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  • VIDEO: Steinberg: No 'gun-running' in Senate ethics training

    03/28/2014 4:22:41 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 19 replies
    SacBee ^ | March 28, 2014
    Legislators never received ethics training about "gun running or other such sordid activities," California state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg noted during house debate Friday over whether to suspend three senators who have been accused of crimes including corruption, perjury and conspiracy to traffic weapons.
  • Boxer Statement on Corruption Charges Against California State Senator Leland Yee

    03/28/2014 3:21:16 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) ^ | March 27, 2014 | U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today released the following statement on the indictment of California State Senator Leland Yee on public corruption and other charges: “I agree with State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg that Leland Yee should immediately step down. If these allegations are true, they are beyond outrageous.  “I support the Justice Department’s crackdown on corruption, which sends an unequivocal message that there is absolutely no place in public life for criminals who violate the public trust and demean public service.”  ###
  • Unfazed by Colorado recalls, California lawmakers press on with gun-control bills

    09/12/2013 6:09:18 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 09/11/2013 | Josh Richman and Mike Rosenberg
    SACRAMENTO -- A day after furious Coloradans recalled two state senators who voted for new gun laws, California lawmakers pressed ahead with their own agenda Wednesday aimed at giving the Golden State the strictest gun control in the country. Colorado's recall elections and California's rush to pass gun bills in the final week of its legislative session quickly reignited the national debate over balancing public safety with constitutional rights. The Colorado votes sent a Rocky Mountain chill down the spines of lawmakers in other battleground states, but those in bright blue California seemed unfazed. "I don't see anybody switching teams...
  • California Democrats wrap up state budget, flex supermajority power

    06/16/2013 5:28:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 16, 2013 | By David Siders and Jim Sanders
    As the state Senate finished voting Saturday on a bill to extend a tax on managed care plans, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg told reporters at the back of the room, "That is what's called a supermajority." Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign the spending plan before the next fiscal year begins July 1.
  • Comcast to close all California call centers

    09/28/2012 3:48:03 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 36 replies
    http://www.kansascity.com ^ | september 26, 2012 | claudia buck
    In an abrupt announcement that caught state and local business officials off guard, cable giant Comcast announced Tuesday that it's closing all of its California call centers, including one in Natomas that employs about 300 workers. Why? That's the tricky question. Earlier in the day, citing the state's "high cost of doing business," a regional Comcast official said the company's Natomas, Livermore and Morgan Hill call centers will be shuttered on Nov. 30. Overall, about 1,000 jobs will be relocated to existing centers in Portland, Seattle and Denver. But hours later, after state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento,...
  • Censorship rears its ugly head in California Senate

    08/10/2012 9:13:15 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/10/12 | Dan Walters
    Let's not mince words about what the state Senate's Democratic leader did Wednesday. It was self-serving censorship, the sort of thing that one expects from tinpot dictators, not from those who fancy themselves to be progressive civil libertarians. Someone acting for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg suddenly cut off cable television access to a legislative hearing to air facts and arguments about pending ballot measures. The Senate Governance and Finance Committee called the hearing – as required by law – into three tax increases (Propositions 30, 38 and 39) and altering the state's budgetary procedures (Proposition 31). As it...
  • Steinberg wants to put initiative process changes on 2014 ballot

    04/19/2012 7:14:38 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/19/12 | Torey Van Oot
    Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg pledged today to put forward for the 2014 election a package of major changes to California's initiative process, including a provision to make it easier for legislators to place tax measures on the ballot. The Sacramento Democrat, speaking at a Sacramento Press Club luncheon, outlined a trio of initiative reforms he said "will both strengthen California's tradition of direct democracy and empower the people elected by their communities...to make clear choices." He said he plans to put the proposals on the 2014 ballot either through a vote of the Legislature, a task he said...
  • Jerry Brown says lawmakers need to 'man up' and cut California's budget

    04/14/2012 1:38:16 PM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/14/12 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown urged the Legislature on Friday to "man up" and make spending cuts, acknowledging the state budget deficit is likely larger than he previously thought. The Democratic governor, in an interview on Bay Area talk radio station KGO (810 AM), said the deficit is "probably bigger now" than the $9.2 billion he estimated earlier this year. "We're trying to be as prudent as we can," Brown said. "That's why the Legislature has to man up, make the cuts and get some taxes and we'll make it." Democrats this year have resisted Brown's proposed cuts to social services and...
  • Jerry Brown's state budget plan blows up

    03/30/2011 8:08:49 AM PDT · by SmithL · 29 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/30/11 | Dan Walters
    That explosion you heard in downtown Sacramento on Tuesday was the big blowup of Gov. Jerry Brown's plans to ask voters in June to extend billions of dollars in taxes to balance the deficit-riddled state budget. Brown terminated negotiations with Republican legislators, citing a lengthy list of GOP demands last week. The governor said he was willing to consider pension and regulatory reform and a spending cap as part of a deal but "while we made significant progress on these reform issues, the Republicans continued to insist on including demands that would materially undermine any semblance of a balanced budget....
  • Jerry Brown declares budget talks dead

    03/29/2011 5:17:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/29/11 | Kevin Yamamura, Torey Van Oot & David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown announced this afternoon he halted negotiations with legislative Republicans over a deal to place taxes on the ballot to help resolve California's remaining $15.4 billion deficit. A June election appears to be off the table entirely. Brown is no longer pursuing a two-thirds vote for a June tax election, while Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, told reporters he will not pursue a majority-vote option, either. "Yesterday, I stopped the discussions that I had been conducting with various members of the Republican party regarding our state's massive deficit," Brown said in a statement this afternoon. "The...
  • Steinberg's ready to 'pull the plug,' call a vote on tax election

    03/25/2011 12:43:59 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/25/11 | Torey Van Oot
    Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg expressed frustration at the pace and status of budget negotiations today, saying he feels "prepared to pull the plug" and move forward with floor votes on a June tax election if a deal does not emerge in the coming days. "We are going to get to our floor, we are going to put up the vote and if the vote isn't there then we are going to consider the other pathways," said Steinberg, adding he will support the direction the governor chooses. "It is high time that this come to a close here." Steinberg's...
  • CALIFORNIA: GOP lawmaker stripped of committee chairmanship...

    01/14/2011 8:23:02 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 1/14/11 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    GOP lawmaker stripped of committee chairmanship after he says budget mess is not Republican's problem That was fast. Just one day after the Sacramento Bee quoted Republican Sen. Tom Berryhill saying that the budget shortfall is "really not our problem," Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, moved to strip the Central Valley lawmaker of his committee chairmanship. In a letter to the Senate Rules Committee, Steinberg said he will ask the committee to replace Berryhill as chair of the Senate agricultural committee . . .
  • California Senate leader: Tear up contracts with Arizona over immigration law

    04/27/2010 11:45:10 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 141 replies · 3,495+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 4/27/10 | Denis C. Theriault
    .... California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg on Tuesday asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to "deliver an unequivocal message" of disgust by tearing up the state's contracts with Arizona businesses and government agencies....
  • Lawmaker Returns Joke Gift From Schwarzenegger [Bull Testicle Sculpture]

    06/18/2009 7:49:03 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies · 1,835+ views
    LATimes ^ | June 18, 2009
    Lawmaker returns joke gift from Schwarzenegger Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press A bull testicle sculpture for Sen. Darrell Steinberg was meant as a prod to help with tough budget choices. By Patrick McGreevy and Eric Bailey June 18, 2009 Reporting from Sacramento -- As lawmakers wrangled last week over how to plug California's giant deficit, the governor who once called them "girlie men" sent the state Senate leader a package that has some Capitol insiders tsk-tsking over what they see as an ill-timed display of machismo. The gag gift from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a metal sculpture of bull testicles, came...
  • Gov. Schwarzenegger's testicle sculpture a flop

    06/18/2009 7:21:46 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies · 875+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 18, 2009 | JULIET WILLIAMS
    (AP) — SACRAMENTO, Calif. - It was a gift no girlie man would give. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has warned lawmakers they need to act boldly and make some tough budget choices, sent Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg a metal sculpture of bull testicles. It was intended as a gag gift but Steinberg, a Sacramento Democrat, was not amused and returned the football-sized gift with a terse note about the seriousness of the ongoing negotiations.
  • Budget Deal Would Include Steeper Car Fees (Deal Would Include Strict Spending Cap Alert)

    11/21/2008 2:28:36 AM PST · by goldstategop · 12 replies · 951+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/21/2008 | Evan Halper
    State lawmakers began moving toward a deal this week to close California's deficit with the help of steeper car fees that would cost many drivers hundreds of dollars annually, according to people involved in budget talks. Under the plan, GOP lawmakers -- most of whom have signed anti-tax pledges -- would vote to triple the vehicle license fee that owners pay when they register their cars every year in exchange for a ballot measure that would impose rigid limits on future state spending. Motorists' annual license fees would rise from 0.65% of the value of their vehicles to 2%. For...
  • 'Central Planning' in California

    09/06/2008 4:38:03 PM PDT · by Seadog Bytes · 46 replies · 498+ views
    Strange Cosmos ^ | September 6, 2008 | Seadogbytes
    California 'Central Planning'   If you live in California,  you already know  that the Inmates have taken over the Asylum.    ...If you don't want to end up 'living in a condo by the Railroad Tracks', do yourself a favor and either phone, or fax a letter to, Governor Schwartzenegger TODAY, urging him to oppose, and NOT sign SB 375.   See: http://reason.org/commentaries/staley_20080826.shtml for details... (...and see below for Arnold's fax number/address.) http://www.seadogbytes.com/sbimages/SB375_Steinberg.jpg   Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger State Capitol Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 445-2841, ext. 0 (and tell them you oppose SB 375) Fax: (916) 558-3160  
  • CA: State bill would be a blueprint for growth (Land-use rules to fight global warming / SB 375)

    08/31/2008 10:29:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 458+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/31/08 | Michael Gardner
    SACRAMENTO – California is on the verge of initiating a historic rewrite of local planning laws, fusing for the first time the issues of urban growth and global warming. Unprecedented nationally, the complex legislation would steer communities toward land-use policies to contain sprawl, using as much as $12 billion a year in state-controlled transportation funds as an incentive. “This bill will change the way California grows,” said state Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, its author. Under the measure, the state Air Resources Board would establish targets for 17 regions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of a broader campaign to...
  • Calif. bill would tie land use to carbon emissions

    08/31/2008 10:12:17 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 34 replies · 654+ views
    AP via google news ^ | Don Thompson
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — For decades, California cities and counties knew one way to grow — by sprawling outward. That approach, which has led to ever longer commutes, jammed freeways and worsening air quality, is being challenged under a bill that was approved Saturday in the state Legislature. If signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has not yet indicated whether he would do so, the bill would require local governments to plan their growth so that homes, businesses and public transit systems are clustered together. The goal is to help California meet the emission mandates spelled out in a wide-ranging...
  • CA: A smart bill for smart growth ... on verge of passage in Legislature

    08/21/2008 4:00:46 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 29 replies · 238+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 21, 2008 | George Skelton
    Shorter commutes. Less sprawl. Cleaner air. Denser housing closer to downtown near transportation hubs. "Smart growth" it's called. California policy makers have been yakking about this -- dreaming about it -- for decades. But too many interests have been prospering from dumb growth or have merely been skittish of a future they can't quite visualize. Enter a tenacious policy wonk with roots in local government: state Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). He has just managed to finesse to the verge of legislative passage a visionary smart growth bill that, by its nature, also fights global warming. ... (snip) The measure (SB...
  • The Buzz: A hardball tactic could ricochet

    02/11/2008 1:03:52 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 71+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/11/8 | Steve Wiegand
    Ted Costa isn't one to take government tomfoolery lying down. Costa, who heads the People's Advocate political watchdog group and was a leading architect of the 2003 recall campaign that toppled Gov. Gray Davis, is incensed that Democrats are trying to recall Sen. Jeff Denham, R-Atwater. Chief among Denham's alleged crimes is that he opposed the state budget last year. But Costa says he's thinking about launching a recall against Senate-leader-to-be Darrell Steinberg, unless Steinberg repudiates the Denham recall effort. Costa's grounds: Steinberg helped get the state in its current fiscal mess by supporting last year's budget. "The budget is...
  • Another Tax Increase Initiative: When Will It Stop? (California)

    01/12/2004 7:00:23 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 20 replies · 226+ views
    Metropolitan News Company ^ | January 12, 2004 | JON COUPAL
    Metropolitan News-Enterprise IN MY OPINION (Column) Another Tax Increase Initiative: When Will It Stop? By JON COUPAL (The writer is an attorney and president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.) During and after the recall campaign, Arnold Schwarzenegger repeatedly stated that he would raise taxes only as a last resort in case of major catastrophe. With major fires and an earthquake behind us and still no tax increase, he apparently meant what he said. This has left the tax-and-spend lobby fuming. It has also left them with the initiative process as the only realistic mechanism to pursue their big government...