Capitol Alert: AM Alert: Janet Napolitano faces UC confirmation vote

jwhite@sacbee.comJuly 18, 2013 

Today we turn to San Francisco, where the University of California's Board of Regents is voting on whether Janet Napolitano, until earlier this month head of the Department of Homeland Security, should be the next president of the UC system.

The position opened up when the current president, Mark Yudof, announced his intention to relinquish the title he's held for half a decade.

Napolitano is expected to garner the necessary votes, but her selection is not without controversy. Some complain that she hasn't done enough to earn the title by ascending through the ranks of academia, while immigration advocates point to her presiding over a record number of deportations. (Homeland Security oversees immigration law enforcement.)

There's also the question of her salary. Yudof has made more than $600,000 annually in past years, records show. While Napolitano's potential compensation hasn't been made public, acting Gov. Gavin Newsom told The Bee on Wednesday that it seemed reasonable.

VIDEO: Dan Walters weighs in on Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, reneging on a pledge to refuse his state legislative pension.

REALIGNMENT RECAP: As the anti-realignment chorus has grown louder, a common line of attack has linked the push to reduce the prison population to more public exposure to sex offenders. When former Lt. Gov. and gubernatorial candidate Abel Maldonado announced his initiative to roll back early release, for example, he used a photo of a released sex offender as a backdrop.

You can get a better sense of the landscape during a meeting of the California State Sex Offender Management Board today, which will include a look at realignment's repercussions. Starting at 10 a.m. at the Board of State and Community Corrections building.

TRANSIT GUIDELINES: Per state law, the California Transportation Commission is required to put together a unified statewide plan for future transportation projects. Officials will present a draft of the 2014 blueprint during a meeting today at Lincoln Plaza, starting at 1 p.m.

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