Nava’s AG fundraiser set for Harris’ backyard

Pedro NavaEnvironmentalists will hold a fundraiser next month for the state Attorney General campaign of Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, right in one of his chief rivals’ backyards.

The Sunday, Dec. 9 event – for which tickets cost $100 to $500 each – will be held at the San Francisco home of environmental attorney Trent Orr and University of San Francisco Law Professor Brian Mikulak, just over two miles from the office of San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, who also is a Democratic primary candidate for Attorney General.

The event’s other co-chairs are Steve Block (this one, I believe) [UPDATE: It’s California Coastal Commissioner Steve Blank, not Block; the initial news release contained a typo]; Stanford Law Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program director Meg Caldwell; former California Coastal Commission Chief Counsel Ralph Faust; California Coastal Commissioner Patrick Kruer; Sierra Club California Coastal Program Director Mark Massara; former Sonoma County Supervisor and former California Coastal Commission Chairman Mike Reilly; Committee for Green Foothills San Mateo County legislative advocate Lennie Roberts; California Coastal Conservancy project manager and recent Half Moon Bay City Council candidate Deborah Ruddock; California Coastal Commission Chief Counsel Hope Schmeltzer; and California Coastal Commissioner Mary Shallenberger.

Nava by June 30 of this year had raised $202,351.02 for his campaign, and hasn’t reported much in big-ticket ($5,000+) contributions since then. Harris had raised $751,675.46 by June 30, and looks to have raised at least about $240,000 more in big-ticket contributions since.

Also in the Democratic primary for Attorney General are Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, D-Newark; Assemblyman Ted Lieu, D-Torrance; former Facebook chief privacy officer Chris Kelly; and former Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. State Sen. Tom Harman, R-Huntington Beach, is the only declared Republican candidate.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • 4oceans


    The draft invite you received contained a typo. It is Steve Blank (this one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Blank ), not Steve Block.

  • Josh Richman

    Thanks; I’ve corrected it above.