CalSTRS, CalPERS Deliver One-Two Punch to Pension Measure

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

After the nonpartisan California Legislative Analyst’s Office recently put the proposed pension ballot measure attacking retirement security on the ropes with its finding that it would create “significant uncertainty,” the state’s top two pension systems may have delivered knockout punches this week. In letters to Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), chairman of the Assembly Committee on […]

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LAO Deals a Blow to Pension Measure’s Chances

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

The Legislative Analysts Office may have dealt the death knell to an effort to slash the retirement security of California’s teachers, firefighters, peace officers, bus drivers and other public employees this week with a candid assessment of its impact. In its analysis of the measure, being advanced by former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San […]

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Steve Glazer’s Campaign Against “Special Interests”. As Phony as Schwarzenegger’s?

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

Match the following statements with who said them: “We need to take important steps to limit the corrosive impact of special interest power and lawmaking abuse.” “The biggest problem that we have is that California is being run now by special interests.” State Senate candidate Steve Glazer said the first. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said the […]

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Is Susan Bonilla the Real “Jerry Brown Democrat” in the State Senate Race?

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

Governor Jerry Brown is, according to the latest polls, enjoying record job approval ratings. Californians give him high marks for getting the state back on track after years of multi-billion budget deficits, and for tackling tough issues such as climate change, water, and transportation. So it’s no surprise that the two candidates for the State […]

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Memo to Steve Glazer: Being a Democratic “Centrist” Doesn’t Mean Being Against Working Families

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

There’s a political war brewing in the mix of tony and working class suburbs of the East Bay that, thanks to the Top Two primary, is between two Democrats – self-described “centrist” political consultant Steve Glazer and Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, a pragmatist perhaps best known for her work on the “Uber” bill and working with […]

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Big Plastic’s Gambit on Referendum is Doomed from the Start

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

The plastic bag industry, under the guise of the disingenuously-named “American Progressive Bag Alliance,” is likely to submit 750,000 or so signatures next week to the California Secretary of State. Although the rain has dampened signature gathering efforts, forcing the industry to spend upwards of $3.50 signature, the bag makers should collect more than enough […]

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Intervenor Fees — The Hidden Secret of ConsumerWatchdog’s Prop 45

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has awarded $2.3 million in state “intervenor” fees in 2013 to ConsumerWatchdog, the Santa Monica-based group that is sponsoring Proposition 45, a measure on the November ballot to give Jones sweeping new powers to regulate health insurance. But wait. That information — posted on the Department of Insurance’s website a few […]

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Water Bond Proves No Need for California Forward’s 3-Day Rule

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

It’s done. A multi-billion dollar water bond, the result of several weeks of compromising, posturing, and in the end, bipartisan cooperation the likes of which we haven’t seen in Sacramento in quite some time. Legislators should be proud of what they’ve accomplished — and how they did it. The back-and-forth — right up until the […]

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Soda Labeling Bill: Why It’s a Dumb Move for Democrats

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

Legislation that would require California to put warning labels on soda — equivalent to the Surgeon General’s warning on a pack of cigarettes — was stalled in an Assembly yesterday. That’s a good thing. Why? Because Democrats just passed another balanced, on-time budget. They’ve done a remarkable job of restraining themselves from passing boatloads of […]

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Splitting Up California Into Six: Bad for Business Too

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

There’s a story in the Old Testament of the Bible known as the Judgment of Solomon. However, it’s not clear that Tim Draper has read it. Draper is a venture capitalist who has devised a plan to split California into six different states. It reminds me of the biblical story, in which two women dispute […]

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