Hector Amezcua / hamezcua@sacbee.com

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, would be a great choice to fill one of the state Supreme Court vacancies, a Ventura County columnist writes.

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    Lawmakers will hit the road after their floor sessions today, basking in a monthlong summer recess. The break will mark the fourth year in a row legislators have been able to count on an uninterrupted summer breather after enacting a state budget. The last extended battle over the budget came in 2010, a 100-day standoff that lasted until October. Voters responded with Proposition 25, which stripped the minority party of its power to block the annual spending plan.

    – Bee Capitol Bureau

The Buzz: Could it be Supreme Court Justice Darrell Steinberg?

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 2, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Termed-out Steinberg touted for state high court

With the end nearing this fall of Senate leader Darrell Steinberg’s long career representing Sacramento in the state Legislature, a political guessing game of sorts has emerged in the capital city: What Will Darrell Do?

In earlier rounds, the Sacramento Democrat said he’d explore running for Sacramento district attorney (he didn’t), Sacramento mayor (he still could) and California attorney general (didn’t happen).

In the latest iteration of the game, Ventura County Star Columnist Timm Herdt makes the case that Gov. Jerry Brown should appoint Steinberg to fill one of two openings on the California Supreme Court. Herdt praised Steinberg as the “most productive legislative leader” since term limits were imposed, and argued for his broad expertise in state law and his skill as a consensus-builder.

Herdt wrote that Steinberg – who worked as an employee-rights lawyer and an administrative law judge before being elected to the Legislature – would be a “soberly creative” choice for Brown.

As for the possibility of a Mayor Steinberg? Herdt says it’s “a position for which he seems overqualified.”

– Laurel Rosenhall

Worth repeating

“I would say that this water bond is more complex than dealing with our state budget.”

ASSEMBLY SPEAKER TONI ATKINS, San Diego Democrat, to Capital Public Radio.

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