Corruption Risk Report Card
Rank among 50 states: 4th

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California scored relatively highly on the State Integrity Index, but the state could improve in such areas as campaign finance enforcement and pension fund management. Read more from SII State Reporters Carol Goodhue Shull and Robert Shull.

Latest state news for California

State integrity news for California, from the San Diego Union-Tribune:

We think it’s time that local school boards go beyond state Fair Political Practices Commission rules that generally limit gifts from one source to officials at local agencies to $420 a year. Instead, school and community college districts should adopt their own regulations forbidding board members or officials from accepting anything of value from contractors or potential contractors.

The usual rationale for allowing the gifts – that a contractor buying dinner for a board member or superintendent helps establish a productive working relationship – is flimsy at best. Instead, the gifts are obvious attempts to curry favor with people making decisions that could be highly lucrative for the gift-givers.

Read the rest of the story at the San Diego Union-Tribune.

State integrity news for California, from the Los Angeles Times:

My intelligence is insulted — and so is the public's — whenever a politician claims that political money does not influence politics. Specifically, that it doesn't sway the public policy decisions of legislators. Or bill signings of a governor.

Democrat or Republican. It's just human nature.

Read the rest of the story at the Los Angeles Times.

State integrity news for California, from the Sacramento Bee

The U.S. government sued the two key figures in the CalPERS bribery scandal Monday, targeting the pension fund's former chief executive and a businessman who earned millions in finder's fees from CalPERS investment deals.

The Securities and Exchange Commission's lawsuit steps up the pressure on former CalPERS CEO Fred Buenrostro and his longtime friend, Lake Tahoe businessman Alfred Villalobos.It also contains new details about how the alleged fraud was carried out.

Read the rest of the story at the Sacramento Bee.

State integrity news for California, from NBC San Diego:

This sort of proposal makes me very nervous as a journalist and citizen who holds absolutist views in favor of press freedom and the First Amendment. I’m not sure whether the government should require this, or even whether it legally can.

But I do think that disclosure of these relationships should happen—and that blogs that receive payments for their support – so that readers know where they are coming from.

Read the rest of the story at NBC San Diego.


State integrity news for California, from the Sacramento Bee:

Legislation touted by supporters as a way to increase lawmakers' transparency and accountability, partly by publishing member-by-member monthly spending reports, died Tuesday in the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee.

Republicans on the committee supported AB 1730 Tuesday, but Democrats voted against the bill, were absent, or did not vote.

Read the rest of the story at the Sacramento Bee.


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