74. Scott Wetch
Organized labor is the 800-pound gorilla of California politics, and as such, is heavily represented on this list. One of the reasons is Scott Wetch, whose offices at 13th and I are one floor down from SBCTC (see No. 6). Wetch represents union interests first, last and always. His union-heavy list of clients includes the State Pipe Trades Council, the International Union of Elevator Constructors (Locals 8 and 18), a whole slew of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers locals, and some interesting non-labor entities like Seaworld and the Kaiser Foundation. Wetch has earned a reputation for ruthlessness if legislation coming out of the Capitol threatens his clients’ interests, and he cuts an imposing figure on the natural. That demeanor usually gets results, but can also backfire. In July, Wetch was involved in a public dust-up at the Senator Building with another lobbyist — the scene did not play to rave reviews, even among his usual labor allies.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021