This morning I spoke via phone with Trent Hager, Assemblymember Anthony Portantino’s Chief of Staff. The below copy of my e-mail to Trent communicates status.
Trent became my contact after Anthony’s Communications Deputy, Wendy Gordon, refused to respond to my last dozen or so e-mails and phone messages. Wendy chose to disengage after I pointed out Anthony’s first public statement failed to address anything regarding CAFR, and whether Anthony would like to revise his public statement.
Thank you for our conversation and your promises to look-into the included CAFR information and have something at least preliminarily prepared in response by next Tuesday, July 10.
You said that cash accounts have been replaced with IOUs. I request that your response include information about this. Reflecting on our conversation, I think you’re referencing “governmental cost funds” and don’t know about the $600 billion of “nongovernmental cost funds” disclosed in the CAFR. Clint Richardson does the best work I know of to explain and document this game-changing data.
This $600 billion I don’t think you knew of is the point of my communication with your office, and the point of Anthony’s public responsibility literally through a public response.
Please be prepared to learn something new. CAFR data exposes both parties’ leadership as real-world caricatures of what you previously imagined might be true of a “1% insider class.” The below recommendation for Anthony’s public response is my best good-faith effort to shield him as the impact of CAFR data becomes recognized by the public.
I also request explanation of what you also said about how the following committee Anthony is on wouldn’t deal with this issue (I suggest Anthony forward his public statement of CAFR data to this committee as indication of his good faith effort to serve the public good):
Committee Jurisdiction: Primary jurisdictions are identifying savings and efficiencies in the management of state government, reviewing and studying the implementation, operation, and effectiveness of state programs and agencies.