Under DeSaulnier, the Transportation Committee may never be the same. The panel’s vice chairman also sports a name with French origins, Assemblyman Mike Duvall, R-Brea.
As the unofficial Assembly “French Caucus,” DeSaulnier says the pair will institute immediate changes. The committee will now serve wine and baguettes, take two-hour lunches and have afternoon naps. Members will also receive an eight-week, paid vacation every summer.
And this is different from what they do now in what way?
(I’m kidding. French bread has way too many carbs.)
Seriously, though, it’s a prestigious if short gig.
DeSaulnier is leaving the Assembly at the end of the year. He’s running unopposed for the state Senate in the upcoming Democratic primary election on June 3.
He will have a Republican opponent in November, political unknown businessman Christian Amsberry of Walnut Creek. But barring a massive political misstep, DeSaulnier is highly likely to prevail in November the heavily Democratic Senate District 7.
DeSaulnier landed the Assembly post as part of a leadership cascade that started when outgoing Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez stripped two members of their chairmanships after they conspired against him in the fight to name Assemblywoman Karen Bass as the new speaker.
As a result, the former Transportation Committee Chairman and Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, is moving to chair the banking committee.