Musical chairs for three local Assembly members

Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, will take over as chairwoman of the Assembly Budget Committee, Speaker John Perez has just announced.

Perez, D-Los Angeles, named Skinner to replacy Bob Blumenfield, D-San Fernando Valley, who was elected to the Los Angeles City Council.

That sets the dominoes a-fallin’, of course. Perez also announced that Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, will replace Skinner as chairman of the Assembly Rules Committee, and Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, will replace Gordon as chairwoman of the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee.

The appointments take effect July 3.

UPDATE @ 6:30 P.M.: Aaaaaaaand, everybody’s happy!

“I thank Speaker Pérez for appointing me chair of the Budget Committee,” Skinner said. “I look forward to taking on this new and challenging role. Filling the shoes of Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield, whose leadership and vision has helped California pass a balanced on-time budget for a third year in a row, is an honor. As budget chair, I look forward to putting education first, delivering essential services and strengthening California’s economic prosperity.”

“It is an honor to be appointed to Chair the Assembly Rules Committee, and I thank the Speaker for entrusting me with this responsibility,” Gordon said. “I plan to continue the good work of my predecessor, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that the Assembly continues to be a strong and vibrant institution.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Patty O’Day

    Good luck with Skinner as Chair of the Budget Committee. I attended her waste of time “Town Hall” last night in Pinole. Besides all her other “Look What I have done!” bragging, she reported that thanks to Prop 39 passing, they took the One Billion Dollars they got and put $500,000 in one area, and $500,000 in another area. I wonder if they put the other $999,000,000 in the Parks & Rec Department’s secret slush fund account.

  • RR senile columnist

    Patty O’ : Better ask Amy Poehler about Parks&Rec funds

  • Jon Villa

    Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) needs to explain her long pattern of endorsing anti-gay political candidates in the Bay Area. In 2010, Susan Bonilla endorsed Jeff Adams, a major donor to anti-gay causes, when he ran unsuccessfully for Mt. Diablo school board (Concord/Pleasant Hill/Clayton/Walnut Creek).

    (1) Jeff Adams was a $5,000 donor to the Yes on 8 campaign in 2008. Proposition 8 ended marriage equality in California until federal courts ruled it unconstitutional.


    (2) Susan Bonilla endorsed Adams for school board in 2010. See Adams’ Twitter feed:


    ‏@ElectJeffAdams 29 Sep 10

    Thanks to Susan Bonilla, County Supervisor and formerly a teacher at Concord High, for supporting Jeff Adams for MDUSD School Board.


    ‏@ElectJeffAdams 2 Nov 10

    Join County Supervisor Susan Bonilla & Mayors Sue Rainey
    (WC) and Hank Stratford (Clayton) in electing Jeff Adams to the MDUSD School Board!

    (3) Smartvoter website by League of Women Voters also shows that Bonilla endorsed Adams – see two web pages:


    Key Endorsements

    Susan Bonilla, County Supervisor, former Concord Mayor/MDUSD Teacher



    Susan Bonilla (Contra Costa County Supervisor, former
    Concord Mayor and former MDUSD Teacher)

    In 2013, Susan Bonilla endorsed Tony Summers, a candidate for Vallejo City Council who also has taken anti-gay stands.

    (4) Tony Summers, a pastor of a Vallejo congregation, is associated with conservative Christian

    “Dominionist” ideology activities and the Rev. Ed Silvoso, president of San Jose-based Harvest Evangelism. These movements have anti-gay goals, both in Vallejo (opposition to anti-bullying of LGBT students in local schools) and internationally (oppression of gays and lesbians in Africa).





    (5) Susan Bonilla heads the list of endorsements on Summers’ campaign website:


    Elected and Appointed Officials**

    Susan Bonilla, State Assemblywoman

    Why does Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla repeatedly endorse anti-gay candidates? Will Ms. Bonilla repudiate her endorsement of Mr. Summers for Vallejo city council? If Ms. Bonilla runs for state senate in 2016, can we trust her?

  • Elwood

    RE: John Villa

    Who gives a rip?