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AM Alert: Puppies graduate prison

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In honor of Friday, we bring you puppies in prisons.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation enlists inmates to train and socialize rescue dogs under a program called Paws for Life. Today Mule Creek State Prison in Ione will hold its first graduation ceremony honoring the canine class of 2016, seven dogs brought to live at the prison from an Amador County shelter.

The purpose of the 12-week program is to help timid dogs from kill shelters become more confident around people. It’s also among a bevy of rehabilitation courses in California state prisons to help inmates prepare to re-enter society. The chihuahua mixes and pit bull mutts at Mule Creek were matched up with particular inmates, but also walked the yard and interacted with other prisoners, said Lt. Angelo Gonzalez of the prison.

Jewels, Luke and Susie have been adopted, while Batman and Webber, Lilly and Pumpkin are still looking for their forever homes. It’ll be a bittersweet day for the inmates, but Gonzalez says a new batch of rescue dogs will arrive next month.

WORTH REPEATING: “He advertises ignorance, so we have to educate him.” – Author and activist George Takei, speaking on the red carpet of the California Hall of Fame induction ceremony, on using social media to denounce President-Elect Donald Trump

STRIKE: SEUI Local 1000, which represents workers in nine of the state’s 21 bargaining units, said it would strike on Dec. 5 over ongoing contract negotiations with Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration. The two sides have been unable to reach an agreement on multiyear raises, gender pay inequities and how much members will contribute to their health care plans. Now Brown’s firing back and seeking an injunction against Local 1000 that would bar certain “essential employees” from participating in the walk out. The Public Employment Relations Board filed a request in Sacramento Superior Court for a temporary restraining order against Local 1000 Thursday. The court is scheduled to take up the matter at 1:30 p.m.

DIVERSITY: Take a look at the C-suite executives at most companies and you’ll find the same thing: White men. State Controller Betty Yee, the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance, CalPERS, and CalSTRS are hosting a one-day conference today to figure out how to make corporate boards and executive teams more diverse. The group cited a McKinsey & Company study that found only 16 percent of the members of executive teams for US companies are women and only 3 percent of those groups accurately reflect the racial make-up of our country. The conference begins at 9 a.m. at Paul Brest Hall at Stanford University.

LOOKING BACK: Kamala Harris cruised to a landslide victory in the U.S. Senate race over Loretta Sanchez. Today the USC Schwarzenegger Institute gathers the senior strategists from the two campaigns, Sean Clegg and Bill Carrick, to dissect the election and debate how the top-two primary influenced their approaches and voter engagement. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Dohney Memorial Library at USC.

CELEBRATE: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner, R-Irvine, who turns 56 Saturday, and U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Norwalk, who celebrates her 80th Sunday.

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