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100,000 lacking ID could lose Covered CA coverage

Covered California could lose up to 100,000 enrollees who haven't proven their eligibility under the state's version of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. According to the ACA, unlawful U.S. residents ...

Gerawan workers protest UFW as court date looms

A fresh twist has arisen in the drama surrounding Gerawan Farms' dispute with United Farm Workers. The long-running controversy, which pitted Gerawan and its workers against the UFW and California's Agricul...
 

Update: Plastic bag ban passes Assembly

Update, 2:26 pm, Aug. 28: On a second vote, SB 270 just passed the Assembly. Despite strong momentum and an air of inevitability, California state legislators hit a major snag on Aug. 27 in their plans for ...

Uber, Lyft compromise on ridesharing regulations

Uber and Lyft, two of the country's leading ridesharing companies, reached a compromise with state lawmakers on Wednesday over new regulations of the industry that is changing how people get around town. A...
 

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Expert says drought did not cause Napa quake

  Natural disasters predictably bring up speculation about causes. On radio shows, callers have been wondering whether the ongoing drought or fracking caused the 6.0 Richter scale South Napa Earthquake on Aug. 24. It's true that, just before the quake, scientists reported that a loss of 63 trillion gallons (with a "t") of water due to drought had lifted the earth’s crust in California one-sixth of an...

Covered CA premiums set to spike

  For some time, Obamacare critics have warned that health insurance premiums would skyrocket once the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Now they say the leap in premiums, as calculated by state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, is just the beginning of hefty annual hikes in the years ahead. Jones recently released an analysis – conducted in response to complaints regarding steep increases in hea...

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What are the alternatives to bankruptcy?

Editor’s Note: This is the Ninth in a CalWatchDog.com Special Series of in-depth articles on municipal bankruptcy. It was 1975 and New York City was running out of cash. Its excessive spending and lack of financial oversight created a $14 billion debt, with more than half of it short-term. A request for a bailout from the federal government, headed by President Gerald Ford, didn’t happen and was memorialized...


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NEW: Torlakson says real problem is low teacher pay, not tenure

This was predictable: Friday's announcement that state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torl...

Bill would end Medi-Cal asset seizures

"Nothing is certain in this world except death and taxes" is an old saying. California also has seiz...

Unions win court round in battle with charter cities

Unions lost round one of their battle with California cities over "prevailing wages" on public works...

Historic Vergara ruling finalized; state has weighty decision on appeal

A court decision that puts the interests of Latino and black students and parents on a collision cou...

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