Fremont Assemblyman Alberto Torrico’s term is nearly out. Is his next stop the State Senate or County Supervisors? (PHOTO Brooke Anderson)

PROPOSED COUNTY FUNDRAISING ORDINANCE HAS MUCH TO DO WITH TORRICO AS LOCKYER
By Steven Tavares

It is never too early for a politician to start their next campaign and some East Bay lawmakers are already setting the stage for a reimagination of their political careers even before their terms have expired.

Assemblyman Alberto Torrico’s comments in last weekend’s Oakland Tribune acts as a nexus to a few burning questions and developments hiding in the still-receding fog of this past general election. Torrico acknowledged the formation of 2014 campaign account for Alameda County supervisor. He said he does not plan to challenge Supervisor-Elect Nadia Lockyer and will likely keep that promise. Torrico is known as a prodigious fundraiser and glad-handler, but Lockyer’s District 2 seat is already the most secure of any local candidate, but there’s more to his comment.

Torrico’s interest in the board of supervisors along with a few other politicians, including state Sen. Ellen Corbbet is the real impetus behind Supervisor Scott Haggerty’s proposed ordinance to limit campaign fundraising dollars in the county to $20,000. The ordinance will also stop candidates from the extremely large campaign transfers that turn the Lockyer race into a literal Dialing for Dollars, albeit, with only one telephone number on the speed dial.

Incidentally, Haggerty’s second reading of the proposed ordinance was put off until the body’s next meeting on Nov. 30. Typically, approval of the ordinance would come after the second reading and vote by the board. The abrupt rescheduling has more than a few people already pointing to State Treasurer Bill Lockyer’s influence. The ordinance would likely help Nadia Lockyer and the rest of the incumbent board members, it is clear Haggerty’s commentary within the proposal was definitely designed to tweak the Lockyers for spending an unheard of $2 million for a supervisorial race.

While Torrico’s name has been attached to Corbett’s senate seat once terms out of office, he is seen as highly mobile. It is a reason why Torrico clashed earlier this year with neighboring Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi. For a short period, there were whispers as to whether Hayashi had inadvertently or, by design, purchased a home in Torrico’s district. More recently, Torrico was angry over fundraising overtures made by Hayashi into the hub of his home district in Fremont.

There is one certainty involving Torrico. He is a political animal and will return to public life in one form or another. If you need any more evidence, there is this: a termed out assemblyman who was defeated last June by Kamala Harris for the Democratic Party nomination for attorney general is not someone ready to change occupations, just waiting for the next position to open up.