Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. The University of California this week is considering raising student tuition again, even though the UC has failed to comply with a state law that requires it to fully disclose its finances
, the Chron
reports. The UC was supposed to publicly disclose the information by October 1, but President Janet Napolitano said it will take a least six weeks longer to comply with the law. Meanwhile, Napolitano is asking the UC Regents to approve annual tuition increases for the next five years.
2. The plastic bag industry has pumped $2.75 million
into a signature gathering effort that seeks to overturn California’s ban on single-use plastic bags, the Chron
reports. Plastic bag manufacturers are concerned that other states will follow California’s lead and ban plastic bags. The referendum, if it gathers enough signatures, would go on the November 2016 ballot.
3. As the drought deepens, the number of water thefts
in California is on the rise, the Chron
4. State Treasurer Bill Lockyer’s Office states that Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build the $25 billion water tunnels project will result in higher property taxes
for residents throughout the Bay Area, the Chron
5. And the governor has failed to appoint
a state Supreme Court justice to replace Joyce Kennard, who retired in April, the Chron