Randall Benton / rbenton@sacbee.com

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, shown at the Democratic convention, started 2013 with $1.4 million in campaign cash.

The Buzz: District Attorney Darrell Steinberg? Senator 'may look at it'

Published: Monday, Apr. 22, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

Steinberg speculation includes possible DA bid

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has less than 20 months left in his final term in the California Legislature, and political circles are already speculating about what he will do next.

One of the latest theories is that Steinberg – a Sacramento Democrat who's been assemblyman and city councilman – will seek to return to local office by running for Sacramento County district attorney.

Longtime District Attorney Jan Scully announced earlier this year that she won't seek re-election in 2014. Steinberg, an attorney, hasn't ruled out a run for that seat, but he says he's keeping his options open.

"I'm at that point now where I'm beginning to look at what I might do next in life, and hopefully I'm going to have all kinds of options," he said Thursday.

"A few people are talking about that, and I may look at it. I may look at it, but I'm not close to making any decisions."

Other possibilities floated by political insiders include campaigns for mayor or Congress, a judicial appointment or a return to private law practice.

Whatever path Steinberg pursues, he has plenty of political cash stored away. As of the end of 2012, he had more than $1.4 million in two campaign accounts, including one for a 2018 lieutenant governor run.

AT THE CAPITOL

It's Earth Day, and Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and former Gov. Jerry Brown adviser Michael Picker, now with SMUD, are using the occasion to showcase programs reducing energy consumption at the Capitol building and the Legislative Office Building, including LED light installation. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. in the Capitol's room 317.

WORTH REPEATING

"When you think of California, you think of the beach, you think of surfing."

ASSEMBLYMAN IAN CALDERON, D-Whittier, who joins fellow members of the Assembly "Surf Caucus" – Democrats Al Muratsuchi of Torrance and Das Williams of Santa Barbara – in an Assembly Access video urging Californians to participate in Earth Day

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