The stakes have risen: When hopes for tax extensions in a June special election died, the projected deficit for California community colleges doubled

Students at City College and community colleges across California fear increased financial pressure after attempts by Gov. Jerry Brown to implement tax extensions in a special election were blocked by Republican members of the state legislature.

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California’s broken juvenile justice system: Proposal to cut state’s system brings up ghosts of youth torture

Gov. Jerry Brown’s January proposal to eliminate the Division of Juvenile Justice was one way of grappling with the state’s more than $25 billion budget shortfall, hoping counties could gradually absorb all youth prisoners leaving the state’s system.

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Best case budget scenario looks bad; State could cut up to $900 million from community colleges

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year includes a $400 million reduction in funding for the state’s community colleges, which could grow as high as $900 million if four tax measures Brown proposed don’t make it onto the June ballot, or fail with voters.

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