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

…an asterisk (*). State Assembly AD 6 Beth Gaines AD 12 Kristin Olsen AD 14 Susan Bonilla* AD 16 Catharine Baker* 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…

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State officials report expensive gifts and luxury trips

…, but half of the value is reportable. Lawmakers: Side jobs and major businesses California’s Legislature may 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…

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Mileage tax advances in Legislature

…cussion is being moved forward as to how we plan to deal with the $300 billion transportation fiscal cliff or just 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…

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AB2170 could boost local taxes

…, which would help local governments, acting as joint powers authorities, increase taxes and fees. Assemblyman Kevin 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…

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Bill would strengthen public's right to comment before votes

…points to this concern, saying the bill would allow “any action taken under such circumstances to be voided 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…

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New report details California lawmakers accepting gifts

…ear, six state lawmakers used campaign funds for a spring break trip to Cuba organized by a Capitol lobbyist. Legislators 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…

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Lobbyist organizes second legislative junket to Cuba

…ng the Legislature’s spring break, eight lawmakers participated in a similar trip that included a tour of a 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…

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GOP lawmakers deliver key votes for tax extension

…n 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 the bill in June. The vote wasn’t nearly as close in the state Senate. But that didn’t stop Senate Republicans from delivering more votes for the controversial tax extension. Senate…

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California lawmakers kick off recess with trip to Armenia

…to hundreds of thousands of compatriots,” Grigor Hovhannissian, the former Consul General of Armenia, said in advance 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…

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7th legislator on Cuba junket identified

…acknowledge that the trip to Cuba was in conjunction with the eight-member legislative delegation organized by Darius 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…

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