"Generosity," "sacrifice," "noble heights" and "lobbyist."
Not many Capitol stories contain those words, perhaps, but they combine to describe how lobbyist David Wolfe, who suffers from cerebral palsy, plans to scale a 10,000-foot Yosemite peak today.
The 29-year-old Sacramentan, who can't walk without crutches, is counting on the generosity and sacrifice of numerous friends, business associates and a local nonprofit group, Noble Heights, that has assisted with similar trips since 2008.
"This will be a dream come true," said Wolfe, who is often spotted at the Capitol in a motorized scooter.
His Yosemite teammates plan to push him up steep, rocky trails in a metal contraption that resembles a cross between a rickshaw and a wheelbarrow.
Wolfe's destination is Clouds Rest, which offers a stunning, 360-degree panoramic view of Yosemite to anyone willing to trek seven miles up a mountain to reach it.
Wolfe's 17 teammates include Tim Bittle and Jon Coupal, two of his co-workers at the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
"I'm grateful that there are so many people out there that want to invest time in this and see it happen," Wolfe said.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation barring landlords from requiring their tenants to pay rent online. Democratic Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance proposed the measure, Senate Bill 1055, in response to concerns that demanding online payments can hurt tenants who know little or nothing about using computers.
"More importantly, perhaps, we do not believe it is prudent to assume that CalPERS will continue to earn record-high investment returns."
MARTY MORGENSTERN, personnel director for then-Gov. Gray Davis, in a 1999 memo to state managers about the risk of public pension enhancements CalPERS was pushing. His boss later signed a bill granting the benefits.
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