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August 23, 2013
Noreen Evans raising campaign money... but not running for office


Democratic Sen. Noreen Evans hosted a fundraiser at her Santa Rosa home last night, billed as a "night under the redwoods" for those willing to give at least $1,000 to her 2014 re-election campaign.

Donors were invited to "enjoy a catered, multi-course meal of delicious, organic local foods," according to the invitation, ingesting and imbibing "the best that Sonoma County has to offer."

Thing is, Evans announced 10 days earlier that she doesn't plan to seek re-election next year.

The Senator wouldn't answer The Bee's questions about why she's raising money after announcing she's not seeking re-election, but had her campaign consultant Terry Price give us a call. He said Evans' campaign committee has certain ongoing expenses -- such as bookkeeping and office supplies -- that continue even though she's not actively campaigning.

"There are some things that need time to wind down and she needs a little money to pay off those expenses," Price said.

As of June 30, Evans' 2014 account had about $10,600 on hand, records show. Campaign expenditures include payments to her son Joel Evans-Fudem, who does what Price described as secretarial and database work. Evans paid her son $19,113.39 between January 2011 and June 30 of this year.

PHOTO: Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, speaks with Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, in the Capitol on Monday, March 11, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua

August 23, 2013
AM Alert: Capitol types get legacy treatment, but all eyes on San Diego

Jason-Kinney.jpgFollowing a launch party Thursday, photographer Charr Crail's "The Legacy Project" is up and running, with a collection of photo illustrations of such notables as Gov. Jerry Brown, former first lady Maria Shriver and former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown.

The project is meant to chronicle people "who make a difference for somebody else, or many other people," Crail said.

At least one of Crail's subjects has been asked repeatedly about his legacy - and he bristles just about every time.

"I don't think about my legacy," Brown told Capital Public Radio this week. "That's a word that ... I conjure up gothic architecture or something."

The images of Brown and others on Crail's website. Crail, a former employee of The Sacramento Bee, plans to take nominations and add at least one person a month to the list of honorees.

VIDEO: Dan Walters discusses San Diego's trouble with mayors in this video, even before the current one (as of this writing), Bob Filner.

FILNER: Speaking of Filner, Walters won't be the only person watching San Diego's embattled mayor, with speculation Filner is set to resign. The City Council is expected to meet today to consider a settlement in the case, part of a scandal in which a parade of women have claimed Filner sexually harassed them.

Filner has acknowledged disrespecting women but has denied sexually harassing them.

GUNS: The Assembly Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay heads to Stockton for a hearing on "prevention strategies and success stories." After posting a record number of homicides last year, violent crime in the Central Valley city has fallen in the first half of this year. The committee meets at 9 a.m. at 44 N. San Joaquin Street, 6th floor.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Democratic political consultant Jason Kinney in his downtown Sacramento office. Photo illustration by Charr Crail.

August 23, 2013
Dan Walters Daily: What's wrong with San Diego's mayors?

Dan says Bob Filner is just the latest San Diego mayor to flame out in scandal.

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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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