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Bill would push unionizing franchise workers
  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 a...
MADD angry at ridesharing regulations
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 dri...
iPad scandal latest in long line for L.A. Unified — but different
The abrupt decision Monday by Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy to suspend the district's $1 billion iPad program after reports that he manipulated the decision that led to Apple winning the big contract is hugely juicy. The program already had been under fire because it used 30-year bor...
Arrested for DUI, Sen. Hueso voted to ban beach booze
It could be a case of, "Do as I say, not as I do." State Senator Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of drinking and driving. He reportedly spent the night drinking wine and tequila in the State Capitol and at a local restaurant with several of his colleague...
Take your pooch out to eat
Gov. Jerry Brown just signed a bill legalizing restaurants and bars allowing pets on patios, starting Jan. 1. Given all the animal-rights activists and dog-lovers in this state, it's surprising this took so long. Although in my experience here, this long has been allowed de facto. In Europe, peo...
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