This tale comes from reporter James Wagner:
There’s a difference between reporting politics locally and covering it in Sacramento.
On the Senate floor, to get a legislator’s attention, you hand the guards your business card and they pass it along to whom you’re hoping to talk to.
So last week, while covering a bill that would essentially allow the proposed NFL stadium in Industry to proceed, I asked to speak to a local Senator who co-authored the bill, Ron Calderon, D-Montebello.
Calderon came to the back of the Senate chamber to speak to me with my card in hand.
But after a few minutes of questioning, as we stood quietly while I jotted down his comments, he took my card, stuffed it into my jacket’s front pocket and walked away.
I guess he thought I was done asking my questions. I wasn’t.