Fletcher’s explanatory email to friends and supporters follows:
Ralph Waldo Emerson had a famous saying, “Life is a journey not a destination.”
For me, the last couple years have been quite a journey—going to war, serving in the State Assembly, campaigning for Mayor (of San Diego) and now teaching and working in the private sector.
You were a part of that journey as a friend and supporter. I appreciate your faith in me more than you will ever know. You hung with me when people said we had no chance of winning and then when every campaign was working overtime Read more »
With California sitting on more than $4.5 billion in expected revenue, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation May 1 spending $25.6 million, all but $1.6 million to fix a problem he and Democratic lawmakers created two years ago when they hamstrung the state’s efforts to take away weapons from Californians prohibited from owning them.
The $1.6 million is contained in AB 113 by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, a Woodland Hills Democrat, which is aimed at helping Secretary of State Debra Bowen speed up the processing of the licenses businesses must file to operate, which reached a record 85-day turnaround time last November. The wait time was still Read more »
For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Assembly and the Senate have different calendars.
Separate calendars don’t seem remotely like either calamity or catastrophe but in the insular world of the state Capitol, seemingly small stuff – like summer vacation or lack thereof — often becomes A VERY BIG DEAL.
Most of the grousing centers on the Senate maintaining the traditional mid-July adjournment date for summer recess and the Assembly leaving one week earlier.
Two different schedules for each house complicates – critics contend needlessly – the lives of lobbyists, legislative staffers and lawmakers who must attend to business in each Read more »
The state Department of Justice is likely to win legislative approval by the end of April to use $24 million in registration fees paid by gun owners to speed up taking away weapons from Californians prohibited from owning them.
Emergency legislation is awaiting action on the Assembly floor that would earmark the money, already collected by the department, to enforce the findings of its Armed Prohibited Persons System, which has identified 38,563 handguns and 1,647 so-called assault weapons in the hands of 19,770 Californians, such as felons or the mentally ill, who the law says can’t possess them.
The database of Californians who Read more »
A bill its author says will help open more dog parks around the state by protecting cities and counties from liability for any “injury or death suffered by any person or pet” occurring at those parks won unanimous approval April 3 by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
The bipartisan agreement on the measure might stem from its subject matter. Who but the crabbiest of curmudgeons could oppose expanding opportunities for bonding among four-legged and two-legged friends? And who would saddle cash-strapped localities with greater liability exposure?
Or perhaps such rare agreement between Republicans and Democrats results from the bill being unnecessary.
“Non-controversial,” Read more »
The Assembly Daily File printed before it went on vacation March 22, shows 14 policy committees scheduled to meet the week of April 1.
There are 176 bills calendared of which 82 were eligible to be heard before spring break.
Half of those committees are adopting their rules, an annual action required before approving or torpedoing any legislation.
The Senate’s Daily file reports 11 committees – seven of which are adopting rules — are slated to hear 103 bills. Forty of the 103 bills were eligible for a vote before spring recess.
March 20 is the former Mayor of San Francisco and Assembly Speaker’s birthday. It’s also the birthday of Ozzie Nelson, Carl Reiner, Ray Goulding of “Bob & Ray” fame and Mr. Rogers, one of Brown’s mentors in keeping the Assembly’s membership and San Francisco Board of Supervisors in order.
Brown talks about his life in some depth in this Academy of Achievement interview from 1996. An excerpt on the art of compromise:
“First and foremost, if you’re ever going to build a consensus, if you’re ever going to be the center of the compromise, you’ve got to be prepared to listen.
“Listening Read more »