Events in recent days — from the eviction of Occupy L.A.
protesters from the grounds of Los Angeles City Hall to the open-records
lawsuit inspired by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino’s defiance of his party’s
leadership — have exposed a level of political hypocrisy that ought to make
Hypocrisy is rampant at all political levels today with what is really going on
in the back rooms of government having little or no connection to the story fed
to the public.
It’s just a coincidence that the week’s events exposed
liberal hypocrites from Sacramento to Los Angeles.
With savage devil winds slamming his constituents, it wasn’t a good time for
Portantino to publicly gloat about exposing the utter contempt his party’s
leadership has for taxpayers and their money.
Last summer, the La Cañada Flintridge Democrat did the unthinkable: He cast the
lone Democratic vote against a state budget that everyone knew was phony, based
on inflated numbers for revenue and the savings from cuts.
For his stand, Portantino was stripped of funding to pay his staff, which faced
furloughs as long as six weeks. He fought back by exposing one of the
Legislature’s deepest secrets, the real cost of their staffs — an action that
prompted the Los Angeles Times and Sacramento Bee to sue for all the records of
how the Legislature spends nearly $150 million a year for its own care and
On Thursday, Sacramento Judge Timothy Frawley ruled the spending records are
indeed public, finding the Assembly leadership’s claims that their own
open-records law doesn’t apply to them was ridiculous.
“In a somewhat ironic twist,” Frawley wrote, “the Assembly argues the ‘Open
Records Act’ should be given a narrow interpretation that significantly
restricts the public’s right to inspect legislative records. Further, the
Assembly argues that the constitutional doctrine of separation of powers
prohibits this court from enforcing any other interpretation. Both arguments
The ironic twist was not lost on Assembly Speaker John Perez, who didn’t even
bother to have his lawyers contest the judge’s tentative ruling.