1:14pm

Thu March 29, 2012
Afternoon News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Thursday, March 29, 2012

 

State funds are being readily directed at California’s transportation overhaul. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission approved a $1.5 billion dollar plan to expand Caltrain so that it can hold more riders and accommodate a high-speed rail by 2019…

But legislators know that when it comes to the state’s budget, something’s got to give. In a newly laid out Republican budget plan, cuts to state worker pay, affordable housing, mental health and childhood development funds would allegedly spare the state $9.2 billion. The plan also happens to include $200 million in fines to PG&E for the San Bruno blast…

Another piece of California legislation is more forgiving. A bipartisan duo from the state assembly has put forth legislation that would grant work permits to longstanding undocumented workers in California. The bill is called AB 1544…

As demand for water grows, federal and state officials are looking for ways to preserve our natural resources. A report released Thursday by a diverse team of scientists revealed that there is no simple solution to the environmental issues surrounding water collection from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta…

Appointed by President Obama, the first Latina to snag a spot for the Northern California District of the U.S. District Courts is Piedmont’s Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers…

Ten Oakland parents, teachers and students were arrested this morning after their sit-in on an Oakland school board meeting turned unruly. The activists were protesting the school district’s plan to shut down five schools to ease its budget deficit.

 

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