Monday Must Reads: Kaiser Healthcare Workers Go On Strike; State Parks Remain in Peril Under Brown’s Budget

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. About 2,600 Kaiser mental healthcare workers planned to go on strike this morning for five days in protest over the lack of staffing, the Chron reports. Staffers say that mental healthcare patients are being forced to wait too long for appointments.

2. California’s state park system, once the envy of the nation, will remain in financial peril under Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget, park advocates say, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat (via Rough & Tumble). The governor proposes increasing spending for parks by only $2.8 million over the previous year, which advocates say is not enough to fund the system.

[jump] 3. The Obama administration has quietly worked out a plan with farmers on the arid west side of the San Joaquin Valley in which they would retire 100,000 acres of polluted farmland in return for not having to pay $342 million in federal debt they owe from the construction of the Central Valley Water Project more than a fifty years ago, the Chron reports.

4. California community colleges would get a significant boost in funds under President Obama’s proposed budget, the LA Times$ reports.

5. And the Golden Gate Bridge reopened last night after being closed for the installation of a new, movable barrier that separates the north and southbound lanes.


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