Mark Twain
Short days and shorts are the rule during lawmakers' recess

SACRAMENTO — Life at the state Capitol is mellow these days, now that lawmakers are away on a monthlong summer recess. Their absence, for the more literary of the statehouse denizens, brings to mind a famous quote popularized by 19th century author Mark Twain: "No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session." For the next couple of weeks, things should be relatively safe and tranquil. In the meantime, the more relaxed atmosphere has emboldened some legislative staffers to show up late at their offices and leave a bit early. With temperatures hovering in the near triple digits, the lobbyists remaining from the usual swarm have hung...