California Policy and Politics This Morning

Windfall of cash could hit state treasury from global warming program -- For the past 10 years, California has struggled with huge budget deficits and wrenching cuts. Suddenly, however, the state is poised to raise billions from an unusual new source: the proceeds from its landmark global warming law. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury -- 4/8/12

A political twist as Rep. McKeon's wife seeks Assembly seat -- Patricia McKeon, the wife of longtime Republican Congressman Howard P. 'Buck' McKeon, is running to serve the Santa Clarita Valley. Her chief rival? Her husband's former staffer. Richard Simon and Jean Merl in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/8/12

Legislator paycheck fight heads to court -- The Legislature returns to Sacramento on Monday from a week-long spring recess, soon to head into the homestretch of budget negotiations. And it's possible that those negotiations will hinge on a fascinating -- and somewhat nasty - court fight between legislative leaders and the state's chief financial officer over the meaning of a 'balanced budget.' John Myers News10/KXTV -- 4/8/12

Walters: Experts disagree on future of California economy -- Jerry Nickelsburg and Bill Watkins are two university economists with doctorates who specialize in charting and forecasting California's $2 trillion economy. That's just about all they have in common. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/8/12

Morain: Romney hurting self with Latinos -- Mitt Romney ought to be worried that he is coming down with a bad case of Meg Whitman syndrome. Dan Morain in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/8/12

Young challenger taps family ties in Congress bid -- Standing between aged leather barber chairs, the youngest rising star in California Republican politics took a deep breath before addressing the group of farmers and retirees, telling them why a 24-year-old, Ivy League-educated law student should represent their needs in Washington. GARANCE BURKE and KEVIN FREKING Associated Press -- 4/8/12

Willie Brown: Feinstein headed for smooth ride to re-election -- After talking with her and taking a look at the state's political landscape, I'm of the opinion that her re-election will be as smooth as a Sunday trolley ride to Fisherman's Wharf. Willie Brown in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/8/12

Mike Wallace dies at 93; '60 Minutes' pioneer -- Known for his caustic questioning of guests, Wallace was a co-anchor of '60 Minutes' when the TV newsmagazine started in 1968 and was a mainstay of the program until he stepped down in 2006. Myrna Oliver and Valerie J. Nelson in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/8/12

   Economy - Jobs

As the Bay Area Struggles, Texas Booms -- San Francisco residents may like to turn up their nose at the Lone Star State's conservative politics and run-away sprawl, but recently released statistics from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau show the Texas cities of Dallas, Houston, and Austin are booming as the Bay Area struggles to recover from the Great Recession. AARON GLANTZ Bay Citizen -- 4/8/12

Hispanics Could Be Disproportionately Affected by Local Hire Law -- The majority of construction workers on San Francisco city-funded construction projects are Hispanic and live outside the city, according to a recently released report on the city's one-year-old local hire ordinance. MATT SMITH Bay Citizen -- 4/8/12

United to pull out of Oakland airport in June -- United Airlines will terminate its operations at Oakland International airport on June 4, an airport representative said Saturday night. Matthias Gafni and Rick Hurd in the Contra Costa Times -- 4/8/12

Sacramento-area home prices remain in a rut -- Sacramento-area homes are cheap. Interest rates are low. The inventory of new homes is tight. But prices stubbornly refuse to rise. Hudson Sangree and Phillip Reese in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/8/12

'Helicopter parents' hover as adult children seek jobs -- At a Sacramento job fair last fall, the polished, well-dressed woman went from booth to booth, recruiter to recruiter, passing out résumés, asking about job openings. Not for herself, however. For her son. Claudia Buck in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/8/12

   Education

L.A. schools chief pushes to change system's culture -- Some see John Deasy as a dynamic leader morally driven to give all students a quality education. Others see a relentless taskmaster intolerant of dissent. He admits impatience but otherwise has no apologies. Teresa Watanabe and Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/8/12

'Defiance' seen as cause of California suspensions -- School suspensions were once reserved for serious offenses including fighting and bringing weapons or drugs on campus. But these days they're just as likely for talking back to a teacher, cursing, walking into class late or even student eye rolling. CHRISTINA HOAG Associated Press -- 4/8/12

Will an Oakland school district initiative slow teacher turnover, or make it worse? -- Ask students at McClymonds High School about their teachers and you'll likely hear this: They work hard, but they don't stay long. Katy Murphy in the Contra Costa Times -- 4/8/12

UC Berkeley Tackles Big Data -- Cal team working to advance data science is awarded $10 million by the National Science Foundation. JEANNE CARSTENSEN Bay Citizen -- 4/8/12

   Health Care

Aetna will raise insurance rates despite criticism by the state insurance office -- Aetna has said it is moving forward with health insurance premium hikes despite opposition from consumer groups. The state insurance commissioner has called the company’s action “unreasonable.” Stephanie O'Neill KPCC LA -- 4/8/12

   Environment

Fukushima radiation found in California kelp -- Kelp off California was contaminated with short-lived radioisotopes a month after Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant accident, a sign that the spilled radiation reached the state's coastline, according to a new scientific study. Marla Cone in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/8/12

Reforestation not taking hold in land burned by Station fire -- Last April, U.S. Forest Service crews planted nearly a million pine and fir trees across thousands of acres scorched clean by the devastating 2009 blaze. Most of them shriveled up and died within months, as skeptics had predicted. Louis Sahagun in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/8/12

California deer population declines as habitat disappears -- An estimated 445,000 deer live in California, or about equal to the city of Sacramento's human population. Which sounds like a lot, until you realize the deer are spread over the entire state: 99 million acres. Matt Weiser in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/8/12

Clock is ticking on Salton Sea restoration -- Restoration of the Salton Sea, the state's largest inland body of water, has been mired in political and economic gridlock for so long that many fear time is running out. Marisa Agha in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/8/12

   Occupy

Occupy Santa Rosa heralds spring with protest -- Occupy Santa Rosa's “spring awakening” drew about 200 people and an array of slogans and causes to Old Courthouse Square on Saturday. GUY KOVNER in the Santa Rosa Press -- 4/8/12

   Immigration

Homeland Security inspectors release a pair of reports on Secure Communities -- The federal immigration enforcement program supported by Sheriff Lee Baca and used in county jails has faced growing local opposition in the past two years. Now Secure Communities is facing scrutiny from the feds themselves. Ruxandra Guidi KPCC LA -- 4/8/12

   Also..

Hundreds attend service for student killed by Pasadena police -- Kendrec 'Mac' McDade, 19, was unarmed when he was shot and killed by two Pasadena police officers last month. About 400 people say their goodbyes at a funeral in Altadena. Ruben Vives in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/8/12

Reaching the homeless, one ticket at a time -- More camping citations are being issued at Civic Center in Santa Ana, but the goal is to get people to an outreach court and, eventually, shelter. GREG HARDESTY and YVETTE CABRERA in the Orange County Register -- 4/8/12

   POTUS 44

Obama praised – and pummeled – on matters of faith -- Few presidents have spoken more often or more articulately about their religious beliefs — or faced such hostility from some quarters about their policies on church issues. Mitchell Landsberg in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/8/12

   Beltway

Bipartisan bills hit a brick wall in election-year gridlock -- Bills ranging from aviation reform to charitable vehicle donations to pancreatic cancer have hit a legislative brick wall. Megan R. Wilson The Hill -- 4/8/12