In today's video report, Dan Walters looks at interesting California politicians who aren't named Jerry Brown.
The Fair Political Practices Commission is considering whether to reject part of a decision proposed by an administrative law judge in a case that dates to Assemblyman Chris Norby's days as an Orange County supervisor.
Back in 2007, Norby checked into a Fullerton motel and paid in advance for a week. He claimed he was studying the homeless and motel families, and his campaign committee reimbursed him.
"I was doing a homeless study," the Fullerton Republican told the Los Angeles Times after the FPPC accused him of using $340 in campaign funds to benefit himself. "We have a lot of homeless people in motels. I think I learned a lot from it. I will stand by it."
An administrative hearing found that he checked into the motel "the same day his marriage ended," the FPPC's meeting agenda says.
The proposed decision would exonerate Norby for personal use of campaign funds. FPPC staff members are recommending that the commission reject that proposal "and decide the case on the record," the agenda says. Click here to read the agenda for the meeting, which starts at 10 a.m. The Norby item is No. 12 on the list.
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