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    Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine talks about voting for the expulsion of Sen. Rod Wright from the Senate because a jury found him guilty of eight felonies last month for lying about living in the district he represents.

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    Lobbyists would be barred from hosting campaign events in their homes under one of several bills proposed by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens.

The Buzz: Librarians quiet complaints about a new state official

Published: Monday, Mar. 31, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Mar. 31, 2014 - 12:16 am

The California Library Association has gotten on board with the idea that Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a former journalist as state librarian – after a fashion.

The naming of well-connected blogger Greg Lucas to the $142,968-per-year job rattled some librarians last week. California Education Code section 19302 says “the division shall be in charge of a chief who shall be a technically trained librarian.”

Lucas is not a “technically trained librarian.”

He is a former San Francisco Chronicle reporter and the son of former state Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas. Lucas’ wife, Donna, is a former Republican adviser who now runs a political public-relations firm in Sacramento.

The California Library Association, which lobbies for the profession, takes a keen interest in the position.

In a letter to members, association President Deborah Doyle said Lucas “may not have traditional librarian training, but his connections with California state leaders will be of great importance to the work ahead.”

Then she added this: “How fortunate that the State Library staff has broad and deep knowledge of that work.”

– Jon Ortiz


BILL WATCH

The Assembly Elections Committee on Tuesday will hear a package of campaign finance reform bills introduced by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens.

Garcia introduced her bills after California’s campaign finance watchdog slapped a prominent lobbyist with a record-setting fine for holding lavish fundraisers at his home.

One of Garcia’s bills would bar lobbyists from hosting campaign events at their houses.

– Jeremy B. White


WORTH REPEATING

“If you can be bought for $400, you can be bought for $200.”

SEN. JOEL ANDERSON, R-Alpine, saying legislation to lower the limit on gifts to lawmakers won’t affect Senate ethics



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