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California Cyclists Are About to Get Three Feet of Breathing Room

A new law mandates that drivers give cyclists a three-foot buffer and "slow to a speed that is reasonable and prudent" when passing. About time.

California cyclists are about to get a bit more breathing room on the roads with the passage of a long awaited safety bill through the state Assembly on Monday. The bill would mandate a three foot buffer between passing vehicles and cyclists—at least 20 other states already have such a law in place. Pennsylvania leads the bike safety race with a four foot buffer passed into law this spring.

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Should College Students to Be Able to Pay Their Way Off Wait Lists?

With wait lists thousands of students deep, California's community colleges say they'll add more class sections if students pay full price.

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Back With Another Rap: Two Angry LAUSD Teachers Want You to Protest California Education Cuts

The two teachers behind the "Two Teachers and a Microphone" video are back.

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The two anonymous pink slipped Los Angeles Unified School District teachers behind the rap video "Two Teachers and a Microphone" are back. The angry duo is still demanding the school board rescind the 5,000 preliminary layoff notices sent out to teachers and other school site employees. But in their latest track, they're also encouraging Angelenos to join them in pressuring California's legislators to put Governor Jerry Brown's school-funding saving tax extensions on a June special election ballot.

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California's Bloody Budget: What to Expect from Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry Brown announces what is expected to be a bloody budget Monday at 11:00 a.m. PST. You can watch it live.


California Governor Jerry Brown announces what is expected to be a bloody budget Monday at 11:00 a.m. PST. It's unclear what programs, exactly, will be cut, but we should prepare for a year in which many institutions face tough decisions and dramatic decreases in funding.

You can watch the announcement of the budget online at CalChannel today at 11:00. After Brown presents it, the entire budget will be posted here.

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California Declares Education Budget "Financial Emergency"

With more budget cuts on the horizon, schools in the Golden State are set for fiscal annihilation.


Just how dire is the Golden State's education budget? The new Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, has declared a state of "financial emergency" for California's schools—and when you look at the numbers, he's not just blowing political smoke.

"There’s simply no other way to describe it: this is an emergency," Torlakson said. "Every day, teachers, school employees, and principals are performing miracles, but the $18 billion in cuts over the last three years are taking their toll. We have 174 districts teetering on the financial brink. If this isn’t an emergency, I don’t know what is."

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History seems to say so. As governor in the mid-1970s, he helped lead California to become the first state to approve energy-efficiency standards for appliances, green building codes, and large-scale wind farms. When he entered office, California utilities had plans to build nuclear power plants along the coast. Instead, Brown worked with Art Rosenfeld to institute a policy regulating refrigerator efficiency that allowed California to save as much energy as a power plant would produce. Under his watch, the state approved Title 24, an energy-efficiency building code, and passed 55-percent tax credits for wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass energy.

Now, in his campaign for governor's office some 30 years later, Brown pledges to multiply California rooftop solar panels by 10. Kate Galbraith writes:

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