Articles Tagged With ‘Lobbying’




Slo council signs off Measure Y renewal

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The San Luis Obispo City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to place a renewal of Measure Y, the city’s half-cent sales tax, on the November ballot. A simple majority vote on November 4 would extend the sales tax... (Continue reading)

Water district bill escapes Assembly

A bill to create a water district managing the Paso Robles water basin easily passed the state Assembly today on a 41-8 vote, and now goes to committees of the Upper House for consideration. Sponsored by Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (R-San... (Continue reading)

California Lobbying firm accused of promoting illegal contributions

A former employee of one of California’s most prominent California lobbying firm says her former employer facilitated illegal contributions to dozens of politicians — including nearly a third of the Legislature. {LATimes] In a suit filed by Rhonda Smira, she... (Continue reading)

Big ag’s $50 million Obamacare contract

Western Growers Association, a group staunchly opposed to the Affordable Care Act, won a $50 million contract to manage Obamacare in California. [Calbuzz] Pinnacle Claims Management Inc., a subsidiary of Western Growers Service Corps, won the lucrative three-year contract earlier... (Continue reading)

Gun group sets sights on ‘restrictive’ bills

California’s most expansive gun-owners’ website, Calguns.net, has launched a campaign to encourage Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a bundle of legislation viewed as “the most restrictive collection of anti-gun laws in decades.” Setting cross-hairs on 11 specific bills, Calguns.net sponsors... (Continue reading)

Oil, business groups predict energy crisis

A new business group claims that California’s efforts to deal with climate change is setting the stage for another energy crisis. Californians for Affordable and Reliable Energy (CARE) is a coalition of manufacturers and oil companies, most of which have... (Continue reading)

Gibson’s campaign will focus on foes

Bruce Gibson said Monday he is seeking reelection to a third term as San Luis Obispo County’s District 2 supervisor, and launched a savage assault on his perceived enemies — COLAB, Tea Party “ideologues,” “paranoid conspiracy promoters,” and “water wasters.”... (Continue reading)

Maldonado kicks off gubernatorial race in debt

Former lieutenant governor Abel Maldonado finished the first half of the year in debt in his bid to become the next governor of California. [Tribune] The Santa Maria native spent $3,348 more than he raised in the first six months... (Continue reading)

Capitol lobbyists are big spenders

If you have ever wondered how much money is spent annually by capitol lobbyists to influence politicians and help write a constant flow of proposed legislation, this new database will provide some answers. (Sacramento Bee) The newspaper reports that $564... (Continue reading)

California legislators report gifts received in 2012

California lawmakers disclosed trips, sports tickets, meals and other perks they received in 2012 in a report released Saturday. [LATimes] In August, legislators killed a measure by former Sen. Sam Blakeslee that would have prevented companies that hire lobbyists from... (Continue reading)