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Jul222014

SACRAMENTO: Jerry Brown announcement, nominee to California Supreme Court, Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar: "Jerry Brown names law professor to California Supreme Court" ....  

* Sacramento Bee:  "Jerry Brown names law professor to California Supreme Court" - From the Bee:

Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated a Mexican-born Stanford Law School professor to the California Supreme Court, his office announced Tuesday.

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, 41, was a special assistant for justice and regulatory policy in the Obama White House in 2009 and 2010 and was co-chair of the Obama transition’s immigration policy working group in 2008 and 2009, the governor’s office said. He has taught at Stanford since 2001 and was co-chair of Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation from 2011 to 2013. He worked at the U.S. Treasury Department from 1997 to 1999.

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Cuéllar was born in Matamoros, Mexico and as a young boy walked across the border each day to school in neighboring Brownsville, Texas, the governor’s office said in a prepared statement. He moved with his family at age 14 to California’s Imperial Valley, where he graduated from Calexico High School.

Cuéllar received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, a law degree from Yale Law School and a doctorate in political science from Stanford University.

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Cuéllar is married to U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh of the Northern District of California. They have two children. He will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Marvin Baxter in January. He will be paid $225,342 a year.......

 

Tuesday
Jul222014

POLITICS/BUSINESS: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco study: "Starting salaries for college grads lag behind pay for workers overall" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Starting salaries for college grads lag behind pay for workers overall" - From the LAT:

Starting salaries for recent college graduates have risen far more slowly than the average earnings of all U.S. workers since the recession, an analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco found.

The study, released Monday, found that median earnings for recent college graduates rose only 6% in the seven years between 2006 and 2013, less than half the rise of 15% for the overall U.S. workforce over roughly the same period. Such disparities in pay growth rates have been seen in previous recessions, but the report says the current one "is substantially larger and has lasted longer than in the past." "The gap between the two groups of employees appears to be substantially wider and their paths appear more divergent," the report found.

College graduates are particularly susceptible to wage stagnation during weak labor markets because older, experienced employees tend to have more job protections.

In trying to pinpoint the lackluster wage growth for recent college graduates, researchers at the San Francisco Fed had a key question: Are graduates getting different jobs that pay lower wages, or are salaries in the traditional career fields not growing?

The study concluded that......................

Tuesday
Jul222014

POLITICS (National, Local/San Francisco, Los Angeles): President Obama, three-day West Coast fundraising trip: "Obama heads off to raise money on the West Coast" ....

* San Francisco Chronicle (AP):  "Obama heads off to raise money on the West Coast" - From the Chronicle:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a swirl of foreign and border challenges, President Barack Obama is embarking on the one mission that has regularly proved a winner for him — raising money for his fellow Democrats.

Obama on Tuesday was starting a three-day West Coast trip, scheduled to attend at least five fundraising events in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles less than four months ahead of midterm elections that could change Washington's balance of power.

The trip comes as Obama is dealing with a series of high-profile tests of his presidency, from Eastern Europe to the Middle East to the Southern U.S. border. The downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine last week, the eruption of war in Gaza between Israelis and Palestinians, and the humanitarian crisis caused by the influx of Central American minors seeking to cross the border has put a strain on the White House. But on the fundraising trail Obama remains a potent draw among the Democratic Party's wealthy donors, who pay up to $32,400 to be in intimate settings with the president.

The fundraising highlight of the trip will be a Democratic National Committee event Wednesday at the Beverly Hills home of Shonda Rhimes, the producer of the ABC series "Scandal," a drama set in modern-day Washington. Kerry Washington, who plays the lead role in the show, is among the hosts.

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So far this 2013-14 election cycle, Obama has attended 73 fundraising events for Democratic Party groups. During the 2009-10 midterm cycle, when Republicans won control of the House, Obama attended 98 fundraisers, according to CBS News White House reporter Mark Knoller, who keeps detailed records of presidential travels and events.

Obama has devoted much of his effort to the Democratic National Committee, which last month raised $9 million and cut its debt to $3 million from a one-time high of $23 million. Obama also will raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the political arm of the party that assists Democratic House incumbents and candidates. While the House is expected to remain in Republican hands after the election, the fate of the Democratic-controlled Senate is much more in question, raising the stakes for fundraising.............

Tuesday
Jul222014

POLITICS/EDUCATION (Bay Area): Update, City College of San Francisco, accreditation controversy: "Accrediting panel rejects City College of San Francisco's appeal" ...., 

* Los Angeles Times:  "Accrediting panel rejects City College of San Francisco's appeal" - From the LAT:

Another evaluation, another thumbs down. So it goes for City College of San Francisco after a private commission Monday rejected an appeal to continue the school's accreditation.

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges moved last year to pull the school's accreditation as of this month, citing inadequate financial stability and mismanagement, among other problems at San Francisco's sole two-year college, which educates nearly 80,000 students on several campuses. The commission's own appeals panel, however, ordered a new evaluation to determine if City College had made sufficient improvement to overturn that decision.

After reviewing new testimony and documents, the panel found that the two-year school still failed to comply with accrediting standards. "There were a significant number of standards that were not met," commission President Barbara Beno wrote to the school's new team of administrators. . . . . . . .

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The appeals rejection does not mean an end to the storied institution, which is among the largest community colleges in the nation............................

Tuesday
Jul222014

SACRAMENTO: State Controller election, California vote recount system, commentary (Dan Walters): "Perez gives up on vote recount, but system's flaws are shown"; also, editorial, "In aborted recount in state controller's race, voters win" .... ....

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters):  "Perez gives up on vote recount, but system's flaws are shown" - From the Bee:

One can categorize politicians by many indices – honesty, intelligence, effectiveness and ideology, for instance. One of the more reliable, however, is what one might call self-identification. Does the politician, regardless of other qualities, see politics primarily as a civic duty – something separate from family and/or professional career – or as the essence of his or her persona?

The former can lose an election – former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush come to mind – and simply get on with the rest of their lives. But to the latter, losing an election is a traumatic, life-altering event, so they will go to extraordinary lengths to remain in office. That probably explains why John A. Pérez insisted on a recount after failing to gain a spot on the November ballot for state controller by a scant 481 votes. That was the margin separating him from fellow Democrat Betty Yee for second place in the June primary and the right to face Republican Ashley Swearengin, who finished first, on Nov. 4.

Pérez, a former speaker of the Assembly, seemed to take the race for granted and was shocked when he lost by such a tiny margin. Thereupon, Pérez started spending for a recount in counties and precincts that looked the most promising for gains, only to be disappointed when the initial tallies gave him just a few more votes. Last Friday, under increasing pressure from other Democrats, he pulled the plug.

So Yee, a member of the state Board of Equalization, will be facing Swearengin, the mayor of Fresno, and that matchup is probably bad news for Republican hopes of capturing a statewide office. Yee isn’t a sure thing, but Swearengin would doubtless have had a better shot against Pérez.

The other takeaway from this slightly bizarre series of events is that California’s recount process stinks. . . . . . . .

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Fortunately, there’s an easy solution....................

***ALSO, Related:

* Sacramento Bee (editorial):  "In aborted recount in state controller's race, voters win"