The Senate yesterday confirmed Bruce McPherson
for Secretary of State, but the Assembly continues to play hard to get.
Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuņez
has told the governor that he will support McPherson's nomination, but "there is uneasiness among the caucus," said Steve Maviglio
, Nuņez's spokesman.Debra Bowen
, a likely candidate for the job next year, took the high road, urging her colleagues to support the nomination, which she described as an "interim appointment."
"If it were (an election) I'd be voting for myself," she said. "In the meantime, a lot has to be done to comply with (federal election law) and put in place the paper audit trail that Californians demand. The sooner we have a real secretary of state ... the faster we can get about that work." Apparently, the Assembly isn't heeding Bowen's advice.
Meanwhile, Dan Walters writes
that Democratic Party pit bull Bob Mulholland
is feeding the fire by sending out missives alleging that McPherson wants the job "so he can ram through the Bush-Schwarzenegger initiatives."
Mulholland clearly doesn't believe in choosing one's battles.
Speaking of which, the California Republican Party
hit the airwaves yesterday with a TV spot championing the governor's education initiatives
. The spot is meant to counter ads from the California Teachers Association
, currently on the air.
The state courts notch a victory for slacking off
. The LA Times reports: "Striking down a recent dictate of the Schwarzenegger administration, a judge ruled Thursday that political appointees can work from their homes instead of at government headquarters."British Petroleum
has agreed to pay a record $106 million fine
to the Southern California Air Quality Management District.
"The settlement ends two lawsuits filed by regulators over pollution from the BP West Coast Products refining plant in Carson, where neighboring residents have complained for years about hydrogen sulfide and other emissions from the facility just west of Interstate 405," reports the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
The inaction on the Bay Bridge continues to rack up the costs
, writes Mike Adamick in the Contra Costa Times. "An eight-month stalemate between Bay Area lawmakers and the Schwarzenegger administration over paying for overruns on the new Bay Bridge has led to $100 million worth of construction delays and terminated contracts
, according to internal Caltrans estimates."
The Orange County Register's Kimberly Kindy launches her new weekly Capitol Watchdog column
today. The first installment looks at a series of fundraiser invites from legislators that "crossed the line."
"An unwritten code in Sacramento says these invitations shouldn't emphasize what lawmakers can do for contributors in the Capitol ... The Orange County Register reviewed more than 200 invitations - all faxed or mailed to lobbyists over the past three months - and found six that highlighted lawmakers' important committee assignments
in the Senate or Assembly." Could LA be heading for a recount?
Hertzberg attorney Fred Woocher
is going to take a look at the ballots
that city clerk Frank Martinez
had "overmarked," to make up for the inability of Angelinos to mark the box.
Los Angeles city councilman Jack Weiss
, who's mentioned as a possible Assembly candidate,
will have some explaining to do after being accused by the city's Ethics Commission of more than 40 campaign violations.
Meanwhile, in San Francisco, the city's ethics commission ruled that former mayoral candidate Matt Gonzalez
would be exempt from the city's ethics laws.
Could the Governor Girlie Man
bobblehead be replaced by a John Laird action figure?
Finally, Capitol Bites
throws accolades the Roundup's way, but is disappointed in our readers.