Category: California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission

Flap’s California Morning Collection: August 31, 2011


California Adventure at Disneyland

The California Legislature is in session today.

Lengthy senate sessions M-F this week. Noon-5pm today then
10am start times thru Friday- which btw is the last day to amend bills
on floor

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

Plus, there are a whole bunch of Legislator fundraisers today between floor sessions.

Back in Sacramento, anybody plunking down change for a legislator’s fundraiser has plenty of choices in between the Senate and Assembly floor sessions. Capitol Alert counts two dozen scheduled events.

Breakfast eaters can choose Republicans Mike Morrell, Curt Hagman, Tony Strickland and Ted Gaines or Democrats Christine Kehoe and Jim Beall. The lunch bunch gets Democrats Alyson Huber, Nora Campos, Mary Hayashi and Rich Gordon or Republicans Dan Logue, Sharon Runner, Sam Blakeslee and Paul Cook. And … the evening lineup includes Republicans Diane Harkey and Mark Wyland plus Democrats Fiona Ma, Henry T. Perea, Noreen Evans, Mark Leno, Bill Monning, Bonnie Lowenthal, Bob Wieckowski and Isadore Hall.

On to today’s headlines:

Brown says lawmakers view taxes as ‘sexually transmitted disease’

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday accused some state lawmakers of adhering to “the notion that taxes are like some kind of sexually transmitted disease.”

Brown made the comments at a clean-energy summit in Las Vegas, during a panel discussion that included Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Brown’s original 2011-12 budget included a plan to raise vehicle, sales and income taxes, but could not find any Republican support for the measure in the Legislature. He has said he would like to see revenue proposals on the November 2012 ballot, but has not yet backed any specific tax proposal.

President Obama plans seventh trip to CA in September — fundraising in Silicon Valley, LA

President Barack Obama is hitting two California fundraising gold mines for his seventh trip to the state later this month — including a Sept. 25 stop in Silicon Valley, we’ve learned.

And there will also be a two-fundraiser stopover the next day to the Los Angeles area.

So far, there are not a lot of details on the Northern California event, but area Obama supporters and donors were told about the date and advised this week to put it on the calender.

This much is known: Obama hits Los Angeles on Sept. 26 for a pair of entertainment-related events in which tickets will range from $250 to $35,0000, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news last night.

The first Los Angeles event, aimed at entertainment industry bigwigs, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the House of Blues on Sunset Blvd, the Reporter said. “A mere $250 will get a single person in the door, while $10,000 is the cost to take a photo with the President,” the paper reported.

An evening event will be held at the Fig & Olive Restaurant on Melrose Place, where $35,000 “allows you to bring a date” or you can go solo for $17,500. That event “will be a chance to participate in a Q&A with the President,” the paper said.

Herdt: Maps are done, but intrigue lingers

It’s been a little more than two weeks since maps of the new political districts in California were certified, but it’s becoming more apparent by the day that approval of the maps was just the beginning of an extended period of political intrigue.

We’re now into an intense phase of poll-taking, name-dropping, deal-making and just plain high anxiety, as candidates faint, dodge and play coy over the questions of who will be running where and for what office next year.

There are some interesting possibilities in play on the Central Coast, none more intriguing than an attempt to persuade a former Assembly speaker to run for the new Senate seat that includes eastern Ventura County.

High-level discussions, initiated by the Democratic leadership in Sacramento, have taken place in an effort to persuade former Speaker Bob Hertzberg to run in the 27th Senate District, which stretches east from the Conejo Grade along the Highway 101 corridor to Encino.

Hertzberg is likely the best-known political figure in the San Fernando Valley, and 63 percent of the district’s voters live in L.A. County.

Although the chances of him running seem slight, Hertzberg isn’t saying no.

In a recent message responding to my inquiry about a potential candidacy, Hertzberg detailed all the reasons he wouldn’t do it: His solar energy business is going great guns, the bipartisan California Forward reform group he co-chairs is about to release a package of proposals, and he’ll soon lead a delegation to China with the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp., which he also chairs.

But, as noted above, he didn’t say no.

“People have talked to me,” he acknowledged, while also asserting he has done “nothing of consequence” to pursue the idea.

If Democratic leaders could succeed in getting Hertzberg to yes, it would set off a tricky game of musical chairs.

Sen. Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills would move to her Oxnard beach condo and run in the west county-Santa Barbara 19th District, which is much more favorable to a Democrat. That would put pressure on the two announced Democratic candidates, former Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara and Oxnard Harbor Commissioner Jason Hodge, to drop out.

Enjoy your morning!


Referendum Filed to Overturn California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission’s Congressional Maps


Obviously, done by Republican Party operatives.

Filing the referendum with the attorney general is the first step in the process that ultimately requires the collection of 504,760 valid voter signatures within about three months to halt implementation of the maps until voters decide their fate on the June 2012 ballot. If the referendum qualifies for the ballot, the state Supreme Court would draw new maps or decide which maps to use in the upcoming political races.

The measure was filed by Julie Vandermost, an Orange County development and environmental consultant, and Charles Bell, a prominent Sacramento lawyer for Republican causes. Neither could be immediately reached for comment.

Now, the California State Senate and the Congressional Maps will be circulating petitions for signatures. It will probably be just as easy to ask for two signatures, as it is for one and now there are two pools of campaign cash to pay for the paid signature gatherers.

Also, it places some California races into an uncertainty mode and makes political calculus as to who runs for what in a state of flux.

Fun times….


Former California Governor Pete Wilson Joins Effort to Overturn California State Senate Redistricting Plan

Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani is endorsed by former California Governor Pete Wilson

Former Governor Pete Wilson is most importantly helping to raise money for the referendum qualification.

Former Gov. Pete Wilson has joined efforts to overturn new district boundaries for the state Senate, saying they would increase Democrat control of the Legislature and result in higher taxes for Californians.

Wilson and other GOP leaders have sent out a fundraising appeal to help finance a referendum drive that would give the state’s voters a chance to repeal the maps drawn by a Citizens Redistricting Commission. The GOP leaders say in a five-page memo to several thousand potential donors that the new districts could help give Democrats a two-thirds majority in the Senate.

“Democrats are perilously close to gaining the ability to raise our taxes and expanded our already bloated government — unless we take immediate action,” said the mailer from Wilson, California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro and Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton of Rancho Cucamonga.

“The state Senate lines drawn by the California Redistricting Commission virtually guarantee a Democrat Super-majority in the California State Senate in 2012,” the mailer added. “A successful drive to put a referendum on the June 2012 ballot is the best way to prevent this from happening.”

The group Fairness & Accountability in Redistricting has raised about $500,000 toward its goal of $2.5 million to pay for the signature drive kicking off next week, said David Gilliard, the political consultant in charge. The group must collect more than 504,000 signatures in 90 days to qualify the referendum.

I think it is going to be a difficult task to raise the necessary funds, especially looking at a Presidential election year approaching.

Seriously, the money can be better spent in GOP outreach and other party building activities.