Following the path of powerful state politicians from the Capitol to the helm of some of California’s largest cities, former state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will be sworn in as mayor of Sacramento this evening.
Steinberg becomes the latest former state lawmaker to make the jump to City Hall. Before him, longtime Assembly Speaker Willie Brown became mayor of San Francisco in 1996. About 15 years after his first stint as governor, Jerry Brown was elected the mayor of Oakland. Most recently, Antonio Villaraigosa ran Los Angeles for eight years after serving in the Legislature, including a few years as Assembly speaker.
Steinberg’s 5 p.m. swearing-in ceremony at the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento caps a three-day, $200,000 privately funded inauguration celebration. As part of his message of giving back to the community, the mayor-elect traveled to Sacramento’s eight council districts to participate in service projects over the weekend.
WORTH REPEATING: “I guess it takes a champion to know a champion.” - Carly Fiorina, bitter rival to President-elect Donald Trump during the campaign, after admiring former NBA great Shaquille O’Neal’s shoe on display in Trump’s office on Monday.
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CALIFORNIA ECONOMIC SUMMIT: California Forward and the California Stewardship Network kick off a two-day economic summit today at the Sacramento Convention Center. The summit gathers leaders in the public and private sectors to discuss upward mobility in California and ways to combat rising living costs and poverty. The list of speakers includes Steinberg, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, UC President Janet Napolitano, and Assemblymen Joaquin Arambula and Chad Mayes.
BY THE NUMBERS: Unlike four years ago, Republican candidates for the state Assembly and House of Representatives significantly outpolled their party’s top-of-the-ticket last month, final county results from the Nov. 8 election show. Republican House candidates collectively received 4.68 million votes, about 200,000 more than president-elect Donald Trump, according to final county tallies, even though nine House contests lacked a GOP contender. Republican candidates for the Assembly, meanwhile, collected 4.84 million votes, 362,000 more than Trump, despite the lack of a GOP candidate in 16 races. Secretary of State Alex Padilla is scheduled to certify last month’s results later this week.
CHECKING IT TWICE: The Citizen Hotel, a Sacramento hotel between City Hall and the State Capitol, unveils its annual “Naughty & Nice List” this morning. In a year with plenty of political snafus, elected officials are notably missing from this year’s round-up. Instead the hotel filled up the naughty list with the “2016 Elections,” shamed swimmer Ryan Lochte, Sinaloa Cartel boss El Chapo Guzman and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s pie-wielding attacker Sean Thompson. The “Final 5” gymnastics team, Golden 1 Center and the Netflix show “Stranger Things” made the nice list.
CELEBRATE: Happy birthday to Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, who turns 74 today.
Jim Miller of The Bee Capitol Bureau contributed to this report.