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THE NOONER for January 16, 2013

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Governor Jerry Brown is taking advantage of the short January days of little legislative action, announcing a partnership between San Jose State University and Udacity to provide faculty-enhanced online coursework for students both enrolled and not enrolled in the university. The courses will be $150, about the cost of an equivalent community college class.

David Siders has the story of how Udacity became San Jose State's partner, which apparently involved the governor sending an email to Udacity's CEO after reading about it in the New York Times. 

Brown heads to the UC Regents meeting today and will undoubtedly talk about online education, and also take a bit of a victory lap for his work on Proposition 30. The Regents, not unlike the Sacramento political class, were surprised by the easy passage of 30 and had been prepared to accommodate further budget cuts. Instead, the budget provides the system (and the CSU system) $125 million each more in 2013-14. Now the governor is using his political chits to urge UC and CSU to teach more, research less, and offer more online, writes Anthony York.

The budget is not scheduled to be formally discussed until tomorrow, and it doesn't look like the governor will be there. There are no fees or compensation issues on the agenda. The governor is scheduled to attend the California State University Board of Trustees meeting next Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the governor pushes back on the concept of state assistance to help Oakland break the violent crime wave, while mayor Jean Quan heads to Washington for the inauguration.



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REVENGE: Berman-Sherman rivalry burns on [Jonathan Allen @ Politico]

ICYMI: The governor named Karen Stapf Walters, former lobbyist for the Association of California School Administrators, as executive director of the State Board of Education. She succeeds retiring Sue Bird, who is staying around after being appointed Monday to a vacancy on the board.  


Analyst, Lawmaker Fault Brown's Clean Energy Spending Plans
When Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor rolled out his review of Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal on Monday, some of his sharpest criticisms involved plans for new tax money generated by a change in corporate taxes. The change, approved by voters...

Real Budget Numbers Way Higher Than Politicians Let On
Dan Walters @
When Capitol politicians and others talk or write about "the budget," they are referring to the "general fund," which Gov. Jerry Brown proposes to be a bit over $97 billion in the next fiscal year. However, that's never been the entire budget.

Brown's Budget May Result In Courthouse Project Freeze
John Myers @
Four California courthouse construction projects, two in the Sacramento region, face an indefinite delay from what court officials say may be their only option under Gov. Jerry Brown's new state budget.

Jerry Brown Tells PBS "The Budget Is Fixed"
Chris Megarian @
Gov. Jerry Brown took a victory lap on "PBS NewsHour" on Tuesday night and said California's success in tackling the state's budget deficit is a model for the country.

How Udacity's Leader Met 'A Guy Named Jerry Brown'
David Siders @
At the announcement today of an agreement between San Jose State University and Silicon Valley startup Udacity Inc., to provide online courses, Udacity's Sebastian Thrun said the foundation for the agreement was laid in June, when he awoke to find "in my inbox an email from a guy named Jerry Brown."

Jerry Brown Touts Deal For Online Classes At San Jose State
David Siders @
Amid a push by Gov. Jerry Brown to expand online course offerings at public colleges and universities, San Jose State University and an online education startup Tuesday announced a deal to provide three entry-level courses for credit online.

Jerry Brown Takes A New Tack With UC Regents
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Governor Jerry Brown On Balancing California's Budget |
Governor Jerry Brown of California photographed at Google headquarters on September 25, 2012 in Mountain View, California.

Nearly 200 Turn Out To Protest Proposed Storm Water Pollution Fee
Abby Sewell @
After a five-hour hearing where nearly 200 people spoke on a proposed parcel fee that would go to clean up storm water pollution in the county's water bodies, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors deferred a vote to place the fee on the ballot.

Herdt: Governor's Challenge To Colleges » Ventura County Star
Timm Herdt @
Since the meeting was conducted by telephone, one can imagine there was some unsuppressed rolling of the eyes recently when Gov. Jerry Brown told fellow regents of the University of California that he opposed a $50,000 pay increase for the new UC Berkeley chancellor because it didn't square with "the spirit of servant leadership."

Head Of Burbank Teachers Union Clashes With Assemblyman Mike Gatto
Assemblyman Mike Gatto clashes with Burbank teachers union

Jerry Brown: 'Oakland has to solve its own problems'
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown, the former mayor of Oakland, said today that his home city "has to solve its own problems," after a surge in crime has prompted Oakland's vice mayor to call for a state of emergency to free up state aid.

Gov. Jerry Brown Names New Education Advisor
Gov. Jerry Brown has named his new chief education advisor.

Johnson Will Pitch Case To Keep Kings In Sacramento To NBA Governors
Ryan Lillis, Dale Kasler and Tony Bizjak @
Mayor Kevin Johnson has drawn up his play to keep the Sacramento Kings. And once again, it involves going one on one with another city in front of the NBA's highest court.

What President Obama Proposed On Guns. And What Might Actually Pass Congress.
Chris Cillizza @
What polling shows: A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday showed 58 percent of adults and 59 percent of registered voters support a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons. A Pew poll released the same day showed 55 percent of Americans support a ban. But the issue divides Republicans and Democrats, something that especially matters in the GOP-controlled House, where many Republicans represent safe GOP districts that leave them more vulnerable to primary threats than general election challenges.

Increased Logging Oversight Under Proposed Budget
Amy Quinton @
California Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget would add new jobs to help protect the environment and oversee logging in the state.

Gov. Jerry Brown Challenges UC, Cal State To Make Big Changes
Anthony York @
Brown wants more teaching, less research and more online courses to save money. He is hoping to enforce his will with California's purse strings.

L.A. County supervisors defer vote on storm water cleanup fee
Abby Sewell @
Nearly 200 people speak out at board hearing on a proposed ballot measure for a parcel fee to combat storm water pollution, most of them opposed.

New Federal Report Backs Off Threat To Cut UCD Med Center Funding
Marjie Lundstrum @
Federal regulators have backed off their threat to cut funding to the UC Davis Medical Center after a follow-up inspection found that the public hospital is now complying with regulations governing patient safety and care.

Bill To Shield Addresses Of Concealed Weapons Permit Holders
Jim Sanders @
A California lawmaker will propose legislation to ban counties from releasing the addresses and telephone numbers of residents who carry concealed weapons.

Obama Unveils Gun-control Proposals
President Obama on Wednesday formally proposed the most expansive gun-control policies in generations and initiated 23 separate executive actions aimed at curbing what he called “the epidemic of gun violence in this country.”

11 Elementary Schools Could Be Shuttered In Sacramento City Unified District - Sac Moms Club & Family - The Sacramento Bee
A Freeport Elementary faculty member supervises at a crosswalk as classes end earlier this year. The Sacramento City Unified School District board voted to close Freeport after this school year.

Courts Relieved Not To Have More Cuts Coming In Budget Proposal
Lori Fowler @
After years of dealing with the chopping block, court systems throughout California would be spared additional cuts under Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Debord Report : Aaron Swartz Didn't Pull Punches When It Came To Hollywood And Piracy Legislation | 89.3 Kpcc
Matthew DeBord @
Former U.S. Sen. and new Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America Chris Dodd. When online piracy legislation came up for a vote in Congress in 2012, he found himself up against open the late open Internet activist Aaron Swartz.