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CA to reverse food glove law

food safety, wikimedia
July 1, 2014 By James Poulos. Say goodbye to California's ban on bare hands for food and drink handlers. Set to be enforced beginning July 1, the measure -- passed just this March -- would have required all bar and restaurant employees who prepared meals or beverages to wear fresh gloves. Faced with a strangely unexpected flurry of opposition, lawmakers in Sacramento made a rare about-face, with Assemblyman Richard...

Water bond drowns in Legislature

Drought map
June 30, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. A $10.5 billion water bond apparently drowned in the California Senate this past week for the third time since 2010, even though the Central Valley faces a dire drought this summer. But the Legislature still might perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and waive the June 26 deadline for putting the bond on the November ballot. The official name is Senate Bill 848, The Safe Drinking Water...

East Bay proposal reignites minimum wage fight

minimum wage, taylor jones, cagle, May 8, 2014
June 30, 2014 By James Poulos. When a handful of corporations conspires to fix wages, they face legal action. But for several cities in the San Francisco East Bay area, the idea of a concerted effort to set pay has a newfound appeal. Rather than taking a permissive attitude toward business collusion, however, the plan is to create what supporters are calling a regional minimum wage, one higher than the $8 per hour ...

Now legal: To sleep in your car in L.A.

9th circuit seal ninth circuit
June 27, 2014 By James Poulos. In a decision hailed as a human rights victory by homeless-rights activists, a federal court struck down a decades-old Los Angeles law prohibiting the use of vehicles as residences. The ordinance, Section 85.02 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, declared, "No person shall use a vehicle parked on or standing upon any City street or upon any parking lot owned by the City of Los Angele...
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