10:00 PM PST on Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge was in the nation’s capital last week to be formally inducted as a new fellow to the National Academy of Public Administration.

Loveridge, spotted strolling through the swanky lobby of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, called the induction an honor, given that few elected officials serve as fellows to the academy.

Of the 30 new inductees, only Loveridge and retiring Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, currently hold political office.

The congressionally chartered academy, established in 1967, is a nonprofit “coalition of top public management and organizational leaders who tackle the nation’s most critical and complex challenges,” according to the organizations website.


For months leading up to the midterm elections, Democrats warned of one potential consequence of a GOP seizure of the House of Representatives: Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.

Now, with the House power shift ensured and the Inland Republican preparing to take the helm of the committee, questions abound about where he will focus his new investigative authority.

Some have questioned whether he might train his sights on the science behind climate change.

And while Issa, R-Vista, has said determining whether man-caused global warming is real isn’t part of his job description, he hasn’t ruled out delving into the issue as it relates to national policy.

Bring it on, says Sen. Barbara Boxer, a leading proponent of contentious legislation meant to curb climate change.

While Boxer acknowledged that comprehensive legislation to counter global warming suffered a setback with the GOP’s Election Day gains (Issa and most Republicans oppose the plan), Boxer, D-Calif., said any time Issa spends looking into the facts behind climate science can only strengthen her argument for action.

“The more he looks into things, the better (off) I am,” she said.


Hawaii’s scenic resorts once again are a popular destination for legislative sun-seekers during their downtime between budget fixes.

State Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Hemet, joined some other legislators last week at a Maui public-policy conference hosted by the California Independent Voter Project. The nonprofit group, co-led by former San Diego lawmaker Steve Peace, is sponsored by corporate, labor and other interests, according to its website.

Emmerson spokeswoman Kayla Williams said Emmerson used his own money to pay for travel and other expenses at the Kea Lani resort.

No campaign funds were used, she said.

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