• Former Assemblyman (and all-around good guy) John Laird writes a blog of sorts for the SF Chronicle. His latest installment takes issues with eMeg’s position on blocking implementation of AB 32. You can grab his RSS feed here, you should definitely make it one of your RSS faves.
• Cutbacks at California parks may not lead to closures, but certainly reduced hours, as part of a decade-long trend. And the biggest by-product of this has been skyrocketing crime at parks across the state, from theft to vandalism. And with fewer rangers and more cutbacks, that’s certainly set to increase.
• Former Congressman John Doolittle has been named as a co-conspirator in a corruption case against one of his former staffers. The complaint reads like a Who’s Who of corrupt Republicans in Washington.
• CalPERS is having another election, and SEIU is getting good at backing winners. The election is largely based in the labor movement, not surprising considering that most of the voters are union members or retirees.
• Sen. Rod Wright (D-Inglewood?) has been caught up in a controversy surrounding his residency. Under California law, the legislator is required to live in the district at the election, but is not required to stay there. It’s not clear if he is living in the district now, but the relevant question for the law is his election-time residency status.
• Lots of stories on the GOP semi-annual convention in Indian Wells. Fun!