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THE NOONER for December 30, 2013
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AB 1266 REFERENDUM UPDATE:
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Californians To Watch In 2014: Board Of Education President Michael Kirst Tries To Shepherd Complex School-Funding Overhaul To Reality
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Michael Kirst will mark a half-century in the education policy trenches next year, an anniversary that coincides with major decisions on a landmark school-finance plan he crafted, sold to Gov. Jerry Brown, and now is trying to bring to fruition as president of the California State Board of Education.
Latinos Still Face Electoral Hurdles In California
ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press @ sfgate.com
As Latinos surpass whites as California's largest racial or ethnic group early next year, more are getting elected to public office, including the mayors of Los Angeles and Sacramento, members of Congress, lieutenant governors and leaders of the state Legislature.
Resolutions For Better Politics In The New Year
George Skelton @ latimes.com
With 2013 quickly receding, here are some suggestions for California politicians, and a few others, for the new year.
Obama's Healthcare Law Takes Full Effect This Week
Noam N. Levey and Chad Terhune @ latimes.com
President Obama's healthcare law takes full effect Wednesday. Doctors and hospitals prepare for a rush of newly covered patients.
San Jose Pension Reforms Ruled Violation Of Rights
Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
A superior court ruling announced last week overturned key parts of a voter-approved San Jose pension reform: an attempt to cut employer costs for pensions earned by current workers in the future.
Q & A: Transforming Toxic School Cultures
Jane Meredith Adams @ edsource.org
For Anthony Muhammad, a widely recognized expert on school culture, the success of Californiaâs big push to improve public schools rests on the ability of administrators and teachers to put aside blame, learn to talk to each other and work together to support their belief that every student can be successful â which is his definition of a healthy school culture.
The State Worker’s Top 10: Jerry Brown sends pay signal
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Looking back at the 450 entries posted on The State Worker blog in 2013, news about government compensation drew more views than any other topic.
Israel Publishes New List Of Palestinian Prisoners To Be Released
Batsheva Sobelman @ latimes.com
JERUSALEM -- Amid political and public debate, Israel approved the latest list of Palestinian prisoners it plans to release from jail this week, the government said Saturday night. It would be the third such group released in recent months.
Official Who Oversaw Health Law's Rollout is Retiring
Robert Pear @ nytimes.com
The No. 2 official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who supervised the troubled rollout of President Obamaâs health care law, is retiring, administration officials said Monday.
Federal Stance On Tribal Casinos Touches Off California Fights
Anthony York @ latimes.com
Obama administration's broader policies on casinos may yield more land approvals for California tribes, but not without opposition.
Open Seats On Los Angeles County Board Generate Feeding Frenzy
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
There are just five supervisors in a county with 10 million residents, and until Gloria Molina joined the board a couple of decades ago, they were known as the âfive little kingsâ for their immense authority.
Navajo Nation Struggles With Same-sex Marriage
Saba Hamedy @ latimes.com
The Navajo Nation banned same-sex marriage in 2005, but some hope to reverse that since gay marriage became legal in New Mexico.
Corruption Trial Exposes Problems At East Bay Anti-poverty Agency
Presidents and anti-poverty programs changed, but for decades the Alameda County Associated Community Action Program, or ACAP, was an obscure mainstay distributing federal money to empower low-income residents.
Editorial: Kamala Harris should leave bias at the door
The Editorial Board @ sacbee.com
The Beeâs editorial board takes a dim view of most ballot measures. But the attorney generalâs job is to play it straight. With initiative season upon us again, Harris needs to leave her political biases at the door.
Utah Ruling on Marriage Puts Judge in Spotlight
Judge Robert J. Shelby is in an unaccustomed spotlight since his decision in favor of same-sex marriage.
Nevada to miss medical marijuana deadline
State officials say they'll miss the Nevada Legislature's April 1 deadline to begin accepting applications from medical marijuana providers and growers.
2013: A Great Year For Scandal, Incompetence And Corruption
Steve Lopez @ latimes.com
It's time to salute Sheriff Baca, IBEW executive Brian D'Arcy and L.A. Unified, among others, for contributing to a great news year. Now for the scandals of 2014.
The Roundup: Pensions past, present and future; another city struggles with retirement costs
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Want more? For stories of interest to state employees, check out the State Worker's constantly updated News & Views feed by clicking here. Follow @TheStateWorker on Twitter and check out The State Worker community page on Facebook for links, comments and insights into our reports, blog posts and columns.
Democrats Turn to Minimum Wage as 2014 Strategy
Democratic leaders turn to federal minimum wage and a campaign to place state-level minimum wage proposals on the ballot in states with hotly contested congressional races.
Employees Of Motion Picture & Television Fund Ratify Contract
Richard Verrier @ latimes.com
The Motion Picture & Television Fund and the union representing its healthcare workers have agreed to a new contract.
L.A. Ban On Plastic Grocery Bags Takes Effect Jan. 1
Howard Blume @ latimes.com
Some Los Angeles grocery store customers will have to adjust to a lifestyle change come Jan. 1, when a ban on plastic bags takes effect.
Dan Walters Daily: Unemployment rate belies California's real job problem
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
As California gets back to work, the increasing disparity between coastal and inland communities is troublesome, Dan says.