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The Buzz: Steinberg to launch mental health foundation

Steinberg foundation will

deal with mental health

Outgoing Senate leader Darrell Steinberg will form a foundation to work on mental health policy issues, an area that has long been a priority for the Sacramento Democrat.

It was the most definitive Steinberg has been yet about his plans after leaving office, though he has been active in mental health policymaking for many years. A decade ago, Steinberg pushed Proposition 63 to levy a tax on millionaires to fund programs for the mentally ill.

Steinberg’s interest in mental health care is personal, too. His 20-year-old daughter, Jordana, struggled her entire childhood with a severe mood disorder, and spent many years living apart from the family while she was in psychiatric care facilities.

Steinberg has said there was not a political office open this year that interested him, and that he planned to go into private practice as a lawyer while pursuing foundation work.

He has said he hopes to hold office again, and continues raising money toward that ambition. Steinberg held a $500-per-person reception at the Citizen Hotel on Wednesday to benefit his potential 2018 campaign for lieutenant governor.

Laurel Rosenhall

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Table Mountain Rancheria has contributed another $5.2 million to the campaign opposing Proposition 48, the referendum on a 2013 casino deal between the state and the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians that would allow the tribe to build a casino off Highway 99 in Madera. The Table Mountain tribe’s contribution, an in-kind donation of TV and Internet advertising, brings its no-on-48 investment to more than $8 million. The donation was part of $12.5 million that was contributed to various campaigns on Tuesday.

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