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DeSaulnier appointed chairman of reform panel

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 at 12:03 pm in 2009 CD10 special election, California Senate.

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, who lost Tuesday’s special 10th Congressional District special election, has been appointed co-chair of a joint Senate-Assembly committee on reform.

The committee will look at ways to make government and the legislative process more efficient.

It looks as though DeSaulnier is moving on after what had to be a disappointing loss. But I have never known him to spend any time feeling sorry for himself. He had plenty on his plate at the Senate before the 10th District seat unexpectedly opened in February and diverted his attention. He has repeatedly told me how much he enjoys his job in the Senate, and he is clearly getting back to it.

Read on for the press release out a few minutes ago:

Steinberg, Bass Appoint Joint Select Committee on Reform

SACRAMENTO -Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) joined Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) today to announce the creation of the Joint Select Committee on Reform. The committee will look at ways to make the Legislature more transparent and effective and make state government more efficient and customer friendly.

“Today, the legislature is coming together in a bipartisan, bicameral way to launch a real effort to reform our system of government and make that government work better for the people of California,” Bass said. “Some of these proposals are already in the legislative pipeline. Others have been advanced by outside groups including those advanced by California Forward. Others will be brought forward by the public and good government groups as the process moves forward.”

“Everybody understands that the current system isn’t working for anybody,” Steinberg said. “There are plenty of great ideas out there but the Legislature must be part of the reform process. There is a loud cry for change in how we do things and this Legislature hears that cry and is ready to respond.”

Chairing the Joint Select Committee on Reform are Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) and Assemblymember Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles).

“Sacramento’s systemic problems predate today’s legislature, and will be around long after it if we don’t act now,” said DeSaulnier. “We weren’t sent to Sacramento to avoid the problems staring us in the face. This is the work we were elected to do.”

“We need to create the conditions for innovative, efficient, successful government – government that reflects long-term thinking about Californians’ top priorities,” said Feuer. “We need to earn Californians’ faith in our capacity to lead, and we need to do it now. This will be an ambitious effort, drawing on the best ideas here, and across the nation.”

The Joint Select Committee on Reform is tasked with:

Giving Californians more value for their tax dollars by making government more efficient and accountable.

Prioritizing key issues, so government makes the tough decisions and only turns to the voters when absolutely necessary.

Cutting through the gridlock caused by outmoded rules and undue partisanship.

Making government more transparent and accessible from around the state.

Diminishing the influence of special interests.

Making government more customer-friendly.

Creating a process that encourages decisions that reflect long-term thinking, not short-term band-aids.

Additional members of the Joint Select Committee on Reform and a schedule of hearings that will take place over interim recess will be announced in the coming days.


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  • Cindy Shannon

    This is great and I am genuinely happy for DeSaulnier. But, it will be interesting to contrast this with what happens to Buchanan. The boys slap the boy on the back and help him out with a plum position…but God help the women when she steps out of line and reaches for the brass ring but comes up short.

    Well behaved women rarely make history.

  • ted ford

    Cindy, there’s more to it than gender. Many women get appointed to plum jobs, but hopefully it is not because they are women, but because they are best qualified. In yesterday’s election, that vast majority of women voters did not vote for Joan Buchanan. Why do you think that is?

  • Arne Simonsen

    If the joint committee was to be truly ‘bipartisan’ then there would have been a Democrat and a Republican selected as co-chairs.

  • Elwood

    With Cindy it’s all about gender.

    The man is conspiring to keep women down!

    I’d hate to go through life with a world view like that. I’ve never known it to be productive.

  • Jesse L.

    Sounds like the CA State Legislature is trying to play catch-up with the many organizations placing demands on them. Or maybe this is all just in response to 2009 CA-10 campaign claims by opponents “the special interest organizations have been able to shape policy with their ‘PAC Money,’ leaving the voters completely out of the process until it came time to get re-elected.”

  • bilgewater

    The best solution for the California Legislature is the one now proposed in Massachusetts.The women of this state need to find the best women in their communities and form a First Female Party.
    Watching the governor and legislature has made me leary of male leadership for the state.Perhaps a simpler non-partisan party of women could break the morass and budgetary problems.
    A major part of the present problems have to do with court mandated redistricting which protects incumbents.
    This created gridlock.Let’s break the gridlock using the same districts.

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  • http://Moravecglobal.com Transparency

    74% of the $850,000 raised for Senator Mark Desailnier came from Sacramento. Sacramento is not in the Senator’s seventh senate district. U now have an explanation of why the voices of the seventh senate are not heard on legislation in the California State Senate
    Pass it on!