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ALRB taking months to resolve UFW decertification vote

Silvia Lopez
December 19, 2013 By Katy Grimes. It took more than one year of doing battle with the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board and the United Farm Workers. But in November, workers with Gerawan Farming finally won the battle to vote on whether to allow the UFW to represent workers, or to send the UFW packing. Although the UFW officially has represented the workers for two decades, many workers charge that it has ...

California’s fracking opportunity

December 19, 2013 By Adam O'Neal. In 1973, President Richard Nixon launched Project Independence, an effort to make the United States energy independent by 1980. The actual project proved unsuccessful, but the concept stuck. Many politicians, especially presidential candidates, have since embraced the idea. After all, who wouldn’t want to be independent from oil-producing nations like Saudi Arabia? Despite the persi...

Controller Chiang’s payroll website earning praise for openness, transparency

December 18, 2013 By John Hrabe. Federal officials continue to reshuffle the management of, with Kurt DelBene, a former president of the Microsoft Office Division, tapped as the new point person for the troubled Obamacare website. If DelBene fails to deliver, President Obama should call California State Controller John Chiang. With no additional state budget funds or expanded statutory author...

Is bringing back redevelopment a good idea?

December 17, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi.   The Urban Land Institute seeks to rebuild redevelopment in California. The essence of the proposal is that redevelopment should be good to go again if just some technical tweaks are made. But we've been there before.  California’s redevelopment law was repealed in 2011 largely because it was siphoning $1.5 billion a year away from the state general fund, including from sc...
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