Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Is the Golden State "golden" for kids?

According to a recent study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, California ranks 38th in the nation when it comes to the well-being of its children. Researchers estimate that 23 percent -- almost one of every four -- children in this state are currently living in poverty.

Why do a district attorney and a retired vice admiral care? We care because we understand that the steps we take today to address poverty will have a lasting impact on both public safety and national security in the long run.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lawmakers' attempt to entice the University of California to enroll 5,000 more Californians by promising an extra $25 million has failed this year — in-state admissions actually declined — but the state's offer will stand for one more year.

Concerned that the coveted public institution is closing the door to so many Californians this year while admitting record numbers of students from out of state, lawmakers invited UC admissions officials to address a joint hearing of the Assembly's Education Finance and Higher Education committees Wednesday.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Craig Kamikawa rarely leaves home without his handgun. A resident of the Greenhaven-Pocket neighborhood who works at a fishing tackle shop, Kamikawa keeps it holstered at his hip when he steps into the streets of Sacramento, where a new wave of concealed-weapon permits could turn the city into a modern-day American Wild West.

Kamikawa says he received his concealed-carry weapon permit, or CCW, in 2012, after a thorough review and exam. He is a member of a social group called the Pink Pistols that meets, talks guns and shoots at targets once a month. His gun is for self-defense, he says. But although he is not eager to ever have to use it outside the shooting range, he says he’s ready to shoot a person if the occasion calls for it.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Sacramento Bee’s editorial, “State, UC disappoint with budget tricks” (June 28), regarding the UC budget seems to scold the Legislature for not simply writing a blank check with no oversight or direction. Context is needed to understand why this budget is the most generous in nearly a decade, while asking UC to reprioritize access for California students.

Let’s start with this: We support UC and UC students. Beginning with a plan proposed last November by Speaker Toni Atkins, the Assembly sought to boost funding for UC over Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 4 percent increase.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

University of California campuses are accepting fewer freshmen from California this fall,making good on a threat to boost revenues with out-of-state tuition if lawmakers did not provide more funding.

UC Davis will have one of the largest increases of nonresident freshmen among the UC campuses – 2,100 more than in 2014 – if all of them show up, according to information released Thursday.UC Davis has sent out 1,999 fewer acceptance letters to Californians than last fall.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Legislature's Budget Conference Committee voted to use part of the influx of new state funding to increase spending for preschool and child care for low-income families by $392 million next year, an amount that would be added to the $88 million Gov. Jerry Brown included in his May budget revision.

The proposal would increase the number of preschool slots and vouchers for daycare, raise reimbursement rates to preschool operators and daycare providers, include infants and toddler centers in a state quality rating system and increase the family income threshold for eligibility.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

As last week's protests in Baltimore renewed the national debate on the use of force by police, California lawmakers have been grappling with how to address the fractured relationship between law enforcement and minority communities.

At least 20 proposals to regulate body cameras worn by cops, revamp the prosecution of deadly force cases and impose other measures were made in the wake of high-profile killings by police in Ferguson, Mo., New York City, Cleveland and elsewhere. Lawmakers are trying to capitalize on the heightened public interest in one of the country's most vexing social and political problems.