The pinnacle of Bass’ legislative record was maybe the 2009 California budget deal, a bipartisan settlement to fill a $42-billion budget shortfall through the Great Recession. Bass, then-Assemblyman Mike Villines and their counterparts in the state Senate were awarded the 2010 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for crafting the settlement.
She has reported from Washington since 2005, spending much of that time roaming the halls of the U.S. Before arriving at The Times, Haberkorn spent eight years at Politico writing in regards to the 2010 healthcare law, a story that took her to Congress, the states, healthcare clinics and courtrooms across the country.
Just a few years later, when former Rep. Diane Watson announced she would retire, she too privately inspired Bass to run for her seat. Another consistency in Bass has been her reputation for being a low-key, hardworking teammate who by no means makes a beeline … Read More