Thursday, January 9, 2014

Oakland Mayoral Candidate Dan Siegel Calls for $15 Minimum Wage, End of DAC

by Steven Tavares
Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Civil rights attorney Dan Siegel laid out a distinctively progressive platform as he formally announced his candidacy for mayor of Oakland today. Standing at what was once the main entrance to the Occupy Oakland encampment nearly three years ago, Siegel said his campaign aims to make the city safe — not by adding additional cops, but through economic equality, social justice, education, and public privacy.

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Thursday Must Reads: Brown Wants to Pay Down ‘Wall of Debt’; Santana Makes Final Cut in Dallas

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Governor Jerry Brown is proposing to use $10 billion in state funds next year to pay down what he calls the state’s “Wall of Debt” — about $24.5 billion in outstanding loans and other debts. Brown also wants to use next year’s expected surplus to increase funding for K-12 schools, higher education, and health and social services programs, and would set aside money for a “rainy day fund.” The SacBee$ reports that he also wants to divert up to $300 million from the state’s cap-and-trade program to help fund his proposed high-speed rail project.

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