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April 20, 2012
Nadia Lockyer to resign from Alameda supervisor post

Story updated at 4:50 p.m. based on statements provided to The Bee by state Treasurer Bill Lockyer and and Supervisor Nadia Lockyer.

California Treasurer Bill Lockyer's wife Nadia Lockyer , whose battles with substance abuse and an allegedly abusive affair became public earlier this year, announced today that she will resign from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to focus on her family and her recovery.

The development was first reported by the Bay Area News Group, who interviewed Nadia Lockyer in her Hayward living room.

In a statement issued late Friday, Nadia Lockyer said she could no longer balance being a mother and county supervisor with her recovery from addiction and dealing with the "aftermath of interpersonal violence."

She cited both Mother's Day and National Crime Victims' Rights Week in her announcement. The California Department of Justice, where Bill Lockyer previously served as attorney general, is still investigating Nadia Lockyer's allegation that she was assaulted in February by her lover in a Newark hotel but has not filed charges.

"Today, for my child, and in the spirit of Mother's Day and National Victims Rights' Week, I hereby announce my resignation from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, in order that I may focus on the well-being of my child, recovery from chemical dependence and interpersonal violence, and transitioning to work in the private sector," she stated.

Bill Lockyer issued his own statement later today: "I fully support Nadia's decision to step down as county supervisor and focus on completing her recovery and caring for our son. She has worked hard and well for her district. But the last year took a great toll on Nadia. It's best for her, best for Diego and best for our family that she leave public office."

Kevin Yamamura contributed to this report.

April 20, 2012
Planned Parenthood runs ad backing abortion bill ahead of vote

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California has launched a new radio ad to generate support for legislation that would allow non-doctors to perform an early-term abortion procedure, as opposition from the California Nurses Association threatens to derail the bill.

The spot, which is running in San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego, asks listeners to call specific legislators and ask them to "guarantee women access to the health care we need and deserve."

While the ads, posted at this link, does not directly mention Senate Bill 1338, a press release says that is one of two bills that the ads seek to support. All three Democratic senators targeted by the campaign serve on a committee set to hear the measure in the coming weeks.

April 20, 2012
Assemblyman was driving state car when arrested in DUI case

Assemblyman Roger Hernandez voluntarily relinquished his right to drive Assembly pool cars Friday, hours after the lower house disclosed that he was driving one of the vehicles when arrested in Concord last month on suspicion of drunken driving.

The West Covina Democrat, in a written statement, said he learned after reviewing Assembly rules that he "should not have used a state vehicle for travel outside the Capitol to the Bay Area."

"I apologize to my constituents and colleagues for doing so," Hernandez wrote. "I do believe pending test results will make clear that I was in fact driving within the law. Until this matter is resolved,I am voluntarily relinquishing my access to drive state vehicles."

Earlier Friday, Assembly administrator Jon Waldie said that Hernandez did not have permission March 27 to take one of the Assembly's pool cars to Concord, where he was arrested in the parking lot of the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Hernandez was driving a Toyota Camry hybrid that had been assigned to him for travel in the Capitol area, Waldie said.

Lawmakers are making more extensive use of personal vehicles or pool cars after California's independent salary-setting commission eliminated a lease-car program serving Assembly and Senate officeholders.

The general rule is that Assembly members not take pool cars out of Sacramento without prior permission. Officials prefer that out-of-area trips be for a legislative or governmental purpose, Waldie said.

"He was not fully aware of those rules, I guess, being a first-term member," Waldie said. "He is now fully aware of those rules."

Pending results of a blood test, no charges have been filed against Hernandez in connection with the Concord arrest.

April 20, 2012
FPPC pushing for personal liability when IEs break elections law

Bracing for a flood of independent expenditures for candidates or causes in this year's elections, California's political watchdog agency is seeking to tighten state law to require more personal liability.

FPPC Chairwoman Ann Ravel said that legislation is being drafted, at the agency's behest, to require that principal officers of independent expenditure committees be held personally responsible for violations of election law.

The bill would take effect immediately if passed by a two-thirds supermajority of each legislative house and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

April 20, 2012
Dan Walters Daily: Will term-limits measure benefit politicians?

VIDEO: Dan Walters answers a reader's question about how the term limits proposition on the June ballot would affect California legislators now in office.

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April 20, 2012
AM Alert: Jerry Brown to attend funeral of Stanislaus deputy

Dan Walters, in today's video report, explains how the term-limits measure on the June ballot would affect California legislators now in office.

Gov. Jerry Brown is Modesto-bound to attend the funeral service for Robert Paris, the Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy who was shot and killed April 12 as he tried to serve an eviction notice.

Locksmith Glendon Engert was shot to death along with Paris. A badly burned body was found the next day in the charred ruins of the building where Paris had tried to serve the notice. Police later identified the well-armed body as that of Jim Ferrario, who they said died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to this Associated Press report.

The funeral service for Paris starts at noon at Big Valley Grace Community Church in Modesto.

Back at the Capitol, the California Highway Patrol is teaming up this morning with the Senate and Assembly sergeants-at-arms for an emergency drill that may require evacuation of the building.

Speaking of emergencies and preparedness, a Senate select committee will hear from State Auditor Elaine Howle, State Architect Chet Widom and others on seismic safety standards and construction oversight at California's public schools. The hearing, which follows up on a 2011 state audit report, starts at 10 a.m. at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley.

Down in the south state, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Assemblywoman Holly J. Mitchell are meeting with UCLA students to talk up Pérez's "middle-class scholarship" measures, Assembly Bills 1500 and 1501. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Fowler Museum's Lenart Auditorium at UCLA.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Two legislators celebrate their birthdays on Sunday. Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, turns 57, and Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, turns 41.


Capitol Alert Staff

Jeremy White Jeremy B. White covers California politics and edits Capitol Alert's mobile Insider Edition. Twitter: @capitolalert

Amy Chance Amy Chance is political editor for The Sacramento Bee. Twitter: @Amy_Chance

Dan Smith Dan Smith is Capitol bureau chief for The Sacramento Bee.

Christopher Cadelago Christopher Cadelago covers California politics and health care. Twitter: @ccadelago

Micaela Massimino Micaela Massimino edits Capitol Alert.

Laurel Rosenhall Laurel Rosenhall covers the Legislature, the lobbying community and higher education. Twitter: @LaurelRosenhall

David Siders David Siders covers the Brown administration. Twitter: @davidsiders

Dan Walters Dan Walters is a columnist for The Sacramento Bee. Twitter: @WaltersBee

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