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FPPC shuns investigation of CA legislators’ Cuba trip 7

…rary, which they claim wasn’t a secret. Only State Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Livingston, and Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, have been willing to confirm to CalWatchdog.com that they spent the spring holiday in Cuba with lobbyist Darius Anderson, the president and founder of Platinum Advisors. The state’s ethics commission might not be asking any questions, but new details are slowly emerging about the trip thanks to local media…

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Two more legislators ID’d who went on lobbyist-organized Cuba junket 7

…bserve instances of the country’s unique human services delivery systems, arts and culture.” Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, another Cuba trip participant, told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that the trip included a tour of a castle, afternoon salsa lessons and rooftop cocktails, among other activities. When asked to specify whether campaign funds were used to pay for the trip, Mitchell would only say that she followed all state la…

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Assembly GOP members break no-tax pledge 24

…rams. Last week, the bill cleared the Assembly Transportation Committee on a 10-3 vote, with Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, in support and abstentions from Assemblymen Eric Linder, R-Corona, and Jim Patterson, R-Fresno. “If Republicans can’t agree with the grassroots movement on tax hikes, what do they stand for at all?” Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, asked CalWatchdog.com. “With several Republ…

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Legislators take secret trip to Cuba with Sacramento lobbyist 15

…CalWatchdog.com investigation has revealed. State Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Livingston, and Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, confirmed through their offices that they spent the spring holiday in Cuba with lobbyist Darius Anderson. The founder and president of the influential lobbying firm Platinum Advisors, Anderson and his firm agreed in 2010 to pay out half a million dollars to settle pay-to-play allegations. Both legislators’…

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Financial Aid for Illegal Students OK’d

…Even though the cause may tug at our heart strings.” The other vote against the bills was cast by Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, who was born in Lebanon to Armenian parents. He legally emigrated to the United States, “where through hard work and perseverance he was able to pursue the American Dream,” he states on his Web site. At Tuesday’s hearing, Achadjian argued that it will do little good for illegal students to…

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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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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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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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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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