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Darrell Steinberg

Taking Back California's Direct Democracy from Special Interests

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 12.04.2014 | World
Nicolas Berggruen

Together, these reforms will improve the quality of our initiatives and our direct participation. They create what in political science circles is known as an "indirect initiative effect" -- a role for the legislature to foster public comment and active debate, to highlight errors and unintended consequences and fix them, and perhaps to craft policy solutions via legislation.

California Continues to Lead the Nation in Child Privacy Protection

Jim Steyer | Posted 12.06.2014 | Technology
Jim Steyer

As technology transforms every facet of our lives, educators are implementing exciting new tools that will help our children learn the critical skills they need and prepare them for the 21st Century economy. California has taken the lead in ensuring these new innovations are incorporated into our classrooms in ways that protect student privacy.

California Democrats Cancel Signature Fundraiser Amid Corruption Scandals

Reuters | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 1 (Reuters) - Stung by a string of corruption charges against state lawmakers, Californi...

State Senate Suspends Three Democrats

AP | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

BY DON THOMPSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Democratically controlled California Senate has voted to suspend three Democrats ...

State Senator Accused Of Corruption To Take Leave

AP | By DON THOMPSON | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California state lawmaker facing federal corruption charges alleging he took kickbacks while in office said Sunday eveni...

California Dems Dodge Move To Oust Convicted Senator

Reuters | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. Feb 27 (Reuters) - Democratic lawmakers in California deflected a Republican resolution on Thur...

"The Era Of Cutting Education In California Is Over"

Reuters | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan 7 (Reuters) - A top California lawmaker unveiled a $1 billion proposal on Tu...

State Lawmakers Pass Prison Crowding Plan

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Funding for a compromise plan aimed at easing overcrowding in the California's tro...

Dem Criticizes California Prison Crowding Plan

Reuters | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein LOS ANGELES, Aug 28 (Reuters) - A plan by California Governor Jerry Brown to ease prison crowding by leasing space...

Senator Steinberg Stands in Way of Laura's Law

DJ Jaffe | Posted 07.15.2013 | San Francisco
DJ Jaffe

Laura's Law helps the most seriously mentally ill Californians: people who are so ill, they don't know they are ill and therefore won't accept voluntary treatment.

MOOCs: Game Changer or "Tech Ed Du Jour"?

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 06.10.2013 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

Indeed, Coursera, another commercial entity, now claims well over a million students and more than 30 institutional partners, many among the so-called elite. And not to be left behind, two existing giants, Google and Pearson, have entered the arena. So what to make of MOOCs?

New California Bills Could Improve Treatment for Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 04.28.2013 | Los Angeles
DJ Jaffe

California has two major laws that were specifically enacted to help persons with the most serious mental illnesses: Laura's Law and the Mental Health Services Act. Neither has worked as promised and on February 22, 2013, four new bills were introduced to fix them.

3 Characters in Search of Pension Reform

John Mirisch | Posted 11.09.2012 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

The Governor's most recent proposal, adopted by the state legislature, while a small step in the right direction, doesn't seem to be much more than bad political theater. The big question will be: do the voters have a taste for bad political theater?

Aaron Sankin

DEM POWER GRAB: Top CA Politician Pulls For Power Shift In State Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 04.20.2012 | San Francisco

California State Senate President pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has a radical idea to reform the legislature--he wants to make it easier to...

WATCH: State Senators Don Hoodies In Solidarity With Trayvon

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.29.2012 | Los Angeles

A handful of California lawmakers donned gray hooded sweatshirts over their suits and ties at Thursday morning's legislative session. The attire, ...

State Senator Seeks Free Textbooks For All California College Students

AP | Posted 02.13.2012 | San Francisco

By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The leader of California's Senate wants to offer an electronic library of free basic ...

Brown Attacks Testing and Data as Measures of School Success

Louis Freedberg | Posted 12.10.2011 | San Francisco
Louis Freedberg

Setting himself apart from other governors, Gov. Jerry Brown has launched an extraordinary broadside against the current national obsession with testing that continues to dominate school reform efforts.

The Farm Workers and Jerry Brown Make Up, For Now

William Bradley | Posted 11.07.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

The canny Brown negotiated new legislation that allows the UFW some progress without granting its card check goal, thus turning a rally that would otherwise have been a protest of his policies into a muted celebration.

Bill To Dissolve Vernon Fails Despite City's Massive Corruption Problems

AP | By JULIET WILLIAMS | Posted 10.30.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Senate voted on Monday against dissolving the troubled Los Angeles-area city of Vernon, hours after the Internal ...

GOP Presents New List Of Budget Demands To Gov. Brown

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

California Republicans presented a new list of demands to Governor Brown two weeks after his self-imposed deadline for settling the budget deficit pro...

Honoring Dolores Huerta for a Lifetime of Quiet Courage

Jim Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jim Gonzalez

For over 50 years, Dolores' quiet acts of courage have indeed shaped and bent the arc of history in favor working families and progressive politics.

California Will Again Consider No H8 against Homeless

Joel John Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

The one result that always upsets me is the simple question, "Have you ever encountered personal violence against you since you have been on the streets?"

Details Emerge On No-Tax California Budget Pact

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After a record-long impasse, California legislators are set to vote this week on a no-new-taxes budget that relies on a com...

Lucia Graves

Struggling States Eye Federal School Funds For Use Outside Classroom

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Crippled by budget deficits, states officials have been eying money in the $26 billion federal jobs bill that's intended for schools. State leaders in...

Class Warfare Heats Up in California

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joseph A. Palermo

No California governor, not Ronald Reagan, not George Deukmejian, not Pete Wilson, has so bludgeoned the state's employees to the extent Arnold Schwarzenegger has.