Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. Oakland public schools will receive a funding boost next year under a budget deal reached by Governor Jerry Brown and state legislative leaders yesterday. The Mercury News reports that the deal includes the governor’s proposal to direct more money to schools — like those in Oakland — with high numbers of students from low-income families. The deal also calls for increased spending on social service programs for the poor — a provision that state Democratic lawmakers had pushed for.
3. US Senator Dianne Feinstein said she believes that Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old employee of a defense contractor who leaked classified information about the federal government collecting phone data on all Americans, is “guilty of treason,” The Hill reports (via Rough & Tumble). Civil libertarians have called Snowden a “hero,” and are asking President Obama to pardon him. Feinstein has long been a staunch advocate of prosecuting government whistleblowers.
4. Five members of the Oakland City Council have agreed to discuss a controversial plan that would allow the city to divert $3 million from a fund that is supposed to help pay down the city’s long-term debt and use it instead to finance raises for civilian employees, the Trib reports. Council President Pat Kernighan and Councilwoman Libby Schaaf oppose the plan, but councilmembers Larry Reid, Desley Brooks, Noel Gallo, Lynette Gibson-McElhaney, and Dan Kalb agreed to schedule a public hearing on it this Thursday.