Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. UC Berkeley’s men’s gymnastics, slated for elimination in June, may be reinstated now that alumni donors have raised nearly $2 million to keep the program going, KCBS reports. Late last week, the university announced that Cal baseball also is being reinstated after donors raised $9 million for the program. And earlier this year, fund-raising efforts saved men’s rugby, women’s gymnastics, and women’s lacrosse from the chopping block. The Cal men’s gymnastics team is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation and is headed for the national championships.
2. California legislators not only can’t balance a budget — they can’t drive either. The SacBee reported that state lawmakers crash their cars at a much higher rate than the national average — and it’s costing taxpayers plenty. During the past five years, California taxpayers have paid $768,000 in claims to lawmakers who crashed their state-issued cars. The California Citizen’s Compensation Commission is reviewing whether to revoke the only-in-California perk in which lawmakers receive a car, gas, and auto maintenance paid mostly by taxpayers.