Darrell Steinberg

California offered as national mental health model

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The leader of the state Senate says California’s approach to treating mental illness should serve as a national model in response to last week’s massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn.


Spending could tempt supermajority Democrats

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – With supermajorities in both houses of the California Legislature, voters have given Democrats a historic opportunity to push their agenda on issues such as tax reform and workers’ rights. But they […]


New law will change school-performance reports

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to reduce the use of standardized tests in calculating the annual rankings for California schools. Brown announced Wednesday that he had signed SB1458 by Senate […]


Democratic lawmakers to release pension fixes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The Legislature‘s Democratic leaders are set to release a bill package they say meets Gov. Jerry Brown’s demand for pension reform. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said he expects to […]


State Senate leader apologizes for TV blackout

(AP) – Calling it a mistake, the leader of the state Senate apologized Monday for his office’s last-minute decision not to televise a legislative hearing that included testimony about Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative on […]