Posts Tagged ‘darrell Steinberg’

Arena lawsuit: Deposition of key officials nears go-ahead

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Opponents of the push for a heavily subsidized downtown Sacramento basketball arena are closer to forcing key city insiders to tell what they know about how much taxpayers actually will have to pay for the project. Last week, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene Balonon issued a tentative ruli...

CA lawmakers back in the saddle again

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

SACRAMENTO -- After a nice long winter's rest, the California Legislature is back in the saddle again. And they hit the ground running, immediately bringing back many bills that did not pass in 2013. Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and Assembly Sp...

‘Arena derangement syndrome’ afflicts Sacramento

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Call it "arena derangement syndrome," or ADS. It afflicts cities trying to use taxpayer money for new sports arenas or stadiums. It's now threatening the validation of 35,000 ballot initiative petition signatures that would halt the proposed subsidy of a new arena for Sacramento's Kings basketba...

‘Paycheck protection': CA shouldn’t give up hope on checking unions yet

Sunday, December 1st, 2013
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After the failure of three ballot attempts in the past 15 years to require unions to give their members veto power over the use of their dues for political purposes, Californians hoping for a better balance of power in local and state government might be despairing. But for three reasons, I don't...

Steinberg’s side job raises ethics questions

Sunday, November 24th, 2013
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Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, has tried in vain to distance himself from the FBI's ongoing investigation into corruption at the State Capitol. Earlier this month, as a part of that effort, Steinberg resigned his position with a law firm that represents Michael R. Drobot, ...

Sacramento arena proponents make desperate weekend robo-calls

Monday, November 18th, 2013

My weekend was interrupted with yet another robo-call. But unlike other robo-callers, this outfit actually left a message... a jaw-dropping message. Never mind that I have an unlisted home phone number. "This is an urgent call from  DowntownArena.org," the message said. The caller claimed "...

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
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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
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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
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"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...