Connecting the Dots

(San Jose Mercury News) // Monday's Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's controversial immigration law upheld the mandate for a police officer to ask for a person's immigration papers after stopping them. In California, the law is not so different from Arizona's, but enforcement varies widely and is often up to the discretion of individual officers…

(Oakland Tribune)  // A UCLA Anderson jobs forecast says unemployment in California will remain in the double digits until next year...

((LA Times)) // The Supreme Court is set to rule on the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care reform act in the coming weeks. If the so-called “individual mandate” is struck down, California stands to lose. State officials worry that California could lose out on as much as $15 billion annually to provide medical care for the nearly 20 percent of the population that is uninsured…

(SF Bay Guardian) // Creative, artistically minded people are leaving San Francisco in search of affordable housing in the East Bay. Oakland is fast becoming the new hip location for the working class and young artists driven out of San Francisco by sky-rocketing rents. Oakland City Council member Rebecca Kaplan says those moving into Oakland and surrounding East Bay cities are of many different ethnicities including Ethiopian, Eritrean, and Vietnamese...

(SF Gate) // There's still no BART service between Oakland and San Francisco. An early-morning fire at a West Oakland construction site badly damaged tracks, forcing commuters to buses, ferries, or a Bay Bridge that several people have described as a "parking lot." BART hopes to have at least one track open by later today...

(Sacramento Bee) // Governor Jerry Brown is quietly moving to cut the number of retirees working for the state, but opponents of his plan say the cuts won't save significant money and will eliminate a pool of affordable and experienced workers...

(Sacramento Bee) // Assembly and Senate Democrat leaders are attempting to block the governor’s proposed cuts to programs that benefit the poor. They met with Brown yesterday to outline a budget plan that has a smaller reserve fund and cuts an obsolete high school scholarship. Since Democrats can pass a budget proposal with a simple majority, they have left Republicans at the periphery of the discussion and expect to present their budget plan to the governor Friday…

(LA Times) // High-Speed Rail construction is facing challenges over its environmental impact on both air quality and endangered species. Concerns include the problematic air quality in the San Joaquin Valley where about 1 out of 7 children have been diagnosed with asthma, and federal biologists say 11 endangered species will be impacted.

(San Jose Mercury News) // There are still 1 million votes left to tally in the vote for Proposition 29, the San Jose Mercury News projects a loss for the proposed cigarette tax hike. A vast majority of the votes left uncounted come from districts in the southern part of the state, where there was less support for the initiative to raise the state tax on packs of cigarettes to $1...

(SF Gate) // Proposition A, which aimed to break Recology’s stronghold as San Francisco’s sole waste management company, was overwhelmingly rejected by voters yesterday. The measure would have separated the trash and recycling services for the city into separate district controlled by different companies, which is a common model for most cities in California.

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