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De León throws extravagant bash as Steinberg quietly leaves
De León throws extravagant bash as Steinberg quietly leaves

State Sen. Darrell Steinberg officially stepped off the stage last week. And Sen. Kevin de León stepped on it. Did he ever! Drums, mariachis, a color guard, political VIPs. It was a full-throated "inauguration" at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles for De León as the new Senate leader. Corporate interests — oil, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and others that lobby Sacramento — paid for the $50,000 bash through the Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation. De León is the first Latino to lead the California Senate in 131 years. So the L.A. Democrat's ascension to the top of the legislative heap does carry historical...

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