SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) State employees engaged in bribery, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, received improper overtime payments and were wrongly reimbursed for thousands of dollars in travel expenses, including one scheme that cost two state agencies more than $227,000 in lost payments, California’s state auditor reported Tuesday. In her annual whistleblower report, state Auditor Elaine […]
There I was, sitting in a post-election briefing. The slide advanced to a pie chart of how general fund revenues for California are spent.
That’s when my mouth dropped open. Education had a slice of the pie that, well, startled me.
So I ask you, dear reader: What percentage of California’s general fund expenditures go to K-12 education? Or, if this is easier: how about K-12 plus higher education?
I did an unscientific survey around the KQED office, and I got a fascinating range of responses. Once you’re ready with a number you can click below to get the correct answers.
No, really. That’s not from a fake Twitter feed or anything. Here’s the report, released today by the Legislative Analyst’s Office. The LAO says there is actually light at the end of the budget tunnel, and this time it’s not an oncoming train. The highlights: 2013-14 projected deficit at $1.9 billion (Last year’s November projection […]
A man stands in front of Moving Forward funded billboards on San Pablo Avenue in Richmond. Moving Forward spent nearly $700,000 on three candidates. (Tawanda Kanhema/Richmond Confidential) At 5:30 a.m., voters were just trickling into the polling booths at the Palo Alto Fire Department on election day. (Photo: Sasha F. Arijanto /Peninsula Press) The U.C. […]
by Jennifer Gollan, The Bay Citizen Some California agencies and departments have been slow to distribute proceeds from bond sales for local projects, costing the state at least $49 million in interest each year even as it has struggled to address chronic budget shortfalls. As of June, according to the most recent figures available, the […]
Now that we’re all back from Labor Day weekend and nursing sunburns, this seems like a good time to review two key bills related to the future of state parks: AB 1589 and AB 1478. Bear in mind everything parks-related moving through Sacramento now references the summer scandal that exploded when the Sacramento Bee reported […]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Faculty of the California State University system have overwhelmingly approved a new four-year contract that largely preserves current labor terms and contains no salary raises. California Faculty Association President Lillian Taiz said Tuesday that 91 percent of the association’s members who voted approved the agreement. About 35 percent of the union’s […]
Update Thursday KQED’s Rachel Dornhelm reports: The two biggest Bay Area cities are exempt from Governor Jerry Brown’s pension reform. San Francisco and San Jose are charter cities, with their own pension plans and bruising pension battles. Just this week San Jose’s city council enacted a two-tiered pension plan to help rein in costs. The […]
by Dan Brekke and Jon Brooks Gov. Jerry Brown visited San Francisco’s James Lick Middle School today to campaign for Proposition 30–his measure to impose temporary sales and income taxes to raise money for the state’s schools and colleges. KQED News reporter Aarti Shahani asked the governor about critics who question whether Proposition 30 is […]
by Don Thompson, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former California state parks employee says she told state attorneys her department was hiding about $20 million in a special fund several months before officials announced discovering the surplus money, according to a sworn declaration filed in court Tuesday. The development is the latest revelation […]