Longtime California political writer John Marelius, lately at the San Diego Union-Tribune and previously at the Daily News for 15+ years, has been appointed to a state Fair Political Practices Commission task force to reform and simplify the Political Reform Act. "This may be one of those what-on-earth-was-I thinking moments," he posts on Facebook. "If I had a dollar for every blue-ribbon commission or task force I covered that wrote reports and nothing came of it, I could have retired much earlier....Should be interesting. Productive? Well..." Photo is from the Alan Cranston campaign bus in 1986; John is in there.
More media notes from the day:
- Longtime Valley political consultant Larry Levine posts on Facebook: "45 years ago today I went to work in Sacramento for the first time. I was the summer vacation bureau chief for Copley News Service, when all the major news organizations had offices on the second floor of the Capitol Rotunda. Two days later, rioting broke out in Watts and our Sacramento bureau became extraneous." He now publishes a restaurant-review site called At Larry's with contributors that include ex-pols.
- L.A. Times reporter Robert J. Lopez, on Twitter: "L.A. Sheriff refuses to release records I requested re former Times Columnist Ruben Salazar, slain in 1970."