Monday Must Reads: State Tax Revenues Continue to Soar; Some SoCal Cities Still Threatening Fines for Brown Lawns


Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. State tax revenues are continuing to soar in California and could be as much $4 billion higher than Governor Jerry Brown projected by June, the SacBee$ reports, citing a report from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO). The LAO also reported that by last week, tax revenues for April were already above projections. Liberals are expected to push for more social safety net spending in next year’s budget as a result of the extra revenue.

Cheryl Brown.
  • Cheryl Brown.
2. Despite the record drought, some California cities, including Glendale, Upland, and San Bernardino, are still threatening homeowners with fines for letting their lawns turn brown, according to Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-Rialto), the LA Times$ reports. Brown is pushing forward with legislation that would prohibit such fines.

3. An Oakland-based environmental group has filed a lawsuit against the City of San Francisco, in an effort to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park, the Mercury News$ reports. The group, Restore Hetch Hetchy, maintains that the large reservoir, which destroyed a breathtaking valley in Yosemite, violates a section of the state constitution requiring that water in California "be put to beneficial use to the fullest extent possible" and be used in "reasonable" ways.

4. Caltrans knew at least three years ago that new Bay Bridge leaked and was susceptible to corrosion, the Chron reports, citing newly obtained documents.

5. And Corinthian and Heald colleges throughout the Bay Area abruptly closed over the weekend, in the wake of a $30 million federal fine for lying about the number of its graduates who got jobs, the Chron reports.