PUBLIC INFORMATION --
- that a high-paid executive aide who left her job at University of California
headquarters and the next day began a new job on the Berkeley campusqualifying for a $100,202 severance check along the waywas, contrary to her prior denial, well aware of the second job opportunity when she quit the first, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
- that despite mounting money woes, California's local government agencies
continue to spend tens of millions each year to influence state
governmentwith taxpayers picking up a rising tab, reports the Sacramento Bee.
- that Orange County sheriff's officials sent text messages mocking activists
and board members during a Board of Supervisors meeting in November
that included public comments on the department's gun permit policies, reports the Orange County Register.
- that the
Boy Scouts of America's Monterey Bay Area Council operated a summer dam
on a pristine river anddespite official warningsallegedly killed
federally protected steelhead trout downstream, and, reports the San Francisco Chronicle,
when state and federal regulators sought to have the council stop using
the dam, Scout executives turned to politicians to whom they had given
campaign contributions or with whom they had personal ties and secured a quiet settlement.