BoiFromTroy has an interesting take on a little-noticed side effect of the legislative pay raise: it will require every candidate to file disclosure statements with the FPPC and thus discourage amateur candidates from taking a run at politics.
UPDATE: A legislative committee consultant adds some clarification:
Boi From Troy left out a small but important detail in stating that raising $1109 for a filing fee will trip the requirement to file campaign disclosures. Section 84101(d) of the Government Code (a portion of the Political Reform Act) states that in calculating whether $1,000 in contributions has been received, payments for a filing fee shall not be included if these payments have been made from the candidate's personal funds. So, if these citizen candidates will just kick in $110 of their own money toward their filing fee they're off the hook. But potential low-budget candidates shouldn't take legal advice from me or Boi From Troy -- they should call the FPPC or visit their excellent website.
Posted by dweintraub at 8:53 AM
Xiaochin Claire Yan says the UC should pressure K12 schools to do better by minorities rather than abandoning merit as part of the university's fabric.
Posted by dweintraub at 7:28 AM
Gavin Newsom takes a tentative first step toward trying to modernize San Francisco's civil service system.
Posted by dweintraub at 7:18 AM