By Robert Haugh
Secretary of State Alex Padilla came to town to weigh in on Measure C.
At the offices of the Council on American Islamic Relations he told Santa Clarans to vote no.
It’s interesting that Padilla would weigh in a local issue in Santa Clara. He never has before.
Padilla represented Los Angeles on the City Council and in the State Senate before winning his statewide office.
We called some people in Sacramento to find out the scoop. We learned that Padilla has the same political consultants as the 49ers. That would be SCN Strategies and their lead consultant Ace Smith.
The 49ers recently hired Smith in addition to their longtime lobbyist Ed McGovern.
Smith is known for aggressive campaign tactics a couple people in Sacramento told us.
Here’s what Christopher Cadelago wrote in the Sacramento Bee in 2017:
Politically, Padilla’s rise as an outspoken Trump critic follows him signing SCN Strategies as chief political consultants.
SCN is trying to raise Padilla’s profile for another statewide run our sources say. The connection to a 49ers cause may help him raise some money later. Padilla doesn’t really know the Santa Clara issue. He read from a prepared statement at the press conference.
“Before SCN, Padilla was milquetoast. He’s better, but still kinda boring,” said one Sacramento source. “Plus he’s got a little baggage from the past.”
Padilla’s Ethics Baggage
In a 1999 city race, Padilla overspent his limit by $54,000. Wow. Three years later, he received the largest Los Angeles ethics fine against an elected official in the city’s history.
In 2009, Padilla was fined again by the Los Angeles Ethics Commission for an independent expenditure committee he controlled. Padilla was trying to help the 2005 mayoral bid of Antonio Villaraigosa. But he didn’t report stuff in time as required by local elections law.
Hmmm. That sounds familiar.