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Darrell Steinberg served as the California State Senate President pro Tempore and the leader of the majority party in the California State Senate from 2008 to 2014, until his retirement.

He co-authored Proposition 63, approved by voters in 2004, which imposes a 1 percent tax on incomes exceeding $1 million to fund mental health services. Proposition 63 generates $2 billion annually to help people struggling with mental illness throughout California.

He is a founder and Board Chair of the Steinberg Institute for Advancing Mental Health Policy, and the Director of Policy and Advocacy and a visiting professor for the UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence.

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Los Angeles County Half-Percent Tax: A Model for Right Action

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 1:29 PM

Los Angeles County has one of the largest homeless populations in the nation, made up of more than 46,000 men, women, children, veterans and the elderly, who live on the streets on any given night. Many of these people live with a serious mental illness and a majority of them...

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Taking Back California's Direct Democracy from Special Interests

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 1:22 PM

Nicolas Berggruen is the founder of the Berggruen Institute on Governance and chairman of Think Long for California. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, is the outgoing president pro tempore of the California state senate and author of SB 1253.

SACRAMENTO, Calif -- In the wake of an election where experts projected record-low...

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California Compromise a Lesson for Congress

(4) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 3:39 PM

Dysfunctional. Obstructionist. Petty partisanship.

The descriptions being slapped onto Congress in the wake of the federal government shutdown should be familiar to Californians. They're some of the same labels hung on California lawmakers five years ago, when the state Legislature was gridlocked in the face of financial ruin.

In...

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Breaking the Bottleneck for College Students

(12) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 11:44 AM

When my contemporaries reminisce about their college days, most focus fondly on the experience of invigorating intellectual challenges coupled with those exciting times of newfound independence. For many of our kids embarking on this journey today, the memories are shaping-up differently; anger and frustration at being denied a seat in...

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Expanding Mental Health Services -- a National Model That Works

(4) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 4:07 PM

Two days after the school shooting in Newtown, the number of Google searches for mental health peaked to a 12 month high. The country is finally talking about mental health care. Connected and unconnected to Newtown, leaders exclaim that we must do something. Yet with some notable exceptions, the discussion...

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