Jon Fleischman

Jon Fleischman is the Politics Editor of Breitbart California. A longtime participant, observer and chronicler of California politics, Jon is also the publisher at www.flashreport.org. His column appears weekly on this page. You can reach Jon at jon@flashreport.org.

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Ex-L.A. Councilman Alarcon Latest to Be Jailed For Lying About Residency

On Tuesday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli became the latest participant in California’s criminal justice system to send a strong message to elected officials in California that it is against the law to reside outside of the district you were elected to represent, and that the consequences of doing so will be harsh, and permanent. Oct 16, 2014 6:31 AM PT

SCOTUS Takes Up Redistricting Case: Downside for CA GOP Could Be Huge

Congressman Ed Royce was first elected in 1992 in one of California’s most conservative House seats. Twenty-two years later, the affable and influential Royce, now Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, still represents a reliably GOP House seat, but the district has shifted north to include a lot of Los Angeles County (and some of San Bernardino County), and it abuts a lot of solid blue territory. Oct 8, 2014 10:58 AM PT

San Diego Mayor: City-Owned Luxury Stadium Boxes Must Go

SAN DIEGO -- Mayor Kevin Faulconer has cut one of the city's key perks: luxury stadium boxes. The boxes have been used by those in city government, most notably members of the city council, to reward members of the community. Often the tickets were given to representatives of charitable groups or non-profits chosen by the elected officials, but sometimes these great tickets went to political allies. Oct 7, 2014 5:04 AM PT

Cover-up of Nepotism Report Latest Black Eye for California Senate

Perhaps Pete Peterson, the Republican Party nominee for Secretary of State--who is running against one of these go-along-to-get-along Senators, Democrat Alex Padilla--made the most important observation, while calling for a release of the report: "The fact that the Democratic Senate leadership thinks they can keep secret an investigation into insider hiring practices that cost taxpayers almost $100,000 should be a sign to all Californians that our one-party state has gone too far.” Oct 3, 2014 12:50 PM PT

Historic CA Plastic Bag Ban Bill Likely Headed to Voters in 2016

Today Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 270 into law, prohibiting grocery stores from putting shoppers' goods into plastic grocery bags. Immediately thereafter, the American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA), which represents the plastic bag manufacturing industry, announced that it would start taking the necessary steps to prepare for gathering signatures and qualifying a referendum to repeal SB 270 on the November 2016 ballot. Sep 30, 2014 10:33 AM PT

Senator Rand Paul to Headline State GOP's Weekend Confab In L.A.

Beginning today, upwards of a thousand Republican leaders and activists from California’s 58 counties will converge on the Marriott Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport for the biannual convention of the California Republican Party. Party regulars gather at a particularly challenging time for Republicans in the Golden State. Sep 19, 2014 5:27 AM PT

Top Ten Terrible Bills Governor Brown Should Veto

California is home to the most liberal legislature in the country. Of course, the only “check” on the liberal legislature is the equally liberal Governor Jerry Brown, who has a short period of time to sign or veto legislation. While it was difficult to narrow down the list of really bad bills, below is a list of the worst of the worst--the top ten bills that Governor Brown should veto. Sep 10, 2014 2:06 AM PT

Voters Are The Losers As Brown And Kashkari Have Only Debate Tonight

Tonight, Democrat Governor Jerry Brown and his Republican rival Neel Kashkari will meet face-to-face for what is the only scheduled debate between the two candidates. Of course, we won’t know until after the debate is over whether Brown, the experienced pol, bests his young rival--or whether Kashkari impresses all with a strong showing. But we already know going into it who the real losers are: California voters. Sep 4, 2014 4:48 AM PT

Plastic Bag Ban--with Massive Tax Increase--Sits on Brown's Desk

On January 9, at a press conference in the State Capitol introducing his FY 2014-15 budget, Governor Jerry Brown said, “There will be no new taxes for the foreseeable future.” Could it be that we have reached the unforeseen future with the delivery by the California legislature of Senate Bill 270, the "plastic bag ban," on his desk? Sep 3, 2014 5:55 AM PT

Padilla's Plastic Bag Ban Fails; May Face Re-Vote

“Time is running out for our planet,” exclaimed Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) in the midst of a lengthy debate in the State Assembly over the proposed statewide ban on plastic grocery store bags, Senate Bill 270. The controversial legislation, authored by State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), has been one of the highest profile bills churning through the California legislature this year. Aug 26, 2014 5:53 AM PT

Culture of Corruption: Nearly 15% of CA Senate Dems Charged or Convicted

Driving the wrong way on a one-way street may be what drew the attention of a police officer to State Sen Ben Hueso’s car, but it is also an allegory to a very troubling narrative that is emerging for the majority party in the State Capitol: California Democrats appear to be headed the wrong way themselves. Aug 25, 2014 5:53 AM PT

Prop 45: CA Doubles Down On Obamacare With New 'Health Care Czar'

If you like Obamacare, you’re going to love Proposition 45, the ballot initiative that would give one politician-- liberal Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones--complete authority over health care costs and benefits for individuals and small businesses in California. Aug 14, 2014 1:51 PM PT

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