Californians to watch in 2014Loading
  • Michael Kirst, president of the California State Board of Education, largely designed the newly approved Local Control Funding Formula for the state's public schools. Now Kirst's goal is to get the many players involved to agree on regulations for applying the formula. Read more.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, 28th Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court
    California's first Asian American chief justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, says the judicial system she inherited in 2011 was struggling amid crippling budget cuts. Today, "We're in a reactive mode," she says. "We can't turn this ship on a dime, but we were forced to." Read more.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
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    Marybel Batjer, seen at a meeting in her office near the Capitol this month, is drawing on decades of public- and private-sector experience as the first Government Operations Agency secretary. Her post touches everything from labor contracts and purchasing to public pensions and computer systems. Read more.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
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    Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, at the state Capitol in Sacramento, said his goal for 2014 is to put a water bond on the ballot that voters can support. Read more.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
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    Jim Brulte, the new chairman of the California Republican Party, is hoping to get it out of superminority status in the state Legislature. Read more.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
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    Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, sits in her office with portraits of her great-great-uncle, great-grandmother and great-great-aunt that she said will watch over her as she works in the Capitol. She said she’s flattered to be mentioned as a possible contender to become Senate president pro tem. Read more.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
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    Donald Specter, director of the nonprofit Prison Law Office in Berkeley, is known in state courts as a champion of prisoners’ rights. Read more.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
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