This weekend, state schools chief Tom Torlakson is promoting two of his loves: education, and his wife.
Torlakson is scheduled to headline an education conference at a posh hotel across the street from the Del Mar Racetrack. The state superintendent reception on Saturday is being held in conjunction with the California Latino School Boards Association Utility Conference.
On Sunday, some of those same schools officials are likely to mosey over to the pool area of the same Hilton hotel to fête Torlakson’s wife, Mae, a Democratic candidate for the East Bay Assembly seat being vacated by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord. The fundraiser for Mae Torlakson is sponsored by political consultant Paul Fickas and the California Alliance Group.
An invitation lists the entry price as $1,000 for a super sponsor, $250 for Team Captain, and $100 for Team Torlakson. General admission is $50. As for the special guest, it’s Tom Torlakson.
Asked about the proximity, Fickas said he and his wife are personal friends with Mae, and offered to host the reception because she planned to be in Del Mar. Fickas said it’s possible some of the guests from the conference, with business before the state, and Tom Torlakson, would be appearing and donating to his wife.
But, he added, “I am not organizing the conference (and) I do not have access to (their) guest list.”