January 19, 1990 |
How much is one vote worth at the state Capitol? In the case of Assemblyman Frank Hill (R-Whittier) on Wednesday, the answer was more than $3,600. That's how much one Democratic assemblymen paid to rent a private plane so that Hill could show up to vote at the state Capitol on a controversial no-fault auto insurance measure.
September 10, 1993 |
Ellie Nesler, convicted of manslaughter in the courtroom shooting of her son's alleged molester, claims that psychiatrists covered up for a state senator who molested her years ago. Nesler did not name her alleged molester in court, but state Sen. Patrick Johnston issued a statement Wednesday in response to the accusation. He denied the allegation but acknowledged he had been Nesler's probation officer when she was a teen-ager.
October 13, 1988 |
The chairman of the state Assembly's Insurance Committee, Patrick Johnston (D-Stockton), has launched his own $40,000 campaign of television commercials in the insurance initiative wars, urging a "no" vote on all five of the Nov. 8 ballot measures.
May 13, 1998 |
Donating used vehicles to charities has become popular among private donors looking to do good while unloading an old car--and at the same time receive a tax credit--and philanthropic organizations needing to fill their coffers. But state Sen. Patrick Johnston (D-Stockton) has found that too many charities operating in California are lending their good names to used-car dealers and professional fund-raisers who agree to give them a minuscule cut in return for selling the donated used cars.
January 18, 1990 |
If the power of an Assembly Speaker is measured by his ability to get things done, to kill bills as well as move them along, then Willie Brown is as powerful as he has ever been. Brown, a San Francisco Democrat, in 1988 came within a hair of losing the post which arguably makes him the second most influential person in the state, next to the governor. But Wednesday, he demonstrated convincingly that he is back, and better than ever.
April 7, 1989 |
Legislative efforts to strengthen enforcement of the insurance initiative, Proposition 103, suffered a major setback Thursday as the Assembly rejected a bill aimed at preventing auto insurers from pulling out of the California market. The bill, which would have severely penalized companies that arbitrarily cancel auto policies, fell seven votes short of the two-thirds needed for passage. The defeat, on a vote of 47 to 23, came after the legislation had already passed the Senate.