Saturday’s scores from the CIF Southern California basketball regional semifinals


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Scores from Saturday’s boys and girls basketball playoff games in the CIF Southern California Regional.

BOYS BASKETBALL

OPEN DIVISION

Regional semifinals, Saturday

Sierra Canyon 75, Harvard-Westlake 65

Etiwanda 65, Mater Dei 61

DIVISION I

Regional semifinals, Saturday

Ribet Academy 67, Windward 66 (OT)

Renaissance Academy 76, Damien 73

DIVISION II

Regional semifinals, Saturday

St. Francis 67, Oxnard 66

Eastvale Roosevelt 66, King/Drew 65 (OT)

DIVISION III

Regional semifinals, Saturday

Arroyo Grande 77, El Camino Real 59

Burbank Providence 78, Fountain Valley 58

DIVISION IV

Regional semifinals, Saturday

Bakersfield Christian 56, Narbonne 47

Palisades 49, St. Pius X-St. Matthias 45

DIVISION V

Regional semifinals, Saturday

Eastside 50, Trinity Classical 49

Los Angeles Roosevelt 59, Delano 54

REGIONAL FINALS

Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Open Division: Etiwanda at Sierra Canyon

Division I: Renaissance Academy at Ribet Academy

Division II: Eastvale Roosevelt at St. Francis

Division III: Burbank Providence at Arroyo Grande

Division IV: Bakersfield Christian at Palisades

Division V: Los Angeles Roosevelt at Eastside

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

OPEN DIVISION

Regional semifinals, Saturday

La Jolla Country Day 54, Etiwanda 44

Windward 44, Long Beach Poly 41

DIVISION I

Regional semifinals, Saturday

San Diego Cathedral 59, Harvard-Westlake 56

Rosary 46, King 37

DIVISION II

Regional semifinals, Saturday

Santa Monica 47, San Clemente 39

Palisades 60, Chula Vista Mater Dei 55

DIVISION III

Regional semifinals, Saturday

Paloma Valley 60, Santa Maria Righetti 54

Peninsula 60, Viewpoint 40

DIVISION IV

Regional semifinals, Saturday

Lancaster 51, San Diego Point Loma 44

Ontario Christian 59, La Salle 51 (OT)

DIVISION V

Regional semifinals, Saturday

East Bakersfield 60, San Jacinto Valley Academy 56

San Diego Madison 46, San Diego 37

REGIONAL FINALS

Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Open Division: Windward at La Jolla Country Day

Division I: Rosary at San Diego Cathedral

Division II: Santa Monica at Palisades

Division III: Paloma Valley at Peninsula

Division IV: Ontario Christian at Lancaster

Division V: San Diego Madison at East Bakersfield

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Cal State Fullerton gets big game from Johnny Wang in loss at Hawaii

HONOLULU — Junior forward Johnny Wang scored a career-high 21 points, but Cal State Fullerton fell behind by double-digits early in the second half and couldn’t erase the deficit in a 70-59 loss to Hawaii on Thursday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Fullerton (10-18 overall, 5-8 Big West Conference) trailed just 38-36 at halftime, but the Rainbow Warriors (16-11, 7-6 Big West) extended the margin to 46-36 less than four minutes into the second half, and the Titans never got closer than six the rest of the way.

Fullerton had 22 turnovers (14 before halftime), which Hawaii converted into 18 points, and was outscored by nine points at the free-throw line (22-13).

Fullerton shot 20 for 41 (49 percent) overall, including a 6-for-18 mark (33 percent) from 3-point range, but the Titans were just 13 for 22 at the foul line (59 percent). Hawaii, which swept the season series from the Titans, shot 43 percent (22 for 51), and just 4 for 13 from beyond the arc but converted 22 of 27 free-throw attempts.

Wang finished 7 for 9 from the field and 6 for 6 from the free-throw line and also grabbed five rebounds. Senior guard Brandon Kamga had 12 points (eight in the first half) and three rebounds but struggled with turnovers and fouled out in 36 minutes. Senior forward Jackson Rowe had 13 points and three rebounds. Sophomore guard Wayne Arnold contributed eight points off the bench, all in the first half.

Drew Buggs paced Hawaii with 20 points. He opened the second half with two free throws and hit a jumper at the 16:07 mark to give the hosts their 46-36 lead.

The Titans trimmed the margin to six again with five minutes to play, but a Buggs jumper made it an 11-point game, Justin Webster followed with a 3-pointer, then Zigmars Raimo added a layup to make it 64-48. Hawaii maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Eddie Stansberry added 15 points for Hawaii and Weber had 10.

Fullerton next plays at Cal State Northridge on Saturday at 7 p.m., while Hawaii is home against UC Riverside the same night.

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Jules Bernard, defense propel surging UCLA past Utah

  • UCLA forward Cody Riley looks to shoot over Utah forward Riley Battin during the first half of Thursday’s Pac-12 game in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

  • UCLA guard Tyger Campbell drives between Utah forward Timmy Allen, left, and center Lahat Thioune, right rear, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

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  • Utah forward Timmy Allen (1) shoots over UCLA guard Jules Bernard (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

  • UCLA guard Jules Bernard, center, rebounds over Utah center Branden Carlson, left, and Utah forward Timmy Allen, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

  • Utah guard Rylan Jones, right, scrambles for the ball with UCLA guard David Singleton during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

  • UCLA forward Jalen Hill (24) shoots over Utah center Branden Carlson (35) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

  • Utah guard Both Gach (11) shoots over UCLA guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. (4) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

  • UCLA forward Cody Riley (2) grabs a rebound over Utah forward Mikael Jantunen (20) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

  • Utah guard Alfonso Plummer tries to shoot over the defense of UCLA forward Jalen Hill during the second half of Thursday’s Pac-12 game in Salt Lake City. Hill had seven points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots in the Bruins’ 69-58 win. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

  • Utah forward Timmy Allen (1) drives as UCLA guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. (4) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

  • UCLA coach Mick Cronin yells to players during the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Utah on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

  • Utah forward Timmy Allen (1) shoots over UCLA guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

  • UCLA guard Chris Smith (5) attempts to dribble around Utah guard Rylan Jones (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

  • UCLA forward Jalen Hill (24) reaches for a rebound next to Utah forwards Mikael Jantunen (20) and Timmy Allen (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

  • Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak yells at a referee during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against UCLA on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Defense travels.

First-year UCLA coach Mick Cronin has been drilling this mantra into his team since he arrived in Westwood and his players are responding.

“Defensively, we couldn’t have played much better,” Cronin said after his Bruins beat Utah 69-58 on Thursday night.

Jules Bernard scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half as UCLA opened an early lead.

“We were really tuned into the defensive plan and we were just playing physical,” said Bernard, who believes that good defense leads to offensive opportunities.

“I got a steal and a dunk so that got my juices flowing. Then I got a wide-open shot off a great pass from Cody Riley. After that, I was just in the flow,” he said.

Tyger Campbell had 13 points and steadied the Bruins when the Utes made a couple of runs. Chris Smith, David Singleton and Jaime Jaquez each had nine points for the Bruins (16-11 overall, 9-5 Pac-12), who have won eight of their last 10 games. Jalen Hill added seven points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots.

“We’re getting more confident, more comfortable. Knowing we have our defense to fall back on, that gives us a sort of comfortability,” Bernard said.

Alfonso Plummer scored 16 points off the bench, Timmy Allen had 11 points while Branden Carlson scored 10 before fouling out in just 13 minutes of action for the Utes, who dropped to 10-2 at home.

“A this point it might be time to shake a few things up,” Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. “We just need to get a little dirty and nasty from time to time. Everybody needs to stay connected and I trust that there’ll be some changes. It’s not a threat, but something that needs to be evaluated.”

The Bruins led by as many 20 after Campbell made a jumper with 11:28 left in the game.

“We got good shots and we weren’t forcing anything. We were getting open shots and letting the game come to us,” Campbell said.

The Utes (14-12, 5-9) began pressing full court and trimmed the lead to single digits in the final two minutes but couldn’t make enough long-range shots – Utah was 3 for 12 from 3-point range – to truly threaten.

UCLA is now 15-0 this season when limiting the opposition to 73 points or fewer and remains within striking distance of the logjam at the top of the conference.

The Bruins set the tone early by making seven of their first eight shots and never trailing.

“Jules Bernard was a key to the win tonight. We had guys with fouls and when that happened Jules took over. Not only on offense, but his defense was tremendous all night,” Cronin said.

UCLA has turned its season around by stopping the way offenses flowed freely on the Bruins early in the season. The key, Cronin and his players say, is being able to defend in the interior.

“Our interior defense, being able to play better one-on-one defense, forces six-to-eight-foot contested shots and then we don’t need to help off 3-point shooters,” Cronin said.

There aren’t any new concepts, just better execution.

“We haven’t changed anything. We are just playing better and putting in more effort,” Singleton said.

The focus and intensity shows Cronin that they have finally found an identity.

“We’ve slowly changed our DNA. We are a defensive team now and that’s how we win,” he said.

As poorly as the Utes have performed away from Salt Lake City, they have been potent at home. Against UCLA’s switching defense, they couldn’t find a rhythm and had 16 turnovers. They even had one of four shot-clock violations coming out of a timeout.

Carlson was in foul trouble throughout the game and Kryskowiak was arguing with the officials throughout. He was whistled for a technical foul with 4:31 left in the first half and tip-toed around the topic of officiating in his post-game press conference since he has already been reprimanded by the Pac-12 Conference this season.

BIG PICTURE

UCLA: The Bruins are peaking at the right time even though they struggled with turning the ball over (19) when the Utes applied pressure. The Bruins ran a deliberate offense against Utah’s matchup zone and got high-percentage shots and then bolstered the attack with 11 offensive rebounds.

Utah: Carlson scored eight points early and supplied the Utah offense with a genuine low-post threat, but once he sat with two fouls, the Utes struggled to get decent looks. As has happened throughout the season, the Utes had another long drought, going almost eight minutes of the first half without a field goal.

UP NEXT

UCLA visits Colorado on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT

Utah hosts USC on Sunday at 3 p.m. PT

A diamond in the rough, or should we say Jule? 💎@jules__bernard lit it up for @UCLAMBB scoring a game-high 16 en route to a 69-58 victory on the road. pic.twitter.com/gOlUEGv9cP

— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) February 21, 2020

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OCVarsity video: Orange Lutheran’s Max Rajcic wins duel with La Mirada’s Jared Jones in first 2020 showdown


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Orange Lutheran and its senior ace, Max Rajcic, came out on top in its showdown with La Mirada and Jared Jones on Wednesday at Irvine’s Great Park in an early-season clash between two of the top teams in the state. The Lancers won 2-0 as Rajcic tossed a one-hitter. See the highlights and postgame interviews. — Video by Jonathan Khamis for the OC Register.

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CIF-SS boys basketball playoffs: Tuesday’s quarterfinals scores, updated schedule


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Scores from Tuesday’s CIF-SS boys basketball playoffs and the updated schedule.

OPEN DIVISION

Pool play, Tuesday

Pool A

Sierra Canyon 61, St. Anthony 49

Etiwanda 60, St. John Bosco 38

Pool B

Harvard-Westlake 68, Corona Centennial 57

Mater Dei 76, Rancho Christian 71

Pool play, Friday, 7 p.m.

Pool A

Etiwanda (2-0) vs. Sierra Canyon (2-0) at Calabasas

St. John Bosco (0-2) at St. Anthony (0-2)

Pool B

Rancho Christian (1-1) at Corona Centennial (0-2)

Mater Dei (2-0) at Harvard-Westlake (1-1)

DIVISION 1

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

Windward 67, Mayfair 65

JSerra 61, Bishop Montgomery 59

Damien 84, Valencia 76

Riverside Poly 77, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 49

Semifinals, Friday, 7 p.m.

Windward at JSerra

Damien at Riverside Poly

DIVISION 2AA

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

Santa Clarita Christian 60, Fairmont Prep 44

Chaminade 73, Capistrano Valley Christian 57

Eastvale Roosevelt 64, Alemany 57

St. Francis 71, Heritage Christian 53

Semifinals, Friday, 7 p.m.

Santa Clarita Christian at Chaminade

St. Francis at Eastvale Roosevelt

DIVISION 2A

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

Ribet Academy 49, Peninsula 46

Hesperia 54, Lynwood 49

Oxnard 61, Palm Springs 54 (OT)

Quarterfinal, Wednesday

Bonita vs. Pacifica Christian/NB at Vanguard University, 7:30 p.m.

Semifinals, Friday, 7 p.m.

Ribet Academy vs. TBD

Oxnard at Hesperia

DIVISION 3AA

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

Burbank Providence 71, La Serna 37

Hillcrest 65, Hart 58

Salesian 61, Cerritos 54

Keppel 45, Westlake 42

Semifinals, Friday, 7 p.m.

Burbank Providence at Hillcrest

Keppel at Salesian

DIVISION 3A

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

Price 63, Village Christian 60

Adelanto 49, Santa Monica Pacifica Christian 45

Fountain Valley 61, Yorba Linda 50

Shadow Hills 60, Simi Valley 54

Semifinals, Friday, 7 p.m.

Adelanto at Price

Fountain Valley at Shadow Hills

DIVISION 4AA

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

Renaissance Academy 74, Jurupa Valley 44

Summit 60, Norwalk 58

Aquinas 71, Indian Springs 63

Montclair 59, Oak Hills 43

Semifinals, Friday, 7 p.m.

Renaissance Academy at Summit

Aquinas at Montclair

DIVISION 4A

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

Oakwood 67, Whittier 52

Yeshiva 62, Buena Park 54

Eastside 54, Lompoc Cabrillo 46

St. Pius X-St. Matthias 60, Loma Linda Academy 46

Semifinals, Friday, 7 p.m.

Oakwood at Yeshiva

St. Pius X-St. Matthias at Eastside

DIVISION 5AA

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

Valley Torah 59, Bassett 57

Arrowhead Christian 93, Victor Valley 84

Vistamar 60, Thacher 57

Bishop Diego 49, Estancia 46

Semifinals, Friday, 7 p.m.

Valley Torah at Arrowhead Christian

Vistamar at Bishop Diego

DIVISION 5A

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

Banning 57, Linfield Christian 51

Cathedral City 80, Vasquez 66

Sierra Vista 70, Fillmore 30

Trinity Classical 60, Rancho Alamitos 41

Semifinals, Friday, 7 p.m.

Banning at Cathedral City

Sierra Vista at Trinity Classical

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Things are going great and everyone knows it

Gallup has just released the results of its annual Mood of the Nation poll. The nation is in a great mood.

Ninety percent of Americans are “satisfied with the way things are going in their personal life” and two out of three say they’re “very satisfied.” These are the highest numbers in 40 years.

The historical low in the mood ranking was 73%. That was measured in July 1979, during the period when Americans were ticked off over an oil crisis. That’s also when then-President Jimmy Carter gave an Oval Office address blaming the country for a “malaise” that was interfering with his plans to persuade Americans to adjust to sweaters and scarcity.

A year after Gallup measured the nation’s record-low mood, Carter was defeated for re-election by the sunnier vision of Ronald Reagan.

Analyzing the latest poll, Gallup writes, “It’s likely no coincidence that Americans’ heightened satisfaction with their personal life comes as confidence in the U.S. economy and their personal finances are also at long-term or record highs.”

The pollsters report that Americans’ views on their own financial situation have been climbing since 2018 and are “at or near record highs in Gallup’s trends.” Last year, 50% of Americans said they were better off financially than they were the year before. This year, 59% of Americans said that.

The previous high in the poll for the “better off financially than the year before” question was 58% in January 1999. The all-time low was 23% in May 2009.

Another interesting figure from the poll measures optimism about future personal finances. Gallup found that 74% percent of U.S. adults think they will be better off financially a year from now, which is the highest that Gallup has measured since 1977, when it first began asking the question. The previous high was 71% in 1998.

You may remember that 1998 was the year polls showed voters didn’t want Bill Clinton removed from office. The Republican House impeachment managers didn’t come out of the experience as political winners

Then the nation’s mood was hammered by the 9/11 attacks and everything that followed, right through the housing crash and the Great Recession. The climb back has been steep and slow.

Now, a decade after the low of 2009, people are feeling better about their lives and their prospects for financial success.

This is the point where partisans will have a knock-down, drag-out fight over whether we’re experiencing the consequences of three years of Trump’s policies or the slow-motion, delayed success of Obama’s.

Trump previewed his side of the argument during the State of the Union address. “If we had not reversed the failed economic policies of the previous administration, the world would not now be witness to America’s great economic success,” he said.

Democrats may dispute that, but it won’t be easy to persuade Americans to change horses in midstream.

There’s a period of time, probably a minimum of 40 years, after which people forget the pain of a problem and become willing to blame the earlier era’s solution for current problems. One example might be the present controversy over vaccinations. Years ago, when Americans had personal experience with polio and other diseases within the previous decade or two of their lives, no one would have been able to persuade them that vaccinations were a bad thing.

Another example is the Depression-era legislation Congress passed in 1933, four years after the stock market crash, to separate investment banking (issuing and selling stocks and bonds) from commercial banking (holding deposits and making loans). The purpose of the law known as the Glass-Steagall Act was to prevent losses in the investment banking business from bleeding the commercial banks, drying up the credit markets, and strangling the economy.

A similar firewall was built in 1956 by the Bank Holding Company Act. It separated insurance underwriting from banking. The idea was to prevent losses in the insurance business from bleeding the commercial banks, drying up the credit markets and strangling the economy.

However, by 1999, Congress had completely forgotten the feeling of a sharp stick in the eye that had triggered the firewall legislation. How much more efficient it would be, they reasoned as they pocketed campaign contributions from the financial services industry, to merge investment banks, commercial banks and insurance underwriters.

Congress passed and President Clinton signed the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, repealing Glass-Steagall and all those other stuffy bureaucratic regulations that modern people are too smart to need.

It took nine years for the financial markets to go from stuffy and boring to thrilling and catastrophic.

Today, we’re barely a decade past the 2008 crash and the plunge into the Great Recession.

Everybody remembers the pain.

So when Gallup finds that Americans’ confidence in the U.S. economy is at its highest point in two decades, that is a political story of some consequence.

Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index is currently at +40, the highest measurement since it hit +44 in October 2000. The Economic Confidence Index measures Americans’ ratings of current economic conditions and their opinion on whether the economy is getting better or worse. Today 62% of Americans rate the economy as “excellent” or “good,” and 59% say it’s getting better.

This “likely reflects the U.S. unemployment rate’s continued stay at a 50-year low,” Gallup wrote.

Turns out the Iowa Caucuses got it exactly right. This year, there’s no winner in the Democratic Party.

Susan Shelley is an editorial writer and columnist for the Southern California News Group. Susan@SusanShelley.com. Twitter: @Susan_Shelley

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Who is too big to fail in California?

Those to the left of the political centerline often complain — with good reason — about using taxpayer funds to bail out large corporations that are insolvent, or nearly so, due to mismanagement.

The criticism erupted 41 years ago when the federal government saved Chrysler Motors from extinction and was aired again a decade ago when Chrysler, General Motors and major banks were rescued during a global economic crisis.

These corporate bailouts gave rise to the phrase “too big to fail.” Similar questions are being raised these days about Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation’s largest investor-owned utility, which declared bankruptcy a year ago due to immense potential liabilities for devastating California wildfires.

Whether PG&E survives as a corporation or is forced into becoming a consumer-owned cooperative, as some officials suggest, or a government-owned entity is still very uncertain. PG&E’s owners and managers must not, critics say, be rewarded for bad corporate behavior.

As the PG&E crisis runs its course, some big governmental entities are also testing whether they are too big to fail.

One is the Los Angeles Unified School District, which appears on everyone’s list of managerial basket cases. It constantly flirts with insolvency by persistently overspending revenues and looks to Sacramento for bailouts.

In 2015, for instance, researchers at UC Berkeley concluded that LA Unified had shifted most of the extra money it received to improve the educations of poor and English learner students into general purposes, such as salary increases.

A coalition of local civil rights groups complained to the state Department of Education, which ruled that LA Unified was wrongly diverting funds and ordered it to redirect nearly a half-billion dollars to the required purposes.

Did LA Unified change its ways? Of course not.

A “realignment exercise,” blessed by state education officials, allowed LA Unified to recategorize expenditures to make them legal, just changing some computer codes without actually changing what it was doing. It was an under-the-radar bailout that shortchanged hundreds of thousands of children at high risk of educational failure.

Another example is the San Francisco Community College District.

In 2012, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges gave the City College of San Francisco eight months to prove it should remain accredited, citing multiple managerial and financial shortcomings, and ordered it to “make preparations for closure.”

That same year, the state’s Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance team declared the college to be in a “perilous financial position,” caused largely by “poor decisions and a lack of accountability.”

The local political response was a denunciation of the critical authorities and eventually, a  bailout slipped into a state budget “trailer bill,” giving the district tens of millions of extra dollars to close its persistent deficits. Local voters also approved new “parcel taxes” on property.

Although it regained its accreditation for seven years, the district has not mended its profligate ways, consistently using unrealistically high enrollment and revenue to generate budgets that are balanced only on paper.

Recently, an auditor hired by the district raised “substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern,” after discovering that it spent nearly $14 million more than it took in during the 2018-19 fiscal year, had been deficit spending for at least three years, and had allowed its reserve to fall below the 5 percent threshold required by the state and the accrediting commission.

Too big to fail? We may soon learn whether there will be another bailout or the district will suffer the self-inflicted indignity of a state takeover of its finances.

CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters. For more stories by Dan Walters, go to calmatters.org/commentary

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California community college report ignores reality

The Legislative Analyst’s Office, which advises state lawmakers on budgetary matters, prides itself on taking an independent, nonpartisan and even nonpolitical approach to important policy issues.

That well-established tradition continues in a new LAO report on a pilot program that allows a few community college districts to offer four-year degrees in a few obscure subjects.

However, by divorcing itself from the program’s political aspects in this case, it’s also separating itself from reality.

The reality is that California’s economy needs more well-trained and well-educated workers, but obtaining a four-year college degree these days is very difficult given the inability of the state’s public universities to handle the demand.

That’s especially true for low-income students from the state’s less-populated regions because they must also cope with high living costs as they are forced to leave home to attend college.

Community colleges, which offer close-to-home, low-cost educations, do provide lower-division courses, but students still must transfer to four-year universities to complete their degrees.

Other states, facing the same dilemma, have responded by broadly authorizing community colleges to offer baccalaureate programs and California’s pilot program has been an effort to replicate that rational approach.

However, political reality has made that expansion difficult. The state university system guards its place in the academic pecking order jealously and as a result, the pilot program was very limited, allowing the community colleges to offer degrees just in a few relatively obscure subjects that the universities ignored.

Ironically, the state universities’ resistance to what it regarded as competition for money and students mirrors the resistance that the University of California displayed when the state universities wanted to begin offering some doctorate programs.

The LAO report ignored these three-way turf struggles, which have bubbled up for decades, in its lukewarm report on the community college pilot program.

“We found little evidence that graduates from these pilot programs were better prepared to fill these positions compared to those with other bachelor’s degrees or that pilot program graduates were helping employers fill hard-to-staff positions,” the LAO said. “The most common benefit of the pilot cited by students was the relatively low cost of attending the community college bachelor’s degree programs.”

Having four-year programs in the community colleges would be unnecessary, the report suggests, if the two- and four-year systems would simply cooperate more on developing targeted training programs and better aligning course offerings to make transfers from community colleges to four-year schools easier.

Well, that’s stating the obvious — but only if, as the LAO does, one ignores the fact that we don’t have a well-integrated system of public higher education in California, despite the existence of a so-called “master plan” for the last half-century that assumes we do.

We have three separate, often competitive systems and as long as we do, we should embrace allowing community colleges to offer as many baccalaureate programs as they are financially and institutionally capable of doing, thereby giving students more options and the state more of the well-educated workers it needs.

California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley said it well in a statement responding to the LAO report:

“These programs are serving many students who might not otherwise have a path to a bachelor’s degree. The programs are of high quality and lead to meaningful jobs for graduates.”

CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters. For more stories by Dan Walters, go to calmatters.org/commentary

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Presidential candidates offer freebies for everyone

The Iowa Caucus, the real start of the 2020 presidential primaries, is next week. Who’s favored to win? Sadly, as I write this, the smart money says it’s the candidate who’s promised Americans the most “free” stuff.

Six months ago, my staff and I tallied the candidates’ promises. All wanted to give away trillions — or more accurately, wanted government to tax you and spend your money on the candidates’ schemes.

At that point, Senator Kamala Harris led. Fortunately, her promises did not bring her sustained support, and she dropped out.

Unfortunately, now the other candidates are making even more promises.

So, it’s time for a new contest.

We divide the promises into four categories:

Education

Joe Biden would make community college free, cut student loans in half, increase Pell Grants and modernize schools.

Added to his previous campaign promises, he’d increase federal spending by $157 billion per year.

Elizabeth Warren would spend much more. She wants government to “provide universal child care for every baby in this country age 0 to 5, universal pre-K for every child, raise the wages of every childcare worker and preschool teacher in America, provide for universal tuition-free college, put $50 billion into historically black colleges and universities… and cancel student loan debt for 95% of the people.”

She’d outspend Biden — but not Bernie Sanders.

Sanders would forgive all student loans — even for the rich. He also demands that government give everyone child care and pre-K.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg also promises free child care, more pay for teachers, more career education, free college and Pell Grants, plus the refinancing of student debt.

Good try, Pete, but Sanders “wins” in the education category, with nearly $300 billion in promises.

Climate

All the Democrats pretend they will do something useful about climate change. Biden would spend $170 billion per year, Buttigieg $150 billion to $200 billion and Warren $300 billion. Sanders “wins” this category, too, by promising more than $1 trillion.

Health Care

Even the “moderate,” Biden, now wants to “build out Obamacare” and to cover people here illegally.

So does Buttigieg — but he’d spend twice as much on it.

Warren complains the Buttigieg plan “costs so much less” than her plan. She’d spend $2 trillion a year.

Sanders is again the biggest spender. He’d spend $3 trillion of your money on his “Medicare for All” plan.

Welfare

In this category, Biden, to his credit, plans no new spending.

But Buttigieg has been cranking out lots of new promises, like $45 billion for “affordable housing” and $27 billion to expand Social Security payments beyond what people paid in.

Warren would also spend more on “affordable housing” and give kids more food stamps.

Sanders “wins” again. He promises to guarantee everyone a job, provide “housing for all” and give more people food stamps.

Miscellaneous

Then there’s spending that doesn’t neatly fit into major categories, like Biden’s plans for new foreign aid for Central America, Sanders’ high-speed internet, Buttigieg’s expanding national service programs like the Peace Corps and Warren’s plan to force government to buy only American-made products.

Finally, we found a spending category that Sanders doesn’t win. With $130 billion in new plans, Biden wins the “miscellaneous” round.

And what about that incumbent Republican?

Donald Trump once talked about “cutting waste,” but government spending rose more than half a trillion dollars during his first three years.

Now Trump wants $267 billion in new spending for things like infrastructure and “access to high-quality, affordable childcare.”

At least Trump wants to spend less than the Democrats.Biden and Buttigieg would double Trump’s increase. Warren would quadruple it. She’d increase spending by almost $3 trillion.But Bernie Sanders blows them all out of the water, with nearly $5 trillion in proposed new spending!

“I’m not denying we’re going to spend a lot of money,” he admits.

He’ll probably win in Iowa next week. Whoever wins… taxpayers lose.

John Stossel is the author of “No They Can’t! Why Government Fails — But Individuals Succeed.”

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CIF-SS boys soccer polls, Jan. 21


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The CIF-SS boys soccer polls were released Tuesday, Jan. 21.

BOYS SOCCER

(Selected by the CIF-SS Boys Soccer Advisory Committee)

DIVISION 1

1. San Clemente

2. Cathedral

3. Loyola

4. Palos Verdes

5. Mater Dei

6. Santa Barbara

7. Santa Ana

8. Paramount

9. Millikan

10T. JSerra

10T. Godinez

DIVISION 2

1. Simi Valley

2. Dos Pueblos

3. Channel Islands

4. St. John Bosco

5. Alrington

6. Santiago/GG

7. Fullerton

8. Brea Olinda

9. Sunny Hills

10T. La Habra

10T. Long Beach Poly

DIVISION 3

1. Tustin

2. Redlands East Valley

3. Norwalk

4. Hart

5. Peninsula

6. Chaffey

7. Oxnard

8. Bell Gardens

9. Valley View

10. Damien

DIVISION 4

1. Hesperia

2. Schurr

3. Canyon/Anaheim

4. Sierra Vista

5. Desert Mirage

6. Bellflower

7. La Mirada

8. Cajon

9. Culver City

10T. Kennedy

10T. Pasadena

DIVISION 5

1. Granite Hills

2. Nogales

3. Coachella Valley

4. Baldwin Park

5. Oak Hills

6. Ayala

7. Rancho Cucamonga

8. La Canada

9. Eisenhower

10T. Chapparal

10T. Anino Leadership

DIVISION 6

1. Brentwood

2. Silverado

3. Ganesha

4. Dunn

5. Pomona

6. Temple City

7. Crossroads

8. Aquinas

9. St. Genevieve

10. Indio

DIVISION 7

1. Linfield Christian

2. Calif. Military Academy

3. Northview

4. Foothill Tech

5. Paraclete

6. Woodcrest Christian

7. St. Anthony

8. St. Bonaventure

9. Lennox

10. Rowland

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