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
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