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Essential California: Bill for teachers' health care, tech firms move downtown, tourism boom in Orange County
Essential California: Bill for teachers' health care, tech firms move downtown, tourism boom in Orange County

Good morning. It is Monday, March 9. A new website tracks the inter-family drama of the mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains. Here's what else is happening today in the Golden State:   TOP STORIES High cost of teachers’ health care School districts across California are beginning to grapple with a time bomb in their budgets: Lifetime healthcare coverage promised to teachers and others. The price tag for retiree health care obligations has reached about $20 billion statewide — an amount systems are not prepared to absorb, and the financial burden threatens to drag down credit ratings and crowd out other budget priorities. L.A. Times Stopping...

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