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Brown hits CalPERS on pension spiking

August 27, 2014 By James Poulos. A bad month for CalPERS has gotten worse. On the heels of unfavorable news surrounding its investment strategy and leadership, the California Public Employee Retirement System provoked the wrath of Gov. Jerry Brown, who heaped scorn on its latest "pension spiking" plan. "Today CalPERS got it wrong," Brown said in a statement, revealing he had asked his staff to determine what could...

Dems stop bills to ease gas price hike

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August 26, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   Perhaps the last chance to head off a California gasoline price hike that could exceed 50 cents per gallon by 2020 just was defeated on the state Senate floor. Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, offered amendments to a bill, AB2492, that had nothing to do with the bill’s focus on drug sentencing. The amendments duplicated those in Vidak’s bill, SB1079, which would head off a ga...

Bill would push unionizing franchise workers

August 26, 2014 By Joseph Perkins.   The franchise market in California, a keystone of small business in the state, soon could change radically. The California Legislature last Thursday sent a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk that would effectively supersede the contractual agreements between California-based franchises and such national franchisors as Subway, Supercuts, 7-Eleven, Jiffy Lube, RE/MAX, H&R B...

MADD angry at ridesharing regulations

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August 26, 2014 By John Hrabe. Does ridesharing cut down on drunk driving? Mothers Against Drunk Driving says yes. MADD has entered California's heated debate over new regulations of the state's burgeoning ridesharing industry, arguing that the service cuts down on drunk driving. The national group, which combats drunk driving and underage drinking, specifically takes issue with two bills working their way thr...
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