May 18, 2012 archive

Flap’s California Morning Collection: May 18, 2012


California Supreme Court headquarters in San Francisco

Good Friday morning!

The California Legislature is in session.  Today’s schedule is here.

There are no floor sessions today, but various legislative committees are meeting throughout California.

The Senate Agriculture Committee, chaired by Republican Anthony Cannella, heads to Fresno to learn about agricultural metal theft.

A Senate select committee chaired by Democrat Ellen Corbett, is in Fremont looking at electric vehicle deployment.

Meanwhile, an Assembly select committee is in San Diego — where chairman Nathan Fletcher is running for mayor as an independent — for a hearing on “current workforce realities and keeping innovation domestic.”

Yet another Assembly select committee — this one headed by Democrat José Solorio — explores the future of storm water, including its capture, storage and supply, in Los Angeles.

The California Assembly’s Daily File is here and the California State Senate’s here.

On to today’s California headlines:

Calbuzz boys, Skelton analyze state woes — never mention unions! LOL!

Given what happened to Nathan Fletcher’s smart tax deal with Jerry Brown last fall, I understand gripes about GOP obstinance. But when one side has so much more power than the other side, it’s simply bizarre to absolve the strongest supporters of the side with the great majority of power of any responsibility for the state’s problems.

It takes amazing tunnel vision to write 930 words about why California is screwed up and not mention unions. It takes amazing chutzpah to do this in a column in which the Calbuzzers mock other journos for their takes on the Golden State.

What do they ignore? Lots of things.

California judges must post financial info online

California’s judges will now have to post all their financial disclosure information in cyberspace.

In a unanimous decision, the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission on Thursday approved a rule that requires California’s more than 1,700 judges to post their disclosure forms on the Internet, despite objections from judicial leaders that it could jeopardize their privacy and security.

The FPPC decided to impose the 2-year-old rule on judges that already had been applied to the rest of the state’s elected officials.

California legislators move to let law enforcement officers shield property records

California lawmakers took a major step Thursday toward carving an exception in public records law that they said would enhance the safety of peace officers, judges and other law enforcement personnel.

Without a dissenting vote, the Assembly passed legislation that would allow counties to create a program allowing law enforcement personnel to redact names from property records available to the public.

Assembly Bill 2299 passed the lower house, 68-0. It now goes to the Senate.

“Let’s make the protection of officers’ families meaningful,” Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, said in floor debate on his bill.

Thursday’s vote came about five months after an anonymous Internet group publicized home addresses of more than a dozen members of the Los Angeles Police Department’s command staff.

Assemblywoman Norma Torres, D-Pomona, a former 911 dispatcher, cited an incident in which gang members followed a peace officer home and opened fire while he was walking his dog.

Opponents include the California Newspaper Publishers Association, which contends that AB 2299 could hamper media investigations of real estate scandals – such as one unfolding now involving claims that Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez extended tax breaks to campaign donors and would-be contributors.

The California Land Title Association and groups representing county assessors and recorders also oppose the bill. Concerns range from potential difficulty in implementing such a program to prospects that it could complicate document searches and real estate transactions involving peace officers.

HP may cut 25,000 jobs

Hewlett-Packard Co. is considering cutting as many as 25,000 jobs, or 8% of its workforce, to reduce costs and help the company contend with ebbing demand for computers and services, people briefed on the plans said.

The number to be cut includes 10,000 to 15,000 from Hewlett-Packard’s enterprise services group, which sells a range of information-technology services and has been beset by declining profitability, said these people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t final and may change.

Meg Whitman, chief executive since September, is seeking to reverse the slump that led to the ouster of her predecessor, Leo Apotheker. The company’s PC sales are dropping as consumers favor tablets, such as Apple Inc.’s iPad, and it has been slow to adapt to the shift toward cloud computing, away from the IT services Hewlett-Packard provides.

LAUSD expanding transitional kindergarten to all its elementary schools

Despite a lack of financial and political support from Gov. Jerry Brown, Los Angeles Unified will expand its transitional kindergarten program this fall to all 400-plus elementary schools in the district, officials said Thursday.

TK is a two-year program that lets youngsters progress at their own pace, giving them extra time to master the academic, social and developmental skills required of today’s kindergartners.

Los Angeles Unified has been operating 109 TK classes under a pilot program. While the district initially planned to add 100 more schools each of the next three years, officials have decided instead to launch TK everywhere this fall.

“With the success of our transitional kindergarten pilot program, we have seen first-hand the impact of giving our students the gift of time,” Superintendent John Deasy said in a statement.

“Our students are making strong gains, especially in early literacy and math, and our English-language learners are making dramatic progress.”

TK is the result of a 2010 law that gradually moves up the date that kids are eligible to enroll in kindergarten. Under the new law, the cutoff for standard kindergarten shifts this year from the long-standing Dec. 2 deadline to Nov. 1, and to Oct. 1 in 2013 and Sept. 1 in 2014.

Enjoy your morning and Dan Walter’s Daily video: Judges aren’t only critics of Jerry Brown plan


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