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Legislature passes first water storage bond in 50 years  

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August 14, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   With the drought still drying up the state, the California Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday poured out a $7.5 billion water bond that includes $2.7 billion for water storage. If voters give their approval this November, this will be the first bond in 50 years to include water storage. The storage is significant because, from 1971 to 2014, California voters passed ...

Bill would allow liens for unpaid wage claims

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August 13, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   California labor law soon could become even more problematic for business. Assembly Bill 2416 is by Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Monterey Bay. It would allow employees with unpaid-wage claims to file liens on the property of business owners. Stone said it would thwart "wage theft" by employers and recover hundreds of millions of dollars for abused employees. Business gr...

LAPD’s big data covered up big mistakes

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August 13, 2014 By James Poulos. At the leading edge of the "big data" trend, the Los Angeles Police Department has found itself in hot water. From underreported murders to misclassified assaults, a fresh spate of scandals has started to brew, just as Police Chief Charlie Beck was reappointed to a second term Tuesday. Los Angeles' police department isn't alone in leaning hard on the use of data. Over the past sev...

Did Caltrans cover up shoddy work on Bay Bridge?

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August 12, 2014 By Joseph Perkins.   Douglas Coe, an engineer under the employ of the California Department of Transportation, spent years working on the retrofit of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge between Oakland and San Francisco. When the 25-year Caltrans veteran told his supervisors there were cracks in thousands of welds made at a Shanghai factory, and the quality-control firm that was supposed to have ...
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