The California division of the American Cancer Society has released its 2007 legislative scorecard, and lawmakers from Ventura County have the distinction of getting the lowest rankings in both the Assembly and Senate.
In the Senate, Tom McClintock of Thousand Oaks scored 15 percent, and Assemblywoman Audra Strickland scored at the bottom in the lower house at 22 percent.
Scorecards from various interest groups typically skew heavily toward one party or the other, and this one is no exception: Democrats generally scored high, and Republicans low. What's unusual about McClintock's and Strickland's scores is they scored below all their Republican colleagues.
McClintock cast the only no vote in the Senate on one of the measures used to compute the score: AB 28, which extended the breast cancer income tax check-off program that allows taxpayers to make voluntary contributions to breast cancer research when completing their income-tax forms.
Strickland's low score is partly the result of having missed the last several days of the legislative session in the period immediately before and after the birth of her son. She was listed as "not voting" on 11 of the 18 bills used to compute the scorecard.
The remaining members of the Ventura County delegation fared better: Assemblywoman Julia Brownley and Sen. Sheila Kuehl each scored 100 percent; Assemblyman Pedro Nava 88.9 percent; Assemblyman Cameron Smyth 33.3 percent; and Sen. George Runner 25 percent.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, by the way, was given a score of 66.6 percent.