California won’t meet long-term goals for reducing the greenhouse gases believed to be a major factor behind climate change without making major policy changes. The state wants to cut emissions to 80 percent of 1990 levels by the year 2050. A new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that emissions will drop significantly by 2030, but then they’ll begin to increase because of growing population. The report recommends the state adopt new technologies as they mature and get more aggressive about drawing up efficiency and alternative energy standards….In the wake of Friday’s deadly shooting at LAX, there are calls from some quarters to allow Transportation Security Administration agents to carry guns. The head of the TSA worker’s union says airport screeners are subject to daily verbal abuse and, increasingly, physical attacks. He wants to create a special class of armed TSA officers. But not everyone thinks more guns means more safety: including the head of the LAX police force…An internal investigation has determined that two LAPD officers pressured women to have sex with them in their cars while on duty. The L.A. Times reports that the department has scheduled disciplinary hearings and is trying to fire the men. The one-time narcotics officers are accused of using the threat of jail to coerce at least four women into having sex…The Cal State University system would hire 500 full-time faculty members to teach high-demand classes under a new spending plan presented to Board of Trustees. The plan also calls for funding to boost enrollment by 20,000 students. But it faces significant obstacles. Cal State administrators are seeking an additional $237 million in state funding next year – nearly $100 million more than what’s been promised by Gov. Jerry Brown…Latino students in California are enrolling in colleges in greater numbers than they have historically, but few go on to graduate. A new report from a non-profit group called the Campaign for College Opportunity finds that high numbers of Latinos see college as a goal. But only 11 percent of the adult Latino population in the state has a bachelors or graduate degree. That’s compared to 39 percent for white Californians.
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