Naming Maui-bound lawmakers might dampen their plans

Published: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 - 11:10 am

Re "16 lawmakers Maui-bound" (Capitol and California, Nov. 12): A Common Cause representative states that the "unwelcome tradition" of an lobbyist paid-for "annual pilgrimage" of state legislators to venues like Maui "sickens" the state's voters. The article also says that this year's backers for the trip are a former member of the Legislature, a conservative contributor of "dark money" from Palo Alto, a correctional officers union and a representative of "big pharma" to the tune of $7,000, apiece. Given the current corruption charges of a one-time participant, Sen. Ron Calderon, shouldn't the article be a little more careful and include the names of the legislators who are going this year? It might dampen the legislators' enthusiasm for this annual outing and maybe, just maybe, save us all from the embarrassment of another subsidized legislator.

-- Reginald Bronner, Lincoln

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