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Gerawan workers protest UFW as court date looms

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August 29, 2014 By James Poulos. A fresh twist has arisen in the drama surrounding Gerawan Farms' dispute with United Farm Workers. The long-running controversy, which pitted Gerawan and its workers against the UFW and California's Agricultural Labor Relations Board, has been developing fast. The primary action was that a legal track has been established. On Sept. 29, in Fresno U.S. District Court, Judge Lawrenc...

Update: Plastic bag ban passes Assembly

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August 28, 2014 By James Poulos. Update, 2:26 pm, Aug. 28: On a second vote, SB 270 just passed the Assembly. Despite strong momentum and an air of inevitability, California state legislators hit a major snag on Aug. 27 in their plans for a statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. It was a  rebuke for SB270, introduced by state Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima. Despite a last-ditch effort to amend the bill...

Uber, Lyft compromise on ridesharing regulations

August 28, 2014 By John Hrabe. Uber and Lyft, two of the country's leading ridesharing companies, reached a compromise with state lawmakers on Wednesday over new regulations of the industry that is changing how people get around town. Assembly Bill 2293, which had been strongly opposed by the ridesharing companies, requires drivers to carry minimum levels of insurance and be covered, at times, by their parent com...

Brown hits CalPERS on pension spiking

August 27, 2014 By James Poulos. A bad month for CalPERS has gotten worse. On the heels of unfavorable news surrounding its investment strategy and leadership, the California Public Employee Retirement System provoked the wrath of Gov. Jerry Brown, who heaped scorn on its latest "pension spiking" plan. "Today CalPERS got it wrong," Brown said in a statement, revealing he had asked his staff to determine what could...
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