University Of California Board Of Regents Deliberated On Budget Proposal
Looking down the barrel of a budget deficit projected to reach $2.5 billion over the next four years, the University of California Board of Regents deliberated Thursday on a proposal to develop a multi-year funding plan with the state.
Although the proposal outlined $1 billion in solutions that would be achieved through exploration of funding streams and the institution of academic efficiencies, the university is bracing for a $1.5 billion remainder that could potentially fall on the backs of students.
The university is looking for renewed assurance from the state that it will provide long-term funding to ensure that the university remains competitive and is able to plan for long-term investments, such as expanding academic programs, enrolling students, and hiring and tenuring faculty.
Under the worst-case scenario, the proposal anticipates that undergraduate in-state tuition could reach as much as $22,000 in four years. Undergraduate students now pay $12,192 per year.
If the state does not increase funding it provides to the university, the $1.5 billion would come from a 16 percent annual tuition hike for the next four years, according to the proposal.
Otherwise, the gap would be patched with a combination of tuition hikes and state funding, depending on how much the Legislature could pledge to provide to the UC system.
Saying that he had little faith that the state economy would recover enough to prevent continued cuts to education, ex officio regent Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said that the proposal should be rejected because the possibility of tuition hikes would make it hard to gain public support needed to apply pressure to the Legislature.
Many regents -- including Newsom -- advocated exploration of other options, ranging from seeking unrestricted corporate endowments to fund scholarships to launching a campaign to educate the public about the economic importance of the university.
Emeryville School District Ended 10 Years Of State Control By Paying Off Loan
Emeryville's school district Thursday ended 10 years of state control by paying off the final installment of a $1.3 million loan it had to take out because of the large debt it had accumulated under its previous leadership.
In handing over a check for $864,000 to California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson at a ceremony at the Emery Secondary School, Emery Unified School District Superintendent Debbra Lindo said, "This is a pivotal moment and an opportunity to usher in a new day of learning" under local leadership.
Emeryville Mayor Nora Davis said, "This is a red letter day" that was made possible by city voters who approved a parcel tax and a $100 million construction bond measure that helped the school district get back on its feet financially.
Davis said the tax measures were approved by overwhelming margins even though only 20 percent of the city's voters have children in the school district.
State officials returned partial local control to Emeryville's leaders on April 1, 2004, after its finances began to approve but full local control wasn't granted until Thursday.
Santa Clara County Prosecutors Decline To File Charges Against San Jose Police Officer
Santa Clara County prosecutors are declining to file charges against a San Jose police officer who shot a knife-wielding man in January, saying that the officer's actions were legally justified.
On Jan. 15, Officer Geeno Gular, a 17-year veteran of the Police Department, shot 51-year-old Qazi Do, of San Jose, on a property in unincorporated Santa Clara County near San Jose.
Prosecutors concluded from their investigation that Gular "acted reasonably under the totality of the circumstances" because he felt his partner's life was in danger.
The events of that afternoon unraveled after two San Jose police officers, a police sergeant, and a sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a suspicious man holding a pair of 4- to 5-inch blade knives near a home at 4008 Higuera Road, according to the sheriff's office.
When authorities arrived, they negotiated for about 10 to 15 minutes with Do, who was in a creek bed, holding a 4-foot stick in one hand and two knives in the other. They ordered him to drop the knives, and to come out and talk with them, the sheriff's office said.
He did not comply with the officers' repeated orders and in an effort to disarm Do, police Sgt. Munson deployed his Taser, but for an unknown reason, it did not seem to affect him. Do allegedly pulled out the Taser barbs and flung them at Munson.
He then dropped the stick, held a knife in each hand and raised them over his head and charged at Munson and allegedly attempted to stab him, coming within four feet of Munson, but just missing him. At that time, Gular, who was protecting Munson, ordered Do to stop and when Do ignored him and continued charging, Gular - fearing that Do would kill Munson - discharged his firearm four times and fatally shot Do.
San Francisco Giants CEO Neukom Announced He Will Step Down
San Francisco Giants CEO Bill Neukom announced Thursday that he is stepping down from the position at the end of the year.
Team president and chief operating officer Larry Baer, 54, will take over the duties of CEO effective Jan. 1, 2012, the two men said in a news conference at AT&T Park Thursday.
Neukom, 69, became the Giants' chief executive officer in 2008 and last year oversaw the team's first World Series win since 1954.
"It's been more than a privilege; it's been an honor to be at the helm of this venerable, storied franchise," he said.
Neukom denied reports he was forced out by the Giants' ownership group after disagreements over financial decisions, saying, "I don't think that's the right characterization."
He said, "There's a time to come into an organization and a time to leave ... and this is a good time for me to leave."
The Giants have struggled through injuries to several key players this season and are 7.5 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for the National League West division lead with 13 games to play.
Baer said, "I don't see a lot of change" in how the team will be run under him and said, "It's an honor to follow in Bill's footsteps."
Neukom is divesting his ownership stake in the team but will remain on as chairman emeritus through the 2012 season to provide advice to team officials, he said.
He also plans to teach at Stanford Law School, his alma mater, and focus on the World Justice Project, an initiative he founded in 2006 to strengthen the rule of law around the world.
The transition of positions will not be finalized until it passes a series of approvals, including by Major League Baseball.
Sunnyvale Department Of Public Safety Seeks Public's Help In Identifying Stabbing Suspects
The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety is seeking the public's help in identifying four suspects in connection with a stabbing at a nightclub last month.
The stabbing occurred on Aug. 14 at the Brass Rail nightclub, located on Persian Drive, according to police.
Detectives said several men, all of whom arrived together, attacked two people as they were exiting the club shortly after midnight.
The victims, both residents of San Jose, were transported to a hospital with serious injuries, police said.
Investigators do not believe the attack was gang-related.
Officers were able to partially identify the four suspects in a surveillance video.
The first was described as a Hispanic man in his early to mid 20s, around 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds.
The second suspect is a light-skinned black man also in his early to mid 20s, about 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing about 190 pounds. He had cornrows and may have had tattoos on his forearms.
The third suspect is a Hispanic man in his mid to late 20s, 5 feet 11 inches tall with a stocky build and buzz-cut hair.
The fourth suspect is a white man, about 25 years old, around 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighing 160 pounds with short hair.
The suspects all arrived together in a black SUV with large chrome wheels. The car may have been a Ford Expedition.
California Fish And Game Commission Voted to End Abalone Harvesting Season Early
The California Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday morning to end the abalone harvesting season early along the Sonoma County Coast because of a die-off of abalone and other shellfish attributed to a red tide this summer.
The exact date when the season will close will be determined soon, California Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ian Taniguchi said.
Three of the commission's five members approved the emergency closure at a meeting Thursday morning in Redding, Taniguchi said. Commissioners Daniel Richards and Richard Rogers were absent from the meeting.
The abalone season typically opens April 1, closes during the month of July and resumes Aug. 1 through Nov. 30.
Taniguchi said this is the beginning of the slowest period of the abalone harvesting season. Last year, only 11 percent of the season's abalone take took place in October and November, Taniguchi said.
The Department of Fish and Game issues an annual average of 35,000 reporting cards statewide that are required of abalone fishermen, Taniguchi said.
The abalone season will continue in Marin, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties, Taniguchi said.
Sacramento Couple Arrested On Suspicion Of Pimping Underaged Girls
A Sacramento couple arrested last month on suspicion of pimping underage girls at a South San Francisco hotel pleaded not guilty to human trafficking and other charges in San Mateo County Superior Court on Wednesday.
Mahender "Mike" Singh, 40, and his wife Helen, 22, were taken into custody on Aug. 20 at a Travelodge Hotel at 326 S. Airport Blvd. after police received a tip that a runaway girl was staying at the hotel, according to South San Francisco police.
Officers went to the hotel and found a 19-year-old woman and two 16-year-old girls in a room that was registered to Singh, who was staying in another room, police said.
Singh told police that the girls were his stepdaughters, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
During questioning, all three girls said they had been forced into prostitution by Singh and his wife, according to police.
Investigators searched the rooms registered to Singh and found condoms, lingerie, and counterfeit bills, police said.
Ads featuring the three girls were uncovered on myredbook.com, an adult website used to advertise escort services and massage parlors, according to the district attorney's office.
A cellphone connected to the online ads was found in Helen Singh's car, police said.
Mahender and Helen Singh remain in custody without bail.
They are scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 5.
The three girls were released to their parents, police said.
Santa Cruz Police Looking For Two Suspected In Hitting And Dragging Police Officer With Truck
Santa Cruz police are looking for two people suspected of hitting and dragging a police officer with a truck after the officer stopped them on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle on Wednesday.
An officer spotted a suspicious truck around 10 p.m. in the 200 block of Jackson Street, police said.
The officer pulled up, contacted the occupants and ran a preliminary check on them and the truck, which had paper dealership plates.
Just as dispatch was advising him that the truck was stolen, the driver started the truck and pulled away, dragging the officer -- who was standing on the driver's side -- nearly 30 feet, police said.
The officer was thrown from the side of the truck and narrowly escaped being run over, police said.
Other officers responded and eventually found the truck abandoned on Isabel Court, but could not find the occupants. Witnesses told police a car came by and picked them up.
A search of the truck revealed heroin and other items police believe were also stolen.
The suspects have been identified as Ryan Mang, 37, and Shivhan Armstrong. Police did not provide an age for Armstrong.
Both have extensive criminal records, police said.
The officer who was injured is 37-years-old and a nine-year veteran of the department, according to police.
He was transported to Dominican Hospital and released Thursday morning. The officer will remain off-duty while he recovers from his injuries, police said.
Alameda County Sheriff's Office Asks For Help Finding Missing Disabled Man And Woman
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to find a missing man and woman who are developmentally disabled.
Billy Fair, 22, and Jessica Pagan, 18, left the Redwood Place mental health rehabilitation center at 18949 Redwood Road on Wednesday at around 10 a.m.
They left the facility on a 30-minute pass and never returned, according to sheriff's Sgt. Kyle Ritter.
Fair and Pagan are both developmentally disabled and take prescription medications. They both left the facility without their medications and sheriff's officials said Fair in particular is likely to suffer adverse effects without his seizure medication.
Family members and staff said that Fair and Pagan have never been away from Redwood Place for so long and believe the two may be headed to San Francisco or Union City, Ritter said.
Fair was described as a white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 186 pounds. He was last seen wearing a striped, cream-colored polo shirt, khaki shorts and rubber shoes. In a picture given to the sheriff's office, Fair was wearing glasses.
Pagan is a black woman, 5 feet tall and weighing 187 pounds. She was last seen wearing cream-colored pajamas and black shoes.
San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast
The San Francisco Bay Area is expected to be cloudy this morning before becoming partly cloudy, with patches of fog and drizzle in the morning. Highs near 60 are anticipated.
Partly cloudy skies are likely this evening, before becoming cloudy tonight with patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s are expected.
Saturday is expected to be cloudy in the morning before becoming sunny later in the day. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are likely.
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