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CA wrestles with minimum wage domino effect

. Forging ahead with plans to take minimum wages to new highs, California’s San Francisco Bay Area has touched off tit-for-tat increases, deepening fears that the region’s high cost of living has become a business-killer. A growing dilemma “Berkeley’s City Council approved a hike in June 2014 that will lift the minimum wage to $12.53 by […]

As Legislature reconvenes, businesses hone the art of the deal

As Legislature reconvenes, businesses hone the art of the deal

. What’s business looking for in the remaining legislative session and what kind of deals are being discussed to get there? A number of large business organizations have offered support for funding sources to be used for transportation infrastructure purposes on one hand, while on the other strongly opposed both general and specific tax measures […]

CA lawmakers square off against drones

CA lawmakers square off against drones

Burning Man bests perk-hungry regulators

Burning Man bests perk-hungry regulators

By James Poulos . A nerve-wracking negotiation with federal officials has been resolved in favor of the Burning Man festival, saving the organization behind the event from shelling out big sums for luxe accommodations. The controversy, which made national news, pitted festival organizers against the Federal Bureau of Land Management, the agency that has the power to […]

House legislation targets environmental laws

House  legislation targets environmental laws

. Last week, House Republicans introduced legislation to revise water policies in California and the rest of the West Coast, improving water reliability and making environmental laws more flexible. H.R. 2898, authored by California Congressman David Valadao, is backed by the entire California Republican delegation. Titled the “Western Water and American Food Security Act of […]

School districts seek help with pension bailout costs

School districts seek help with pension bailout costs

By Chris Reed . The bailout of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System enacted last year requires a 70 percent increase in pension contributions from school districts, a 20 percent increase from the state general fund and a 10 percent increase in teacher contributions. When the phased-in increases are complete in 2020-21, CalSTRS will get […]

Study: CA hospitals waste money by ignoring ‘big data’

Study: CA hospitals waste money by ignoring ‘big data’

. The “Moneyball” phenomenon of using advanced statistical analysis to gain advantage in professional sports has picked up steam over the past dozen years, to the point where it has broadly depressed scoring in baseball, as fielders are positioned precisely based on the historical patterns of individual hitters. But in the private sector, numbers-driven “best […]

Asm. Lorena Gonzalez proposes labor protections for cheerleaders

Asm. Lorena Gonzalez proposes labor protections for cheerleaders

By John Hrabe Legislative committee hearings aren’t known for their heart-pounding excitement. But, cure you might hear a round of cheers to excite the crowds at this week’s Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism & Internet Media Committee. On Tuesday, the committee is scheduled to consider a proposal by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, that would provide greater […]

Environmentalists face blame for drought

Environmentalists face blame for drought

By James Poulos . As California’s potent drought inspired soul searching from analysts worried the Golden State can’t grow without water, medicine politicians and officials focused on a more immediate task: laying blame for the problem. Gov. Jerry Brown has tried to set a philosophical tone, pilule cautioning that “we are embarked upon an experiment that no one […]

Feds cloud pot picture in CA

Feds cloud pot picture in CA

By James Poulos . Over the strenuous objections of some California lawmakers, vcialis 40mg the Department of Justice vowed to continue prosecuting the medical marijuana industry in the Golden State. Despite a recent bipartisan federal amendment de-funding the Department’s fight against medical marijuana, spokesman Patrick Rodenbush revealed to the Los Angeles Times that “it did not believe the […]

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