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Shaquille O'Neal arrives at a Sacramento Kings game against Denver’s Nuggets. O’Neal joined Vivek Ranadive’s ownership team when the software exec bought the Kings.

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    The Washington headquarters of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has spent more than $8.5 million on political candidates and causes since January 2011, with none of it going to a Republican legislative candidate, records show. The streak ended this week, when Republican state Senate candidate Bonnie Garcia received the two-election maximum of $8,200 from the union. Garcia, a former assemblywoman, is running for Riverside County’s 28th Senate District next year.

    – Jim Miller

The Buzz: Hotel’s ‘Naughty and Nice’ list includes Ron Calderon, Shaq

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 - 12:00 am

Who’s naughty? Who’s nice? Someone is making a list

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not allegedly take bribes from undercover FBI agents or secretly fund a campaign to block a new Kings arena.

Sustaining a seasonal tradition, the Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento has posted its list of do-gooders and reprobates from 2013. Occupants of the naughty list included Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, the subject of an FBI corruption probe, and “consultants as lobbyists,” a reference to the sometimes-blurry line between what does and does not require lobbyist registration in California politics.

Perhaps the greatest Sacramento villain to make the naughty list, though, was billionaire Chris Hansen. After failing in his effort to lure the Kings to Seattle, Hansen was then exposed as the mystery benefactor of an effort to put the arena to a public vote.

The Kings saga did yield kudos for “Shaqramento,” an ode to the former Lakers great Shaquille O’Neal becoming a part-owner, and for software titan and new owner Vivek Ranadive. They sat on the nice list alongside the Sacramento Farm to Fork festival, Pope Francis and the San Francisco Batkid.

– Jeremy B. White



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