$1.5 billion in cuts would hurt UC, port, Crenshaw light rail line
California would lose $1.5 billion in federal funds under a budget-cutting bill approved Saturday by the House's new Republican majority, including light rail construction and education.
Here are some highlights from The Times' Richard Simon:
--California would face reductions of at least $125 million for kindergarten through 12th-grade schools under an approximately 16% nationwide cut in education funding, according to watchdog groups.
--Cuts that would set back efforts to speed construction of a rail line from the Crenshaw district to a station near Los Angeles International Airport. At risk is a $20-million grant, but the money is being used to leverage a $546-million loan to advance the project.
--Los Angeles Harbor also would lose $16 million it has sought for a rail project designed to reduce truck traffic in and out of the port.