"In San Bernardino, a roomful of Rotarians prayed."
“We know that right here, across the street in December, we had our own attack,” Rudy Westervelt, a district governor of the service group, said as several dozen business and community leaders bowed their heads over lunch at a golf course here."
As racial tensions nationwide continue to mount, the UC system favors supporting Affirmative Action -- despite the rules contained in voter-approved Proposition 209.
Daily Californian's Sahil Chinoy reports: "On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the consideration of race as a factor in college admissions — a decision that has been met with both optimism and frustration by those affiliated with the UC system, as its admissions policies will not be affected by the verdict."
"Awarding a major victory to supporters of affirmative action, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the University of Texas at Austin’s admissions policy brought by Abigail Fisher, a white applicant who claimed the University of Texas had rejected her on the grounds of race. In November, UC President Janet Napolitano and the chancellors of the university’s 10 campuses filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the University of Texas."
"Despite the verdict, California’s Proposition 209 still forbids the UC system from considering an individual’s race in its admissions process."
On the surface, Apple CEO's fundraiser for House speaker Paul Ryan doesn't make a whole lot of sense due to myriad ideological conflicts, but some believe the underlying root of the endorsement isn't personal -- it's business.
The Chronicle's Joe Garofoli reports: "On Tuesday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook will host a breakfast fundraiser in Menlo Park to raise untold thousands of dollars for House Speaker Paul Ryan and other House Republicans."
"Tim Cook? For Paul Ryan? Really?"
"Why would a gay tech leader who supports same-sex marriage and transgender rights raise money for someone — and a party — who consistently opposes them?"
As the number of homeless in California continue to increase, lawmakers propose solutions to battle the growing epidemic in the state budget.
L.A. Times' John Myers writes: "Lawmakers have added earmarks for helping veterans and youth who are on California's streets to a high-profile effort expected to become part of the new state budget by the end of the week."
"Legislation quietly introduced Thursday would modify and expand an effort that began with a $2-billion bond package to help those who are homeless and suffer from mental illness."
"The bond proposal, first introduced by Senate Democrats in January , was modified to include new requirements including online disclosure of how bond proceeds are spent and performance reviews of county agencies that administer the programs."
SEE ALSO: How 5 SF mayors tackled homelessness -- Mayor Ed Lee in San Francisco Chronicle; Churches team up with local agencies to house homeless veterans -- Queenie Wong in Bay Area News.
And now from our "1 is the loneliest number" file ...
Loneliness combined with an artistic mind can make one do very, very strange things.... Like create a mockumentary of living day-to-day with your fake, inanimate girlfriend.
Mirror.co.uk: "Sex dolls are on the rise, and one photographer has shared images of his encounters with his own companion."
"But while there are those of us who dismiss the practice as not being a real relationship, June Korea shows an emotional connection with his pretend girlfriend."
"New York-based June, originally from South Korea, admits it was profound loneliness which led him to buy his doll, who he called Eva - and now has a 'fantasy' with her."