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July 29, 2013
College students inflate California's poverty rate

MC_GRADUATES_02.JPGCalifornia has one of the nation's higher official poverty rates but a new Census Bureau report indicates that it is fractionally inflated by college students who have low personal incomes.

The Census Bureau made the calculations, it says, because of "numerous telephone inquiries" about whether the presence of large numbers of students had a major impact on poverty rates, which are used for a variety of federal government programs and which also affect a community's image for business development purposes.

The state's official poverty rate during the 2009-11 period was 15.5 percent, a bit higher than the national rate, but when low-income college students not living at home are taken out of the equation, the state's poverty rate declines to 14.9 percent, the Census Bureau calculated. It estimated that 47 percent of California college students not living at home met the qualification for poverty because of their low incomes.

The recalculations were only on the official poverty rate. The Census Bureau is testing an alternative method of calculating poverty, which includes the cost of living, that would give California the nation's highest poverty rate.

July 29, 2013
Dan Walters Daily: Scandal continues in San Diego

The San Diego mayor's office has seen a long line of scandals in the years since former Governor Pete Wilson held the office, Dan says.

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See other Dan Walters Daily clips here.

July 29, 2013
AM Alert: California Assembly recess enters final week


Have you missed them?

It has now been three weeks of the searing Sacramento sun beating down on a state Capitol bereft of lawmakers. Assembly members exited a week earlier than their Senate counterparts, courtesy of a scheduling snafu that staggered their respective breaks. That means Assembly members will have the building to themselves when they return a week from today -- the Senate isn't scheduled to reconvene until the following Monday, August 12.

If you're looking for some homework to do in the meantime, you can check out our databases of who exhibited the most partisan loyalty last session, who voted for what and who lobbied them for those votes.

VIDEO: Although San Diego launched the illustrious career of former mayor and California governor Pete Wilson, Dan Walters says the city's subsequent record of leadership has been dismal.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Today is the deadline for industry groups, utility firms, advocates and manufacturers to submit proposals to the California Energy Commission for rule-making around making 15 different products, from toilets to computer monitors to water meters, more energy efficient.

KEEPING IT RAIL: An event honoring high speed rail boosters convenes in Los Angeles today. U.S. Representatives Loretta Sanchez, D-Anaheim, and Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, will receive plaudits at a noon to 1:30 p.m. event sponsored by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The event also features a panel on high-speed rail and a speech by Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, who turns 38 today.

PHOTO: Soon to be empty no more. The Sacramento Bee/Jeremy B. White.


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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