Category Archives: Local

6 Pitfalls To Avoid When Picking Insurance On The Job

Man shopping with some very high-price options.

You don’t get a pass this year on big health insurance decisions because you’re not shopping in an Affordable Care Act marketplace. Employer medical plans — where most working-age folks get coverage — are changing too.

Rising costs, a looming tax on rich benefits packages and the idea that people should buy medical treatment the way they shop for cellphones have increased odds that workplace plans will be very different in 2015.

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Laptops donated for after-school study program

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Sixty laptops were donated for use at a city of San Diego-funded after-school study program that started Monday at local library branches.

The computers were purchased with a $15,000 gift from the Wal-Mart Foundation that was matched by the San Diego Public Library Foundation. The money was routed through One San Diego, a newly formed nonprofit.

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Communities Struggle To Reach Homeless Students Living In The Shadows

It’s late afternoon and the day has just ended at a Los Angeles school. Students are making their way toward the parking lot, where a dusty 2001 Ford Taurus stands out among the shiny SUVs filled with waiting parents.

Kids walk by and stare. In the backseat of the Taurus, James, a tall 14-year-old boy in a checkered shirt, smiles. He is familiar with the stares.

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San Diego Mayor Faulconer Endorses Tuck In State Superintendent Race

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer waded into thecontentious race for state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tuesday by endorsing challenger Marshall Tuck.

Faulconer issued his endorsement one week before voters go to the polls to choose between incumbent Tom Torlakson and Tuck, a charter school administrator. Both are Democrats.

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California Bill Would Require Public Schools To Stock Allergy Injectors

Republican State Sen. Bob Huff says some kids may not even know they have a food allergy until they have an extreme reaction. He says his bill would insure that schools have the epinephrine injectors they need to respond quickly.

“It’s critical that we have something around our kids something that allows them to have a better chance of surviving when they had no idea that they had a condition in the first place,” says Huff.

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Sweetwater District Board Member Pearl Quinones Pleads Guilty In Corruption Case

Sweetwater Union High School District board member Pearl Quinones speaks at school board meeting in this undated photo.

A Sweetwater Union High School District board member accused in a corruption case pleaded guilty Tuesday and will leave office.

Pearl Quinones was one of 15 people indicted and accused of accepting gifts in exchange for votes on construction contracts. She initially pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Deputy District Attorney Leon Schorr said Quinones pleaded guilty to one felony count — conspiracy to commit a crime, specifically the acceptance by any member of the governing board of any valuable thing, with corrupt intent.

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Despite cold classrooms, 140 HVAC units sat idle at Twin Rivers

As Twin Rivers Unified School District students shivered in cold classrooms, 140 brand-new HVAC units worth $3 million sat idle for years.

Fifty-three heating, ventilation and air-conditioning units languished on a campus that never opened. Dozens of units purchased for aging Grant Union High School were never installed and remain in storage.

A 60-ton HVAC machine lies dormant in an open field, scarred by vandals.

“It’s disgusting to me,” said Christine Jefferson, a Del Paso Heights Community Association member. “Why do we have them in storage? Isn’t the warranty tick, tick, ticking away?”

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Billions in federal transportation funds riding on California’s new pension law

Less than a year after California lawmakers mandated sweeping changes for state and local government pensions, federal officials are poised to cut off billions of dollars in transportation funding because of the new laws.

A series of decisions by the U.S. Department of Labor could begin Friday that would ultimately freeze more than 100 grants for projects statewide, including more than $60 million in already approved money for Sacramento area transit efforts.

“If this isn’t resolved, eventually we’re going to run out of money,” said Mike Wiley, the Sacramento Regional Transit District’s general manager and CEO.

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128-degree heat!

Associated Press photographer Chris Carlson is no stranger to heat. He grew up just outside Palm Springs, Calif. On Friday, he returned to his desert roots, leaving his home near Los Angeles and driving to the hottest place on earth on one of the hottest days of the year. Below, he describes what it is like to be in triple digit heat in Death Valley:

By 9 a.m., the two bags of ice I loaded in the cooler are gone and the floor of my rental car looks like a storage bin at a recycling plant. Hydration is essential.

I know what to expect in Death Valley: Unrelenting heat so bad it makes my eyes hurt, as if someone is blowing a hair dryer in my face. I don’t leave CDs or electronics in the car because they could melt or warp.

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Capitol Alert: AM Alert: With Jerry Brown’s signature, California gets a budget

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This year’s budget process comes to a conclusion today: Gov. Jerry Brown is poised to make the pact between him and legislative leaders official at 11 a.m. in the Governor’s Council Room. Fiscal year 2013-2014, its allocations and obligations set in writing, starts Monday.

If you’d like to reflect on how we got here, you can read about the dispute over Brown’s push to roll back enterprise zones; the controversy over public records act requests; the debate over how to allocate revenue generated by Proposition 39; the disagreement aboutshuffling carbon permit auction revenue around; the argument overhow much money we’ll really have; and, of course, the battle over the governor’s school funding overhaul, including concerns about how districts get funded and which dedicated ”categorical” programs would get axed.

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