10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Thanks to California’s political watchdog agency, it is now known that Lake Elsinore City Councilman Robert Magee is interested in running for a seat on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in 2012.

Magee earlier this year sought advice from the state Fair Political Practices Commission on loaning money from his City Council campaign committee to a new account set up to run for supervisor.

The agency is now posting its responses online.

In a June 28 advice letter, the agency told Magee he could loan and transfer money between accounts as long as it is properly reported on campaign-finance disclosure forms.

Lake Elsinore is in the county’s 1st District, currently represented by longtime incumbent Supervisor Bob Buster.

In a brief telephone interview last week, Magee said he is “keeping all my options open.”

He said there is plenty to consider, including how many other candidates are interested in the seat and what the district’s new boundaries will be after redistricting.

But with Buster actively raising money — the supervisor ended June with $190,885.77 in the bank — any potential candidate needs to begin to plan, Magee said.

“It is something I am interested in,” Magee said.

civic duties

Area House Republicans were none too happy to be summoned away from their summer recess and back to Washington last week to cast what amounted to futile votes against a $26.1 billion bill meant to help states avoid teacher layoffs and other fiscal dilemmas.

Inland Rep. Jerry Lewis took to the floor before the vote to voice his displeasure at Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to call the special one-day session.

“We should be meeting with our constituents, holding town hall meetings and listening to what’s on the hearts and minds of voters,” Lewis, R-Redlands, declared.

For Lewis, however, the surprise session got in the way of other plans. He’d been scheduled to report for jury duty in San Bernardino County.

Unlike many residents who would love such an airtight excuse to get out of the obligation, Lewis is intent on fulfilling the duty and, after having to postpone previously, scheduled his service for last Tuesday so that it would coincide with the congressional break, Lewis spokesman Jim Specht said.

Bond bouncing

Last week’s decision to postpone the $11.1 billion water bond on the November ballot featured lawmakers who backed the bond last fall supporting its delay, and those who opposed the bond voting against the postponement.

One of only three no-to-yes switches came from Assemblyman Jeff Miller, R-Corona.

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