Daily Archive: March 26, 2012

Mar 26 2012

AD-38: Patricia McKeon Drops a Dime on Scott Wilk

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Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and Assembly Candidate Patricia McKeon

At first, Republican California Assembly candidate Patricia McKeon denied that she implicated her husband, Rep Buck McKeon’s former staff member and Assembly race competitor Scott Wilk in a complaint about the website: Really Patricia?.

Last Friday, March 23, 2012, the SCV Lincoln Club held a 38th Assembly District GOP Candidate Forum. All three candidates, Patricia McKeon, Paul Strickland and Scott Wilk, agreed to participate in this Candidate Forum and were present which is where this story unfolds.

The forum format was indicated as follows; each candidate would give an opening statement; a question and answer period on the issues would follow; concluding with a closing statement from each candidate. It also included, in accordance with President Reagan’s 11th Commandment, no personal attacks on fellow GOP candidates would be allowed.

During the forum the following question was asked: “You mentioned you signed the unity pledge honoring Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment. Mrs. McKeon, it has been suggested that your campaign asked Steve Cooley, our District Attorney, and one of your supporters, to investigate Scott Wilk over an anonymous website that has been critical of your candidacy. Would you care to clear the air about this rumor?”

Patricia McKeon, in a rather indignant tone, claimed at the forum that she made a “general inquiry” of the District Attorney’s office about a website that was sharing negative information about her dealing as Rep. McKeon’s paid treasurer. She went on to claim that she did “not say who” was behind the anonymous websites that used her name and personal information. She emphasized that in her letter to District Attorney Steve Cooley that “…I did not ever, ever, ever, indicate one person ever…” was behind these “sites that were very vitriolic.”

You can listen to Patricia here.

But, then….. this letter appeared.

So, what gives, Patricia?

I mean, I can understand that you were not happy with a website that had an address with your name in it and which took a very critical view of your life and your assembly candidacy.

I can also understand that you would seek forensic computer experts to discover who was sliming you and an attorney to make them stop.

But, the Los Angeles County District Attorney? A criminal investigation?

Well, Patricia, the price is fair enough – the public pays. And, besides Steve Cooley, the LA County District Attorney has endorsed your candidacy. Maybe you will get some preferential treatment, who knows?

What a waste…. AND then you lie to the Santa Clarita Lincoln Club about the flap, play all Reagan 11th commandment and holier than thou.

Let’s face it, Patricia McKeon dropped a dime, slung some mud and hoped it would stick to her former friend, husband’s staff member and fellow Republican.

Admit it Patricia, you attempted a political “dirty trick” against Scott Wilk. If you have ANY evidence that Scott Wilk was behind Really Patricia?, hire that private attorney and sue him. Come on now.

Anyone want to be that this never happens?

This is not the way, Patricia McKeon’s dirty, strong-armed campaign rolls.

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Mar 26 2012

California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly Receives Probation and Fine Over Gun Charges No Contest Plea

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California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly

An oversight or a stupid mistake?

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly pleaded no contest today to two misdemeanor gun charges stemming from the discovery of a loaded firearm in his carry-on bag before he boarded a flight for Sacramento.

The Twin Peaks Republican was placed on probation for three years and fined $2,215, said Christopher Lee, spokesman for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

Donnelly faced charges of illegal possession of a loaded firearm and possession of a prohibited item in a sterile area in connection with the Jan. 4 airport incident.

The two misdemeanors carried maximum jail sentences of one year and six months, respectively. Offenders also could be fined up to $1,000 for each count. Judges are free to impose lighter sentences, however, based on circumstances.

Probably a stupid mistake, but one has to question someone’s judgment after a flap like this.

I accept his explanation, but will voters?

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Mar 26 2012

AD-38: California Teacher’s Association Endorses Republican Paul Strickland in Assembly Race

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Paul Strickland, Republican Assembly Candidate and Wm. S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board Member

This is interesting, in the fact that the California Teacher’s Association (CTA), California’s largest teacher’s union usually endorses Democrats.

The California Teachers Association has endorsed Paul Strickland for Assembly, the candidate announced Sunday after the organization’s weekend endorsement meeting concluded in Los Angeles.

Strickland, a Republican and longtime Hart School District board member, is seeking the Assembly seat being vacated this fall by Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita. The other contenders are Republicans Scott Wilk and Patricia McKeon, both of the Santa Clarita Valley, and San Fernando Valley Democrat Edward Headington.

“I am truly honored at receiving this prestigious endorsement,” said Strickland, who added that he is California’s only non-incumbent Republican candidate for Assembly to receive the CTA’s support.

As a school board member, “Paul Strickland has kept his word to the voters, the teachers and classified employees, and to the community as a whole,” said Leslie Littman, president of the Hart District Teachers Association, a CTA unit. The organization has previously endorsed Strickland in school board races.

I suppose in the newly adopted top two environment, the CTA is playing a little mischief in the GOP field.

I doubt seriously that they would have endorsed Scott Wilk or Patricia McKeon anyway. But they must consider the Democrat, Edward Headington a shoe-in for a top two general election spot since the three Republicans will split the GOP/right -leaning independent vote.

Of course, Strickland, who is 70 years old and whose boss, California Assemblyman Cameron Smyth has endorsed Scott Wilk, will take the endorsement. I don’t suspect that he will receive any campaign cash from the CTA, but he hopes to siphon off enough votes to aid his union masters.

I do note that Strickland has received CTA support in his previous school board races.

In the meantime, Patricia McKeon and Scott Wilk continue to batter each other at forums and in the press.

I will have more on this later.

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Mar 26 2012

Flap’s California Morning Collection: March 26, 2012

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Mission San Juan Capistrano

Good Monday morning!

The California Legislature is in session.  But, there are no floor sessions scheduled until Monday afternoon. Today’s schedule is here.

The California Assembly’s Daily File is here and the California State Senate’s here.

On to today’s California headlines:

California presidential gold rush week begins

While the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act today, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will stop by a San Diego medical device firm and dine with contributors during a brief swing through the Golden State.

Romney is slated to appear this morning at the San Diego headquarters of NuVasive, which describes itself as a developer of “minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine.”

He also will have two fundraisers today with some big-name hosts. Former Gov. Pete Wilson will be on hand at the San Diego luncheon, while former gubernatorial candidate and HP executive Meg Whitman will host a dinner in Redwood City.

Romney will have three fundraisers across the state Tuesday, including one at the Stockton home of developer Alex G. Spanos.

But Romney isn’t the only one visiting California this week. Presidential rival Rick Santorum will hold a rally and fundraiser Thursday at the Jelly Belly Candy Company.

Strong majority backs Jerry Brown’s tax-hike initiative

Sixty-four percent of those surveyed said they supported the measure that the governor hopes to place on the November ballot. It would hike the sales tax and levies on upper incomes to help raise money for schools and balance the state’s budget.

Dan Walters: Big pension conflicts ahead in California

California’s great public pension battles are heating up, and may be headed for some kind of political explosion.

The Legislature’s Democratic majority appears to be doing its best to ignore significant pension reform, even though Gov. Jerry Brown says the current system is “unsustainable” and an overhaul is needed to persuade voters to raise taxes this year.

Democrats are reluctant to do anything that public employee unions oppose – such as passing Brown’s 12-point pension reform plan – in a year when they’ll be running in much-changed districts and will need all the union help they can get.

With Brown’s plan stuck in neutral and an outside pension initiative dead for lack of financing, the big action will be in the state’s second- and third-largest cities, San Diego and San Jose, where unions are pulling out all the stops to prevent voters from even seeing pension reform on their ballots this year.

Ballot designations matter for candidates

Inland Southern California lawmakers Mike Morrell, Jeff Miller, Bob Dutton and Kevin Jeffries spend a large chunk of their week in Sacramento, voting on bills and sitting through committee hearings as state legislators making base annual salaries of $95,291.

All of them want voters this year to view them as something different: businessmen.

Around the state, election officials have been busy reviewing candidates’ proposed ballot designations before this week’s announcement of qualified candidates for the June 5 primary election. The regulations require that the descriptions, generally limited to three words, reflect “the current principal professions, vocations, or occupations” of the candidate.

The brief descriptions are the last bit of candidate information voters see in the polling booth, alongside often unfamiliar names, so candidates try to put their best foot forward. Experts say the three words carry outsized importance.

And, finally, Dan Walters on why  “Green” jobs won’t save California. Watch below:

Enjoy your morning!

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Mar 26 2012

Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Updates for 2012-03-26

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