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KCBS: San Francisco Celebrates Chinatown Rose Pak Subway Station Opening

A Historic Ride took place this morning in San Francisco celebrating the opening of Muni's Chinatown Rose Pak subway station that connects Chinatown with Mission Bay.

One of those present for the first ride out of the station was Assembly Member Phil Ting. Click the link below to listen to the live interview.

SacBee: Legislative Leaders React To Budget Woes

After the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office released its grim report that California faces possible deficits of up to $25 billion, Democratic leaders put on a brave face, promising to protect existing budget priorities from cuts.

SacBee: CA Had Years of Massive Budget Surpluses. Now It Could Face a $25B Deficit

After back-to-back historic budget surpluses, California analysts on Wednesday projected that Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislators could be forced to navigate a $25 billion budget deficit next year. That shortfall, according to a new report from the state’s independent Legislative Analyst’s Office, could be followed by continued annual budgetary gaps between $17 billion and $8 billion for the subsequent three years. If the forecast holds true through June, when the state’s next budget must be passed, Newsom and legislators may have to make some tough calls.

NY Times: LA Pedestrians Look Forward to Relaxed Jaywalking Law

.... Starting Jan. 1, thanks to the “Freedom to Walk” act, people in California will no longer have to worry so much about making a legal misstep when they are safely crossing a street. Signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, the act was designed to give pedestrians in the state more leeway. No longer will they be charged with an infraction or fined for crossing outside designated intersections — with the caveat that police officers may still give tickets to pedestrians who are creating a safety hazard, in their view.