CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Returning to the Capitol on Monday after a four-month recess, state lawmakers are set to tackle water issues, prison overcrowding and a budget debate that will be shaped largely by the state's rosier economic outlook. Other factors will also affect legislative decisions in 2014: election-year politics, internal leadership battles and a continuing federal corruption investigation into allegations that Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) accepted bribes to exercise influence on bills.
November 13, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Low wages paid by the fast-food industry come with a high public cost for California taxpayers, academics and advocates for the working poor told state lawmakers. Workers at hamburger, pizza and other, mainly franchise, eateries are paid at near-minimum-wage levels, making them eligible for public assistance that totaled an average of $717 million a year in California from 2007 to 2011. The condition of low-wage fry cooks and sandwich makers was the focus of a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly labor committees Wednesday.
October 20, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - It's a wrap for Gov. Jerry Brown, Sacramento's leading man. He closed out the 2013 legislative session by addressing the last of 901 bills sent him by lawmakers: signing 805 and vetoing 96 others. With a sometimes bill-a-minute voting frenzy behind them, legislators now want to slow down and think about a range of problems that dog California. Assembly and Senate committees are holding "interim hearings" around the state. Among the more engaging topics: "Human Rights, Diversity and Race Relations," "Threats to the Pacific Ocean," "Military Sexual Trauma" and "Defense and Aerospace Industry's ability to remain competitive in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013 |
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday that replaces current public school state standardized tests with ones aligned to new national learning goals. The governor's decision also tees up a looming confrontation with the Obama administration, which criticized the California legislation. The new law will pay for school districts to shift quickly to new computerized tests that would be based on learning goals, called the Common Core standards , adopted by 45 states.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 |
The nation's top education official threatened Monday to withhold federal funds if California lawmakers approved pending legislation to revamp the state's standardized testing system. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the warning as AB 484 awaits a full vote of the Assembly and state Senate. The proposed law would end the standardized exams used since 1999 and replace them next spring with a computerized system. The purpose is to advance new learning goals, called the Common Core standards, that have been adopted by 45 states.
August 31, 2013 |
The National Football League's controversial injury legacy conjures images of powerfully built linebackers and fleet-footed running backs hobbled by years of brutal contact at the line of scrimmage. Few pause to consider the humbler kicker. Yet over the last six years, 64 former kickers and punters have filed claims for serious head or brain injuries against their former teams, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of California workers' compensation data. The full article is found here . Among the filers is NFL Hall of Fame placekicker Jan Stenerud, who starred for the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, as well as all-pro performers like Morten Andersen and Norm Johnson.