by Ben Christopher
Will the last legislator in the building please turn out the lights?
Propelled by approaching term limits, new district lines and a raft of political opportunities outside the state Capitol, more than a dozen California lawmakers have sought employment elsewhere.
At last count, an exodus of 15 Assembly members and state senators have either opted not to seek re-election in November or have already called it quits mid-term. That doesn’t include the seven members, all senators, who are barred from seeking reelection in 2022 by legislative term limits. Nor does it include Murrieta Republican Kelly Seyarto, who is hoping to jump from the Assembly to the Senate, or Orange County Republican Janet Nguyen, hoping to do the same.
It’s not just the number; it’s also the power and stature of those leaving.
Last week alone, the Capitol bid farewell to progressive…