CalWatchdog Morning Read – May 3

  • CalWatchdogLogoIs the end close for UC Davis’ Katehi?
  • Baugh vs. Rohrabacher?
  • Trump vs. Clinton?
  • Personal income tax projections for April are $1 billion off the mark.
  • Democrats think Brown is ready to spend.  

Good morning!

The end appears to be near for UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, who last week was placed on a 90-day paid leave pending an investigation into a number of things, including concerns of nepotism.

Katehi supporters have cried that this is one big sexist conspiracy in the media, reports CalWatchdog. But don’t tell that to UC President Janet Napolitano, who ordered Katehi’s leave, or Diana Lambert, one of the two dogged Sacramento Bee reporters on this story. 

In other news:

  • Former state legislator and former Orange County GOP Chairman Scott Baugh has not ruled out challenging Dana Rohrabacher, the longtime OC congressman, reports The Orange County Register. Baugh opened a campaign account earlier this year, saying he was getting ready for Rohrabacher’s retirement, which an aide to the congressman said was not coming this cycle. The two appear headed for a showdown. 
  • A new poll shows business tycoon Donald Trump leading substantially in California in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is leading on the Democratic side, reports the Los Angeles Daily News
  • April personal income tax revenues fell short of expectations by about $1 billion, reports Capital Public Radio. Critics/analysts have said the state is overly dependent on personal income tax. 
  • However, Democrats believe that with an overall improved financial situation, this is the year Jerry Brown, the generally frugal governor, will lighten up on spending, reports the Los Angeles Times

Assembly:

  • Full slate of hearings. Joint hearing to discuss the proposed Firearms/Ammunition Sales ballot initiative. 

Senate:

  • Full slate of hearings. Packed Judiciary Committee agenda. 

Gov. Brown:

  • At 9:30 a.m., Brown will attend the CHP Memorial Ceremony in West Sacramento. 
  • At 8:15 p.m., Brown will speak at the Berggruen Institute Anniversary in Beverly Hills. 

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