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December 10, 2012
California lost more people to other states than it gained in 2011

About 100,000 more Californians moved to another state in 2011 than California gained from other states, a new Census Bureau report reveals.

However, more than a quarter-million persons relocated into California from other countries during the year and that, coupled with what demographers call "natural increase" - births minus deaths - meant that the state still gained population.

The Census Bureau calculated that 562,343 Californians moved to other states during 2011 with the most popular destinations being Texas (58,992), Arizona (49,635), Nevada (40,114), Washington (38,421), Oregon (34,214), New York (25,761), Colorado (23,234) and Florida (22,420).

Meanwhile, 468,428 residents of other states moved to California during the year, with the most numerous domestic immigrants coming from Texas (37,387), Washington (36,481), Nevada (36,159), Arizona (35,650), New York (25,269) and Florida (22,094).

Finally, the Census Bureau tallied 269,772 persons who moved to California from outside the 50 states, almost all of whom came from foreign countries, but with relative handfuls from Puerto Rico (1,344) and islands under U.S. control (2,817).

December 10, 2012
California leads nation with nearly 6,000 centenarians

California is home to more Americans 100 years or older than any other state, according to a new Census Bureau report, but its percentage of centenarians and other over-70 residents is below the national average.

The report says that in 2010, 53,364 Americans were over 100 years old, including 5,921 in California, topping No. 2 New York's 4,605 and Florida's 4,090, but with just 1.6 percent of its population listed as centenarians, it was a bit below the national average of 1.7 percent and way below the leading centenarian state, North Dakota, at 3.3 percent.

California also fell under the national average in residents aged 70-79 (4.7 percent), 80-89 (2.7 percent) and 90-99 (0.53 percent).

December 10, 2012
Dan Walters Daily: California's debate over taxes just beginning

Dan says that the passage of Proposition 30 in November hasn't ended California's debate over taxes.

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December 10, 2012
AM Alert: Proposition 8, California state budget still in the news

VIDEO: Dan Walters takes another look at California's debate over taxes and the state budget.

Was it really only a year ago that three federal appellate judges were hearing arguments in San Francisco in two cases related to Proposition 8?

And was it merely two years ago that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was spending his last month in office as Gov.-elect Jerry Brown presided over a budget summit letting lawmakers how bad the situation was?

Ah, the memories. Now we can look forward to speculation about how big California's state budget deficit will be -- although certainly smaller than in recent years -- as well as how the U.S. Supreme Court might rule on the two gay marriage cases it has decided to hear next year.

At the moment, however, things at the California Capitol are moving a bit slowly.

Sure, there's the ceremony on the west steps at noon dedicating wreaths to be placed at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Another ceremony at 5:30 p.m., also on the west steps, marks the 19th annual lighting of the Chanukah menorah.

Inside the building, the holiday music program continues with the Franklin High School choir performing in the rotunda at 11 a.m., followed by the Roseville Sun City Singers at noon.

Elsewhere, pediatrician and Assemblyman Richard Pan joins Heather Conway of the Breastfeeding Coalition of Greater Sacramento and others to urge mothers to sign up to donate breast milk for feeding premature babies at local hospitals. Their presser starts at noon at Sutter Medical Plaza, 1625 Stockton Blvd.

The November election, meanwhile, gets dissected starting at 6 p.m., with Dan Schnur moderating a panel discussion at the University of Southern California's State Capital Center, 1800 I St. Panelists include The Bee's Amy Chance as well as Evan Halper of the Los Angeles Times and the USC's Raphael Bostic and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe. They'll also be looking at what happens next. Click here for more information.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, turns 41 today, and Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, turns 46. Birthday wishes to both.


Capitol Alert Staff

Jeremy White Jeremy B. White covers California politics and edits Capitol Alert's mobile Insider Edition. Twitter: @capitolalert

Amy Chance Amy Chance is political editor for The Sacramento Bee. Twitter: @Amy_Chance

Dan Smith Dan Smith is Capitol bureau chief for The Sacramento Bee.

Christopher Cadelago Christopher Cadelago covers California politics and health care. Twitter: @ccadelago

Micaela Massimino Micaela Massimino edits Capitol Alert.

Laurel Rosenhall Laurel Rosenhall covers the Legislature, the lobbying community and higher education. Twitter: @LaurelRosenhall

David Siders David Siders covers the Brown administration. Twitter: @davidsiders

Dan Walters Dan Walters is a columnist for The Sacramento Bee. Twitter: @WaltersBee

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