November 14, 2012 archive

California Legislators Take Off for Hawaii and Australia


Dancers from HawaiiPhoto: Peter van der Sluijs

The election is over and off they go…..

With the election over, at least 20 California state lawmakers, including some newly elected members, have scattered to exotic locales, including Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and China,  for state-related conferences and trade missions.

Fifteen lawmakers are attending a five-day conference, which runs through Thursday at the Fairmont Kea Lani hotel in Maui, hosted by the Independent Voter Project, a policy group that pays some of the legislators’ expenses. The group has received financing in recent years from business and labor interests including cigarette maker Altria, Southern California Edison, Eli Lilly and Co., Pacific Gas & Electric, the California Beer and Beverage Distributors, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Assn., Chevron and the state prison guards union.

Group spokesman Dan Howle declined to identify the legislators attending but said they include some newly elected members and some current ones, including a few who are leaving office next month because of term limits. Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway of Tulare is among those who confirmed to The Times that she is attending.

Howle said panel discussions will be held daily on issues including energy, economic development, healthcare and telecommunications.

Let’s see, California has a number of challenges:

  • High Unemployment relative to other states
  • Structural Budget Deficits
  • Out Migration of Californians and California Businesses
  • Declining Schools and Colleges/Universities

Just to name a few.

Is there any reason why the California Legislature is held in such low esteem?

But, the Democrats take super majority control on December 3rd when the newly elected members are sworn in.

I do not foresee any improvement.


Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Digest for 2012-11-13