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July 19, 2013
Gil Cedillo Jr. out at embattled LA water district

A southern California water district under federal scrutiny has let go of Gilbert Cedillo Jr., the son of former assemblyman and current Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo Sr.

Cedillo had been working since April of 2011 as a business development manager for the Central Basin Municipal Water District, which recently received a federal subpoena seeking more information on the southeastern Los Angles County water wholesaler's federal contracting practices and its relationship with former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, who did consulting work for the district.

"Gil is going to no longer be with the district as of July 31st. He's on administrative leave until then," said Central Basin Municipal Water District spokesman Joseph Legaspi, who added that Cedillo was being let go because there funding is not available for his position through the next fiscal year.

According to Legaspi, Cedillo received an annual salary of $112,970 and had his tuition at Azusa Pacific University covered by the water district. Legaspi attributed the agreement to the district's previous administration, which saw some turnover after a June 2012 election.

"The district did provide professional development assistance," Legaspi said.

PHOTO: The Central Basin Municipal Water District offices are located in Commerce, Calif., seen here in this undated photo. Photo courtesy Central Basin MWD.

July 19, 2013
California prisoners retain ex-Bush appointee in court case

Paulclement.jpgCalifornia prison inmates have an ally in famed Supreme Court litigator, and former Bush administration appointee, Paul Clement.

On Friday, Clement, U.S. solicitor general from 2004-2008, was among the attorneys listed as counsel of record on the brief filed to challenge California's request that the Supreme Court put off deadlines for lowering the state's prison population. Illustrating the brief with graphic, color photographs of crowded facilities, the prisoners' attorneys assert that California officials "are not merely dragging their feet; they are making the problem worse."

Working with the Berkeley-based Prison Law Office, Clement and the other prisoners' attorneys call California's request for more time "truly extraordinary" and denounce what they call "open defiance of the federal judiciary."

Last week, aided by well-known litigator Carter Phillips, the Brown administration asked the Supreme Court to stay an order that calls for nearly 10,000 state prison inmates to be released or moved to other facilities by Dec. 31. The prisoner-release order stems from a 2011 Supreme Court decision that upheld a three-judge panel's determination that the prison system population needed to be reduced to 137.5 percent of design capacity.

California's request for more time was made to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who gave the prisoners' attorneys until 5 p.m. Friday to respond. Kennedy, in turn, has the option of bringing the entire court in to rule on California's request.

"For decades, thousands of...prisoners have been suffering severe constitutional violations at (California's) hands," the newly filed brief argues. "A stay would extend those substantial injuries even further. Enough is enough."

PHOTO:Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement. U.S. Department of Justice/ MCT

July 19, 2013
AM Alert: Who is lobbying California lawmakers?

STATUECOINS.JPGWe start with a bit of shameless self-promotion today: The Bee's state lobbying database has been updated to include data on the California Legislature's most recent 2011-2012 session.

While you might not be able to get details on the dollars thrown at the current session, you can still comb through the half-billion in lobbying money from last session to get a sense of where the funds are flowing.

VIDEO: If you're looking for some sunny First Amendment news, Dan Walters has a cheerful public records anecdote for you.

SD16: It's getting down to the wire in the Senate District Formerly Represented by Michael Rubio (that would be the 16th), with a runoff Tuesday between Democrat Leticia Perez and Republican Andy Vidak. In addition to attracting plenty of money, the race means weekend work for lawmakers -- including Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg -- who will be in Fresno for a get-out-the-vote rally at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

July 19, 2013
Dan Walters Daily: Lone editor strikes victory for public records

Tim Crews -- a newspaper publisher, editor and reporter in Northern California -- chalked up a win this week for what Dan calls "a free and open government."

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See other Dan Walters Daily clips here.


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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