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  • Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

    While surrounded by fellow lawmakers and supporters, Senate President Pro Temp Darrell Steinberg announces a new bill for universal transitional kindergarten in California - the Kindergarten Readiness Act - on Tuesday, January 7, 2013 at H.W. Harkness Elementary School in Sacramento. SB 837 will make one year of high quality, voluntary transitional kindergarten available to every four-year-old child in California.

  • Autumn Cruz / The Sacramento Bee

    Ruth Welland’s Sylvia is a bona fide guide dog. But some pet owners try to pass off their untrained pooches as guide dogs. A Capitol hearing today will look into the matter.

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    Turns out not every guide dog you see on the street is actually helping a blind person. A growing number of individuals are dressing up their pets in fake gear to bring them where animals are normally prohibited, causing a headache for disabled people and businesses alike. The Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development has scheduled an informational hearing for 11 a.m. today in Room 4203 of the Capitol to address the problem of service dog fraud.

    – Alexei Koseff

The Buzz: Jerry Brown's parole interventions include crossbow killing case

Published: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 - 6:25 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown let about 82 percent of convicted killers’ parole releases stand last year, continuing to use his power to block decisions of the state parole board relatively sparingly.

The Democratic governor reversed 100 of 577 parole grants he reviewed in 2013 and returned two cases to the state Board of Parole Hearings for reconsideration, according to a report released Friday. Brown’s reversal rate was nearly identical to the first two years of his term.

Among the decisions Brown reversed was a parole grant for James Mackey, one of two former University of the Pacific football teammates sent to prison for roles in the widely covered murder of a Stockton real estate agent in 1989. Laurence Carnegie was lured to a vacant house outside the city, shot with a crossbow and strangled.

Brown said Mackey had made efforts to improve himself while incarcerated, including earning a master’s degree in 2008. But he said Mackey has not explained “how he could meticulously plan and execute a cold-blooded murder.”

“Until he can give a better explanation for his actions,” Brown wrote, “I do not think he is ready to be released.”

– David Siders


AT THE CAPITOL

Turns out not every guide dog you see on the street is actually helping a blind person. A growing number of individuals are dressing up their pets in fake gear to bring them where animals are normally prohibited, causing a headache for disabled people and businesses alike. The Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development has scheduled an informational hearing for 11 a.m. today in Room 4203 of the Capitol to address the problem of service dog fraud.

– Alexei Koseff


WORTH REPEATING

“If he does not resign, or take that leave of absence voluntarily, the Senate will seek to suspend him.”

Darrell Steinberg, state Senate leader, after a grand jury indicted Sen. Ron Calderon on Friday



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