10:14am

Mon January 9, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: top news stories for Monday, January 9

County officials are struggling to provide mental health care for newly released state prisoners under a new law that transfers responsibility for some convicts from the state to local agencies...

Outside the prisons, a state and federal program designed to expand health care coverage for the uninsured will help counties bring more mental health coverage to adults who need it...

Alameda County is revving up for the much anticipated federal Affordable Health Care Act, which officially goes into effect in 2014. The county expects over 150,000 more residents – 10 percent of its population – will receive insurance through the program...

No such good news for local redevelopment agencies, which are scrambling to figure out how they will cope with the large loss of funds from their state-mandated dissolution. The 400 agencies together owe $101 billion in debt...

In theory, those redirected redevelopment funds will help schools. Even so, Governor Jerry Brown has proposed eliminating school transportation funding, which could drastically impact children in rural areas...

By 2015, children with birthdays after September 1 and before December 2 will no longer be able to enter kindergarten with the new school year. Instead, they'll be placed in a two-year transitional kindergarten program. Educators say the program will be more age and developmentally appropriate...

Meanwhile, educators would also like to relieve some of the stress high schoolers experience by placing a cap on how many AP classes students can take...

California's Legislative Analyst's Office says California's public colleges and universities should be more accountable to the public...

And Occupy Oakland protesters say police also need more accountability. After clashing violently with authorities on Saturday night, protesters pledged to hold weekly demonstrations...

At least Bay Area housing prices are expected to stabilize, according to one real estate valuations company...

But that won't help many San Francisco 49ers fans who will have to pay $80,000 per year to own a 50-yard line seat at the new Santa Clara stadium.

Connecting the Dots brings the day's news together.