The Skinny

During the holiday season, it’s customary for the Speaker of the Assembly to buy a little gift for members of his house. In the past, Fabian Núñez, whose love of nice wine has been well documented, has opted to share a bottle or two of the grape with his fellow Assembly members. But this year, the speaker opted to do something a little different. “This year, instead of the usual bottle of wine, I’d like to start a new tradition of giving each member of the Assembly a gift that will help us all make a difference throughout the coming year.” Nunez has purchased 3 metric tons of carbon offsets for each Assembly member, a gift that the speaker’s office estimates is worth about $100 or so each. “For anyone who really misses the wine,” the speaker writes, “remember that studies have shown even a small rise in global warming can wipe out Napa Valley pinot noir and chardonnay entirely.” As for the stuff that’s still stored in Dan Weitzman’s locker, you ask? That stuff, we’re told, officially belongs to the state party. … Speaking of wines, political consultant Roger Salazar is making good for his recent comments in the Los Angeles Times. In an article about the speaker’s wine purchasing, Salazar told the Times, “the state Democratic Party generally buys California wines, but every once in a while you get fancy.” The comments of Salazar, a Lodi native, made Lodi winemaker David Phillips bristle. But to make good, Salazar and his business partner, Andrew Acosta, are giving out “fancy” bottles of Lodi Zin as holiday gifts. … Speaking of fancy, only a couple of weeks left until the Back to Session Bash. This year’s affair will be at Masons, per ususal. Entertainment for the bash will include the familiar sounds of The Cheeseballs, Sacramento’s pre-eminent cover band. In a world that’s based on capitalizing on other people’s ideas, it only stands to reason that a cover band would be the night’s entertainment.

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