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State legislators warned by ethics agency on campaign violations

Two current state lawmakers and one former legislator have been found to have violated campaign finance rules, according to the state ethics agency, but they were let off with warning letters because the offenses involved relatively small amounts of money.

The warning letters went out in the last two months to Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Compton),state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), and former Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) following routine audits conducted for the state Fair Political Practices Commission.

Kuehl, who left the Legislature in 2008, was found to have failed to file four campaign finance reports that year after her committee made reportable contributions, according to a May 14 letter by Gary Winuk, the chief of enforcement for the state commission.

Calderon also failed to file two campaign finance reports for his committee in 2008 that would have disclosed $4,000 in contributions it made.

"Failure to file the statements was a violation of the [Political Reform] Act," Winuk wrote in a warning letter, adding that the dollar amounts were small and the contributions were reported by committees that received the money. "Therefore we have decided to close this case with a warning letter," Winuk wrote.

A similar letter went to Hall after a routine audit found he failed to properly report $10,000 in late contributions from unions in 2009, as well as several required online campaign finance reports disclosing $15,700 in contributions.


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--Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento

Photo: Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) is among the lawmakers issued warning letters by the state Fair Political Practices Commission. Credit: Los Angeles Times

Assemblyman Hall attended Kentucky Derby as fact-finder, fundraiser

  GetprevThe owner of the racehorse I'll Have Another was not the only Southern Californian to leave the Kentucky Derby a winner over the weekend.

State Assemblyman Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) attended the Triple Crown event as part of a fact-finding trip on the racing industry and said he also came home from the trip with some contributions for his re-election campaign.

"I had people there who contributed to my campaign,'' Hall said, declining to talk about who wrote checks for the less than $20,000 raised. He filed campaign reports indicating he deposited several contributions from out-of-state firms this week, including Southern Wine and Spirits of Miramar, Fla.; Bristol-Myers Squibb of Washington, D.C.; and Federal Express PAC of Memphis, but the reporting does not indicate where the contributions were delivered.

Hall is chairman of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization, which oversees the horse-racing industry in California. He said taxpayers did not pay for his trip and he did not bet on a horse.

Hall came away from the grand sporting event convinced that California can do more to build up its horse racing.

"It's a dying industry in California. That's unfortunate,'' Hall said. "We have to do everything we can to restore horse racing in California and make sure that we are creating an environment in California that is conducive to that.''

Hall has authored several bills to help the industry, including one pending measure that would increase the number of races a California horse-racing association may import live by television from out of the state.


Gov. Jerry Brown targets state workers for cuts

Tax revenue $3 billion less that target, report says

U.S. prods California lawmakers to take quick action on bullet train

-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento

Photo: Exercise rider Johnny Garcia rides Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another. Credit: Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

Janice Hahn adds another African American endorsement


Rep. Janice Hahn of San Pedro has racked up another endorsement from an African American civic leader, her campaign announced Wednesday. 

"Sweet" Alice Harris, a longtime Watts activist, is backing Hahn, who is white and competing for a newly drawn congressional district seat with fellow Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson, who is black.

Race became an issue early in the contest because the  seat, which runs north from the L.A. Harbor area through Lynwood and South Gate, was drawn under the federal Voting Rights Act to foster the election of an African American.

When Hahn, whose home was placed into the new 44th Congressional District last year by the independent commission that redrew the state’s political maps, announced for the seat, she was blasted as a "traitor" by one black activist.  Many others initially stayed on the sidelines.

But in the intervening months, political consultant Basil Kimbrew, the activist who called Hahn a traitor, recanted and now endorses her.  Several other prominent blacks also have swung to Hahn’s side, including Assemblyman Isadore Hall, who dropped out of the congressional race to seek reelection to the Legislature.  Among the others are the Rev. Cecil "Chip" Murray, retired pastor of the First A.M.E. Church in Los Angeles, and Jimmie Woods Gray, past chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.

Hahn’s father, the late longtime county Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, was beloved in the city’s African American community and Janice Hahn, as a member of the L.A. City Council, represented the Los Angeles city communities that now lie within the congressional district, including parts of South Los  Angeles and Harbor Gateway.

Richardson also has African American endorsements, including those of Democratic Los Angeles area Reps. Maxine Waters and Karen Bass and former California Lt. Gov. Mervyn Dymally.  Richardson is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegedly improperly requiring congressional staffers to do campaign work; she has denied the accusations.


State senator wants school boards to have more power in abuse cases

Republican lawmakers take aim at teachers accused of sexual misconduct
Teachers' contracts hinder misconduct investigation in Los Angeles abuse cases

-- Jean Merl

Photos: Laura Richardson, left, and Janice Hahn. Credits: Associated Press, left, and Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times




Warren Furutani says he won't seek reelection to Assembly

Warren Furutani
State Assemblyman Warren Furutani (D-Gardena) says he's taking a break from politics and won't seek another term in the state's lower house.

His decision comes nearly a month after he lost a special election for Los Angeles City Council to replace now-Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro).

Furutani's stepping aside avoids an intraparty fight with Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Compton), whose home was placed into the same newly drawn 64th Assembly District by a citizens commission that adjusted political boundaries last year after the census.  Hall had been planning to run for Congress but recently switched back to the Assembly contest.

Furutani has held several elected offices, beginning with the Los Angeles Unified School District board and continuing to the Los Angeles Community College District board before winning the Assembly seat in a special election in 2008.  He could have run once more under the state's term limits.

He told the Daily Breeze that he will support Hall for the Assembly seat.


Federal judge dismisses final redistricting lawsuit

California lawmaker: cap public pensions at $100,000

California's sales tax not the nation's highest, report says

-- Jean Merl

Photo: Warren Furutani calls voters during his recent campaign for Los Angeles City Council.

Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times



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