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June 9, 2014

By Laurel Rosenhall and Dan Walters, The Sacramento Bee

June 09--When a love interest offers to loan you 50 large, it might be best to say no.

Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer has agreed to pay California's political watchdog a $10,000 fine for hiding the source of a $50,000 loan to his 2012 campaign.

The Los Angeles Democrat accepted the loan from his girlfriend, Maria Ann Chachere, in December 2011, according to a proposed settlement he reached with the Fair Political Practices Commission. Jones-Sawyer deposited the money into his personal checking account and then wrote a $50,000 check in his own name to his campaign committee, the agreement says.

The transaction amounts to two violations of the state's Political Reform Act -- accepting a political contribution above the $3,900 limit in effect that year, and hiding the source of the funds.

The FPPC is recommending the maximum penalty of $10,000, arguing that Jones-Sawyer should have known the $50,000 loan went beyond legal limits and that the sources of political contributions must be disclosed.

The commission will meet June 19 to vote on the proposed penalty.

- Laurel Rosenhall



Local schools and governments fared well in getting voter approval of their bond issue and tax increase measures last week. Overall, 65 of 85 local bond and tax measures -- 76 percent -- gained voter approval. Forty-four of the measures were school district bond issues totaling $2.36 billion, and 33 of them achieved the required 55 percent vote margin, plus one that required a two-thirds vote. Seven of eight city-sponsored general tax increase measures were approved, but just two of five county special taxes made it.

- Dan Walters



"Those buildings could get awfully hot. Not that I'm trying to leverage that."

Steve Crouch, International Union of Operating Engineers' negotiator, amid the union's rejection of a contract. IUOE operates cooling and water systems for prisons, state parks and other facilities.


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