Sacramento, CA – For the first time in six years, California will have a budget by the time the fiscal year starts in July. The legislature approved the budget Tuesday night and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's press office says he'll sign it Friday. For some legislative reaction, KAZU's Ben Adler speaks with two local legislators: Assemblymmember John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) and State Senator Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria).
Santa Cruz, CA – A memorial service will be held Thursday for UC Santa Cruz chancellor Denice Denton, who jumped off the roof of a 42-floor building in San Francisco Saturday. Denton was the first female dean of a top research university's engineering school and was highly regarded in her field. But she faced heavy criticism over a number of controversies both on campus and off. KAZU's Ben Adler reports.
Monterey, CA – The Monterey County Herald is in limbo now that its corporate owner Knight Ridder no longer exists. The sale of the Herald and Knight Ridder's 31 other papers to the Sacramento-based McClatchy Company officially went through today after the stock market closed. But the re-sale of the Herald and three other papers to Denver-based MediaNews is on hold, pending a Justice Department anti-trust investigation. KAZU's Ben Adler reports.
San Francisco, CA – Today brings the next round in the fight over land use in Monterey County - and the battleground this time is the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The court is considering a case under the federal Voting Rights Act that Monterey County officials have cited to kick the slow-growth General Plan Initiative off the June primary ballot. As KAZU's Ben Adler reports, the court's ruling could change the face of the initiative process across California.