The Buzz: UC President Janet Napolitano leads delegation to Sochi

02/17/2014 12:00 AM

03/16/2014 9:41 PM

Stepping away from her duties as president of the University of California system, Janet Napolitano led the U.S. delegation to Sochi for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games.

Napolitano, who spent four years as secretary of homeland security, was chosen by President Barack Obama in December to lead the delegation, which also included openly gay athletes Brian Boitano and Caitlin Cahow.

One of the highlights of Napolitano’s visit was the opportunity to watch figure skating with expert commentary from Boitano, the 1988 gold medalist. According to her office, Napolitano said it was “a great thrill.”

It is the first time since Sydney in 2000 that a president, vice president or first lady has not represented the U.S. at the Olympics. Many interpreted it as a snub of Russian President Vladimir Putin or as a reprisal for the country’s controversial anti-gay laws.

“I think the president chose a delegation that represents leaders from various walks of life,” Napolitano told CNN’s State of the Union. “He sent a delegation that represents the broad values of the United States.”

– Alexei Koseff


BUDGET WATCH

January revenue for the $98.5 billion California general fund budget came in $90 million above the month’s forecast, state Finance Department spokesman H.D. Palmer said. Corporation tax and insurance tax revenues were above forecast. Personal income tax and sales and use tax receipts were below. For the fiscal year to date, revenues are up $131 million. “It’s always good to be close to the pin,” Palmer said. “But … you can’t project a long-term trend off of one month’s data.”

– Amy Chance


WORTH REPEATING

“(Jimmy) Fallon’s theft of ‘The Tonight Show’ robs California of its biggest stage for statewide communication.”

COLUMNIST JOE MATHEWS, unhappy the show has moved from Burbank to New York City.

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