Capitol Alert

AM Alert: Approval of California Legislature takes another hit

Despite a bipartisan water bond deal that inspired much congratulatory back-patting among lawmakers last month, approval of the scandal-racked California Legislature continues to fall this year.

In a new Field Poll, only 34 percent of voters said they approved of the job the Legislature is doing, down one percentage point from June and nine points from April.

The April poll marked a crucial turning point in public opinion. Half of the poll was conducted before the arrest of state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, on corruption charges, and it showed growing confidence in lawmakers, with respondents expressing net satisfaction for the first time in more than a decade. After his arrest, approval swung nine points in the other direction and has trended down ever since.

A consolation for the Legislature: Voter disapproval also fell in the latest poll, to 42 percent from 47 percent.

Laurel Rosenhall has more on voters’ opinions of the direction the state is headed in today’s paper. Here are the statistical tabulations prepared exclusively for Capitol Alert, and the publicly released results of the poll.

VIDEO: Opponents of the Six Californias initiative are gearing up for a fight that may not happen, Dan Walters says.

LOOKING AHEAD: We are less than a week removed from the end of session, and state Sen. Jerry Hill is already preparing for the next one. The San Mateo Democrat will be at the California Public Utilities Commission building in San Francisco at 11:15 a.m. to discuss his plans for legislation ensuring that the bulk of a recent $1.4 billion fine against PG&E for a deadly 2010 explosion is used for pipeline improvements and safety measures.

SHAKE IT UP: Are you going to be ready when the big one hits? The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services hosts the California Day of Preparedness, an educational fair to promote emergency readiness featuring informational booths, emergency response vehicles and an earthquake simulator, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Old Sacramento.

ALL FOR ONE: If you’re in Santa Rosa Sunday evening, you may be able to catch nearly all the Republican nominees for statewide office in the same room. At least five of the candidates, including gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari and Secretary of State contender Pete Peterson, are scheduled for a fundraiser hosted by the Republican Party of Sonoma County, 5 p.m. at Cattlemens.

CELEBRATIONS: An early happy birthday to Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Chino, who turns 73 tomorrow, and to Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, who will be 50 on Sunday.