No. 16: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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16. Elaine Howle

As if State Auditor Elaine Howle doesn’t have enough to do riding herd on the state’s money-handling, she also played a crucial role in the selection of some of the members of California’s redistricting commission, the powerful panel that will draw legislative, congressional and Board of Equalization districts for the 2022 elections. She started on it last year, but crafting the commission doesn’t happen overnight and the toil continued into mid-2020. By most estimates, Howle’s staff waded through 30,000 applications, boiled those down to come up with likely prospects, then screened those further to set up calls and interviews, then scheduled followup interviews. Ultimately, the 14-member commission will hold public hearings around the state and come up with the plans, which will be crucial in determining who gets elected to what. Now she can get back to her day job, making enemies and probing potential fraud and abuse in state government. Her most recent reports? On June 30, she smacked the executives at the Board of Registered Nursing for falsifying data to try and fool Howle’s office. And so it goes…

Updated Aug. 11, 2o20

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