For Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
University of California President Mark Yudof says another tuition increase could well be on the way if voters refect Governor Jerry Brown’s tax measure this fall. UC Regents have already raised student fees twice for the current school year, bu nearly $2,000 combined. A mid-year “trigger” cut would also affect faculty hiring, student services and the time it takes students to earn their degrees. UC, CSU and community college leaders plan to lobby at the capitol.
ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
The California Energy Commission is taking the first steps to prepare the state’s energy infrastructure for the effects of climate change. The Commission convened science experts yesterday to discuss the risks warming and extreme weather pose for power plants and transmission lines. One of California’s longest standing sources of electricity could be compromised by climate change. Many hydropower plants rely on snowmelt from the Sierra, says Joshua Viers of UC Davis. But snowpack may be reduced by as much as 50% by the end of the century. As the same time, experts say warming will drive up electricity consumption as residents use more air conditioning. Also, warm temperatures make power plants and transmission lines less efficient.
STATE ECONOMIC FORECAST
California’s economic recovery will continue to moave at a snail’s pace, at least for the next couple of years, according to the results of a new economic forecast from the University of the Pacific in Stockton. Economist Jeff Michael from the Business Forecasting Center at the University says they project California will grow at about a 2.5% rate for 2012 and 2013, and will accelerate after that in 2014.
DR. OZ & HEALTH OF STATE EMPLOYEES
State officials and health groups announced a new workplace wellness initiative for state employees. According to California’s state controller, John Chiang, even the smallest of successes in disease prevention could bring millions of dollars in savings to the state. He cited a new study — finding that in 2008, almost a quarter of public employee health costs — about $362 million — was the result of treating preventable conditions. Dr. Oz helped launch the employee health program in Sacramento.
ON THE CALIFORNIA REPORT
It’s May Day, a day when workers traditionally stage strikes and demonstrations in celebration of labor rights. Major rallies, marches and civil disobedience are expected in cities across the country and the state as employed workers join with the unemployed, students, immigrants and Occupy protesters. Reporter: Ruxandra Guidi
April is the most important month of the year for tax revenue. But last month’s receipts fell far short of earlier projections from Governor Brown’s office. Lawmakers will have to factor in the deficit during a routine budget revision this month. Reporter: Thibault Worth
California has some of the nation’s strongest civil rights protections for transgender people. But it’s a population that continues to be vulnerable — one in five transgender people in the state say they’ve been homeless at some point in their life, according to a survey by the Transgender Law Center. And when they seek help at shelters, many report being turned away, harassed or worse. In Los Angeles, there are new efforts to put a spotlight on those issues. Reporter: Krissy Clark
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