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Update: Plastic bag ban passes Assembly

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Alex Padilla

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, intro...

Uber, Lyft compromise on ridesharing regulations

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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 ...

Brown hits CalPERS on pension spiking

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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 w...

Dems stop bills to ease gas price hike

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

  Perhaps the last chance to head off a California gasoline price hike that could exceed 50 cents per gallon by 2020 just was defeated on the state Senate floor. Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, offered amendments to a bill, AB2492, that had nothing to do with the bill’s focus on drug senten...

Bill would push unionizing franchise workers

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
7-Eleven

  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

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
madd logo

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...

Arrested for DUI, Sen. Hueso voted to ban beach booze

Monday, August 25th, 2014
Ben-Hueso-Mugshot

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...

Video: Norquist: Uber can help GOP gain cities

Monday, August 25th, 2014
Grover Norquist

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, talks about how Uber and other high-tech companies give Republicans a chance to gain high-tech constituencies. He is interviewed by Brian Calle, editor-in-chief of CalWatchDog.com. ...

Appeals court backs property rights

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
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Pasadena is known for its famous tree-lined streets. It now also may be known for the trees becoming the key in the first case in California to establish that a city’s urban forestry programs can be subject to “inverse condemnation" lawsuits filed by property owners. The case concerned the wi...

Ridesharing foe takes ‘a few bucks’ from taxis

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
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Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz is one of the state's biggest opponents of ridesharing, the relatively new service provided by such companies as Uber, SideCar and Lyft. He's also a leading recipient of campaign contributions from the taxi industry. During a Wednesday appearance on one o...