"Freshman Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) is a good example. When his local senator announced that she wouldn't seek reelection next year, instead of immediately plotting to move up to her seat — the normal instinct — Levine decided to remain in the lower house.
'I'm part of an historic freshman class that will have an opportunity to work together for 12 years,' he told me. 'We can build relationships and get our hands dirty learning about issues. We'll have time to review the laws we pass and make them better or get rid of them.'
It's called oversight, a necessary legislative role that all but disappeared under term limits. It's about taking the long view and planning for California's future."