CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Stung by criminal cases involving three state senators, Democratic legislative leaders vowed Tuesday to reassess their campaign finance practices, and canceled a lucrative golf fundraiser scheduled for this weekend. The promise of self-scrutiny among Senate Democrats was just one way last week's criminal complaint against Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) detailing public corruption and arms trafficking charges continues to reverberate through the Capitol. Also on Tuesday, federal agents were again present in a legislative office building, searching a room used by Yee as an overflow office, according to Senate workers.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 |
The public-corruption case filed against state Sen. Leland Yee on Wednesday could mark an abrupt end to the prestigious, and sometimes divisive, political career of one of the most prominent figures in California's Democratic legislative majority. After prosecutors unsealed a federal indictment accusing Yee of sidestepping campaign donation rules in exchange for political favors, and of engaging in a conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and illegally import firearms, Senate leader Darrell Steinberg on Wednesday called on the San Francisco Democrat to either resign or face swift suspension by his colleagues.
March 5, 2014 |
As more of our children's education moves online, there are increased opportunities for abusing the collection of their personal data. Last month, state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) introduced a bill that would help close a loophole in federal regulations - at least in California - in an effort to safeguard personal information of public school students. The potential privacy violations could be significant, and it makes sense for the Legislature to act now. Under the federal Family and Educational Rights Protection Act, schools that receive federal funding are rightly barred from making disclosures about students' education records without permission.
February 25, 2014 |
Hours after state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon was indicted Friday for allegedly taking $100,000 in bribes, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg conferred with his members and produced a statement calling on the Montebello Democrat to resign, take a leave of absence or face expulsion. This was bold action from the Senate, no doubt aimed at preserving the integrity of the body and sending a message to Californians that corruption and fraud among lawmakers would not be tolerated. But if that's the message Steinberg wants to send, why is Sen. Roderick Wright still serving?
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.