were improper. Lobbyists are not permitted to donate to, or arrange donations for, candidates for state office under California's campaign finance laws. Representatives for Brown and several other officials issued statements Friday saying their clients had no knowledge that lavish expenses for fundraisers from which they benefited in the past four years were paid for, at least in part, by a lobbying firm.
February 7, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom are among 40 officials receiving warning letters from the state ethics agency after their campaigns received improper contributions from a lobbying firm, representatives said Friday. A firm headed by Kevin Sloat has reached a tentative agreement with the state Fair Political Practices Commission to pay more than $100,000 in fines involving violations of California's campaign finance laws, according to sources familiar with the investigation who are not authorized to speak publicly.
February 6, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday that it has extended a preliminary probe into unspecified allegations against Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-ranking House Republican who recently delivered her party's official response to the State of the Union address. The committee's action does not necessarily indicate that a violation of House rules has occurred, and McMorris Rodgers' office has denied any wrongdoing. The matter is in the hands of the 10-member ethics panel after the independent Office of Congressional Ethics referred the case in late December.
February 3, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
The principal of Beverly Hills High School did not report more than $40,000 he received from a for-profit summer sports camp he ran for the school's athletes - a possible violation of conflict-of-interest and ethics policies, according to a report on the program reviewed by The Times. The draft review, which was conducted by a law firm hired by the Beverly Hills Unified School District, came in response to an article in The Times last year. It found that the Beverly Hills Sports Academy, which was held on campus, was operated by Principal Carter Paysinger and two school employees.
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