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  • Judge lets Schwarzenegger's commutation of Núñez son stand

    09/07/2012 5:45:26 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 9/7/12 | Andy Furillo
    A judge today refused to overturn former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's commutation of the prison term of one-time Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez' son, Esteban Núñez, who is serving time on a voluntary manslaughter conviction. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd G. Connelly characterized as "repugnant" Schwarzenegger's decision to cut Esteban Núñez' prison term from 16 years to seven. Schwarzenegger issued the commutation as one of the final acts of his administration in January 2011. But even though Connelly said he believed the commutation was an abuse, he said it was still an authority the governor had under his executive powers.
  • Florida Marlins' Leo Nunez reportedly playing under assumed name

    09/22/2011 11:05:11 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | September 22, 2011 | Juan C. Rodriguez
    The Marlins on Wednesday placed closer Leo Nunez on the restricted list so he could return to his native Dominican Republic to clear up a few things. Namely, his name. A league source initially said Nunez was not missing the Marlins’ final six games as a result of improper conduct. Later, the source confirmed Nunez’s premature departure was the result of an immigration issue.
  • Suit seeks to nullify Schwarzenegger commutation

    05/11/2011 6:25:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 1+ views
    AP via SacBee ^ | 5/11/11 | JULIE WATSON - Associated Press
    SAN DIEGO -- San Diego County prosecutors asked a state court Wednesday to overturn former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's last-minute decision to slash the prison sentence for the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, his friend and political ally. The civil lawsuit filed in San Diego County Superior Court is the latest fallout from the Republican governor's decision, which angered prosecutors, the victim's family and other Republicans. A day before his term ended in January, Schwarzenegger cut by more than half the sentence for Esteban Nunez, to 7 years from 16 years. The younger Nunez pleaded guilty in the 2008...
  • Schwarzenegger on Núñez commutation, Whitman and his body

    04/20/2011 8:06:08 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/20/11 | Torey Van Oot
    Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sat down with Newsweek recently for one of the most extensive interviews since his January exit from office. Schwarzenegger addresses everything from criticisms of one of his final acts as the state's chief executive to his own body image in his post-bodybuilding days, saying the effect of aging on his 63-year-old physique makes him "feel sh--y when I look at myself in the mirror." Below are some excerpts from the more than 2,500-word piece. Read the full article at this link. On controversy surrounding his 11th hour decision to reduce the prison sentence for the son...
  • 'Well hello, of course you help a friend': (Gov.Arnold) owns up as to why he cut killer's sentence

    04/18/2011 11:31:09 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 4/18/2011 | Daniel Bates
    Arnold Schwarzeneger has admitted that his controversial decision to commute a jail term for a killer on his last day as governor of California was ‘to help a friend’. In an flippant outburst Schwarzenegger said that he ‘felt good’ about cutting nine years off the 16-year sentence for Esteban Nuñez, 20, even though it was a favour to his political ally father. He said he refused to apologise for his actions - and arrogantly mocked anyone who mistakenly believed his motives had been altruistic.
  • Victim's family sues over Schwarzenegger clemency

    01/20/2011 2:32:25 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 20, 2011 | JUDY LIN
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The parents of a murdered college student say former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger "messed with the wrong family" in issuing an 11th-hour clemency for the son of a political ally.
  • Schwarzenegger's apology letter upsets family of Nunez's victim.

    01/17/2011 11:24:03 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 15 replies
    MiamiHerald.com ^ | 1/13/11 | Susan Ferriss
    The father of a young man who was killed in a fight involving the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez said Wednesday he is upset about a letter former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sent him after reducing the younger Núñez's prison sentence. On Jan. 2, his last day in office, Schwarzenegger cut the prison sentence of Esteban Núñez from 16 years to seven. He didn't contact the Santos family to seek their opinions before he issued his order. On Saturday, Fred Santos, the victim's father, said a letter from Schwarzenegger arrived at his home "out of the blue." The letter,...
  • Schwarzenegger's commutation didn't serve justice

    01/06/2011 8:20:11 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/6/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    In his last remaining hours as California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger issued three sentence commutations. The most notable went to the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, Esteban Núñez, who is serving time for voluntary manslaughter. Núñez's legal problems began in San Diego on Oct. 4, 2008. After Núñez, then 19, and some friends were not admitted to a fraternity party, they went looking for a fight. They found a group of students who also had been drinking. After a short but fatal clash, Luis Dos Santos, 22, lay dying. Schwarzenegger wrote that he reduced Núñez's sentence from 16 years...
  • Sentence Reduction for Speaker's Son Draws Fire (Blatant Corruption)

    01/04/2011 12:23:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Mon, Jan 3, 2011 | LINDSAY HOOD and MARK HEASLET
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger decision to commute the prison sentence for the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez has outraged some of the outgoing governor's critics, including a victim's father. On his last day in office, Schwarzenegger shortened Esteban Nunez's sentence to seven years, saying he thought the 16-year sentence was excessive. The move came just hours before Schwarzenegger left office. Nunez pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon for his role in a fight that killed 22-year-old Luis Santos near San Diego State University in 2008. The victim's father called the decision ridiculous and politically...
  • Schwarzenegger's commutation for Nunez criticized

    01/04/2011 7:59:17 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Laurel Rosenhall
    Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to reduce the prison sentence of a former Assembly speaker's son sparked outrage Monday, from the district attorney who prosecuted Esteban Núñez to local families whose loved ones are spending more time in prison – for lesser crimes. "We were shocked to hear of the governor's last-minute commutation, which greatly diminishes justice for victim Luis Santos and re-victimizes his family and friends," San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said in a prepared statement. She said her office was not consulted about the sentence reduction, in which Núñez's prison term was cut from 16 years...
  • Governor (Schwarzeneggar) reduces sentence of former Assembly speaker's son

    01/03/2011 8:12:58 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 3, 2011 | Evan Halper and Tony Perry
    On his final night in office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reduced the prison sentence of the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, Esteban Nuñez, who had pleaded guilty to participating in the killing of a college student. The governor also granted several other commutations and pardons and gave plum government appointments to political allies and the spouse of his chief of staff. Schwarzenegger announced the moves in a batch of eleventh-hour press releases e-mailed to reporters. Esteban Nuñez, now 21, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role in the stabbing death of Luis Santos. Schwarzenegger cut the...
  • Schwarzenegger partially commutes manslaughter sentence of Esteban Nunez

    01/02/2011 7:04:19 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 17 replies
    capitolweekly ^ | 01/02/11 | John Howard
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, just hours before leaving the governor’s office, shaved nine years off the combined 16-year sentence of Esteban Nunez, the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez. The younger Nunez was one of three young men charged in a knife fight near San Diego State University in October 2008, in which Luis Dos Santos was stabbed to death. The man who wielded the knife in the fatal attack, Ryan Jett, entered a plea agreement with prosecutors and was sentenced to state prison. Esteban Nunez wielded a knife that injured another participant in the fight. He pleaded guilty to...
  • Governor Commutes Prison Sentence for Politician's Son

    01/02/2011 11:13:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 01/02/2011 | Paul Thissen
    Outgoing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has commuted the prison sentence of the son of a former state Assembly speaker, cutting his sentence from 16 years to 7 years in the 2008 killing of a Concord man. The move came just hours before Schwarzenegger was to leave office. In 2009, Esteban Nuñez, son of Fabian Nuñez, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of Luis Dos Santos, 22, during a fight in San Diego. He and co-defendant Ryan Jett were sentenced to 16 years in prison, the maximum sentence. Santos, who was attending San Diego Mesa College, was killed in...
  • Nunez son sentenced to 16 yrs for SD manslaughter

    06/25/2010 3:19:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/25/10
    San Diego, CA (AP) -- A judge has sentenced the son of former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez to 16 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of a San Diego college student.
  • CA: Núñez helped 55 Assembly workers boost their pensions ("golden handshakes")

    01/11/2009 9:42:21 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 395+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 1/11/09 | Jim Miller
    Dozens of California Assembly employees can thank the state's fiscal crisis for padding their pensions through a controversial program pushed by Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez before he was termed out last year. Fifty-five Assembly employees received "golden handshakes" that can be worth thousands annually by awarding two years of extra service credits for retiring by last month, records show. Recipients included nine aides to Núñez – eight of whose salaries exceeded $90,000 per year. Prominent retirees included Danny Eaton and Steve Maviglio, who left jobs paying $212,000 and $175,000, respectively, the former as Núñez's chief of staff and the latter...
  • CA: Nuñez, three cohorts plead not guilty to murder charges

    12/04/2008 8:33:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 614+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 12/4/08 | Kristina Davis and Dana Littlefield
    SAN DIEGO – The teenage son of former state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez and three friends, all from Sacramento, pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon in San Diego Superior Court to charges of murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Esteban Nuñez, Ryan Jett, Rafael Garcia and Leshanor Thomas are accused of stabbing to death a Mesa College student and injuring three others in a knife fight at San Diego State University on Oct. 4. Judge David Szumowski set bail Thursday at $2 million for Nuñez, Garcia and Thomas, who are all 19 years old. Bail was denied for Jett, 22,...
  • Possible gang link probed in arrest of Nuñez's son (he brags that dad will get them off)

    12/03/2008 7:35:23 PM PST · by doug from upland · 21 replies · 897+ views
    L.A. TIMES, currently on deathwatch ^ | 12-3-08 | some guy about to be out of work
    Possible gang link probed in arrest of Nuñez's son The former Assembly speaker's son and three other suspects in a fatal stabbing in San Diego identified themselves as members of The Hazard Crew. Police say the group fits the definition of a criminal street gang. By Tony Perry and Patrick McGreevy 5:11 PM PST, December 3, 2008 Reporting from Sacramento and San Diego -- Esteban Nuñez, the son of former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, and three other men arrested in a fatal stabbing of a college student in San Diego fit the definition of a criminal street gang, police...
  • CA: Núñez joins board of workers' comp insurer (brokered a 2004 deal that benefited the industry)

    12/02/2008 9:28:04 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 196+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 12/2/08 | Shane Goldmacher
    Former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez has taken a lucrative seat on the board of directors for a workers' compensation insurer after helping broker a 2004 deal that benefited the industry. The Los Angeles Democrat was termed out of the Assembly on Sunday, and on Monday, Zenith National Insurance Corp. appointed him to its board. Company filings say that directors are paid $90,000 per year, with an additional $40,000 paid for every committee on which they serve. Núñez said he did not know if his post was paid. "You have to ask Zenith," he said. Zenith did not return calls for...
  • CA: Fabian Núñez joins Mercury (with top ex-Schwarzenegger aides)

    11/27/2008 10:22:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 668+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/27/08 | Shane Goldmacher
    Former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, who served as both Democratic foil and dealmaker with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, has joined the high-powered public relations firm whose California office is currently occupied by Schwarzenegger's former campaign manager and communications director. Núñez, a Los Angeles Democrat, will be the newest partner and co-chair of Mercury Public Affairs, LLC, a political firm with offices in seven cities across the country, according to a letter he has sent to supporters. Steve Schmidt, who was the architect of Schwarzenegger's reelection campaign, and Adam Mendelsohn, the governor's former communications director and deputy chief of staff, are the...
  • HUMBLE COP: I'M NOT THE HERO (Shot Illegal Immigrant Who Shot Two Other Officers)

    10/22/2008 1:06:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies · 1,167+ views
    New York Post ^ | Oct 22, 2008
    The humble cop who took down an illegal immigrant who shot two other officers last night in a Queens subway station said today, "I'm not a hero." Lt. Gary Abrahall put four bullets into Raul Nuñez, who jumped a turnstyle and then coldly shot two cops -- Shane Farina, who was critically wounded, and Jason Maass, who was grazed with a bullet -- with one of their own guns. "The cops that took the bullets, they're the heroes," Abrahall said today outside his house. Farina took a bullet in the abdomen and it exited through his sternum. "[Farina] is doing...
  • CA: Ex-assembly speaker Núñez looks at options for his future

    05/18/2008 11:54:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 90+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 5/18/08 | James Sweeney
    SACRAMENTO – As Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez reflected on his unlikely rise from a San Diego barrio to one of the state's most powerful offices, he recalled poignant, painful moments of a generation ago. “I remember making friends with a kid in La Jolla – my father was a gardener there; my mother was a maid – and going over to the kid's home near the Sea Lodge. “We were playing, and right as we were going to go inside and play with his toys, his mom came out and said to me: 'You have to wait outside. You can't...
  • Dan Walters: Núñez leaves mixed legacy

    05/13/2008 12:49:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 72+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/13/8 | Dan Walters
    Fabian Núñez, the eighth and longest-serving Assembly speaker in the 13 years since the legendary Willie Brown was forced to vacate the position in 1995, is being forced out himself by a legislative term limit law he tried, and failed, to persuade voters to change. None of Núñez's seven predecessors had more than a momentary impact; indeed, a few of them were there scarcely long enough to change the I-love-me plaques in the speaker's ornate office. But Núñez, elected as a first-termer in the hope that he could bring some stability and accomplishment to the Assembly, does have a record...
  • CALIFORNIA: Dem leaders vow budget deadlock over education

    04/21/2008 3:40:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 107+ views
    MediaNews via CoCo Times ^ | 4/21/8 | Steve Geissinger, MediaNews Sacramento Bureau
    SACRAMENTO — The Legislature's Democratic leaders vowed during a student protest today to fight $1 billion in higher education cuts, setting the stage for a summer-long deadlock over the deficit-plagued state budget.Senate leader Don Perata, D-Oakland, and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, made the comments to a crowd of hundreds outside the Capitol that included contingents from California state universities San Jose and Hayward, and UC Berkeley. The chanting, sign-waving demonstrators also included students from Bay Area community colleges."We need to raise taxes to preserve education,'' Perata said.The Senate leader, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, and other Democrats...
  • Dan Walters: California Assembly speaker provides fuel for cynics

    04/18/2008 2:05:47 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 37+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/18/8 | Dan Walters
    Chalk up two more pyrrhic victories for the cynics about the Capitol's ability to do the public's business in a straightforward, unhypocritical manner – and the outgoing speaker of the state Assembly, Fabian Núñez, is at the center of both. Victory No. 1 has to do with the Assembly's secretive decision to offer more than 200 of its staff members a golden handshake in the form of extra pension benefits. It's being billed as a contribution to closing the state's chronic budget deficit, but how it does that is, to put it charitably, unclear since the Assembly refuses to release...
  • 'Golden handshake' foe says Assembly speaker stripped him of rules post

    03/26/2008 8:27:55 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 246+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/26/8 | Jim Sanders
    Assemblyman Hector De La Torre said Tuesday that he was ousted as chairman of the powerful Rules Committee for challenging Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez's "golden handshake" offer to employees as a potential taxpayer ripoff. De La Torre, D-South Gate, said he simply could not justify – despite Núñez's insistence – pension-sweetening offers to 222 employees, of whom 13 already qualify for pensions above $100,000 and an additional 12 for pensions of $70,000 to $99,999. "I felt it wasn't good for taxpayers and didn't make sense in light of everything else that's going on with the budget," he said. De La...
  • Núñez's bill taxing oil companies falls short

    03/13/2008 8:11:02 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 436+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/13/8 | Matthew Yi
    A political fight over raising taxes to help solve California's fiscal crisis was touched off Wednesday when Democratic lawmakers proposed taxing big oil to help pay for threatened public education programs.ABX3 9, introduced by Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, D-Los Angeles, would have raised $1.2 billion a year by taxing oil firms' windfall profits and through a separate tax on petroleum that is pumped in California.The bill, which required a two-thirds vote to pass, was defeated on the Assembly floor after Republicans refused to vote for the new taxes. But several other Democrat-authored tax bills are likely to stir heated debate...
  • CA: Another dam water bond; DiFi rips Dems (Perata and Nunez for blocking progress)

    03/06/2008 5:33:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 126+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 3/6/08 | Michael Gardner
    SACRAMENTO -- A new water bond has risen from the ruins of two weeks of backbiting and false hope. Good thing too. U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, an influential Democrat, has sent a letter accusing Democrat leaders of blocking progress on negotiations over how to respond to California's water crisis and subtly threatening to back a GOP/pro-business bond if they don't get their act together. State Sen. Mike Machado, a Linden Democrat who has been actively pursuing a deal and working with Republicans regularly, submitted a $6.8 billion compromise Thursday. Significantly, Machado's announcement included words of encouragement from Sen. Dave Cogdill,...
  • Núñez open to raising revenue

    02/13/2008 8:25:05 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 72+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/13/8 | Jim Sanders
    The speaker says he could support 'fair compromise' of tax increases, spending cuts. Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez said Tuesday that he could support raising revenue – including selective taxes on the wealthy – to help bridge the state's projected $14.5 billion shortfall.Núñez said that a "fair compromise" would be to solve half of the money crisis with revenue increases and the other half with spending cuts.The Los Angeles Democrat, speaking at a lunch meeting of the Sacramento Press Club, said he could support the 50-50 approach used by Gov. Pete Wilson when faced with a similar budget crisis in the...
  • Sacramento pols point fingers on Prop. 93

    02/11/2008 8:57:56 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 128+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 2/11/08 | Editorial
    With the unexpected failure of Proposition 93, state lawmakers in Sacramento find themselves with some difficult questions on their hands, questions like: How did our efforts to fool the voters go wrong? And who's to blame? To that second question, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has pointed the finger at Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez and State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata. The Legislature, Arnold says, didn't deliver. By not getting the work of the people done - whether on water, health care, the budget or redistricting - the Legislature's top brass failed to prove itself worthy of the extra time in...
  • CA: Nunez takes responsibility for defeat of term limits initiative

    02/07/2008 2:45:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 121+ views
    Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez took responsibility for the failure of the term limits initiative on Tuesday's ballot and for not pairing it with redistricting reform. The defeat of Proposition 93 has set in motion the process to change leadership in both houses of the Legislature. Democrats plan to vote March 11 for a new speaker, although Democrats agreed that Nunez will stay on until the end of the legislative session in August. Proposition 93 would have shaved two years off the maximum amount of time most lawmakers could serve. But it also would have given dozens of lawmakers a chance...
  • Steve Wiegand: Voters got a whiff and said, 'No'

    02/07/2008 8:46:15 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 95+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/7/8 | Steve Wiegand
    Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year, and being it's the Year of the Rat, it seems appropriate to reflect on Proposition 93. Of course it would be more appropriate were it the Year of the Skunk. Those of you who recall Tuesday's election will remember Prop. 93 was the ploy by Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata and other termed-out legislators to hold on to their jobs a while longer by changing the rules. The pitch was that the actual total number of years a California legislator may serve would have...
  • Defeat of Prop. 93 will test Legislature

    02/07/2008 8:11:51 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies · 61+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/7/8 | Matthew Yi
    Sacramento -- California voters' rejection of a ballot initiative that would have allowed state lawmakers facing term limits to keep their jobs longer is expected to create more challenges for the Legislature, which already faces the huge problem of solving the state's looming $14.5 billion budget deficit. Among the 34 lawmakers who will be looking for new jobs at the end of this year are three of the Legislature's four leaders: Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, D-Los Angeles, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, and Senate Minority leader Dick Ackerman, R-Irvine.With those legislators becoming lame ducks, there probably will be...
  • CA: Defeat of Prop. 93 will mean wholesale leadership changes (34 seats in play, sort of)

    02/06/2008 6:32:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 134+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/6/08 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    California voters' refusal to alter state legislators' term limits will force three of the Legislature's top leaders to give up their posts. It also will free candidates running for 34 legislative seats from having to face an incumbent this year. Proposition 93 aimed to trim two years off the maximum amount of time most legislators could serve, but it also would have given dozens of lawmakers a chance to extend their stays in Sacramento. It failed by about 7 percentage points, despite support from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a who's who of labor unions, corporations and professional groups that poured...
  • Term limit initiative rejected by voters { Prop 93 }

    02/06/2008 7:49:19 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 91+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/6/8 | Jim Sanders
    An initiative to alter legislative terms while giving lame duck incumbents a reprieve headed down to defeat as the statewide count continued to grow Wednesday morning. As of 7 a.m., with about 95 percent of precincts reporting, Proposition 93 was trailing by six percentage points – 53 percent to 47 percent. Both sides remained cautiously optimistic late Tuesday night. "I'm hopeful, but I've never been willing to declare victory," said Kevin Spillane, spokesman for No on 93. Spillane attributed the tight vote, in part, to confusion by voters over whether Proposition 93 would tighten or loosen term limits. Opponents claim...
  • Editorial: Crisis? What crisis? There's a campaign to run

    02/04/2008 9:18:03 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 126+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/4/8 | Editor
    As local governments head for layoffs, it's politics as usual for Legislature's leaders - Based on the governor's proclamation last month, California is in the midst of a fiscal emergency. The state is spending about $600 million more every month than it is taking in. At the very least, the state is facing a $3.3 billion budget deficit in the current fiscal year.Given those numbers, you'd think that lawmakers would be working 12 hours a day, five days a week to wrap a tourniquet around the red ink.Once they were finished with this current-year surgery, they could then turn their...
  • CA: Nuñez's spending is questioned

    02/01/2008 10:36:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 46+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/1/08 | Nancy Vogel
    SACRAMENTO -- Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, who drew heavy criticism last fall for using campaign funds for world travel and luxury purchases, continued to spend thousands of dollars on airfare and gifts in the last six months, according to financial reports made public Thursday. The reports show the Los Angeles Democrat spent $20,916 on Delta Airlines, $2,701 at Falconhead boot company, $579 for a "meeting" at a wine bar, and $4,074 at Nordstrom, Macy's and Williams-Sonoma stores between July 1 and the end of December. In an Oct. 5 article, The Times reported that Nuñez had spent tens of thousands...
  • Dems help fund Prop. 93 drive

    01/31/2008 8:18:41 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 78+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/31/8 | Jim Sanders
    Perata, Núñez are biggest legislative contributors to term limits measure. Incumbent Democratic lawmakers have donated or raised nearly $1.4 million for the Proposition 93 campaign, fueling accusations that the measure to alter term limits is a power grab.Fourteen Democratic Assembly members and three senators contributed money in their own name, while numerous others gave to special committees used by colleagues to solicit funds for the effort, records show.The two largest legislative contributors are Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, $350,000, and Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, $300,000. The measure would give them an extra four years and six years in office,...
  • Dan Walters: Term limits measure plummets

    01/25/2008 8:17:24 AM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 60+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/25/8 | Dan Walters
    For weeks, Democratic legislators had been crossing their fingers, figuratively at least, and hoping that Republican voters could be induced into voting for Proposition 93, a measure to modify legislative term limits and extend the careers of termed-out lawmakers. They were pleased, therefore, when Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger did a 180-degree political pirouette and endorsed the measure, saying he had developed a good working relationship with Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez and Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata and wanted them to stick around. Schwarzenegger's endorsement, however, may turn out to have been the kiss of death for Proposition 93. Two...
  • Ad Watch: Term limits change tied to effective disaster response

    01/24/2008 10:41:23 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 83+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/24/8 | Jim Sanders
    A new campaign advertisement cites emergency response to last year's devastating Southern California wildfires as a reason to alter lawmakers' terms by approving Proposition 93.The 30-second TV spot features Tim Heard, an emergency medical technician from TLC Ambulance and Medical Transport, with offices in Rocklin and Sacramento.The following is a text of the ad, and an analysis by Jim Sanders of The Bee Capitol Bureau:•TIM HEARD: When fire hit Southern California, our state legislators didn't make the mistakes made with Katrina.They learned from experience, and helped us get the job done. That's why we support Prop. 93, because when lives...
  • CA: How Núñez rose to power so fast

    01/23/2008 8:43:36 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 47+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 1/23/08 | Matthew Yi
    San Diego - -- Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez fidgeted with his BlackBerry as he sat in a leather seat in the back of a black Buick Park Avenue and zoomed south on Interstate 5. He checked voice mail, read e-mail and barked his ideas for fixing California's ailing health care system to his staff in Sacramento. --snip-- He was a novice politician who had just won his first election. He also was a divorcé struggling to reconcile with his ex-wife, who had been his college sweetheart. And he was recovering from personal bankruptcy. Five years later, he is living a...
  • CA: Complaint accuses Nuñez of misusing charity (funds for political purposes)

    01/23/2008 8:36:51 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 71+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1/23/08 | Nancy Vogel and Evan Halper
    SACRAMENTO -- A complaint filed with state ethics officials Tuesday accused Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez of using a charity to illegally funnel donations into political activities. The complaint cites more than $270,000 that Nuñez solicited in 2005 and 2006 from corporations, utilities and other interests with a stake in legislation to pay for toy giveaways, scholarships, youth summits and other events that featured Nuñez and were arranged by his staff. The donations were the subject of a Times investigation in November, which showed how a small charity -- Collective Space -- in Nuñez's downtown Los Angeles district wrote checks at...
  • 2008 promises to be a year of progress for California (Double Deluxe Barf Bag!)

    01/04/2008 9:10:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 101+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 1/3/08 | Fabian Nunez
    I’m starting 2008 feeling good about California. Why the optimism? Well, as one of 12 kids growing up in Barrio Logan, I guess I came naturally to holding on to a sense that things can be made better in the future. In reality, that’s how most Californians are. They see how things can be improved, and they are willing to do what it takes to get there. That’s why I’m confident that despite some disturbing headlines of late, 2008 can be a banner year for California. I’m confident we will move forward with health care reform and that next November...
  • Peter Schrag: Latest term limits measure makes more murkiness

    01/02/2008 7:52:59 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 105+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/2/8 | Peter Schrag
    As a political villain, Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez is a pallid substitute for his flamboyant predecessor Willie Brown, self-proclaimed "ayatollah of the Assembly" who was the original poster child for California's term limits law. ...But in their search for a bad guy, the opponents of Proposition 93, which would make the law a little more flexible, have no choice. Núñez is the best they've got. Let's be fair. Proposition 93, which is on the February ballot, is a slippery piece of work. It offers present office holders, Núñez among them, a chance for more years in the house in which...
  • CA: Nuñez sweetens deal for unions (unions donate $1M to defeat term limits initiative)

    12/20/2007 12:11:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 81+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/20/07 | Michael Rothfeld and Jordan Rau
    SACRAMENTO -- As Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez sought the endorsement of two major labor unions for his plan to overhaul healthcare in the state, he added several provisions to the legislation sweetening the deal for union members, ... The changes came soon after the unions donated more than $1 million combined to an initiative sponsored by Nuñez that would extend numerous lawmakers' terms, including his own. In the final version, unveiled only days before Monday's vote, the unions received three years of increases in state funding of health insurance for tens of thousands of workers who provide in-home care for...
  • CA: Under fire in California, Nunez gets feted in Washington (1 of 9 "Public Officials of the Year")

    11/07/2007 8:16:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 29+ views
    ap on Daily Comet ^ | 11/7/07 | Erica Werner - ap
    WASHINGTON California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, facing criticism over his fundraising practices and international travel, escaped to friendlier terrain Wednesday to accept an award from Governing magazine. The Los Angeles Democrat was named one of nine "Public Officials of the Year" and was accepting the honor at a dinner at Washington, D.C.'s Willard Hotel, just blocks from the White House. Other honorees included Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton, Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire and Houston Mayor Bill White. The magazine cited Nunez's bipartisanship in working toward passage of last year's package of public works bonds - $37.3 billion for...
  • CA: Probe of Perata quiet but very much alive (All I want for Christmas is a PeRATa perp walk)

    11/04/2007 10:49:29 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 64+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/4/07 | Tim Reiterman
    OAKLAND -- Now several years old, the sprawling federal corruption probe of state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata has spurred him to spend more than $1 million on legal defense, clouded his two decades in public life and swept up close associates and his adult children. The investigation into the East Bay lawmaker's political and business affairs has largely operated out of sight in recent years, although FBI agents have searched his home and his son's. But public records, subpoenas and interviews with officials and others contacted by the FBI show that it has remained very much alive. A...
  • CA: Núñez asked Verizon for donations after pushing telecommunications bill

    11/01/2007 8:08:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 62+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/1/07 | Jim Sanders
    Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez solicited $125,000 in charity contributions from Verizon shortly after pushing successful legislation last year that is expected to bring billions to telecommunications firms in coming decades. Less than three months after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Núñez's hotly contested bill, Verizon spread holiday cheer to seven of the Assembly leader's designated charities in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $30,000. The contributions all were recorded in state disclosure documents on the same day, Dec. 7, weeks before the new legislation would allow Verizon, AT&T and other telephone firms to obtain statewide franchises to offer cable television programming. "It...
  • CA: Nunez defends travel expenses, but won't tell all

    10/12/2007 9:27:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 111+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/12/07 | Aaron C. Davis - ap
    California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez on Friday provided a few details about the most eye-popping charges he made with campaign money, but resisted calls to fully explain how tens of thousands of dollars' worth of purchases in Europe and at high-end U.S. retailers were related to official state or party business. "I'll explain some of the expenditures," Nunez said. "But what I will not do is provide people with the fullest explanation of every single expense because it's not required by law." Nunez held a Capitol press conference Friday following revelations first in The Los Angeles Times last week that...
  • AP Impact: Assembly speaker (Nunez) lives with fundraiser in LA penthouse

    10/11/2007 8:14:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 427+ views
    ap on SF Examiner ^ | 10/11/07 | Michael R. Blood and Aaron C. Davis - ap
    LOS ANGELES - State Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez shares a luxury downtown penthouse with a prominent fundraiser who has collected nearly $600,000 in fees and expenses from Nunez's political committees and the state Democratic Party since 2005. State law places no restrictions on legislators living with friends or fundraisers, but some government watchdog groups say such arrangements can raise potential conflicts because of the proximity of political power and contributors' money. Nunez, a Los Angeles Democrat and one of the state's most powerful dealmakers, pays $1,000 of the $4,325 rent to live part-time in the loft-style penthouse in his district,...
  • Dan Walters: Politicians living large under fire

    10/09/2007 7:57:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 380+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/9/7 | Dan Walters
    When Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata and Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez launched their drive to change legislative term limits and thus extend their reigns in the Capitol, they made themselves and their conduct legitimate subjects for media scrutiny. So far they aren't faring very well. Perata already had a somewhat tarnished image from a years-long federal investigation into his actions as an Alameda County supervisor and state legislator, which appeared to favor certain interests and his personal financial dealings with those interests. Then last May, the East Bay Express, a local newspaper, published a very lengthy series of articles...