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August 20, 2013
Maviglio finds comfort in Clinton aide Huma Abedin


Communications pro Steven Maviglio was not thrilled when he wound up on the front page of The Sacramento Bee earlier this month, the focus of a story that raised questions about his dual roles working for both Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and various interest groups that lobby the Legislature.

The story renewed criticism from Maviglio rival Jamie Court, who sent out a press release saying he'd asked the Fair Political Practices Commission to review whether Maviglio "broke the law by having economic interests as a private consultant on legislation while influencing Assembly decisions about that legislation, and for holding stock in fracking companies while influencing anti-fracking legislation."

Maviglio took to Twitter to complain that he was not having a good day. Then came an unflattering editorial and a Jack Ohman cartoon that portrayed Maviglio as a dog named "Spinner."

Things perked up for him this weekend though, when the New York Times wrote a story about Huma Abedin, the wife of New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner who was a top aide to Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State. The story questioned Abedin's dual roles working for both the State Department and a consulting firm with private-sector clients.

"I'm in good company," Maviglio told The Bee this week. "If it's good enough for the State Department, it's good enough for the Legislature."

PHOTO: Huma Abedin and Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2011 when Clinton was Secretary of State. Associated Press/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

August 20, 2013
AM Alert: California examines renewable energy industry


With California on a timeline to steadily reduce carbon emissions -- a push buttressed by measures like last year's energy-efficiency boosting Proposition 39 -- the renewable energy industry is looking to expand its market share. An event today hosted by the trade organization Advanced Energy Economy will examine what lies ahead.

Speakers will include Michael Picker, who advises Gov. Jerry Brown on renewable energy facilities; Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board; Kish Rajan, director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development; Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, and Tom Steyer, champions of Prop 39; and wide range of business folks representing everything from renewable energy firms to manufacturers to banks. Starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

VIDEO: Dan Walters takes a look at one of the last big policy battles before the Legislature this session.

GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: We spend a fair amount of time covering California's spotty record on government technology projects, but a two-day government technology conference convening in Sacramento today will offer a different look. Speakers will include technology executives, IT officials from various state agencies and Carlos Ramos, director of California's Department of Technology. They'll also be giving out some "best of California" awards, including one for the Secretary of State's online voter registration application. Today and tomorrow at the convention center.

TOP 100: There are few things the people inhabiting the world of California politics like better than gauging power and influence. Capitol Weekly will scratch that itch tonight at an event celebrating the publication of their Top 100 list of the chiefs of California clout. At the Park Ultra Lounge, starting at 5:30 p.m.

BOE BUILDING: As we've documented, California has spent millions trying to repair the deteriorating Board of Equalization building in downtown Sacramento. The Assembly Budget Subcommittee #4 on State Administration meets today to discuss the possibility of moving BOE employees out of the dilapidated structure and consolidating them in a new building.

BE PREPARED Wildfires, disease epidemics, the Big One -- the list of potential emergencies to afflict California is sizable. Today the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management will hold a hearing examining the state's response capabilities. Planned witnesses include Mark Ghilarducci of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, Chief Ken Pimlott of CAL FIRE, Major General David S. Baldwin of the California State Military Department and Dan Smiley of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority. From 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in room 112.

TOURISM TALK: How's California's tourism industry doing? Caroline Beteta, president of Visit California, will offer a briefing in room 317 of the State Capitol today at 4:30 p.m. Expected attendees include AssemblymanIan Calderon, D-Whittier, and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, D-Arcata, who turns 62 today.

PHOTO: Recurrent Energy solar facility in Elk Grove Friday January 15, 2012, where Gov. Jerry Brown and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar signed the Memorandum of Understanding on renewable energy. The Sacramento Bee/Andy P. Alfaro.

August 20, 2013
Dan Walters Daily: Chances of CEQA consensus

Will lawmakers strike a deal on the California Environmental Quality Act before the end of the legislative session? Dan weighs the odds.

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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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