According to the Sacramento Bee, one measure of progress in the budget negotiations is the Darrell Steinberg moodmeter. If so, we may be in trouble. The Democratic Senate President Pro Tem talked to reporters at the capital today and said this:

“Just for myself, if these guys don’t start moving and moving fast, I’m prepared to pull the plug. That’s me. Now I’m going to support the governor all the way, but that’s how I feel.”

Question from within the press gaggle: “What does that mean?”

“I mean we’re going to get our floor, we’re going to put up the vote, and if the vote isn’t there, then we are going to consider the other pathways, which you know about. It is high time that this come to a close here…”

So what are those “other pathways” Steinberg cites? KQED’s John Myers looks at possible Plans B and the current status of negotiations, in this report for The California Report today.

Darrell Steinberg on Budget Negotiations: “I’m Prepared to Pull the Plug” (Video) 25 March,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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