Shocker: CEQA reform lawmaker abruptly resigns

By Andrew S Ross : SFGate.com – excerpt

…today was supposed to see the unveiling of a CEQA reform bill, co-authored by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and Sen. Michael Rubio, D-Bakersfield.
Based on yesterday’s interview with the Democratic leader, Steinberg seemed to be at odds with Rubio about some elements of the reform proposal, but said the two would be definitely seeing eye-to-eye by today
Apparently not.

From the Sacramento Bee:
State Sen. Michael Rubio announced today that he is resigning from the state Legislature and taking a job directing California governmental affairs for Chevron Corporation.
The East Bakersfield Democrat cited a desire to spend more time with his family in a statement released today, saying he “realized that my current professional path has left little opportunity to be home for those who are most important to me, which is why I am making a change.”
One of the upper house’s most moderate members, Rubio was leading a push to overhaul the California Environmental Quality Act. He was named chair of the Environmental Quality Committee last year and has worked closely with Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg on drafting legislation for the upcoming session.
Rubio said in the statement that his resignation is effective today.., (more)

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