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PolitiCal Roundup: More gun-owning lawmakers, Meg Whitman on immigration

April 13, 2011 |  1:23 pm

In Tulare County, where applications for food stamps have soared by 60 percent since 2008, cuts to the state budget mean an end to teen pregnancy prevention programs, fewer training options for job seekers, and a poorer grade of poverty for those on welfare.

 Meg Whitman, Jerry Brown's unsuccessful Republican rival for the governor's seat, counsels Republicans to change their rhetoric on immigration, and is generous toward Brown. "As a Californian, I want him to be successful," she says.

Assembly Speaker John Perez also owns a gun. Gov. Jerry Brown recently noted that he has more than one.

It's not the same as shrinking pensions, but shrinking deferred retirement programs for police and other public employees is a legal option, a state appeals court rules.

The suit dealt with the city of San Diego's effort to remove some of the sweeter perks in its deferred retirement program to save money. The court sided with the city, ruling the plan is not a vested right. The decision raises new questions about "DROP" schemes offered by public agencies all over the state.