University of California may raise student fees 32 percent by next
, boosting annual undergraduate tuition over the $10,000 level for
the first time ever," The CoCo Times' Matt Krupnick reports.
"UC regents next week will discuss the phased
increases, which for most students would include a
7.5 percent hike for
the upcoming spring term and then a sharper increase
for the fall 2010
term. The decision, which would bring UC tuition to
$10,302, would cost
undergraduates an additional $2,500 per year.
John Myers and I rehash the week's events, such as they were as of yesterday afternoon,
on the weekly podcast.
The new foundation-funded California Watch launches its first story today,
focusing on waste in the state's Homeland Security office.
"Soon after hijackers obliterated the World Trade Center
years ago, Marin County received more than $100,000 in surveillance
equipment to keep its water treatment system safe from
"But four years after the funds were awarded, state
more than $67,000 worth of the gear still boxed in its original
Ah, what better way to mark today's somber anniversary.
The Assembly approved a plan to get a new NFL stadium in LA on the
fast-track, free from all those pesky environmental regulations.
The Whittier Daily News's James Wagner reports, "The state Assembly voted 55-17 in favor of
Hall's bill late Thursday, leaving it to the Senate to decide
merits of Majestic and its supporters' case.
For help, Majestic turned to the a powerful labor union
notched the endorsement of firefighters and law enforcement.
But if the
bill passes both houses and is signed by the governor,
it will have
scored the biggest assist of all from an unlikely source: unemployment.
Concerned about high jobless rates, state lawmakers
on the idea that Majestic Realty's 600-acre, 75,000-seat stadium
proposal on the eastern side of Los Angeles County
will help jumpstart
a struggling economy."
Jim Sanders reports on the passing of the anti-rescission bill. Or, as we like to call it, veto bait.
"The measure aims to protect policyholders left holding
the bag for
medical care because of an inaccuracy in an application
filed years ago.
Bill 2 split the Legislature largely along party lines, with
Republicans opposed. It targets medical coverage sold
who do not receive employer-paid insurance policies."
But some say the bill is unnecessary. ""This is an overblown solution to a problem that doesn't exist to the
degree that the authors would like us to believe," said Assemblyman
Anthony Adams, R-Hesperia.
Stay tuned today for water, prisons and renewable energy
OK, OK, now that all that's out of the way, here's the salacious Mike Duvall gossip of the day.
Brian Joseph looks at who may have leaked the Duvall tape to the press.
"This is not something you could just stumble upon.
Someone would have to tip you off to it," he writes. "
So who did it? We may never know for sure, but the
Capitol buzz and some evidence points to
Orange County Assemblyman Jeff Miller and Republican Party insider and OC blogger Jon Fleischman.
"Miller, a Republican out of Corona who
also represents part of Orange County, is the lawmaker
bragging to on the tape. Many in the Capitol speculate
reached over and turned on Duvall’s microphone while they were
chatting. And in fact,
Miller’s face is fuzzed out in the KCAL-TV report “to protect our sources.”
Thursday afternoon, Republicans held a caucus to let Miller defend himself,
and his staff. The three Republicans on the Ethics Committee -- Martin Garrick, Nathan Fletcher and Bill Emmerson -- were told not to attend.
Miller himself was on the Ethics Committee until yesterday, Capitol Weekly reports.
"Miller, R-Corona, was taken off the committee 'because he was party to a conversation that is being
investigated by the Ethics Committee. It is not appropriate
for Mr. Miller to remain on the committee,' said Bass spokeswoman Shannon Murphy."
Dan Walters says Duvall's fall "has enlivened an otherwise dreary final week of the
2009 legislative session."
more plausible – and widely accepted – theory is that one of Duvall's
fellow Republicans did him in, either due to a grudge
or to remove him
from contention in a future state Senate contest. It's also possible
that the story kicked around the Capitol for a couple
of months until
someone, for some reason, decided to drop a dime."