Posts Tagged ‘darrell Steinberg’

Sacramento's arena deal has a new player

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

A new coalition has emerged in Sacramento's battle of the publicly subsidized sports arena. But this new player is on behalf of the taxpayers and citizens of Sacramento. On the steps of Sacramento City Hall Tuesday afternoon, I witnessed members of "Our City -- Our Vote" announce the format...

Gov. Brown axes 2013-14 school testing for K-12

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Most California's K-12 public schools will go through the 2013-14 school year without standardized testing after Gov. Jerry Brown just signed Assembly Bill 484 into law. The following school year, 2014-15, less rigorous federal Common Core tests will begin. AB484 is by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla...

Gov. Brown signs 11 gun control bills, vetoes 7

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Despite California's strictest gun control laws in the country, Gov. Jerry Brown signed 11 new gun control bills into law Friday, and vetoed seven. The gun control measures signed Friday include strict limits on magazine capacities, add more paperwork for law-abiding gun owners who wish to b...

New America: Parent tossed from public meeting for speaking

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

"Is this America?" the father of school-aged children asked as he was forcefully removed from a was forcefully removed from a Baltimore County School District meeting during the question-and-answer portion of the forum. The parent, Robert Small, concerned about the school district’s plan to u...

Bills Report 2: Enviro reform hidden under basketball stadium

Friday, September 13th, 2013

SACRAMENTO -- The California Legislature ended the 2013 legislative session Thursday by passing hundreds of new bills. Most of the controversial bills were passed along party lines. However a bill from Sen. Pres. Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, granting a Sacramento arena development an exe...

Dueling prison plans: Brown vs. Steinberg

Monday, September 9th, 2013

SACRAMENTO -- California continues to grapple with a 2009 federal court order requiring reductions in prison overcrowding. Two plans are before the Legislature: One by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento; the second by Gov. Jerry Brown. On Wednesday, the Democratic majority i...

SB 1 would brand ‘inefficiency’ as blight

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
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  Should government get into the business of judging people on the “efficiency” of their property?  SB 1 would grant government that capacity -- along with the power to take that property if officials decide it’s being "inefficiently" used. SB 1 is by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Stei...

Steinberg seeks CEQA changes to boost Sacto arena

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

SACRAMENTO -- The task of reforming the California Environmental Quality Act is being mingled with local Sacramento politics. At a hearing in the Assembly Local Government committee last week, State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, passionately defended SB 731, his  CEQA Mo...

Bill aims to curb human trafficking

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

When Angela Guanzon was offered the opportunity to leave the Philippines and work in the United States, she felt like she had won the lottery. But when she arrived, her dream turned into a nightmare. Guanzon was told by the Filipino woman who brought her and 10 others to the U.S. that she owed $12,0...

SB 1 pushes high-rises over suburbs

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Will the Manhattan Dream replace the California Dream? The Manhattan Dream is to live in a high-rise in a densely packed city. The California Dream is to live your own home, on your own lot so you can grill while your kids are playing in your yard. Pushing people into high rises is the goal o...