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Leland Yee, Darrell Steinberg make Citizen Hotel’s naughty/nice list

The Citizen Hotel’s famous naughty/nice list, 2014 edition
The Citizen Hotel’s famous naughty/nice list, 2014 edition The Sacramento Bee

If Santa dispensed with the coal and started punishing people with FBI investigations, his methodology would be closer to the Citizen Hotel’s moral sorting.

The Sacramento hotel has posted its annual naughty and nice list in the window, and a few of the names on there should ring familiar to California politics watchers.

On the naughty side of the ledger are former Sen. Leland Yee and Shrimp Boy, two targets of a wide-ranging federal sting that involved multiple undercover agents and alleged bribes, drug-buying and gunrunning. Yee has since been suspended, as has former Sen. Ron Calderon – another lawmaker who landed on the Naughty List after drawing federal scrutiny.

Former Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg fared better. Steinberg just concluded a 14-year run in the Legislature, including as leader of Senate Democrats through some turbulent times, and he has been rewarded with a “Darrell Steinberg’s Service” entry on the Nice list. You can read Steinberg’s thoughts on his tenure here.

Other entries on the list included the drought and former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling (naughty) versus San Francisco Giants postseason hero and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Madison Bumgarner and Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson (nice).

Call Jeremy B. White, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5543.