CalWatchdog Morning Read – April 13, 2016

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – April 13, 2016

By CalWatchdog Staff

Happy Wednesday the 13th! Since 2013, California counties have spent $21.7 million on special elections largely to replace state lawmakers who left office early either to trade up for higher office or to pursue a high-paying lobbying position.

Fresno County spent more than $500,000 on last week’s special election to replace Henry T. Perea, who left the Assembly to work for the pharmaceutical industry. That’s enough money for approximately four sheriff deputies.

Perea left office with more than $800,000 in his campaign account. A bill introduced by Asm. Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, which would require that legislators who leave office early pay down the cost of the special election with leftover campaign funds, will be heard in committee Wednesday..

CalWatchdog has more.

In other news:

– The reduction of air pollution in Southern California has led to improved respiratory health for the region’s children, according to a study released Tuesday. The Orange County Register has more.

– Soon there may be no statute of limitations on sex crimes in California, reports the Los Angeles Times. After testimony from three alleged victims of Bill Cosby, a Senate panel advanced a bill that would allow remove the 10-year statute of limitations on rape cases.

– After one Fresno County school district decided this week to allow teachers to carry firearms, it’s unclear if others in the county will follow, reports The Fresno Bee.

– Donald Trump has hired longtime GOP strategist Tim Clark to be the California director of his bid for GOP presidential nominee. Clark, who will take a leave of absence from Sen. John Moorlach’s office where he was chief of staff, believes Trump can “reignite the old Reagan coalition,” according to Politico. The move follows criticism that Trump is behind his rival, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, in terms of organizing in the state, according to Capitol Public Radio.

ICYMI: CA sues Morgan Stanley over public pension funds.


– Full slate of hearings.


– Full slate of hearings.

Gov. Brown:

– No public events scheduled.

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