It’s been a busy day in Sacramento:
- Allegations of bribery, blackmail, prostitution, laundered money and private investigators sifting through a politician’s trash: They’re all contained in a felony complaint (.pdf) Attorney General Jerry Brown filed today against one San Bernardino County supervisor, the chief of staff of another and five uncharged John Does. Brown contends the two were part of a $102 million settlement conspiracy.
- The state Senate Budget Committee axed — for the fourth time in four years — $17.3 million to improve guardianship and conservatorship oversight in California.
- An Assembly subcommittee panned (free reg. req.) the governor’s plan to generate more than $300 million for trial courts and courthouse security by nabbing speeders with new intersection cameras. Senators also gave thumbs down to the plan last week.
- Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Loren McMaster issued a temporary restraining order that blocks the early release of jail inmates. The judge said the Sacramento County sheriff was improperly following laws that apply to state prisoners, not jail inmates. The Sacramento County Deputy Sheriffs' Association filed sued to stop the releases after an inmate was arrested for attempted rape hours after he was freed from jail more than two weeks early.