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UC workers schedule strike vote

January 30, 2014 By John Hrabe. The University of California system's largest union, AFSCME 3299, announced last Wednesday that it's scheduled a mid-February strike vote for its 8,300 Service Unit members and a sympathy strike vote among its 13,000 Patient Care Technical Unit members. The union, which represents employees in the custodial, grounds, food service and facilities maintenance departments, says that the c...

Legislature targets BB guns

January 30, 2014 By Katy Grimes. SACRAMENTO -- Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed 11 gun control bills into law and vetoed seven. More gun bills are on the firing line this year -- even banning some BB guns. On Jan. 28, the California Senate passed Senate Bill 199, by state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles. The vote was 23 to 8. The bill would require BB and airsoft guns to be painted bright colors to make them...

Proposals would make it easier for youth to vote

January 29, 2014 By Katy Grimes. Democrats are pushing new legislation to make it easier for young people to vote. Given that young people in California register 2-to-1 for Democrats over Republicans, the bills could make Democrats even more dominant and accelerate Republicans' waning power. Senate Bill 113 is by state Sen. Hanna-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara. It would pre-register high school students to vote ...

State Sen. Rod Wright convicted of perjury, voter fraud

State Sen. Rod Wright convicted of perjury, voter fraud
January 29, 2014 By John Hrabe. State Senator Rod Wright, D-Inglewood, has been found guilty on eight counts of felony voter fraud, perjury and filing a false declaration of candidacy. The jury of nine women and three men, which began deliberating last Friday, sided with prosecutors who had argued that Wright never lived in the 25th Senate District, which he was elected to represent. The Los Angeles District Atto...
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