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State leaders, labor groups announce deal on $15 minimum wage

State leaders, labor groups announce deal on $15 minimum wage

Measure diverting bullet train funds for water storage hits money shortage, eyes 2018

Measure diverting bullet train funds for water storage hits money shortage, eyes 2018

Average Joe seat on state commission filled by the well-connected

Average Joe seat on state commission filled by the well-connected

. Stockton’s Anthony and Rima Barkett were hosting a fabulous party in Rome in 2007 to discuss what the world could do to stop the Darfur killings. The party’s guest list included actors Don Cheadle and George Clooney, two Nobel Laureates and the mayor of Rome. There at the Barkett’s apartment at the Villa Borghese, […]

State food stamp enrollment increases, eligible population decreases

State food stamp enrollment increases, eligible population decreases

. Not only is the number of Californians participating in the state’s federally funded food stamp program increasing, but the number of eligible recipients is decreasing, according to state and federal data. California for years has lagged behind the rest of the country in terms of participation. Tied for 48th in 2013, only 66 percent […]

Civil liberty groups fighting license suspensions for those guilty of “being poor”

Civil liberty groups fighting license suspensions for those guilty of “being poor”

. A band of civil liberties groups are demanding that California courts stop suspending drivers licenses for failure to pay traffic fines, a practice they argue overwhelmingly affects low-income drivers. A 2013 provision in the state budget offered major relief of fines due before Jan. 2013 but not for those after. So the ACLU of Northern California and others are calling […]

Affordable housing may be limited by new state environmental rules

Affordable housing may be limited by new state environmental rules

. A new rule designed to promote urban development and curb both car usage and greenhouse gas emissions may end up making cities less affordable and more congested, critics say. The rule would modify how traffic is evaluated during a critical phase for planning for building developments, shifting the focus from traffic congestion to the […]

Steyer, CA Democrats denounce money in politics

Steyer, CA Democrats denounce money in politics

Ballot initiative pits water against high-speed rail

Ballot initiative pits water against high-speed rail

. What’s more important: High-speed rail or water? Proponents of a proposed ballot measure would force voters to choose just that. The measure would redirect $8 billion in unsold high-speed rail bonds and $2.7 billion from the 2014 water bond to fund new water storage projects, while restructuring the oversight of those projects and prioritizing water usage […]

June ballot measure “orphaned,” but poised to pass: Prop 50 — Suspending Legislators without pay

June ballot measure “orphaned,” but poised to pass: Prop 50 — Suspending Legislators without pay

Brown: State of the State is fiscal restraint

Brown: State of the State is fiscal restraint
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