Senator Steinberg's Weekly Radio Interview

Steinberg questions if there's enough law enforcement training on mental health

May 27, 2014

Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg spoke to KFBK listeners about the unspeakable violence that took six innocent lives during a shooting rampage at Isla Vista near U.C. Santa Barbara over the weekend. While he emphasized he was not second-guessing the circumstances, he said questions need to be addressed about the how well we heed the warning signs of a severely disturbed person bent on destruction. “Are we providing enough extensive training to our frontline law enforcement officers on mental health?

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Senate leader Steinberg sticks to a prudent budget strategy

May 13, 2014

As the Legislature moves into the final weeks of negotiating a 2014-15 budget and the Governor proposes his May Revision, Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg expressed his view that it’s totally appropriate to ensure California follows a path of continuing our economic recovery and being fiscally prudent. He also told KFBK listeners the Legislature is being aggressive in paying down unfunded liability. “We’re going to pass a rainy day fund this week which will go on the ballot in November.

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Senate leader Steinberg pushes to give all kids a fair start

April 08, 2014

Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg discussed what he calls a “huge opportunity” to give all California preschool kids a fair start with early childhood education under his legislation that will receive its first hearing in committee Wednesday. Speaking during his regular KFBK weekly interview, Steinberg cited what he calls an astounding statistic: “Compared to a middle class or high income four year old, between zero and four (years old), if you’re low income on average you will have heard 30 million fewer words than the other child.

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Steinberg reaffirms commitment to integrity of the Senate

March 18, 2014

Once again addressing the controversy over leaves of absence granted for Senators Rod Wright and Ron Calderon as they face criminal charges, Senate leader Darrell Steinberg pointed out during a KFBK interview that by doing what’s best for the Senate he is actually prolonging the Democrats’ loss of a supermajority in the Senate. “It would be to my political advantage as the Democratic leader to expel Rod Wright, because if we expelled Rod Wright, we would then be able to have Governor Brown call a special election and replace him with another Democrat …  before the end of the session.

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