January 17, 2012 archive

Flap’s California Morning Collection: January 17, 2012


Marina Del Rey,, California

The California Legislature is in session. Today’s schedule is here.

On to today’s California headlines:

Jerry Brown commits typo, forced to re-file tax initiative

Gov. Jerry Brown is taking a mulligan, tripped up by a typographical error and forced to re-file his ballot initiative to raise taxes.

The Democratic governor on Friday filed paperwork with the state for “The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012- ver. 2.” The measure is identical to one Brown filed in December, the governor said in a filing with the attorney general’s office, “except that we have corrected a typographical error that resulted in two numbers being transposed.”

Re-filing an initiative can delay the attorney general’s preparation of its title and summary, potentially condensing the period for a proponent to gather signatures and making that effort more expensive.

Gov. Jerry Brown to hit the road after State of the State speech

Gov. Jerry Brown doesn’t plan to waste any time selling his vision for California this year.

Hours after his State of the State speech Wednesday morning in Sacramento, he’s scheduled to be in Los Angeles to speak at City Hall. Then he’ll be in a private meeting with teachers at Bret Harte Elementary School in Burbank.

The governor plans to continue his tour the next day, stopping at a meeting of the Orange County Business Council in Irvine in the morning and then at the City Club of San Diego at noon.

Gil Duran, a spokesman for Brown, said the governor’s travels will be the start of a series of trips this year to “amplify his message.”

“He’ll be making the case around the state,” Duran said. “And that means getting out of Sacramento.”

Dan Walters: Disgraced journalist Stephen Glass deserves a second chance

“In re Glass on Admission” is certainly not the most important case ever to be decided by the California Supreme Court.

However, it will be one of the most watched, and not merely in California, having already germinated a bumper crop of intense reportage and sharply worded punditry, because it involves the nation’s most infamous case of journalistic fraud and intensifies the often adversarial relationship between journalists and lawyers.

Stephen Glass, a 20-something journalist, produced dozens of sensational articles for prestigious national magazines during the 1990s and was considered to be a budding industry superstar when it was discovered that he had fabricated almost everything he wrote and had gone to elaborate lengths to cover up his deception.

Although he was not charged with any crime, his journalistic career was, of course, kaput. He wrote a book about it and was the subject of a movie, “Shattered Glass.”

Tony Strickland, Karen Bass set for congressional runs

Two expected candidates for area congressional seats are making it official — state Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) will announce Tuesday that he is running for a new Ventura County seat and freshman Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) made her reelection plans known Sunday.

Strickland, who was placed in the same district as state Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) in last year’s redrawing of the state’s political maps, decided to get into the race after Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley) said he would retire. Strickland will kick off his campaign at the Aviation Museum in Camarillo.

Enjoy your morning!