Monday, November 30, 2015

Green - as the topic.


LA Times:
"Despite California's budget surplus, unions eye tax hikes"
http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-sac-cap-state-budget-20151126-column.html

But stay tuned. There's a rival Prop. 30 extension being proposed by the California Hospital Assn., the California Medical Assn. and one chapter of the service employees union. It would extend the higher income tax rates permanently, making no pretense of "temporary."

Under this measure, 40% of the revenue would go to K-12 schools, 5% to community colleges, 5% to universities, 40% to healthcare and 10% to child care and development.

It could be a political disaster to have two competing tax hikes on the ballot. So the two sides are negotiating in an effort to create one compromise proposal.


and

Sac Bee op ed "We need better options for using California’s windfall"
http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/bill-whalen/article46583745.html

and

Daily Beast: "Jerry Brown’s Insufferable Green Piety"

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/25/jerry-brown-s-insufferable-green-piety.html

These fans miss a big part of the reality. Outsiders think of California as a prosperous place that mints billionaires, but overall the state’s economic recovery has done little for many, if not most, state residents. Even with the boom in Silicon Valley, roughly one in three Californians live check to check, the state has higher rate of poverty than Mississippi,
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This press release from UC:
http://universityofcalifornia.edu/news/uc-brings-california-s-climate-change-message-paris


As a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Ramanathan will also be acting as science adviser to the Holy See’s delegation at the climate negotiations.

UC Berkeley Professor Dan Kammen will be chairing an event around Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change and environmental stewardship, Laudato Si’, held in Notre Dame Cathedral. Kammen is also chairing a United National Foundation Event on women and cookstoves, as well as events with the “C40” cities, a network of the world’s largest cities, for climate protection at Paris City Hall.



“The stake are very high, as we have wasted so many good years – and decades – when we could have been more aggressive building understanding and making the change in the energy, food, water, forestry, urban and other systems that we need to restructure,” said Kammen.
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Earlier in the month there was:
Challenges of an Accreditor Crackdown
The Education Department says it's going to get tougher with college accreditors. But are those federally recognized watchdogs too big to fail?
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/11/17/education-department-faces-challenges-cracking-down-college-accreditors


Then see


SF Chronicle on CCSF:
http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/California-right-to-oust-college-accrediting-6639352.php

But then this blurb in IHE leaves off with an odd pick for a quote:

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/11/17/california-community-colleges-seek-new-accreditor









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