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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tuesday's Briefing: Oakland Unified cuts budget by $22 million; California Supreme Court rules on pensions

Trump praises Cal Young Republican who was attacked on campus

By Steven Tavares
Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Stories you don’t want to miss for Mar. 5:

1. The California Supreme Court chiseled away somewhat at public employee pensions in a ruling, reports the Los Angeles Times, but the decision maintains that public employee pensions remain the ironclad contract, known as the "California Rule." $$

2. A day after ending the Oakland teachers strike, the other shoe dropped when Oakland Unified School District trustees approved $22 million in budget cuts for the 2019-2020 year, reports NBC Bay area. The vote was 4-3.

3. Louis Freedberg, writing in EdSource, takes at look at the similarities between the recent teachers' strikes in Oakland and Los Angeles and what they may mean for the future of the movement in the state.

4. Oakland's Pacific Boychoir Academy received a donation of four Chinese paintings, which they believed were worth $2.8 million, Jill Tucker reports in the San Francisco Chronicle. But after the school already began borrowing against the value of the paintings, an appraisal found they were fakes. $$

5. President Trump’s extremely long-winded speech last weekend at the Conservative Political Action Committee takes some time to boil down. But in it, Trump referenced the alleged attack last week of a U.C. Berkeley Young Republican named Hayden Williams and vowed to sign an executive order requiring college and universities to declare support for free speech on campus in order to receive federal funding, CNN reports.

6. "Heads up commuters, Caltrans is planning a major rebuild of the MacArthur Maze that may require parts of the heavily traveled East Bay interchange to be shut down for months, with some traffic rerouted onto surface streets," Phil Matier writes in the San Francisco Chronicle. $$

7. Here's another angle to the growing problem of homelessness and how to help solve it: Allow homeless invdividuals to bring their pets to shelters, Elizabeth Castillo reports in CalMatters.

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