Swanson’s bill is one step away from becoming law

sswanson2.jpgA bill that would tie the return of Oakland’s self-governance to its performance on annual progress reports has just cleared the state Legislature.

Assembly Bill 45 now goes to the governor. Schwarzenegger has until mid-October to sign or veto it. (No clues yet on how he is leaning. Someone in his press office told me he hasn’t taken a position.)

I wasn’t in Sacramento today, but from what I’ve gathered, the debate today in the Assembly was intense.

Our Sacramento reporter says it’s unusual for opponents to launch such strong attacks during this last step of the legislative process. The Assembly already passed the bill earlier this year. Today, assembly members were voting on Senate amendments.

Sandre Swanson, the author of AB45, said he was optimistic it will become law. He’s calling on community members to write and phone the governor in the next couple of weeks.

I know I’ve asked this before, but maybe you were away on summer vacation: Do you support this bill, and why (or why not)?

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.