1:05pm

Wed January 4, 2012
Politics

Connecting the Dots: News roundup for Wednesday, January 4

A peer review group is advising lawmakers to turn down billions of dollars in bond funding for California’s high speed rail project. The group, commissioned by Proposition 1A, is voicing a host of concerns, though they mainly question whether there will be adequate funding for the project in the future...

Another piece of legislation under attack is the California law prohibiting the carrying of an unloaded hand gun. Advocates claim that the open carry ban is a violation of the Second Amendment which protects the right to keep and bear arms for public safety. It is already illegal to carry a loaded gun in public...

Meanwhile Medi-Cal attorneys and California physicians are in a legal battle over a 10% rate cut to some medical service providers of low-income residents...

The state government is a also set to slim down another budget: all 425 of California’s redevelopment agencies could lose funding after a Supreme Court decision ruled in favor of the state last week. City officials are now in the uncomfortable position of asking the Governor to reinstate funding after losing the case...

Meanwhile, Occupy Sacramento protesters held a polite vigil outside of Sacramento’s City Hall, telling the media to expect Occupiers to pop up in places all around town. Demonstrators are looking for other ways to publicize their cause, and they hope that their actions will lead to change locally.

Low measurements of the first Sierra snow could mean bad news for California’s drinking supply this year. The snow survey hasn’t recorded numbers this low – just 19% of the average to date- since 1987. Still the Department of Water Resources says there is plenty of time to catch up...

A company called Icons is proposing to create and sell an action figure of Steve Jobs. It will consists of a one-foot tall figure holding both and iPad and iPhone while wearing a black turtle neck, jeans, and rimless glasses. The other potential design consists of him wearing a Ninja outfit while holding ninja stars.

Connecting the Dots brings together the day’s news.

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