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Kish Rajan, Governor Brown’s economic development director, scored a game ticket from Sempra Energy.
Kish Rajan, Governor Brown’s economic development director, scored a game ticket from Sempra Energy.

San Diego–based Sempra Energy, on whose board sits Kathleen Brown, sister of newly reelected governor Jerry Brown and Brown ex-aide Lynn Schenk, has been taking good care of another high-ranking Brown official, according to a recently filed lobbying report. Kish Rajan, the governor’s director of business and economic development, got a free ticket said to be worth $132 to the September 14 Chargers game at Qualcomm Stadium against the Seattle Seahawks. “His directive from Governor Brown is to enhance California’s job creation effort by streamlining business regulations, promoting statewide economic development and fostering greater international trade opportunities,” says Rajan’s profile on the state website.

His predecessors in prior Brown administrations include Schenk, who was secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing during Brown’s second term in the early 1980s. Before her, the job under Brown was held by Richard Silberman, who subsequently married Republican Susan Golding and later did federal prison time after he was caught in a money-laundering sting. Democratic assemblyman Henry Perea also got a sporting gift from Sempra: a $112 ticket and “beverage” at Dodgers Stadium on September 10. Some of Sempra’s freebies sound better than others. On July 18 Assembly Democrats Sebastian Ridley-Thomas and Raul Bocanegra, along with Bocanegra staffer Jaqueline Serrano and Democratic Assembly candidate Autumn Burke, were treated to “lunch and parking” valued at $55.66 each (Serrano’s was $14.66) at the company’s “Playa Del Ray Storage Facility.”

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Kish Rajan, Governor Brown’s economic development director, scored a game ticket from Sempra Energy.
Kish Rajan, Governor Brown’s economic development director, scored a game ticket from Sempra Energy.

San Diego–based Sempra Energy, on whose board sits Kathleen Brown, sister of newly reelected governor Jerry Brown and Brown ex-aide Lynn Schenk, has been taking good care of another high-ranking Brown official, according to a recently filed lobbying report. Kish Rajan, the governor’s director of business and economic development, got a free ticket said to be worth $132 to the September 14 Chargers game at Qualcomm Stadium against the Seattle Seahawks. “His directive from Governor Brown is to enhance California’s job creation effort by streamlining business regulations, promoting statewide economic development and fostering greater international trade opportunities,” says Rajan’s profile on the state website.

His predecessors in prior Brown administrations include Schenk, who was secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing during Brown’s second term in the early 1980s. Before her, the job under Brown was held by Richard Silberman, who subsequently married Republican Susan Golding and later did federal prison time after he was caught in a money-laundering sting. Democratic assemblyman Henry Perea also got a sporting gift from Sempra: a $112 ticket and “beverage” at Dodgers Stadium on September 10. Some of Sempra’s freebies sound better than others. On July 18 Assembly Democrats Sebastian Ridley-Thomas and Raul Bocanegra, along with Bocanegra staffer Jaqueline Serrano and Democratic Assembly candidate Autumn Burke, were treated to “lunch and parking” valued at $55.66 each (Serrano’s was $14.66) at the company’s “Playa Del Ray Storage Facility.”

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Oligarchy.

Nov. 12, 2014

What a surprise! Another example of its who you know not what you know. Money talks and BS walks.

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