Buried in a data-packed section of Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget proposal is this conclusion:
Latinos are likely to become California's most populous ethnic group sometime this year.
That's a couple of years earlier than previous predictions.
The state's population is expected to top 38 million by July 1, the budget says.
By July 1, too, the state expects the Latino and white populations to achieve parity at 39 percent each, indicating that Latinos will become the state's largest ethnic group shortly thereafter.
Asian Americans are expected to make up 13 percent of the population by July 1; African Americans, 6 percent; Pacific Islanders, under 1 percent; American Indians, under 1 percent; and multiracial residents, 3 percent.
The state estimates large variations in population growth by ethnicity and age, with the highest seen among residents ages 65 to 74.
The 74-year-old Brown cited those trends in his budget presentation last week, saying, "This is an aging society, and inequality is growing."
As one response to the demographic challenge, he has proposed directing more money to school districts with poorer students and English learners.
California counties would be barred from releasing addresses and telephone numbers of residents who carry concealed weapons under legislation proposed by GOP Assemblymen Dan Logue and Allan Mansoor. Assembly Bill 134 would require counties to continue releasing the permit holders' names, but addresses and telephone numbers would be available only to law enforcement agencies.
"I have no idea who the 'whale' is. It's not me."
SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEM DARRELL STEINBERG, when asked Wednesday whether he knows the name of the potential Sacramento Kings buyer identified by a mayoral aide only as a "whale" casino parlance for a high roller