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June 3, 2013
California Treasurer Bill Lockyer to retire from elected office

lockyer.jpgState Treasurer Bill Lockyer, a fixture in Democratic politics in California for more than 40 years, announced today he will retire from elected office when his term expires in early 2015, forgoing a run for controller next year.

The former attorney general and Senate president pro tem said his decision was not influenced by the scandal last year in which his wife, Nadia, resigned her position as an Alameda County supervisor amid revelations of an affair and drug abuse.

"I'm ready to do something new and challenging," Bill Lockyer said. "I've been a fiscal officer for eight years, so the idea of serving additional years as controller is a little too much like, 'been there, done that.'"

Lockyer, 72, said he will remain involved in public policy, but it is unclear in what capacity. He said, "I don't know what it means next, but I expect to be a public citizen and active, and we'll just see."

June 3, 2013
Dan Walters Daily: Finance lessons for legislators?

As California legislators try to mandate lessons in finance for local elected officials, Dan questions why the they exempted themselves from the bill.

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See other Dan Walters Daily clips here.

June 3, 2013
AM Alert: Joint budget committee kicks off week's work

ha_Mark_LENO_2011.JPGNow that last week's house-of-origin bill bonanza has drawn to a close, lawmakers turn to the work of finding fiscal common ground.

The conference committee on the budget, chaired by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, is convening throughout the week to reconcile the frameworks advanced by the respective houses as well as the governor.

Today's meeting starts at around 12:30 p.m. in room 4203.

VIDEO: A bill requiring local officials to get training in financial management sounds fine until you look closer and see the hypocrisy, Dan Walters says.

LATINO DEMOGRAPHICS: The California Latino Legislative Caucus is getting a primer today from a UC Davis professor who has studied demographic trends and civic engagement. Mindy Romero, the founding project director of the California Civic Engagement Project, already appeared at the University of California Center, Sacramento, speaker series in late May, and today she'll be briefing interested lawmakers in room 444, starting at 4 p.m.

LENO AND LGBT LESSONS: As part of a conference on LGBT youth hosted by the Sacramento City Unified school district, Leno will be speaking about implementing his Senate Bill 48, which directs California schools to teach students about the accomplishments of LGBT Americans. Leno is speaking at 10:30 a.m. at the district's Serna Center, at 5735 47th Ave.

JOB MOVES: Consumer Watchdog is getting a new executive director. Longtime chief Doug Heller is leaving the agency, with the organization's Washington, D.C. director, Carmen Balber, taking over Heller's post.

HACKS, FLACKS MINGLE: The American Association of Political Consultants is in town for a conference, and they're celebrating tonight with a "Hacks and Flacks" event (for the uninitiated, that means reporters and spokespeople) co-hosted by the Sacramento Press Club. Starting at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, listens to speakers at a committee hearing. Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee file, 2011


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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