SACRAMENTO -- The chance that Southern Californians may lead both the state Senate and Assembly in the next year is drawing concern from groups including the Bay Area Council.
They note it has been a tradition for decades that if a Northern California lawmaker led the Senate, a Southern Californian would lead the Assembly.
The last time one geographical area produced the leader of both houses was 1995, when Democrat
It has been nearly four decades since Southern Californians led both houses.
In 1974, Democrat James R. Mills of Coronado led the Senate and Democrat Robert Moretti of Los Angeles led the Assembly, according to Schmidt.
Currently, the Senate is led by Sacramento Democrat
In the Assembly, a leading contender to become speaker is Assemblywoman
The Bay Area Council is launching a PR campaign encouraging a continued sharing of power. "Northern California Threatened by Leadership Vote" is the title of an opinion piece written by Bay Area Council President Jim Wunderman to rally politicians to act.
"This year, Southern California leaders could seize complete control of the state legislature, winning leadership of both the Senate and the Assembly," Wunderman wrote. "We respect the importance of Southern California and often work closely with leaders there on key issues, but, for the good of California, we must continue to share leadership."