Capitol Alert: AM Alert: FPPC votes on high-profile cases

jwhite@sacbee.comSeptember 19, 2013 

Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the state Fair Political Practices Commission, and a new general counsel have been filling the role of executive director since Roman Porter's departure.

RICH PEDRONCELLI — Associated Press

It's judgment day at the California Fair Political Practices Commission for a few high-profile political operatives who have admitted to unkosher practices.

We brought you news already of the cases against a trio of prominent employees of California Strategies (Jason Kinney, Rusty Areias and Winston Hickox) and against Chris Hansen, the Seattle financier and would-be part owner of the Kings whose clandestine money machinations handed Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg an easy villain in the push to hasten the Kings arena building process. On top of those comes a late filing fee assessed on lobbyist Barry Broad.

FPPC staff have already negotiated the terms of settlements with the parties involved, but today those decisions come to a vote. Stay tuned to see how things shake out: Capitol Alert will have someone on the scene.

VIDEO: After months of trying to finagle favors from lawmakers, Dan Walters says, the Sacramento lobbying universe now turns its powers of persuasion on Gov. Jerry Brown.

ABORTION ACCESS: In the growing mound of bills on the governor's desk sits Assembly Bill 154, a measure that would allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants to conduct certain types of early abortions. Abortion advocates will meet on the Capitol's west steps at 11 a.m. to deliver Brown a petition urging him to sign the legislation.

COVERED CALIFORNIA: Less than two weeks remains in the countdown until open enrollment in Covered California, the state's federally inspired health insurance marketplace. Board members will provide updates on how things are proceeding today, including progress on creating the website that will serve as the portal for uninsured Californians seeking coverage. From 10 a.m. at the East End Complex Auditorium.

WATER WAYS: The Bay Delta Conservation Plan public charm offensive continues with a panel talk in San Francisco tonight. Elucidating the plan's ins and outs will be California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird, Jim Wunderman of the Bay Area Council, Karla Nemeth of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and David Sunding of the UC Berkeley Water Center. From 6 p.m. at the PG&E conference center.

STUDENT AID: Implementation of the California Dream Act for undocumented students and of the middle-class scholarship, a coveted project of Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, are among agenda items for a meeting of the California Student Aid Commission today. From 1 p.m. at 11040 White Rock Road in Rancho Cordova.

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