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Richmond mayor wants mortgages on million-dollar homes

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August 16, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi. Political theater isn't reserved for Tea Party and Occupy movement protesters. Another example was on display Aug. 15 at Wells Fargo Bank headquarters in San Francisco. Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and a group of supporters tried to enter the bank’s headquarters unannounced to demand it drop its lawsuit to block the city’s proposed use of eminent domain to seize over-mortga...

CA minimum wage may jump 25%

April 3, 2013
August 16, 2013 By Dave Roberts. California has made progress in bringing down the unemployment rate. June’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 8.5 percent is the lowest since October 2008, according to California Employment Development Department data. Unemployment reached 12.4 percent during the Great Recession, and for much of the past five years it’s been in double digits, including as recently as last Oct...

Sacramento preparing to seize property for arena

August 15, 2013 By Katy Grimes. SACRAMENTO -- Before the City of Sacramento races to spends $200-$300 million of public funds to build a professional sports arena in downtown Sacramento, many want the issue put before the voters. Again. Sacramento’s previous arena deals were totally discredited by the Sacramento Grand Jury  after voters refused to pass Measures Q and R in 2006. The measures would have approved ...

Big business banks on union power

Unions, beeler, cagle, Aug. 15, 2013
August 15, 2013 By Ed Ring. Earlier this week, former state Sen. Gloria Romero published a lengthy article in the San Diego Union-Tribune entitled “Fixing California: The union chokehold.” It described how public sector unions, virtually unopposed, have undermined the effectiveness and overpriced the costs of government at all levels in California. Romero, a Democrat who served as Senate majority leader, kno...
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