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Toni Atkins, the Assembly's speaker to be
Toni Atkins, the Assembly's speaker to be

It's not like the days when a Willie Brown or a Jesse Unruh could all but take out a lease on the Assembly speaker's offices in Sacramento. Term limits mean Toni Atkins will have to vacate the premises not much more than two years after she takes over the gavel in June as the Assembly's next speaker. But she's nothing if not prepared. Starting in 2000, she served eight years as a popular San Diego City Council member, and in 2005, became the city's acting mayor after the incumbent resigned. Atkins was elected to the Assembly in 2010 and reelected in 2012. Now she'll fill one slot in the state's "Big Five" leadership conclaves in the state Capitol. What do you hope to do as speaker? I...

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