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Judge green lights Silicon Valley class action suit

It’s official: Many of California’s biggest tech firms are going to trial. Faced with a class action brought by over 64,000 combined employees, Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm and Pixar asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to grant a summary

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New fears push more California e-cig bans

Southern California’s thriving e-cigarette industry faces a big new problem: nationwide, their products are becoming a hot new focal point of public health worries. In the latest report casting “vapes” in a negative light, the New York Times called the nicotine

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New min wage law clears CA Senate committee

Two minimum wage hikes in two years for California? Just a year after Gov. Jerry Brown signed one minimum wage hike into law, the California Senate’s Labor and Industrial Relations Committee last week greenlit an even faster and more sweeping boost.

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New 49ers stadium intercepts tax dollars

The National Football League remains as agile as ever at intercepting the taxpayers’ money. The latest example is the new stadium in Santa Clara, pictured nearby under construction, to host the San Francisco 49ers. After a slow decade, the Niners are back in

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Lawmakers’ paid-for jaunts prompt new disclosure bill

Year in and year out, California lawmakers take advantage of one area where freebees are legal: travel. In 2013, they racked up more than half a million dollars in trips subsidized by “foreign governments, foundations fueled by corporate and labor

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Asian-Americans halt CA affirmative action revival

As many Californians are well aware, more than half of students at UCLA and UC Berkeley are Asian or Asian-American. Yet, in California, proportions like these haven’t made for a political football — until now. After almost 18 years of

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Mortgage lawsuit against Gov. Brown reopens old wounds

It’s a hallmark of modern-day government: Allocate money for one purpose, spend it for another. Congress isn’t the only culprit. While the federal government has long stood accused of “raiding the Social Security trust fund,” courts across America have given

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San Jose Mayor Reed folds on pension initiative

In a disappointing indicator of the challenges facing public pension reform, outgoing San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has shelved his statewide ballot initiative designed to address the problem. The mayor blames a time crunch and unappealing language used in Attorney

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California’s culture could slow rush toward e-cig bans

In the biggest “blue state” cities, administrative and regulatory action against e-cigarettes has been swift and fierce. California officeholders — from the city council level all the way up to the U.S. Senate — are poised to follow suit. But

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CA massage law: A case study in regulatory failure

  Residents of Los Angeles know that “medical” marijuana shops are not the only gray-market business that’s experienced a recent boom. In a city with a taste for pleasure and an enterprising working class, “massage” parlors are apt to have

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