Steinberg http://kvpr.org en FBI Affidavit: State Senator Took Bribes in Undercover Sting Operation http://kvpr.org/post/fbi-affidavit-state-senator-took-bribes-undercover-sting-operation <p>An undercover FBI agent poses as a Hollywood executive to lure an elected official into taking bribes for legislation.&nbsp; It sounds like a story Hollywood could have made itself – but in fact, it’s the story laid out in an affidavit that’s sent shockwaves through the California state Capitol.&nbsp; Ben Adler reports from Sacramento.</p><p>This TV report from Wednesday night is the first big development in the case since the FBI raided Democratic State Senator Ron Calderon’s Capitol office earlier this year.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:59:56 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 23900 at http://kvpr.org FBI Affidavit: State Senator Took Bribes in Undercover Sting Operation California Audit Points to Lack of Oversight of Mental Health Funding http://kvpr.org/post/california-audit-points-lack-oversight-mental-health-funding <div><p>California lawmakers and mental health groups say they ‘welcome’ new findings of inadequate oversight of state mental health funds. Health Care Reporter Pauline&nbsp;Bartolone&nbsp;has more from Sacramento.</p></div><p>The California State Auditor says state agencies haven’t made ‘serious efforts’ to measure the effectiveness of county programs intended to mitigate mental illness.</p><p>Democratic State Senate President Darrell Steinberg helped create the Mental Health Services Act.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:31:20 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 20111 at http://kvpr.org California Audit Points to Lack of Oversight of Mental Health Funding Steinberg Has Blunt Words for CEQA Overhaul Backers http://kvpr.org/post/steinberg-has-blunt-words-ceqa-overhaul-backers <p>California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg has a blunt warning for business groups backing a major overhaul of the environmental law that governs development projects in the state:</p><p>“You want to move a mile, we’ll move a mile.&nbsp; You want to move 100 miles in ways that may not be good, that’s not gonna happen within this bill,” says Steinberg.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 23:37:33 +0000 Ben Adler 20051 at http://kvpr.org Steinberg Has Blunt Words for CEQA Overhaul Backers Steinberg: Delta Tunnel Project Needs Legislative Buy-In http://kvpr.org/post/steinberg-delta-tunnel-project-needs-legislative-buy <p>California legislative leaders are pushing back against the contention of Governor Jerry Brown’s administration that its Delta tunnels proposal doesn’t need lawmaker approval.</p><p>“I don’t know whether he needs it legally, but I think he needs it politically and other ways,” says Steinberg.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 23:46:56 +0000 Ben Adler 19739 at http://kvpr.org Steinberg: Delta Tunnel Project Needs Legislative Buy-In Steinberg say No Prop 13 Reform This Year http://kvpr.org/post/steinberg-say-no-prop-13-reform-year <p></p><p class="p1">There appears to be some momentum in the legislature to modify California’s Proposition 13. But the state Senate’s leading Democrat says he doesn’t want that debate to bog down the session this year. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:34:09 +0000 Katie Orr 13417 at http://kvpr.org Steinberg say No Prop 13 Reform This Year Dozens of Bills Introduced to Change Environmental Law http://kvpr.org/post/dozens-bills-introduced-change-environmental-law <p></p><p class="p1">California lawmakers have introduced more than a dozen bills that make changes to the California Environmental Quality Act, known as CEQA.&nbsp; As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, critics of the 43-year-old law say it’s a barrier to economic growth.</p><p> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 01:40:17 +0000 Amy Quinton 11559 at http://kvpr.org Dozens of Bills Introduced to Change Environmental Law California Lawmakers Return To State Capitol http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-return-state-capitol <p></p><div><p>The start of the New Year brings California lawmakers back to the Capitol. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, Democratic leaders anticipate a heavy work schedule.</p></div><p>Reforming California’s Environmental Quality Act, restoring cuts to education, fixing the state’s ballot initiative process and campaign finance reform, those are just a few of the issues lawmakers will likely contend with this session.</p><p>Democrats return with a supermajority in both chambers, even with two Senators recently resigning to serve in Congress.</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 20:11:12 +0000 Amy Quinton 9071 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmakers Return To State Capitol Enterprise Zone Tax Credit Could See Changes Next Year http://kvpr.org/post/enterprise-zone-tax-credit-could-see-changes-next-year <p></p><p>California Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders say they’re not looking at more tax increases now that voters have approved Proposition 30.&nbsp;</p><p>But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, tax credits could be on the table, like the controversial Enterprise Zone program.</p><p>California offers 700 million dollars a year in tax credits to businesses who add or retain jobs in economically distressed neighborhoods. &nbsp;</p><p>The governor proposed eliminating Enterprise Zones last year but couldn’t win legislative approval.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 19:48:12 +0000 Ben Adler 8057 at http://kvpr.org Enterprise Zone Tax Credit Could See Changes Next Year California Democratic Leaders Say It's Time for Pension Reform http://kvpr.org/post/california-democratic-leaders-say-its-time-pension-reform <p>Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has decided that now is not the time to change California&rsquo;s newly-approved process for cities and counties to enter into bankruptcy.</p><p>He&rsquo;s decided to kill the legislation authored by a Democratic Assembly member.&nbsp;The bill would have loosened deadlines on negotiations with creditors and labor groups. But Steinberg says it&rsquo;s time now for the legislature to focus elsewhere.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 02:14:11 +0000 Amy Quinton 1803 at http://kvpr.org