Handwriting Analysis: California Legislators

Assemblyman Rudy Salas

Assemblyman Rudy Salas

Having recently read a couple articles on handwriting analysis (like this one, this one, and this one), I was pleasantly surprised to see the recent release of a February 19th letter from several state legislators to the Franchise Tax Board that included the signatures of most of the new class of legislators. As you take a quick look at the signatures, take these two points into consideration:

  • The article at atozhandwriting.com says that large signatures indicate high status, while small signatures indicate “the writer expects little esteem from other people.”
  • The divinecaroline.com article explains that “Right slanted writing signifies someone who freely expresses emotional feelings, is affectionate and passionate. A vertical slant is used by people who are always in control, level headed, and show no emotion.” It appears to me that all but one of these signatures are either right-slanted or vertical. So what does that say about Nestande?

To compare some older signatures, check out this 2009 letter from Assemblyman Pedro Nava (who had one of the most creative signatures I’ve seen).

I’ll let you read the rest of the articles (and study the various signatures) for yourself.

Addition: J. W. Van Benschoten to “Shortest Terms in Office”

Today, Assemblyman J. W. Van Benschoten was added to the list of Shortest Terms in Office page on JoinCalifornia.com

Assemblyman Van Benschoten served 66 days between December 15, 1849 and February 18, 1850. One source indicates that he was appointed Postmaster of the Graysonville Post Office (then in Tuolumne County, now in Stanislaus) on or around July 1, 1850.

A quick biographic point that I found amusing was the explanation that “John Wesley V.B. in his early years was a delicate boy, and his parents, to give him a more robust constitution, apprenticed him to a butcher.”

Van Benschoten, described as “one of the oldest residents of Stanislaus County”  by the Daily Alta Californian, died January 12, 1886 after falling into the San Joaquin River while transporting a passenger across the river on a ferry he operated.

La Malfa Vacancy: Nielsen wins Special Election

Jim Nielsen

Nine weeks ago, I wrote this article when it appeared that Jim Nielsen had received just over 50% of the vote in the Special Primary Election. He ended falling up a couple hundred votes short, so after correcting that first post, I’m going to rerelease it again tonight:

With Jim Nielsen receiving nearly two thirds of the vote in the runoff, the Special Election to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of State Senator Doug La Malfa has been filled. Nielsen will likely be sworn in as early as Thursday. Because Nielsen will serve less than half of the current term (he will be up for reelection in 2014), he will be eligible for two more full terms, bring his total time in the Senate to just under 22 years.

Senator La Malfa resigned on September 1st, at the end of the Legislative Session.