Following two years of crushing budget deficits and an all-consuming effort to raise taxes, here’s how good things are for Gov. Jerry Brown: His tax campaign and billions of dollars in spending cuts behind him, Brown was able this month to declare the budget fixed, and all around the Capitol people swooned. Lawmakers of both parties praised the annual spending plan Brown proposed, and reporters started asking questions about his legacy and any wisdom he might share.
A light rail line along Crenshaw Boulevard to Los Angeles International Airport – and the jobs it might deliver – are up for discussion at a meeting Thursday in South Los Angeles. The private meeting will be open to 70 local leaders who can recommend candidates for jobs. The former pastor of First AME Church, Rev. Cecil Murray, has invited transportation and public works officials along with political leaders. People behind the light rail project say they hope to consider at least 1,000 applicants for jobs that’ll pay from $35,000 to $75,000 a year.
The latest snapshot of the U.S. working class shows that unions are in trouble, their ranks thinning amid a backlash against organized labor and a still sputtering economy. But California and a few nearby states in the Southwest are showing a vastly different picture — labor’s ranks are on an upswing. The Golden State’s union organizers signed up more than 100,000 new members last year, while the nation as a whole shed 400,000, according to data released Wednesday.
Los Angeles Unified students may be closer to stepping into classrooms of the future where much of the world’s knowledge is right at their fingertips.
In a 9-6 vote Wednesday, the School Construction Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee approved a $50 million proposal to jump-start a program aimed at giving every student a tablet computer.