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CA Democratic Convention: Women seek to “Close the Gap” in California politics

…AD 24 Richard Gordon* AD 27 Nora Campos* AD 30 Luis Alejo* AD 31 Henry Perea* AD 34 Shannon Grove AD 35 Katcho Achadjian* AD 37 Das Williams* AD 40 Marc Steinorth* AD 43 Mike Gatto* AD 48 Roger Hernandez * AD 68 Donald Wagner AD 71 Brian Jones AD 76 Rocky Chavez AD 78 Toni Atkins* State Senate SD 3 Lois Wolk* SD 7 Vacant* SD 9 Loni Hancock* SD 11 Mark Leno* SD 25 Carol Liu* SD 27 Fran Pavley* SD 29 Bob Huff SD 35 Isadore Hall, III*…

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State officials report expensive gifts and luxury trips

…ay be full-time, but that hasn’t stopped a few lawmakers from running side businesses. Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, who reported no gifts on his 2015 financial disclosure report, disclosed stock in Walker R.R. Associates valued between $100,000 and $1 million. He also serves as the general partner of Katch-Go Petroleum, a partnership valued over $1 million with more than $100,000 per year in gross income. Those profits are from several Cen…

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Mileage tax advances in Legislature

…t flat out financial crisis that we are dealing with as far as transportation maintenance is concerned.” Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, raised several concerns about the mileage tax, but then voted for SB1077. “If you’re traveling in a Ford Focus or Chevy Suburban – same mileage but one is much lighter than the other, putting less maintenance [requirement] on the roads than the other – how are you going to address that?” he asked. “What hap…

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AB2170 could boost local taxes

…vin Mullin, D-San Mateo, introduced the bill to the committee. The committee vote was 7-2, with Chairman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, joined the committee Democrats in support. Two other Republicans voted against it. On April 28, the full Assembly approved the bill, 44-26, and sent it to the Senate. Curiously, on this vote Achadjian switched and voted nay. On May 8, the bill was assigned to the Senate Rules committee. JPAs “AB2170 would c…

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Bill would strengthen public's right to comment before votes

…d by a court.” “I am hoping by the time it gets to the floor, this is addressed,” said Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo. Achadjian, the chair of the Local Government Committee, said he was concerned that if the bill were enacted as now written, an entire meeting’s actions could be invalidated with one complaint. Committee members call for fine-tuning Members of the committee offered suggestions to improve the bill and pr…

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New report details California lawmakers accepting gifts

…islators using campaign funds on the trip included Atkins, Calderon and Mitchell; as well as Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo; Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley; and Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton. $6.7 Million in Behested Payments to Pet Causes In addition to gifts, Common Cause analyzed contributions made at the request of legislators and statewide officers. These “behested payments” to politicians pet causes totaled $6…

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Lobbyist organizes second legislative junket to Cuba

…castle, afternoon salsa lessons and rooftop cocktails, among other activities, according to Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, the only legislator to speak publicly about the trip. The legislative junket to Cuba has been criticized by ethics experts for conflict of interest issues as well as the questionable practice of setting up a nonprofit organization that is “a wholly owned subsidiary” of a lobbying firm. Assemblyw…

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GOP lawmakers deliver key votes for tax extension

…a handful of wealthy individuals.” GOP votes for AB8 In the State Assembly, Republican Assembly members Katcho Achadjian of San Luis Obispo, Frank Bigelow of Madera and Kristin Olsen of Riverbank voted for AB8, giving Speaker John Perez the 54 votes needed to pass the bill off the Assembly floor. If any of the GOP Assembly members abstained in that floor vote, the bill would have failed. Both Olsen and Achadjian voted for an earlier version of t…

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California lawmakers kick off recess with trip to Armenia

…vance of the trip. In addition to Perez, the legislative delegation to Armenia includes Assembly members Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo; Cheryl R. Brown, D-San Bernardino; Adrin Nazarian, D-Sherman Oaks; Scott Wilk, R- Santa Clarita; and Nazarian’s chief of staff, Dan Savage. Former state lawmakers and current Los Angeles City Councilmen Bob Blumenfield and Paul Krekorian, along with several of Krekorian’s staff members, also joined the dele…

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7th legislator on Cuba junket identified

…arius Anderson, the founder and president of the powerhouse lobbying firm Platinum Advisors. Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, the only legislator to speak publicly about the Cuba trip, told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that the trip included a tour of a castle, afternoon salsa lessons and rooftop cocktails, among other activities. In refusing to acknowledge that she spent spring break cozying up to “Sacramento’s best-connected lobb…

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