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Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, has introduced a measure to help Cal Grant applicants by speeding up how their high school grade points are forwarded to colleges.

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    Seeking to increase access to the state’s Cal Grants scholarship program, Assembly Bill 2160 by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, would require high schools to electronically submit grade-point averages for all graduating seniors to the California Student Aid Commission. The two-step Cal Grant application now requires students to fill out the federal student aid form and verify their GPA. Thousands of applications are rejected each year because that second step is not completed.

    – Alexei Koseff

The Buzz: Jerry Brown noshes with Dalai Lama as labor feeds his campaign account

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 - 12:00 am

Unions help Brown raise

his fund to $18 million

Gov. Jerry Brown has raised another $368,200 for his re-election campaign, raising his total to more than $18 million.

The most recent contributions, reported by Brown over the weekend, come almost entirely from labor unions, including the Laborers’ International Union of North America, the California Teachers Association and California Professional Firefighters.

Brown, a third-term Democrat, has not yet said if he will seek re-election, but he is widely expected to run. His two Republican opponents, Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari, are far behind in fundraising. Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury Department official, has raised nearly $1 million, while Donnelly, a Twin Peaks assemblyman, has reported about $444,000.

Brown has until March 7 to file paperwork in the race, a day before a speech at the California Democratic Party convention in Los Angeles.

Brown skipped the winter meeting of the National Governors Association last weekend, with other activities occupying him at home. Brown posted a photograph Saturday on Twitter of a private lunch in the Bay Area. His companion? The Dalai Lama.

– David Siders

Worth repeating

“That simply has not happened.”

DANA HOWARD, spokesman for Covered California, assuring the Associated Press that no consumer information has been compromised at the health exchange, despite a detected computer vulnerability.

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