Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Must Reads: UC Fails to Disclose Finances; Plastic Bag Industry Pushes for Statewide Referendum

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

click to enlarge Janet Napolitano.
  • Janet Napolitano.
1. The University of California this week is considering raising student tuition again, even though the UC has failed to comply with a state law that requires it to fully disclose its finances, the Chron reports. The UC was supposed to publicly disclose the information by October 1, but President Janet Napolitano said it will take a least six weeks longer to comply with the law. Meanwhile, Napolitano is asking the UC Regents to approve annual tuition increases for the next five years.

2. The plastic bag industry has pumped $2.75 million into a signature gathering effort that seeks to overturn California’s ban on single-use plastic bags, the Chron reports. Plastic bag manufacturers are concerned that other states will follow California’s lead and ban plastic bags. The referendum, if it gathers enough signatures, would go on the November 2016 ballot.

3. As the drought deepens, the number of water thefts in California is on the rise, the Chron reports.

4. State Treasurer Bill Lockyer’s Office states that Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build the $25 billion water tunnels project will result in higher property taxes for residents throughout the Bay Area, the Chron reports.

5. And the governor has failed to appoint a state Supreme Court justice to replace Joyce Kennard, who retired in April, the Chron reports.

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