October 2012 archive

AD-48: Local Elected Officials Say Roger Hernandez Has to Go?


California Assemblyman Roger Hernandez DUI booking photo from March. He was found not guilty.

Some local elected officials in the San Gabriel Valley have had it with Democratic Assemblyman Roger Hernandez and call his conduct “troubling.”

Local elected officials on Tuesday called the domestic violence allegations lodged against Assemblyman Roger Hernandez “deeply troubling,” with one councilwoman calling for his immediate resignation.

West Covina police officers on Sunday night served Hernandez, D-West Covina, with an emergency protective order filed by a woman with whom he had a fight with at Lazy Dog Restaurant earlier that night.

In the protective order – which is similar to a restraining order – the woman alleges that Hernandez, 37, caused “visible injury” after hitting her with a belt and slamming her against a wall on July 14. She also accuses him of using cocaine. This newspaper does not identify alleged victims of domestic violence.

Hernandez, who is running for re-election Nov. 6 in the new 48th District, has denied all allegations through his attorney, Anthony Falangetti. Falangetti said the accusations are politically motivated.

Read all of the piece and this one in the Los Angeles Times about why this case has been referred from the West Covina Police to the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department for investigation.

One has to wonder if Hernandez’s district will be through with him next Tuesday.

I mean, really, cannot these voters do better?


What Happens When Jerry Brown’s California Proposition 30 Fails?



Trick or Treat with Dan Walters and Proposition 30

Dan Walters explains the aftermath when Jerry Brown’s big tax increase and California budget initiative fails at the polls next Tuesday.

As the political odds turn against Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure, political insiders are turning their attention, however reluctantly, to the fallout should, indeed, voters reject the sales and income tax hike on Tuesday.

The measure would deliver $6 billion a year in new revenues and should it fail, Brown and the Legislature have already passed $6 billion in so-called “trigger cuts” that would be imposed, overwhelmingly on K-12 schools.

So that would seem to be that. But it’s not.

As Brown campaigns – with increasing desperation – for the measure, he insists that were it to fail, he’d refuse to sign legislation changing the trigger cuts to schools. But he has to say that, because the threat to schools is the core of his pitch to voters.

Whether he really would stand pat on the triggers is, therefore, problematic. Brown has never let a seemingly solid public position preclude changing his mind when political winds shift.

What we do know is that his allies in the educational establishment, especially unions such as the California Teachers Association, have no intention of meekly accepting the trigger cuts, even if most school districts have already built that worst-case scenario into their current budgets.

They would not only press Brown and the Legislature to reduce or eliminate the trigger cuts, but most likely would challenge their constitutionality in the courts, because the stakes are not just the 2012-13 fiscal and school years, but the shape of school finance for years to come.

Were the courts to void the triggers, they would take Brown and the Legislature off the political hook of having imposed them – much as the U.S. Supreme Court solved their political dilemma about overcrowding of prisons. “The judge made me do it” sounds much better to voters than “I changed my mind.”

The fact is Jerry Brown and his Democratic cronies in the Legislature will wear NO clothes after the tax increase fails.

They will have to make unpopular cuts – but as Walters explains they will have to make some anyway since Prop. 30 doesn’t solve the structural budget deficit.

Jerry Brown has wasted an entire year with Proposition 30 – no leadership there. Let the voters screw themselves and solve his budget dilemma.

However, Californians may have just screwed up his plan.


Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Digest for 2012-10-30


AD-48: More Trouble for Roger Hernandez – Woman Files for Protective Order


Assemblyman Roger Hernandez and Speaker Perez

Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, right, confers with Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, as the Assembly debated Perez’s measure to close a corporate tax loophole and used the money for college scholarships, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. AP Photo

More trouble for Democratic Assemblyman Roger Hernandez – on the eve of next week’s election.

A woman has filed an emergency protective order against Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, alleging that the West Covina lawmaker had physically abused her and that she feared for her safety, authorities said Monday.

About 7 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a disturbance call at the Lazy Dog restaurant in West Covina, Police Chief Frank Wills said. Hernandez had left the scene by the time authorities arrived, but the woman appeared shaken up.

“The alleged victim made the statement that she was concerned for her personal safety and that Mr. Hernandez was erratic,” Wills said.

The woman told officers that she had been the victim of a domestic violence incident in July. She then filed for an emergency protective order, which was approved by a court commissioner and served on Hernandez on Sunday. Wills said police had no report of the alleged incident from July.

Hernandez did not return a call seeking comment. His attorney, Anthony Falangetti, told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Monday night that the accusations were “completely false.” Falangetti said the charges were politically motivated.

“The timing of these accusations is obviously designed to hurt the Assemblyman in an election which is just a week away,” Falangetti told the newspaper. “She alleges an incident occurred back in July, but only now she comes forward for newspaper headlines within days of the election.”

Where there is smoke, there is fire?

Assemblyman Hernandez dodged a bullet this summer when he was found not guilty after being arrested with another woman for a DUI.

Then, there were stories about financial improprieties and now this.

How much will the voters in his assembly district take?

In the June primary election, Hernandez finished second to Republican, former police officer Joe Gardner in AD-48 which is a heavily Democratic registered district.

Is this an election ploy by an ex-girlfriend? Or, merely more of a pattern of poor behavior and decision making by Hernandez?

Voters in one week will be asked to make this decision.


Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Digest for 2012-10-29