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Jim Sanders of The Bee Capitol Bureau reported Thursday that the Assembly routinely underreports the amount of money used to run legislators' personal offices and overreports the operating costs of committees that do the brunt of the policy work in the house.

Today, Capitol Alert is publishing member-by-member estimates of how much was spent on personal staff for the first eight months of the legislative year.

The numbers are significantly larger than the per-member office expenses on the list the speaker's office made public in August. They also vary widely by lawmaker, reflecting the perks granted majority Democrats and those serving in various leadership positions.

Who's on top? Here's a hint - it's not Assemblyman Anthony Portantino.

Have Libertarian leanings? The Libertarian Party of California will host an all-day leadership seminar on Saturday at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento.

The agenda not only promises to teach party-building techniques, but to help you learn to
"resolve conflicts and repair relationships."

If a taxpayer protest is more to your liking, a Rally for Economic Freedom is set for the west steps of the state Capitol on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m.

Speakers will include Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Assemblyman Dan Logue, Assemblywoman Shannon Grove and Betty Plowman of the California Dump Truck Owners Association.

Another Saturday option is the first-ever Northern California Women's Conference, hosted by Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Roseville, at the Sunset Center in Rocklin.

Among those in the line-up of speakers: KCRA Channel 3 news anchor Edie Lambert and Donna Lucas, CEO and president of Lucas Public Affairs.


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