Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. About 65 teachers were arrested last night in Sacramento by the CHP after they refused to disperse following a day-long demonstration, the LA Times reports. The teachers’ union had a permit to demonstrate at the capitol until 5 p.m., but some teachers refused to leave and then were taken into custody. Thousands of teachers took the day off from school yesterday to protest potential deep budget cuts to education statewide. But the teachers’ union’s demands are unlikely to be met — it wants the Legislature to enact tax measures without putting them before voters, a move that even Democratic Governor Jerry Brown does not support.
2. The number of Bay Area homes that are underwater is still rising despite positive signs in the overall economy, the Trib reports. The percentage of homes in which the mortgages on the property are greater than the property is worth increased to 25.7 percent last quarter compared to 22.4 percent a year ago. In Contra Costa County, a whopping 38 percent of homes are underwater compared to 22.8 percent in Alameda County. The highest percentages were in the outer reaches of the Bay Area that experienced the biggest home-building boom in the past decade — Solano (58.4 percent) and San Joaquin (57.5 percent) counties.
3. California’s high-speed rail system is getting a boost because Florida’s Republican governor refused to accept federal funds for its bullet train and scrapped its plans. The Chron reports that the Obama administration redirected $300 million that was supposed to go to Florida and sent it California to help build the state’s high-speed rail system.
4. California regulators are demanding more detailed information from PG&E about its gas-transmission lines, the Chron reports. But the utility is complaining that it’s being overwhelmed with information requests from the state. At the same time, the Mercury News reports that PG&E underground electrical gear has been creating hazards in the past few years, setting off explosions and sending 100-pound manhole covers into the air.
5. And finally, Republican ex-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his famous Democratic wife, Maria Shriver, have separated, the LA Times reports.