From deep in the mailbag:
Hey Big Daddy,I am a Legislative director for a freshman assemblymember. I recently had a blow-out fight with one of my (formerly) closest friends, after she committed what I deem to be an unforgivable violation of my trust. To make matters worse, this friend is a lobbyist, and reliable contributor
Dear Big Daddy,Shoplifting at Neiman Marcus. So do people under the dome rally around Mary Hayashi and offer support?–Intrigued
It’s not because of the alleged crime, it’s because of the nature of the Capitol.
There are bad bosses in the Capitol – most of the worst ones, I’m ashamed to admit, are
Dear Big Daddy,All this talk about public pensions, how did you do okay in your pension?–Curious in Carlsbad
Dear Curious, I did fine, thank you very much: My benefits were unparalleled. Made good money, lots of people and challenges, an honored old age, excellent parking, time to reflect. That’s because I never retired. I died
Dear Big Daddy,What’s the deal with Kristin Olsen, anyway? –Curious in Concord
Dear Curious,I flattered myself that I used to understand Republicans, even Republican women, but about her I absolutely have no clue.
In the first place, she paid for thousands of robocalls to beat up on Leland Yee in the San Francisco mayoral race.
Big Daddy,What’s the political future hold for California next year?— Braced in Bolinas
Dear Braced –
The envelope, please.
California’s Legislature will become Democrat-controlled with super majorities in at least one house, but probably two. Within one year, its approval rating will skyrocket from its paltry 14 percent to a whopping 20 percent. A skimpy
Dear Big Daddy,I’m a state political expert and this morning I got my weekly question for CW’s Experts Expound about Brown. So organized labor gets Brown elected governor and Brown smacks them in the face (vetoes of child-care unionizing, card check, etc). Disloyalty or good politics?–Unnamed in Gardena
Hey Unnamed,I’m delighted to give a fellow
Dear Big Daddy,Are you celebrating, now that the road is clear for a downtown NFL stadium in LA?(Signed) – Jaded Fan
Hey Jaded FanI know they’re salivating in my old L.A. district for a downtown NFL stadium, and now their wishes are likely to be fulfilled. Another example of the changes in the electorate since
Dear Big Daddy,Any thoughts on the recent CRP convention?– Vaccinated in Visalia
Dear V,I know where you’re going with this: Michele Bachmann thinks the HPV vaccine causes retardation.
Now I will admit that Bachmann might have some insight into what makes someone retarded. The next question, of course, would be, “Does it also
Dear Big Daddy,How did DiFi get played for such a fool? Dang!–Ponzi-watching in Poway
Dear The Ponz,When you’re a campaign finance manager, your number one goal is to stay out of the news. If you do that, everything else is probably going okay. By that measure — and, well, all others — Kinde Durkee ain’t
Dear Big Daddy,What do you think is wrong with the Legislature?–Sunny in Encinitas
The problem isn’t the elected officials. The problem is the people who elect them.
Never have I seen such an uninformed and disengaged voting public as I see today. Even in the worst days of Goodwin Knight or George