Index
Friday
Mar062015

SACRAMENTO: Senate District 35, Warren Furutani candidacy: "Warren Furutani to run for 35th Senate District seat" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Warren Furutani to run for 35th Senate District seat" - From the LAT:

Former Los Angeles School Board President and Assemblyman Warren Furutani said Thursday he will run next year for the 35th Senate District seat against Assemblyman Steve Bradford now that incumbent Isadore Hall is planning to run for Congress.

Furutani, 67, said he has represented two-thirds of the Los Angeles County district between serving on the school board, the Los Angeles Community College District Board and as a Democratic member of the state Assembly, which he left because of term limits in 2012. “It’s not a new area for me,” said Furutani, a Gardena resident.

He said education remains a priority for him .........

Friday
Mar062015

POLITICS/EDUCATION: University of California, new "Working Smarter" payroll system: "UC computer project behind schedule, millions over budget" ....

* Sacramento Bee:  "UC computer project behind schedule, millions over budget" - From the Bee:

As the University of California began to feel the pinch of state budget cuts during the economic recession, it introduced a new initiative promoting systemwide efficiencies to save the university hundreds of millions of dollars.

A centerpiece of the initiative, known as Working Smarter, would be UCPath, a new payroll system integrating UC’s 10 campuses, five medical centers and office of the president. It would be phased in over four years at a cost of $170 million, eventually saving the university more than $100 million per year. But it has fallen at least two years behind schedule, its cost has ballooned to $220 million and counting, and the financial benefits of the overhaul are now unclear. The university is forging ahead, with no end date in sight.

Even in a state with a long history of bungled computer projects, UC’s troubles are significant ...................

 

Friday
Mar062015

POLITICS/TRANSPORTATION (National, State): U.S. Department of Labor, California pension reform, editorial: "Feds should back off, let state trim pension costs" ....  

***Following up on most recent earlier item noted here (U.S. Department of Labor, withholding of funds, California Pension Reform Act of 2013)....

* Sacramento Bee (editorial):  "Feds should back off, let state trim pension costs" - From the Bee:

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has won an important victory in its modest effort to curb pension costs. Inexplicably, President Barack Obama’s Labor Department still is trying to undermine Brown.

In 2012, Brown signed the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act hoping to bring the staggering cost of funding retirement under fiscal control. In 2013, U.S. labor officials reacted by claiming that the law undermines transit workers’ collective bargaining rights, and by threatening to withhold $2 billion in aid to keep California public transportation systems operating. Brown and the Sacramento Regional Transit District sued.

District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller sided with Brown in December, as The Sacramento Bee’s Denny Walsh reported last week. That should have been the end of it. But Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez’s lawyers last week filed a wrong-headed notice saying they intend to appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Worse, the Labor Department once again is withholding transit aid to the state. For Sacramento Regional Transit, that would mean $28 million or more. Perez’s action threatens every transit system in the state.

Enough already .......................

Friday
Mar062015

POLITICS/EDUCATION: University of California system, budget, finance: "Are soaring pension and administrative costs at heart of UC budget fight"; also, commentary (Dan Walters), "Jerry Brown, Scott Walker confronting universities"; "UC improves its investment returns but still lags behind other schools" ....

***University of California system, politics, finance, budget fight....

* Grizzly Bear Project:  "Are soaring pension and administrative costs at heart of UC budget fight?"

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters):  "Jerry Brown, Scott Walker confronting universities"

* Center for Invbstigative Reporting:  "UC improves its investment returns but still lags behind other schools"

Friday
Mar062015

MORNING MEMOS: Sacramento, "He's back: Marty Morgenstern named to health board"; L.A. City Hall, "L.A. City Council candidate prods opponent to shun outside spending"; Marina del Rey, "High-Concept Affordable Housing Breaks Ground in Marina del Rey"; real estate, "Zillow says homes close to a Starbucks rise in value more quickly" ....

***Various items this morning from across the spectrum of politics and/or public policy....

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. City Council candidate prods opponent to shun outside spending"

* The Argonaut:  "High-Concept Affordable Housing Breaks Ground in Marina del Rey"

* Sacramento Bee:  "He's back: Marty Morgenstern named to health board"

* San Jose Mercury News:  "Zillow says homes close to a Starbucks rise in value more quickly"