Capitol Weekly reports the fight for the Assembly speakership appears to be
"Assemblyman John Perez, D-Los Angeles, is set to become the California state
Assembly's next speaker during a vote on the Assembly
floor Thursday, Assembly sources tell Capitol Weekly.
"De Leon conceded the race to Perez Wednesday evening
after a two-week stand off for the Assembly's top job.
"Perez is scheduled to become the speaker-elect Thursday, and will take over for Karen Bass,
D-Los Angeles, some time early next year. Bass's office
says a timeline for a leadership transition has not
been been worked out."
"The truce bewteen the last two candidates to replace
Bass came after two rivals in the race for Assembly
speaker met this
week at a
meeting attended by the powers of Los Angeles politics
to help heal
wounds caused by the speakership battle between two
With the speakership fight over, the real battle over education policy comes to the
Assembly floor today. Diana Lambert reports, "
Committee on Education pushed forward a bill Wednesday
unions and effectively shut down a bill supported by
advocates and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
committee voted 10-6 to approve Assembly Bill X5 8, authored by
Education Committee Chairwoman Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica.\
members of the committee then voted in favor of Senate
Bill X5 1, while
five voted against it and others abstained, remained
silent or weren't
present for the vote – effectively killing the bill, which needed nine
votes to pass.
After the vote, the measure's author,
Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, expressed dismay that her "bill was
killed by silence."
Romero later claimed that she was blinded with science.
Malcolm Maclachlan previews one of this cycle's most anticipated legislative races.
"California legislative races often seem to be foregone
conclusions, even in the primaries. Not so AD 5, which features a noted
anti-gay marriage crusaders, a former “porn lobbyist” and a well-known
"Those are just some of the characters in a race that
highlights some of the demographic and voter trends
taking place around California. Republicans had a 44 percent to 38
percent registration advantage in 2002. But declining Republican
registration in the district
has made the race a top target for Democrats, with
some strategists suggesting it may be easier for Democrats
to pick up this seat next year than hold on to others
currently held by Democrats.
The suburban Sacramento seat is currently held by Roger
Niello, R-Sacramento, and before that by now-Sen. Dave Cox, R-Sacramento. While both are definitely conservatives,
neither has the fire-breather reputation of some in their caucus."
John Myers wonders if there's enough money to redraw the state's legislative
"Just a little over a year after voters
created an independent commission to draw most of California's
political maps, the process is costing a lot more money
In fact, it's possible the commission that's slated
to convene in
2011 may have as its first task to ask lawmakers for more
But even before the period for citizens to apply to
be on the
commission begins next Tuesday, documents show that
through the initial stages and PR campaign is projected
to cost $2.24
That's 75% of the entire amount Prop 11 authorized to be spent over the entire three year
"I think $3 million was certainly underestimating the amount of
expenditures that were going to be necessary to carry
out," said State Auditor Elaine Howle."
John Howard reports on a scrap between Clark Kelso and Ross Johnson.
"Months of negotiations between the state’s campaign-finance
enforcer and the prison health care receivership are
making headway and may
head off a threatened lawsuit against correctional
The Fair Political Practices Commission scheduled a
closed-door meeting Thursday to consider filing the suit against
appointed receiver, J. Clark Kelso, and state prisons
director Matthew Cate.
The agenda item – last of the 35 items on the FPPC’s crowded docket – was the
only public notification that discussions were under
But during the past few days, the parties have come
to accord. Documentation has been provided and the
possibility of a court
showdown appears to be receding."
Like my hair...
And finally, from our Beating Your Meat Files, "A 53-year-old was arrested after alledgedly hitting a man in
the head with a raw steak. According to a Marion County Sheriff's Office
report, the man told deputies Elsie Egan repeatedly
hit him with the
uncooked meat and slapped his face after he refused
a piece of sliced
bread. The man said he wanted a bread roll.
"Egan denied hitting the man with the steak but did
admit to slapping him, saying she did it "so that he