Index
Friday
May232014

POLITICS/EDUCATION: New report, UCLA (The Civil Rights Project), segregation, Latino students in California: "California's Latino students among the most segregated in the country, says UCLA report" ....

* Daily News:  "California's Latino students among the most segregated in the country, says UCLA report" - From the DN:

More than half of Latino students in California attend “intensely segregated” K-12 schools, or those that have a white population of 10 percent or less, according to a new report by The Civil Rights Project at UCLA.

That figure of 51 percent is the second highest in the United States and well above western and national averages, according to “Segregating California’s Future: Inequality and its Alternative 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education.” While African-American students were far more segregated here than Latinos during the civil rights era, Latino segregation has grown rapidly and is now “very high” as well.

Meanwhile, thirty-nine percent of blacks in the state attend schools with a white population of 10 percent or less.

“What we’ve seen for Latinos is an incredible increase in isolation from white and Asian students and an extremely high exposure to poverty,” said Gary Orfield, co-director of The Civil Rights Project at UCLA and co-author of the study. “We also see a significant exposure to linguistic segregation, which we call triple segregation (after race and income levels.) It’s gotten much worse.”

In fact, the state has seen a dramatic increase in the segregation of Latinos. . . . . . . .

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The most segregated large school districts in the state are in the Los Angeles-Inland Empire region, while the most integrated are in the Sacramento and Fresno areas. The study found that housing segregation was a primary cause of school segregation.......................................

Friday
May232014

SACRAMENTO: California high-speed rail project, "cap-and-trade" funds, Gov. Jerry Brown, commentary (Dan Walters): "'Cap-and-trade' spending looms as major conflict" ....

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters):  "'Cap-and-trade' spending looms as major conflict" - From the Bee:

Spending a growing pot of money from “cap-and-trade” fees on businesses that emit greenhouse gases looms as a major conflict between Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators as they wrangle over the 2014-15 budget. The fate of Brown’s pet bullet-train project may hang in the balance.

Brown has an $870 million plan and the Legislature wants to spend more, but the scope of revenue from carbon fees is unknown, especially after they are applied to automotive fuel next year. And a lawsuit challenges their legality.

The governor wants to spend $250 million on the bullet train in 2014-15 and permanently commit a third of future fees to the project, whatever they may be. He needs the money because the state cannot yet tap voter-approved bond funds. A judge has ruled that they cannot be used until the High-Speed Rail Authority submits a more complete financing plan for constructing the “initial operating segment.”

The state now has only a few billion dollars in a federal grant, and while Brown is appealing the decision, he wants cap-and-trade money now to cover the state’s matching share for construction that’s supposed to begin in a few months. The legality of using cap-and-trade fees for the bullet train, however, has been questioned by the Legislature’s budget analyst, and many environmental groups want them to be used for projects that quickly reduce carbon emissions, as state law requires.

The conflict was aired Thursday as an Assembly budget subcommittee voted to replace Brown’s cap-and-trade plan with a much different, $1 billion version limited to just one year.....................

Friday
May232014

MORNING MEMOS: SB 1005, editorial, "This bill isn't the way to help immigrants afford healthcare"; editorial, ad campaign vs. SB 270, statewide plastic-bag ban, "Plastic-bag ban faces an even bigger fight"; LAUSD, "L.A. Unified board refuses to reappoint member of oversight panel"; Oakland, "Oakland probes disability pay of ex-cop who's now FBI agent" ...

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

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. Unified board refuses to reappoint member of oversight panel"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Oakland probes disability pay of ex-cop who's now FBI agent"

* Daily News (editorial):  "Plastic-bag ban faces an even bigger fight"

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "This bill isn't the way to help immigrants afford healthcare"

Thursday
May222014

POLITICS/TRANSPORTATION (Los Angeles): Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro board vote, 12-1, September fare increase, bus and rail: "MTA board votes to increase fares on Metro bus and rail lines" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "MTA board votes to increase fares on Metro bus and rail lines" - From the LAT:

Amid concerns over a projected budget deficit in Los Angeles County's growing bus and rail system, transportation officials voted Thursday to raise Metro fares in September but postponed a decision on further increases in 2017 and 2020.

After a lengthy and heated meeting, punctuated by yelling and applause from the audience, board members of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted 12 to 1 to raise one-way Metro bus and rail fares in September from $1.50 to $1.75. Monthly passes will increase from $75 to $100, while day passes will go from $5 to $7.

The room was silent as the vote passed. Moments later, dozens of audience members rose in a standing ovation to cheer for the only board member to vote against the increase, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina.

Before fares go up, Metro will begin allowing two hours of free transfers. . . . . . . .

Metro analysts say fare increases are needed to offset an expected $36-million gap in the agency’s 2016 operating budget. . . . . . . .

More than 130 public speakers, some in tears, asked Metro to lower fares or keep them at current levels. . . . . . . . Riders' advocates said the increase will disproportionately hurt minority passengers, who make up about 80% of Metro bus ridership. . . . . . . .

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Molina read a motion asking the board to delay the fare increase for eight months so staff members could find ways to cut from next year's $5.5-billion Metro budget. She said the agency should not fix its budget problems "on the backs of the very poor."

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No one seconded Molina's motion. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said putting off fare increases was the easier political decision, and said the agency couldn't afford to punt on a fare hike until next year. He becomes the chair of the Metro board in July.

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The fare vote comes as Metro accelerates the biggest rail boom in Los Angeles history: By the end of this year, five rail lines will be under construction.............................

Thursday
May222014

AFTERNOON MEMOS: Pasadena, "Resigned Pasadena Public Health director Dr. Eric Walsh to receive severance"; San Francisco, SF Muni, broken fare card readers, "Broken Muni readers can mean unfair tickets"; Richmond, proposed sales tax hike, street repair, "Richmond moves a step closer to sales tax hike to fix streets" ....

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

* Pasadena Star-News:  "Resigned Pasadena Public Health director Dr. Eric Walsh to receive severance"

* Contra Costa Times:  "Richmond moves a step closer to sales tax hike to fix streets"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Broken Muni readers can mean unfair tickets"