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Unions bank on CA for new gains

September 11, 2014 By James Poulos. Across the country, union membership has long been in fairly steep decline. After a series of recent reverses, including a failed attempt to pass national minimum wage legislation in Washington, D.C., union leaders shifted to a state-by-state, city-by-city approach to advancing their agenda. And though their support has not grown much stronger, they have gained enough traction in Calif...

Labor-backed bill may force union on farm workers

September 10, 2014 By Dave Roberts. Democratic state legislators passed a bill that could result in thousands of Fresno farm workers paying dues to a union that they may not support and abiding by a labor contract that they might not want. Senate Bill 25, authored by outgoing Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, passed the Senate and Assembly along party lines. Yesterday it was enrolled and sent to ...

Wins and losses in latest CA gun control battles

September 10, 2014 By James Poulos. Gun control laws in the state of California have entered into a period of flux. Despite a reputation for exceptionally strict gun measures, the regulatory landscape has become a mixed bag. Advocates of tighter restrictions and advocates of looser ones have won some key battles and lost others -- with the outcome of still other clashes undetermined. A new Second Amendment struggle L...

Sacramento unplugs Brown battery plan

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September 9, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   At its Sept. 4 meeting, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District deferred deploying batteries along its electric grid in compliance with Assembly Bill 2514 of 2010. The reason: energy storage was not economically feasible. (See p. 93 and p. 143 of the Board Agenda) The action was a reversal for Gov. Jerry Brown. While attorney general, he co-wrote AB2514 with Assemblywo...
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