August 26, 2009
Re "Music did a number on me," Opinion, Aug. 23 Although Mark Steinberg was somewhat humorous with his commentary, he misses Dr. Oliver Sacks' point about the beneficial effect of learning to play music on one's brain. As a fellow fiddler, I have no doubt Steinberg's legal "practice" benefited from his music training and hours of practice more than he will ever know -- or perhaps even appreciate. Larry M. Edwards San Diego :: I am truly sorry that Steinberg had such a horrible experience with the violin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2011 |
Under fire for spending $111,316 in taxpayer funds to feed themselves this year, state senators have decided to end the practice. All members of the upper house will be billed $2,000 a year to pay for stocking the coffee room and to cover their meal expenses when sessions extend into the lunch or dinner hour, said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). The five-member Senate Rules Committee, which Steinberg chairs, voted Tuesday to implement the new system.
April 1, 2014 |
Many Californians are outraged that state Sens. Leland Yee, Ronald S. Calderon and Roderick D. Wright, all of whom have been either accused or convicted of crimes, will continue to collect their $95,291 annual salaries while they're suspended from their jobs. It's a paid vacation, critics complain. On the public dime. In response, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg introduced an amendment to the state Constitution on Friday - the same day he and his fellow senators suspended their colleagues - that would allow the Senate or Assembly to withhold compensation in the future when a legislator is suspended.
December 31, 2001
Re "Cure the Sales Tax Addicts," editorial, Dec. 27: AB 680, by Assemblyman Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), is not new. It is just another in the long line of "let's rob Peter to pay Paul" bills that have been coming out of Sacramento since 1978. It is an attempt by the state to take financial control away from cities and to turn it over to regional agencies. The result will be that cities will wind up like the school districts, broke and dependent on Sacramento for their survival.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2009 |
The average wait time for walk-in customers at Department of Motor Vehicles offices has increased from 27 minutes to 45 minutes since the governor ordered state workers to take three furlough days each month, according to a legislative review. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said the longer lag time is unnecessary. Furloughs imposed starting in February do not save the general fund money, he said, because the DMV is financed almost entirely with fees charged to motorists and with federal money.
February 22, 2014 |
State Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) is in his last year as a legislator, so it's now or never for the carbon tax bill he outlined Thursday. Yet the proposal may have arrived one year too early. Steinberg, the Senate president pro tem, wants to change the state's approach to reducing carbon emissions from fuel. Under AB 32 , the state's landmark cap-and-trade law, oil companies must meet a gradually declining limit on emissions starting next Jan. 1 or buy credits from other companies whose carbon releases are below their caps.