Legislative-lobbying filings are in for the third quarter, and, as usual, utility giant Sempra Energy has been one of the big free spenders. The company paid $120 for food, beverage, and transportation for each of James D. Boyd, a member of the California Energy Commission; Javier Avila, district representative for Democratic senator Denise Ducheny; and Tyree Dillingham, a staffer for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The occasion was the August dedication of Sempra’s new liquefied natural gas terminal in Baja California. The company also hosted Leticia Vasquez, field representative to 52nd District assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, a Democrat. The tab was $69.21 at San Diego’s posh El Bizcocho restaurant in the Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa. In Long Beach, Sempra paid $102.79 for food and beverage at the Cohiba restaurant for Elaine Jennings, a gubernatorial home security director. … Torrey Modic, executive assistant at St. Paul’s Cathedral, says she did not contribute $1000 to the No on 8-Equality California campaign committee, as the group reported in an October 14 campaign finance disclosure statement it filed with the state Secretary of State’s office on the same date. The No on 8 Committee did not respond to a request for comment.

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