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>> the governor's new push to pass his tax hike proposal as california faces a much larger budget shortfall than expected. >> moving off the farm but not giving up the crops. a lawsuit to keep use the protesters off land >> the account of the amgen tour of california. it is 730 sunday may 14th mother's day. happy mother's day. >> a lot of hot topics out there, we go with our political insiders willie brown and gavin newsom with the evolution of the
president's pronouncement this week on gay marriage. we will sit down with an expert and talk about will the primary shake up the numbers >> the latest on the biggest bike race in the u.s., starting this morning in santa rosa. a lot of trouble in sacramento. >> gov. jerry brown says the state's budget deficit is even worse than expected, nearly twice the previous estimate of $9 billion. >> now we expect even more cuts when the governor releases details on his revised proposal tomorrow. >> even as the governor was getting his tax hike to officials, he was warning that the new taxes would not be enough. >> tax receipts are coming in lower than expected and the federal government and the courts have blocked us from making billions of dollars in necessary budget reductions.
the result is that we are now facing a $16 billion hole, not $9 billion we fought in january >> the state has spent $2.1 billion more than expected to spend. the governor blames the federal government and courts from blocking cuts and says that past budget gridlock in sacramento forces him to go to the voters. >> we cannot fill the whole of this magnitude with cuts alone without doing severe damage to our schools which is why i'm bypassing gridlock and asking the people of california to approve a plan that avoids cuts to schools and public safety >> word of more budget problems comes as the governor pushes for an increase of taxes of 1-3% with those with stories of $250,000 or more. >> in politics there is no such thing as a coincidence. you need to look at the big
picture to find out why they're doing something >> the governor's tax plan is competing with another measure that directs revenue to education. voters may say yes to education but it is a tougher sell for general fund money >> maybe people making to 50 are willing to spend extra if it is going to education but if they think is going to a giant black hole they're not comfortable about that because they don't always see how that money is spent >> what i am proposing is not a panacea but it goes a long way towards cleaning up the state's budget mess >> if the tax measures fail at the ballot box, the fallback plan is likely to be some drastic cuts that will kick in automatically including shortening k-12 school year by three weeks, cutting court budgets and even higher top college tuition. some occupy protesters remain
at a tract of land in albany despite orders to vacate. they want to turn this land into a community garden. uc-berkeley use the land for agricultural research and says it is open to talking about the plots future and administrators even invited to occupiers to a meeting but only if they all left the property. >> the conditions were really impossible for us to meet >> the school says it will continue to fight the occupiers presence on the land. yesterday police just stood by observing the activity. >> protests in london ended with nearly a dozen arrests. close to 600 people marched to
the financial district yesterday. that is when demonstrators set up tents and officers moved in to arrest people who refuse to leave. back in the u.s. the president honored the nation's top police this weekend >> when you put on that bad to assume a special responsibility and every time you put it on you never know if this day will be the day that you have spent your entire career training for. the day when just doing your job and being a hero or the same thing >> law enforcement officers were recognized for showing extraordinary valor while performing duties. >> a big topic for some communities of faith around the country. several news reports showed churches plan on addressing the president's address on same-sex during sermons. mitt romney made clear his position as he delivered the
commencement speech at liberty university >> as fundamental as these principles are, they may become topics of democratic debate from time to time so it is with the enduring institution of marriage, marriage is the relationship between one man and one woman. >> he mostly kept politics out of his speech besides that, urging the debate over gay marriage was also a hot topic on the sunday morning talk shows. the attorney who is trying to overturn california's voters approved a ban on same-sex marriage will join us this morning. also, clayton. that is on face the nation at 8:30 a.m. right here on cbs five.
>> one of the largest cycling races in the country kicks off in sonoma county today. 16 pro cycling teams are taking part in the 2012 amgen tore of california. other bay area stages include san francisco, at toss, on tuesday stage three will run from san jose to livermore and the race ends may 20th in l.a.. california's cash crisis and the governor's tax hike proposal, can voters' trust sacramento by with more money? a lot of people have ideas about that >> unleashing dragon dancers in san francisco. the sites sounds and goals of the taiwanese festival >> the reason he may not see a
>> you might want to avoid the pier 35 area in san francisco today. roads have been closed for two cruise ships that have already docked. a lot of traffic in that area northbound embarcadero and base street and southbound embarcadero by attorney will be closed until 2:00 today. the cruise ships are carrying 2000 passengers each. both ships will depart at 4:00. >> it is really impressive to see it, it looks like a whole city block moving in.
tourism is a big one in san francisco so let's take a look at the weather >> cloudy conditions this morning with a little bit of gray. taking a look at the golden gate bridge, foggy and cloudy and it will be a little bit sunny later but we have to burn off the fog first. hanging around the low fifties in most of the bay area. it will be warming up as we hear some more information. >> good morning. we have fog and low clouds forecast for along the shoreline early sunday morning and then things will be cooler today than they were yesterday. clouds along the coast. inland will be mostly sunny but there will be some high clouds later in the day. we will see why as soon as we
get on with the rest of the forecast. there is an annoying low pressure system that is blocked by high pressure. it is causing a slight bit of a mess because as the day goes on those high clouds will move in over the bay area. high clouds filter in and watch what happens, low clouds get pulled into the shoreline again by the end of the day so after yesterday's high of 90 degrees in livermore we will back off by 10 degrees for much of the east bay from yesterday's highs. if you're heading out of the bay area, monday looks drizzly at sfo with a high of only 59 in san francisco on monday. only in new york and newark to expect some thunderstorms. in the bay area we will cool off today.
75 @ union city, 75 in fremont and 81 degrees in lost adams. in the east bay, 10 degrees cooler from yesterday. 77 up in marin county, a lot of clouds at the beach. daly city will be on the cloudy skies. relatively cool on monday and on tuesday high pressure builds back in with the result that things will begin to rebound. temperatures warm back into the mid-80s except for the chance of drizzle on monday morning. >> this week california voters were able to start casting their ballots by mail thanks to
proposition 14. the bottom line is you do not need to a vote within your party. graced lee explains why some think this could really shake up the election year. >> for the june primary remember you have more choices. with proposition 14 in effect you can vote for any candidate no matter what party you're in. the top two candidates will move to the general election >> it will be a wild election season and i don't think anyone knows exactly what will happen >> there will no longer be the traditional republican vs. democrat >> the advocates say gives people more choice and potentially less more moderates to office. my own research suggests that the second part it may not be as large an effect as people might want to see what we might see a few more moderate than we have previously.
>> walsh, a former republican, is running as an independent against the democratic incumbent. no republicans are on the ballot. he believes proposition 14 will break up what he says is a stagnant state legislature >> returning led legislature back to us and away from party bosses in sacramento and special interests >> could have a tough fight. the uncommon is known for banning shark fin soup in california and he spoke with us saying his advantage is his experience >> we balance the budget three and half year straight and they have been difficult budgets >> as for the effects of proposition 14, he says that actually affects everyone. >> there are a lot of races were the same party members will go on to november in compete with the same self of philosophical bent in november so that is a disadvantage for our democracy.
>> erin mcgee of the public policy institute of california is here to talk more about the potential impact. this is a game changer in california >> really shake things up for sure. nobody really knows exactly what will happen because in some of these races are so many candidates in the same party it makes it hard to predict >> so the first question is why. voters passed the initiative but what are the benefits? >> the advocates say it will give you a lot more choice and it will elect more moderates to office and i think that is likely to happen to some extent but maybe not as much as some people would hope. it certainly will give people a lot more choice >> one of the things it does, it changes the equation. the bay area is predominantly
democratic so all you need to do if you were an incumbent or if you have the blessing of the party was when the primary. you're either going to congress or sacramento. this could change that because you have to democrats who would need to face off again so the idea of winning the primary doesn't make it a done deal. are there any viable contenders coming out to oppose incumbents ? will be pretty active? >> yes, there are a couple of incumbent verses incumbent matches. there is a number of places where you will appear, it you will be likely to see to candidates from the party. again, the system advances just the to canada to get the votes overall regardless of party >> there is a little bit of a confusion factor.
>> i would say probably won't have much effect. i don't think a lot of voters even remember the past this two years ago so the prospect of higher turnout is unlikely. the one thing is that in the past to fewer an independent voter you had to actively choose to participate in the primary if the party let you and now you just participate by default. >> it also changes the equation come november because if you have a super liberal democrat running, for example pete stark in the east bay, he is in a democratic district and the change the district lines of the has more republicans in his district and a younger moderate opponent. he says if i just make it to around two i could maybe attract those republican voters and not completely changes the equation >> that is what people are
hoping when they say elect more moderates. they're hoping that one can it can pitch to the base and the other and pitch to the other side, to the partisans or to independence or moderates of their own party and we will just have to see whether that happens or not. if you look how this is played out in other states, it has not had a huge effect but one california had a similar kind of measure 10 or 15 years ago called the blanket primary, it allowed a lot of voters to vote for whoever they wanted to regardless of party, there was a little boost in the number of moderates elected but nothing huge. it might be something that builds over time. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
history. the message from governors brown's office, we may see painful cuts to schools and public safety if voters failed to approve tax hikes. >> tomorrow we are expecting bad numbers, even worse numbers from the governor's revised budget plan but we have heard that before so this time we turn to former mayor willie brown and lt. gov. gavin newsom on the argument for the tax hike. is sacramento being honest? can we trust them? >> in the past we've had these cuts and we are a little hyperbolic and we overstate the impact and then people realize it didn't change dramatically so they accept him. if this goes on, across the board, trust me this will impact everybody. when we start closing down is not an exaggeration, we start shutting down the school's three weeks before we traditional do for summer recess.
we start shutting down the buses that deliver your kids to school with increase dramatically did you see and csu tuition and deny access to community colleges. >> right, but we have had the sky falling in four years. look, every time i covered this year after year it is yes, but not this time or yes but this time it means it and every time they find some way to keep the schools open because they are afraid it will cost them their jobs >> they're running out of scrambles. they really are going to need to restructure government appropriately and believe me, when jerry brown says, as i said a few days ago, the court's order me to give somebody better health care that i can give to a poor person i will take that cost out of the courts.
the legislature will do identically the same thing. those things which directly affect the lives of people, they will soften the blow. there has to be a blow, though. >> we can borrow in the past, governor schwarzenegger was able to get through his years by borrowing and spending but we can't do that anymore. we are running out of those tricks. we made real cuts last year but now it has grown even more and we are in a very difficult squeeze and despite the facebook effect on all the good news that might be promoted in the next few months, the economy is starting to come back a little bit but we are in a cash crisis and we will need to make tough decisions. we always cry wolf but in this case i think these cuts are very real and significant. >> jerry brown's tax initiative, odds of passing? >> 50-50 >> 48-52.
i want to upset the governor anymore than i already have. >> spoken like a true politicians. >> it will be a very iffy week in sacramento because they need to have those cuts that would go into effect if they don't pass, they need to be set down in time to get the bonds and the borrowing done so it will be very hot summer in sacramento and a legislature has a real choice to make, try to get something done or hold off and have a big fight with the governor and possibly anchor voters. we have lee linda yee to come in in a little bit to stop talk about it. >> he will be here in about a half-hour or less. >> while students struggle to recover the rising cost of tuition, the bad press over california state presidents and their paychecks >> presidential candidate mitt
than first thought >> a new twist on walking a mile in someone else's shoes. >> taking a stand against same- sex marriage, mitt romney push to win over the conservative base. welcome back to the weekend early edition. good morning. >> we would like to say happy mother's day to everybody out there. it will be a lovely one once we get rid of the fog and clouds. >> we also have state senator lee linda yee to come in and talk about those salaries. we have willie brown and gavin newsom to talk about same-sex marriage. >> gov. jerry brown says the state's budget deficit is much worse than expected. >> it is nearly twice the previous estimate that in
january. he is blaming the federal government and the courts for blocking billions of dollars in cuts. he says past budget gridlock in sacramento has forced him to go to the voters. >> we can't fill the whole of this magnitude with cuts alone without doing severe damage to our schools which is why i am by passing gridlock in asking the people of california to approve a plan that avoids cuts to schools and public safety >> the governor is asking voters to approve a ballot measure in november that would raise income taxes 1-3% on higher earners. it would also increase the sales tax by a quarter percent. an update on the missing transit authority worker from tracy. he was found, he had died in a car crash. officers found his car down an embankment yesterday. officers confirm the car does belong to 63 year-old ray hassle.
he was last seen on thursday leaving his job in san jose to go back home to tracy. his body was still in the car when the crew found yesterday. his family says he was a diabetic in needed medication twice per day but had not brought it that day. so far there's no word on the cause. >> this weekend, dozens of volunteers roamed the streets of san francisco to rate the accessibility of businesses for people with disabilities. disabled people say that the law has loopholes which is why it is easy for businesses to get around it so they have mapping day, an effort to find accessible shops and restaurants and to get owners to see that accessibility is good for business. go to cbssf.com for a map. earlier this week president obama publicly supported gay marriage forcing mitt romney to
take a stand on the issue as well. susan mcginnis reports, the hopeful says he is hoping to ignite his party's conservative base on the issue >> gov. mitt romney. >> republican presidential candidate mitt romney delivered a line that brought the graduates of liberty university to their feet. >> marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman. >> he worked to win over christian conservatives who have been lukewarm on his candidacy in his commencement address to the country's largest evangelical school. >> your values will not always be the object of public admiration. in fact the more you live by your beliefs, the more you will enter the center of the world. >> he spoke about the value of family and hard work but mostly stayed away about the size of
public issues. the university facebook page was shut down after flooded with complaints about mitt romney being mormon. while many of the voters are wary about his religion they say they would rather have him in the white house than the president >> of the two people who are running, he may be the better choice >> hearing is standpoint on marriage and other things that we agree with him on, i think it definitely influenced my vote >> he has avoided discussing his faith during the primary and sources inside the campaign say he does not plan to make a speech on mormon as a before the election. >> on the other side, president obama will deliver a commencement address shift batch barn are college. according to recent polls more than half the women voters support president obama over
mitt romney. >> an assassin shot and killed a top member of the afghan peace council. he was shot in an intersection on the way to his office. he was a former member of the taliban who reconciled and was trying to set up negotiations with the insurgents. hundreds of boston university students are mourning the death of three classmates killed in a vehicle crash yesterday in new zealand. police say the van drifted off the road and then flipped over. five other students survive the crash. the new president of france will start his job next week. he will be sworn in on tuesday and his first big task is appointing an interim prime minister. socialists are projected to win a majority there as well. expecting very bad news from sacramento ahead of the governor's revised budget plan. state senator leland yee is
joining us next >> vice-president joe biden, did you jump the gun on same-sex marriage. >> first, the world's best cyclist lining up in santa rosa this morning. the bay area highlights of the amgen tour of california. >> we will go with stratus clouds and cooler today and it changes later this week. we,, ♪ strea-ea-ea-ea-eam ♪ stream, stream, stream... ♪ strea-ea-ea-ea-eam ♪ stream, stream, stream... ♪ when i want you... ♪ ...in my arms... ♪ when i want you... ♪ ...and all your charms...
>> one of the largest and most prestigious cycling races in the world kicks off in sonoma county today. 16 pro cycling teams are taking part in the 2012 amgen tore of california bicycle race. other bay area stages beside santa rosa includes san francisco to laptops on monday and on tuesday from san jose to livermore. it is a 750 mi. race ending may
20th and down in l.a.. you contract race in and find the best spot to watch the race on cbssf.com. >> if that race is going on, let's check the weather in see how it is shaping up. >> we have some drizzly skies in some areas. fog and low clouds in san francisco. here are the current conditions, in the fifties all over the bay area. san jose looks to be a warm spot at 56 degrees. santa rosa, 51. more details from brian >> we have fog and low clouds forecast for along the shoreline early sunday morning and then things will be cooler today than yesterday. clouds along the coast. some later in the afternoon.
there will be some high clouds later in the day. we will see why as soon as we get on with the rest of the four classic cast. there is an annoying low pressure system sitting here. it is causing a slight bit of a mess because as the day goes on to high clouds will move in over the bay area. high clouds filter in and watch what happens towards the end, below clouds get pulled into the shore line again. after yesterday's high of 90 degrees in livermore we will back off by 10 degrees. a cooling trend in general for the bay area. if you're heading out of the bay area, tomorrow looks a little bit drizzly at sfo. l.a. is sunny, same for denver and chicago. only n.y. and new work to do we expect some thunderstorms.
in the bay area we will cool off today, pleasant with 75 degrees forecast at a word. 81 degrees in moscow los. in the east bay the numbers will back off about 10 degrees from yesterday. 77 in marin county, 61 at stinson beach and a lot of clouds, same for daly city. things will cool off today and remain cool on monday and on tuesday the high pressure builds back again but by the latter half of the week we will have more sunshine and temperatures back into the mid-80s by wednesday and thursday. just a chance of drizzle on monday but dry through next weekend. >> we're getting ready to brace
for more budget cuts after the governor release is the revised budget plan tomorrow when they actually take a real look at the numbers. meanwhile, cal state residents are under fire for the pay raises they're getting. joining us to talk about the topics is state senator lee linda yee. we brought you on this morning because we wanted to talk about the raises but we need to talk about the budget first. in january they signed one budget and it may say the numbers are working >> there are a number of assumptions that the governor made in last year's budget that he thought he would in fact be able to get the savings and unfortunately, the court said no the fed said no so we have program cuts that he was anticipating that he would in fact be able to eliminate that didn't happen. those turnarounds caused him to
then have to look again at his budget. the economy is still stalling and we're not getting the revenues we had expected based on the april 15th income-tax so those are the combinations of the things that happened >> so he will go out tomorrow and say we have this problem and we need more immediate cuts and he will urge california voters to pass the tax plan. is there a stomach for more cuts? >> there is not stomach for more cuts because there have been so many over the years particularly in public education. we're now 47 in funding for public education. the reality is that we need to find ways to balance the budget so it will be tough discussions. within our own caucus we have been talking about different
scenarios and now we need to add more because we were operating on the 9-$10 billion short and now it is $16 billion. >> the governor will ask that the numbers he expects to get in if the tax passes to be included in the budget. he wants to have an optimistic look and if the voters say no he wants those triggers where there will be future cuts in place. that tax of his is only pulling at 5050 at best so are we just going into another fantasy world? >> between now and november all of us will be rather aggressive in talking about the importance of the governor's tax measure. one of the most important elements within the measure is that the revenue in fact will go towards the general fund and fix
some of the structural deficit within the budget >> that is one of the biggest drawbacks of the plan is that it does not go to education. speaking of education, mixed signals going out, this week after you and other senators took a public stand but cal straight trusties voted to limit the pay raises or freeze the pay raises of incoming new presidents but they allowed an option in their that private foundations can pick up the difference >> i'm not happy with that. money is money regardless of if it is public or foundation, all of it should be going to the students so it should off set the tuition fee increases. now we have students leaving the state to get their education and that is outrageous. while we are asking state workers to take pay cuts we're now giving top administrators increases, it just does not work.
i believe that top executives in the state of california know that they're wrong, they tried to hide the tax increase by saying they're not really taking public money. money is money and that money should go to the students >> that is one of the paradoxical things, when voters see one person getting money and another being cut base say i don't know if i want to give any more >> i understand and that will be a tough sell. >> state senator leland yee, thank you for joining us. an interesting back story about if joe biden really jump the gun or if it was all planned. ,, ,, ,,,,
>> san francisco took the lead on same-sex marriage long before the president made his announcement this week >> the timing of that announcement is interesting. we turn to lt. gov. gavin newsom along with former mayor willie brown. same-sex marriage and the timing, we wanted to know did vice-president joe biden really jump the gun and forced the president's hand? >> i think what he said it was jumping the gun but i think they knew the issue would come up on the sunday talk show and they knew joe biden would say something and what i find interesting is now they're claiming they are shocked by the timing and that it change the program as it relates to the president's announcement, i don't necessarily buy that. i think they are calculated and focused and not in a negative way. >> biden's explanation the next
day, he says my problem is is that i say exactly what i think. however, sometimes i think after i have said it. >> so how does it impact in with the african-american voters? >> frankly it will require some of us it to go reaffirm because african-americans and latinos are not naturally on the upside of same-sex marriage. there on the downside of same- sex marriage but it will mark be a disability. romney is so bad, it doesn't suppress turnout because we will make a difference on that >> he says he is personally for it but he at the same time says it is a state issue as opposed to federal supreme court, and he
is taking no action one way or the other. so what is he really saying? >> dick cheney had that position many years ago so you can argue is a point of courage to have a sitting president a few months before an election make the statement as he did but at the end of the day he has joined a lot of mothers who been there for some time >> in addition to his administration at every point where they can have input of coming in on the same side, whether it is don't ask don't tell, whether it is defense of marriage, any of those things, an appointment to the supreme court or any court below that, they are all reaffirming. i don't have a problem with people who are gay. >> it was an extraordinary thing to hear the president say those words >> obviously it has invigorated
the community but they were not going to vote for mitt romney anyway so politically, d e need to do that? >> that will be one of those questions we will sort out but it is interesting how gavin newsom talks about is such a courageous move when barack obama was running for senate he came to san francisco and willie brown put on a fund-raiser for him and he did not want to be photographed with gavin newsom back then because he thought it might affect the vote in southern illinois. that is the evolution. coming up will take another look at today's top stories >> including the dismal numbers from the revised budget. ,,,,,,,,
rosa in a minute but first a look at the top stories >> governor brown says the state budget deficit is $16 billion. he is asking for a hike in income taxes and he will lay out a revised proposal tomorrow >> mitt romney makes his stance on gay marriage very clear during a commencement speech yesterday. he said marriage is " a relationship between one man and one woman ". >> in less than three hours, one of the most anticipated cycling races in the world will be underway in sonoma county. cyclists battling it out for hundreds of miles. ashley williams is live at the starting line in santa rosa. >> good morning. this is so exciting, one of the most anticipated cycling events in the country. we just met a local couple, or from the east coast rather, who
traveled to see the race. so many people already lined up. around 7:00 a.m. there is already quite a crowd. last year it was in south lake tahoe, stage one, a actually had to cancel stage won because of weather conditions. it will be all good today. the technical director just told me everything should start right on time around 1050. if it weren't for santa rosa, really the tour would not be what it is today. it is the home of levi light armor. he is the one guy people who would be looking after. he is also the same gentleman who just got hurt so they will say this will be a test for his legs there are a lot of people who are training here for the toward a frantz so there is a lot to see out here. hopefully we will meet you a little bit later in the 9:00 hour but until then have a good
time and we will see you next time around >> right now it looks a little gray out there >> we are expecting a sunny day around the day after the morning clouds and fog burned off. one more look at the current temperatures. concord 54. a little chance of drizzly skies overnight but it should be a nice day overall >> the attorney who is trying to overturn california's ban on same-sex marriage will join bob schieffer this morning >> in the next hour on this c.w. network, a big boost in job hunting teams in the bay area. that is on cable 12 in just a few minutes >> face the nation is next year on cbs five. >> have a wonderful day. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,