Editorial: That didn't take long
Published: December 7, 2012
ON MONDAY, members of the new California
Assembly and Senate took their oaths of office. Both houses now
have super-majorities from the Democratic Party, something that
hasn’t happened since 1883. Needless to say, in those long-ago
days, the Democrats were something completely different from
what they are now. So for the first time in history,
Californians are about to learn what it’s like to live under an
The swearing-in ceremonies were marked by the usual expressions
of gratitude and humility, along with promises not to go off on
crazy spending sprees and tax-hiking binges.
In remarks to the new Assembly, Speaker John Perez said it
faces a “sober, profound responsibility” during the coming year.
Senate President Darrell Steinberg agreed, promising that
Democrats wouldn’t “come hurtling out of the gates talking about
But before the ink had a chance to dry on their remarks, there
were plenty of signs that, instead of restraint, the new
California Legislature is, in fact, headed off in a completely
Looney Tunes direction.
- Reacting to mean-spirited laws enacted in conservative places
such as San Francisco and Berkeley, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano this
week introduced a bill he calls the “homeless bill of rights,”
which would prohibit cities and counties from barring things
such as sleeping on the sidewalk and urinating in public.
- In October, California decided to issue driver’s licenses to
young illegal immigrants under the Obama “Dream Act” amnesty
policy — a bill that passed the Legislature when Democrats had
simple majorities. Now, Assemblyman Luis Alejo has introduced a
bill to issue driver’s licenses to all illegals. He’s also
introduced a bill to protect illegal immigrants from deportation
unless they’ve committed “serious or violent” felonies (as
opposed to non-serious felonies).
- Democrats are practically lining up to “reform” Prop 13.
Ammiano’s contribution to this great cause is a bill to remove
business property from Prop 13’s protections. And his colleague,
Mark Leno, has introduced a separate bill to make it easier for
communities to increase property taxes on homeowners for
All that, and the Legislature hasn’t even been in session a
week. The next two years are going to be one wild ride ....