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L.A. County Assessor John Noguez Released from Jail on $1.16M Bail

Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez was arrested in October of 2012 after being accused of misappropriation of public funds and lowering property taxes for high-profile campaign contributors. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Shelly Torrealba placed on a hold on Noguez’s bail for several months in order to allow prosecutors to thoroughly investigate the bail money provided and make sure it was not obtained illegally.

Assembly's Democrats Could Lose Supermajority

Assemblyman Robert Blumenfield was recently elected to the Los Angeles City Council, which may prove to complicate things for his fellow democrats in the Assembly. Blumenfield, along with several other members of the Assembly (in both parties) are set to resign, which will end up shuffling around several Democratic members of the Assembly.

Local Governments in Solano Making Switch to Even-Year Elections

Numerous local governments in Solano County are making the switch to even-year elections. As part of the switch, city council and school board elections across Solano will take place along with those for governor and president.

Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa Resigns After Arrest, Prompting Special Election

On Friday, the county of Santa Clara was stunned by the arrest of county supervisor George Shirakawa Jr., who has been charged with four counts of felony perjury and one felony count for the misappropriation of public funds. Just before the District Attorney was set to hold a press conference on the arrest and charges, Shirakawa announced his resignation, saying he has struggled with both Depression and a gambling addiction for many years.

Supervisor Antonovich "Outraged" by Kevin James Endorsement Email

A recent email released by Los Angeles mayoral candidate Kevin James has been called “outrageous” by County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. James distributed a letter that made it seem as if Antonovich was supporting James over his opponent Jan Perry using what Antonovich called “inflammatory language.” James stated that the letter was accidentally sent to hundreds of James’ supporters. 

The letter has James’ campaign logo, and what looks like Antonovich’s signature, and it urges James’ supporters to donate and spread the word about James’ mayoral campaign. 

Dana Point Councilman to Run for Assembly

Dana Point Council Member Bill Brough announced his bid for the 73rd Assembly District in 2014. Though he was recently elected to the Dana Point council in 2010, he has made it clear that he has no intention of stepping down as council member, and he does not believe his campaign will interfere with his council duties.

Aide Katy Tang to Succeed Carmen Chu as San Francisco D4 Supervisor

Legislative aide to outgoing Supervisor Carmen Chu, Katy Tang, is Mayor Ed Lee’s pick to replace Chu on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. We reported just days ago that Mayor Lee was feeling pressure from many different organizations to fill the District 4 seat on the Board of Supervisors after Chu left. 

San Francisco Supervisors Looking to Fill Vacant Seat

Some have criticized San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee for taking several months to appoint a new member to the empty seat on the Board of Supervisors from District Four. Local Democratic Party officials have been vocal in their suggestion to him of who should fill said seat: a mother.

Latinos and Elderly on the Rise in Orange County

Although Orange County is frequently portrayed as predominantly young and white, studies by the California Department of Finance show this may not be the case in the near future. This is mainly due to Orange County’s slowdown in growth. If predictions are accurate, Los Angeles and Riverside Counties will both grow by approximately 2 million residents, whereas Orange is predicted to add only 300,000 or so.

DisclosureDocs Program Improves Transparency and Efficiency in the Political Process

By Kevin O’Brien

On September 24, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 2062 and secured a new, higher standard of transparency and efficiency within the California political process. This new standard had to do with the Form 700. Local elected officials, state elected officials, judges, and certain state employees in decision-making positions potentially wield a great deal of power and influence. The Form 700 requires these public servants to declare potential conflicts of interest.

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