Cavala, Bill


Bill Cavala was Deputy Director of the Assembly Speaker’s Office of Member Services where he worked for over 30 years. He now manages election campaigns for Democratic candidates.

CAVALA: Bored Pundits Seek To Stir Up More Competition In Contest For Governor

towashington 089.gifBy Bill Cavala
A veteran of over 30 years in Sacramento

Mayor Gavin Newsom’s decision to drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination for Governor of California has forced the state’s pundits to face the uncomfortable fact that they are stuck with a field of Poizner, Whitman, Campbell and Jerry Brown.

“Stuck with” because most observers find these people uninteresting as a group.

CAVALA: P.G.& E. Rate Increase Flim-Flam

towashington 089.gifBy Bill Cavala
A veteran of over 30 years in Sacramento

Pacific Gas and Electric is installing new “smart meters” in the homes of ratepayers, beginning in the Central Valley. They have created a whirlwind of protests because of dramatically higher bills. Anecdotal evidence collected by the Fresno BEE showed one ratepayer moving from $27 to $104 without a corresponding increase in power use.

Ratepayers have concluded the “smart meters” are faulty, objecting to their installation. But tests indicate that isn’t the case.

P.G.&E. argues that the increases in some bills is due to a 23% rate increase approved by the PUC.

Cavala: Campaign “Reform” Claims Another Victim

By Bill Cavala
A veteran of over 30 years in Sacramento

Bowing to realities, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell announced his withdrawal from the contest for Governor of California.  The reason was money.  

Under the rules in play through the election of Gray Davis, large contributors could supply the cash needed to run a political campaign to 20,000,000 voters.  Now, with a system of contribution limitations in place, no one can run a serious campaign who is not already famous (viz Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Brown) or incredibly rich

(Poizner and Whitman).

Cavala: Duped Again

By Bill Cavala
A veteran of over 30 years in Sacramento

Press Corps Takes Seriously The Governor’s Fatuous Threat To Kill Legislation If His Water Package Isn’t Passed.

Will they never learn?   It should be as clear as crystal to the state’s journalists that Governor Schwarzenegger has no felt obligation to tell them the truth.  Instead, he makes comments for effect, using the press corps as witting allies.  He makes for good copy, but taking him seriously does a disservice to the goal of providing readers with – at least – some semblance of the truth.

CAVALA: Legislature Victim Of Yet Another ‘Cheap Shot’?

By Bill Cavala
A veteran of over 30 years in Sacramento

The Sacramento BEE is leading yet another crusade against the State Legislature.  This attack focuses on the benefits provided Legislative employees.  While factually accurate, the BEE story is biased and unfair.

After listing the benefits – which contrast favorably on paper with those enjoyed by other state employees and many private sector employees (like BEE reporters), and then allowing reliable witnesses like Jonathan Coupal of the Howard Jarvis organization to take his usual shot at any government action, it isn’t until paragraph 16 (after the fold) that we find the following:

“Unlike other state workers legislative aides lack civil service protections, receive no automatic pay increases can be fired without cause, receive no overtime compensation and must try to get hired by another legislator when theirs leaves office”.

Cavala: Campaign “Spin”: Are Political Reporters Really That Dumb??

towashington 089.gifBy Bill Cavala
A veteran of over 30 years in Sacramento

There seems to be a widespread and growing presumption among political consultants that one of their responsibilities is to “spin” adverse facts in a fashion that fools political reporters. The gullibility of those reporters seems to be taken for granted. Gullibility has become almost a synonym for ‘neutral’ – they’ll buy it unless they’re prejudiced.

Cavala: Know When To Fold Em

towashington 089.gifBy Bill Cavala
A veteran of over 30 years in Sacramento

Progressive blogs and columns have generally been venting against the Democrats and their leadership in the Legislature for the budget accommodations made to stop the flow of red ink and state issued i.o.u.’s. The general argument is based on the premise that by hanging tough (er), some cuts could have been avoided and increased revenues might have been successfully demanded.

Wishful thinking

Cavala: Clap Your Hands If You Believe In Constitutional Conventions…

towashington 089.gifBy Bill Cavala
A veteran of over 30 years in Sacramento

Can voters “amend” that portion of California’s Constitution that says any “revision” to the Constitution must be by a specific convention process? That’s the facile plan embraced by those looking for utopia. But will the California Supreme Court allow an “amendment to the revision process” – or will they call it a back door effort to pass a revision while circumventing the Constitutional protections otherwise involved?