Ellen Corbett named to Senate Budget Committee

State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett will serve out her final year in the Legislature with a seat on one of its most vital committees.

Ellen CorbettCorbett, D-San Leandro, was named to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday, and will chair its Health and Human Services subcommittee; the appointment made by the Senate Rules Committee takes effect immediately. The 16-member committee must analyze the state budget proposal that Gov. Jerry Brown offered this month.

“I look forward to working closely with all stakeholders to ensure that the state budget process continues to be transparent and constituent-oriented,” Corbett said in a news release.

She said she’s confident she and her colleagues can produce a final budget “that is both reasonable and ensures that the best interests of Californians are protected,” particularly in her subcommittee’s area. “After previous years of cuts to important health and human services programs, I look forward to approving a budget that minimizes the short- and long-term impacts to the most vulnerable segments of our population, including children, seniors and adults with developmental and other disabilities.”

Corbett also is campaigning this year to unseat fellow Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Pleasanton, in the East Bay’s 15th Congressional District.

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  • Elwood

    Does Corbett have a death wish?

    Swalwell will kick her *** big time.

  • Miracles of Miracles . . . Elwood and I agree!

  • JohnW

    Probably so. But it would be fun to have actual competition for the seat this time. I like what I see in Swalwell so far. But I didn’t vote for him before, because I objected to the fact that a half-term small town city councilman with few stated positions on the issues was being handed the job on a silver platter.

  • Elwood

    Au contraire, I think it was pretty ballsy of Swalwell to run against an entrenched incumbent. I don’t think the silver platter analogy is apt. We need more young people willing to take a chance.

  • Richard Woulfe

    Swalwell has done a great job so far, I like his work ethic, he get’s more done in a week than Pete Stark got done in six months, he just all over the place. I myself don’t understand the thinking behind the Corbett candidacy, it’s highly unlikely she can beat Swalwell; why is she running? You can only conclude Corbett needs a job, she will be termed out soon, of course. That’s no reason to replace this fine young go-getter of a Congressman.

  • JohnW

    We in Northern California seem to have an aversion to competition for political jobs.

    In the LA area, long-time Dem Congressman, Henry Waxman, just announced his plan to retire. Several credible candidates are lined up to compete for his seat: an assemblyman, a state senator, a radio host, the CA secretary of state and even Sandra Fluke.

    But up here, George Miller’s seat opens up and, within a week, we are down to one choice. If Ellen Corbett wants to run and thinks she stands a chance, then she should run.

    It’s not like Eric Swalwell is some sort of revered political icon. He was smart enough to take advantage of a unique situation. But, if it had been George Miller’s seat, and Eric was a first-term Walnut Creek city council member, his candidacy would have been a joke.

  • Marga

    What I find interesting is how much more concerned is Honda about Khanna than Swalwell about Corbett. There is a lot of anti-Khanna stuff coming out, but not very much anti-Corbett. To me that suggests that Swalwell has polled and that he feels safe.

  • Not surprising, and while I’m sure polling has been done, it’s hardly necessary. Honda has staked out the left end of the political spectrum, so Khanna – running as even slightly more moderate – stands to gain any votes to Honda’s right. Corbett, on the other hand, is a pretty liberal labor-backed Democrat who will find it hard to attract any voters to Swalwell’s right: Her zone of appeal looks narrower from the get-go.

  • Marga

    I think Corbett could have attracted votes to Swalwell’s right by 1- Concentrating on civil liberties (including gun rights) and going after libertarians and 2- Pointing out just how cozy Swawell is with Pelossi, and how he’s basically his proxy. According to Swalwell himself, only once he voted differently than the speaker. But she hasn’t.

    I think when push comes to shove, these intra-Democrat races are unlikely to be about policy. All the candidates are too similar for that. I think they’ll be more about how good a job the incumbent is doing at serving his constituents. And I get a feeling that Swalwell has Corbett beat there. But I do think Swalwell has polled.

    As I don’t live anywhere near CD17, I don’t know how good a job Honda is doing. Do you get any sense?