A steady increase in the Legislature's approval rating over the past two years sharply reversed course this spring, a new Field Poll shows.
Only 35 percent of California voters now view the Legislature favorably, down 8 percentage points from early April. Disapproval ticked up slightly to 47 percent.
Respondents in the April poll almost showed net satisfaction with the Legislature for the first time in over 13 years, marking a huge comeback from the depths of 2010, when fraught budget deliberations nearly pushed lawmakers into single-digit approval.
Then came the news of the corruption scandal involving state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, which immediately swung voter opinion back into the negative. It has continued to slide.
There remains a large partisan divide in views of the Democrat-controlled Legislature, however. Half of Democrats approve of the job lawmakers are doing, while 68 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independent voters disapprove.
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SCHOOL SPIRIT: How are local educators managing the adoption of new Common Core curriculum standards? Is the program on track to deliver the improved instruction and student performance that were promised? Policy Analysis for California Education holds a day-long conference on the implementation of Common Core in California, starting at 10 a.m. in the Department of General Services Auditorium on Capitol Avenue with a welcome from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD: Effective July 1, a new rule for food trucks will allow vendors to sell their items with the presumption that tax is included in the sales price. Board of Equalization member George Runner discusses the change, which is intended to simplify things at the counter, 11 a.m. at 160 Promenade Circle.
JAILHOUSE ROCK: California has had one of the highest recidivism rates in the country for more than a decade, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. Research fellow Magnus Lofstrom presents his findings on recidivism trends in the state, in the context of changes to the corrections system, noon at the CSAC Conference Center on 11th Street.
ETERNAL FLAME: The Law Enforcement Torch Run team, carrying the Special Olympics Flame of Hope, stops by the west steps of the Capitol at 10 a.m. on its way to the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games, which begins at 7 p.m. at UC Davis.
CELEBRATIONS: An early happy birthday to state Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, who turns 64 tomorrow. Best wishes to two Sunday celebrants, as well: Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, will be 40, and Assemblyman Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno, turns 37.