Frank Mickadeit’s column in today’s OC Register has a nice little narrative about a Republican lawyers (could there be a worse combination?) meeting at Chapman Law School last week.
Assemblyman Chuck DeVore told the group how even as a member of the minority party in the Legislature, he’s trying to be relevant. He’s working a bill that would suspend the California Environmental Quality Act for five years for low-income housing, farm-worker housing and urban infill projects. The strategy, he said, is to split the Democrats in the Legislature into two factions: the black and Latino caucuses, which favor the bill because it would reduce housing costs 10-20 percent for constituents, and what he called “the white, urban limousine liberals,” who oppose lowering environmental standards. “I’m purposefully eff-ing with them,” DeVore said.
I think that we should ask DeVore to stop wasting the publics’ time by working on bills just to play (or “eff” as DeVore would call it) politics.Ã‚Â And the next time thatÃ‚Â you hear DeVore talking about wasteful Democratic spending, please reference this waste.[Read Robert Salladay’s post on this topic @ the LA Times Political Muscle Blog]