Darrell Steinberg http://kvpr.org en Budget Tensions Emerge As Negotiating Lines Take Shape http://kvpr.org/post/budget-tensions-emerge-negotiating-lines-take-shape <p>Just one day after Governor Jerry Brown put out his updated California budget proposal calling for fiscal austerity, Democratic lawmakers and interest groups wasted little time in pushing back.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento on the battle lines shaping up as negotiations begin.</p><p><strong><em>Chanting:</em></strong><em> “What do we want? / A sunny day fund! / When do we want it? / Now!”</em></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 21:46:44 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 32738 at http://kvpr.org Budget Tensions Emerge As Negotiating Lines Take Shape Cap-and-Trade Money Would Go To Affordable Housing and Transit Under Proposal http://kvpr.org/post/cap-and-trade-money-would-go-affordable-housing-and-transit-under-proposal <p class="p1">Money generated from California’s cap-and-trade program would go to mass transit, sustainable affordable housing and high speed rail under a proposal by Senate leader Darrell Steinberg. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, Steinberg is backtracking from his previous proposal.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:53:07 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 31201 at http://kvpr.org Cap-and-Trade Money Would Go To Affordable Housing and Transit Under Proposal Senate Dems Call For Disgraced Yee To Resign http://kvpr.org/post/senate-dems-call-disgraced-yee-resign <p>Another California State Senator is facing criminal allegations. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento on accusations that surfaced Wednesday against Senator Leland Yee.</p><p>In what the Senate President says sounds like a bad movie, a federal complaint alleges Yee, a Bay Area Democrat, committed wire fraud and gun trafficking. Undercover FBI agents say Yee set up meetings for them on topics ranging from legislation to arms dealing. In return, the agents made contributions to Yee’s Secretary of State campaign.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:20:17 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 30325 at http://kvpr.org Senate Dems Call For Disgraced Yee To Resign Steinberg Backs Preschool, Redevelopment Rebirth, Water Bond http://kvpr.org/post/steinberg-backs-preschool-redevelopment-rebirth-water-bond <p>California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg was our guest on this week's Valley Edition. The Sacramento Democrat told KVPR's Joe Moore that he supports the governor's call for fiscal restraint, but is pushing for expansion of certain programs, including a proposal for universal preschool for the state's 4-year-olds. Steinberg also called on his colleagues to resurrect a variant of the state's now-shuttered redevelopment system, and continued to advocate for the state's water bond.</p><p></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 01:37:22 +0000 Joe Moore 27167 at http://kvpr.org Steinberg Backs Preschool, Redevelopment Rebirth, Water Bond Steinberg Cool On Cap And Trade Money For High Speed Rail http://kvpr.org/post/steinberg-cool-cap-and-trade-money-high-speed-rail <p>The leader of California’s &nbsp;Senate is issuing words of caution on Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to use money from the state’s cap-and-trade program to help pay for construction of high speed rail. &nbsp;</p><p>Speaking with Valley Public Radio, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says he’s concerned about the rail authority’s plan to finance construction of the next stage of the bullet train, which would go from Bakersfield over the Tehachapi Mountains to Palmdale in Southern California.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 01:09:08 +0000 Joe Moore 27113 at http://kvpr.org Steinberg Cool On Cap And Trade Money For High Speed Rail Democrats Propose Universal Pre-K Programs http://kvpr.org/post/democrats-propose-universal-pre-k-programs <p>Providing transitional kindergarten for all the four-year-olds in California would cost about a $1 billion, but supporters say it would be worth it. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento on a new proposal introduced today.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an elementary school near Sacramento, students in a transitional kindergarten class practice saying the date.</span></p><p>These kids are among several thousand California four-year olds enrolled in pre-K programs. Now state Senate Democrats want to make transitional kindergarten available to all four-year-olds.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 01:58:04 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 26867 at http://kvpr.org Democrats Propose Universal Pre-K Programs Steinberg Refutes Claims He's Under Investigation http://kvpr.org/post/steinberg-refutes-claims-hes-under-investigation <p class="p1">A California Senate Democrat who is under investigation by the FBI says he’s not the only one the Bureau is looking into. But, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, other Senators are vehemently denying today they're targets of an investigation.</p><p class="p1">Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg told reporters he is not under investigation by the FBI after his fellow Democrat, Senator Ron Calderon, made that claim in a court filing earlier this week. Calderon is under investigation for corruption. Steinberg says his reputation is above reproach.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 02:11:26 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 24534 at http://kvpr.org Steinberg Refutes Claims He's Under Investigation Amended CEQA Bill Passes Legislature http://kvpr.org/post/amended-ceqa-bill-passes-legislature <p class="p1">Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says he’s pleased with the California Environmental Quality Act changes he pushed through at the end of this year’s session – and he won’t be carrying a broader CEQA overhaul next year.</p><p class="p3">“It's always easy to say, oh, it wasn't everything that somebody else thinks it should be.&nbsp; Well, I thought what was presented last year went way too far.&nbsp; So I think this is an excellent result and represents real, responsible reform," says Steinberg.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:39:36 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 21545 at http://kvpr.org Amended CEQA Bill Passes Legislature Brown, Legislative Leaders Reach Prisons Deal http://kvpr.org/post/brown-legislative-leaders-reach-prisons-deal <p>After nearly two weeks of sniping back and forth, California Governor Jerry Brown and Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg have reached a deal on their competing prison plans.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento on how the state will respond to the federal court order that requires California to reduce overcrowding in its prisons.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 06:37:17 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 21370 at http://kvpr.org Brown, Legislative Leaders Reach Prisons Deal CEQA Overhaul Supporters Not Happy with Current Proposal http://kvpr.org/post/ceqa-overhaul-supporters-not-happy-current-proposal <p>As negotiations over a potential overhaul of California’s landmark environmental law enter their final weeks, supporters of rewriting the California Environmental Quality Act say the current proposal falls short of reform.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 01:42:41 +0000 Ben Adler 19159 at http://kvpr.org CEQA Overhaul Supporters Not Happy with Current Proposal California Senate Leader Questions Future of Water Bond http://kvpr.org/post/california-senate-leader-questions-future-water-bond <p class="p1">California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says he’s not sure a long-delayed $11 billion water bond will make it on the 2014 ballot. More than $2 billion of that money is slated to be spent on the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Governor Jerry Brown is backing a plan that calls for constructing two large underground tunnels that would send water from the Delta to Central and Southern California.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 01:31:14 +0000 Joe Moore 18134 at http://kvpr.org California Senate Leader Questions Future of Water Bond Budget's on the Books: Brown Signs $96 Billion Spending Plan http://kvpr.org/post/budgets-books-brown-signs-96-billion-spending-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California has its new budget for the fiscal year that starts on Monday.</span></p><p>Governor Jerry Brown signed the $96 billion general fund spending plan today at the State Capitol with Democratic legislative leaders at his side.</p><p>The governor said the budget is balanced and responsible – while still investing in education and health care.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 23:36:00 +0000 Ben Adler 17470 at http://kvpr.org Budget's on the Books: Brown Signs $96 Billion Spending Plan Budget Debate Under Way in California Legislature http://kvpr.org/post/budget-debate-under-way-california-legislature <p>The California legislature has approved the 2013-14 state budget bill - one day before its constitutional deadline to send a spending plan to Gov. Jerry Brown. Debate continues on the budget's accompanying "trailer" bills.</p><p>The $96 billion dollar general fund budget uses the cautious revenue estimates insisted upon by Brown while also making new spending investments in select programs pushed by legislative Democrats.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Ben Adler 16803 at http://kvpr.org Budget Debate Under Way in California Legislature New Budget Fills In Dental Coverage Gaps for Poor Californians http://kvpr.org/post/new-budget-fills-dental-coverage-gaps-poor-californians <div><p>California lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown reached a budget agreement this week. The Governor had previously said he had no intention of bringing back services slashed in years past, but a small number of areas won restored funding for next year - dental care was one of them. Health care reporter Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento about what that led up to the decision to renew services.</p><p>For four years, Karen Wadsack has been struggling to get the dental care she says she needs.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 18:00:05 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 16787 at http://kvpr.org New Budget Fills In Dental Coverage Gaps for Poor Californians Brown, Democratic Leaders Announce Budget Deal http://kvpr.org/post/brown-democratic-leaders-announce-budget-deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It wasn’t too many years ago California could barely get a budget passed. But as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, things are different this year.</span></p><p>California Governor Jerry Brown was joined by Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez to confirm a three-way budget deal.</p><p>All appeared proud of their agreement, which was reached with time to spare before Saturday’s legislative budget deadline. Steinberg pointed out meeting that deadline is becoming routine.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 02:28:03 +0000 Katie Orr 16607 at http://kvpr.org Brown, Democratic Leaders Announce Budget Deal Lawmakers React to Brown's Budget Revision http://kvpr.org/post/lawmakers-react-browns-budget-revision <p>Republicans at the State Capitol are pleased Governor Jerry Brown is taking a more moderate approach to spending California’s budget surplus. But they still have some criticisms. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p>No formal rainy day fund, no acknowledgement of possible union pay raises, high taxes that hurt business. State Republicans listed those as among their top concerns with the Governor’s May budget revision.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 23:10:00 +0000 Katie Orr 15143 at http://kvpr.org Lawmakers React to Brown's Budget Revision Steinberg: Addressing Mental Health Can Reduce Prison Overcrowding http://kvpr.org/post/steinberg-addressing-mental-health-can-reduce-prison-overcrowding <p>The top Democrat in the California Senate is calling for more crisis access to mental health services to help reduce the state’s overcrowded prisons.&nbsp;</p><p>But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the proposals likely wouldn’t satisfy a federal court order to reduce the state’s prison population.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 01:19:48 +0000 Ben Adler 14781 at http://kvpr.org Steinberg: Addressing Mental Health Can Reduce Prison Overcrowding Major CEQA Legislation Passes First Committee Test http://kvpr.org/post/major-ceqa-legislation-passes-first-committee-test <p>Lawmakers are considering a number of bills that would change California’s Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA. The more than 40-year-old law guides almost all development projects in the state.</p><p>The bill garnering the most attention passed its first legislative test today. Democratic Senate President pro Tem Darrel Steinberg’s bill would streamline some aspects of the environmental law.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 00:45:06 +0000 Amy Quinton 14489 at http://kvpr.org Major CEQA Legislation Passes First Committee Test Governor Brown Says CEQA Changes Aren't Likely http://kvpr.org/post/governor-brown-says-ceqa-changes-arent-likely <p>California Governor Jerry Brown says he likely won’t be able to overhaul the California Environmental Quality Act, (CEQA) this legislative session. He says he believes it would be difficult to move the process forward.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the comment took Democratic Senate President pro </span>Tem<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Darrell Steinberg by surprise. He says he intends to continue fighting for his legislation that makes changes to </span>CEQA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:37:46 +0000 Amy Quinton 13704 at http://kvpr.org Governor Brown Says CEQA Changes Aren't Likely Rewritten Water Bond to Include Less Money for Storage http://kvpr.org/post/rewritten-water-bond-include-less-money-storage <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says lawmakers plan to rewrite the $11 billion water bond for the November 2014 ballot – and the new version will likely have less money for storage projects such as dams.</span></p><p class="p3">“There will continue to be a chapter for storage.&nbsp; I don’t think there will be nearly the same amount of money in that chapter as there was in the original bond.&nbsp; And I think there will be de-emphasis, frankly – or at least, on the same surface storage projects,” says Steinberg.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 01:40:24 +0000 Ben Adler 12500 at http://kvpr.org Rewritten Water Bond to Include Less Money for Storage