Regulations

Nurse union exploits Ebola crisis in negotiations

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Seizing on the growing concern about the deadly West African virus, the California Nurses Association, one of the state's most powerful unions, has added several Ebola-related provisions to its list of demands in its ongoing dispute with Kaiser Permanente. The two sides have been at an impasse ...

Minimum wage truth and consequences: Who’s listening?

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

  Let’s hope voters become more engaged than some elected officials in the minimum-wage debate. Voters will be subjected to counterarguments in the minimum-wage debate. Raising the minimum wage undoubtedly will make things better for some minimum-wage workers – more to spend, raising ...

Covered CA blames cronyism on Obamacare scramble

Monday, October 13th, 2014

In an embarrassing new black eye for Covered California, the state's implementation of Obamacare, the health exchange, has admitted it violated accepted practice by awarding $184 million in so-called "no-bid" contracts, according to a new report by the Associated Press. State governments routinel...

The impacts of raising San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
minimum wage, Rick McKee, Cagle, Oct. 8, 2014

On Nov. 4 San Francisco voters are being asked to approve Proposition J, a measure which increases the minimum wage in San Francisco to $15 per hour by 2018 from the current city rate of $10.74. San Franciscans should think carefully before approving this measure. When a business hires an employe...

Judge: CalPERS not protected in Stockton bankruptcy

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

After a brief reprieve from a bad summer, the California Public Employees Retirement System has been handed another massive setback. In a provisional but uncompromising ruling, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein held bankrutpcy law does not permit CalPERS to protect its workers' pensions e...

Los Angeles books higher hotel minimum wage

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Eric Garcetti

If critics are right, room service in Los Angeles hotels could descend to that of the Bates Motel. Yesterday the City Council passed a $15.37 minimum wage for non-unionized employees of large hotels in Los Angeles. Breitbart News reported city observers generally recognized the union-driven p...

Brown fuels incentives for alt-energy cars

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Convinced carbon emissions pose an "existential threat" to the human race, Gov. Jerry Brown just signed a set of bills designed to push ahead an environmental agenda dependent on automobiles that don't run on gas. Among other new rules, regulations and programs, the new legislation set three cha...

Public Utilities Commission crashes into Uber, Lyft

Friday, September 19th, 2014
Lyft Line

This week was supposed to be a Kumbaya moment for state legislators and ridesharing services. On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed it into law compromise legislation allowing the firms to continue to flourish, while requiring them to increase their insurance coverage. But just before then, t...

Hospitals seek veto of workers’ comp expansion

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
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  California hospitals could be facing millions of dollars in increased workers’ compensation claims if a bill sponsored by the California Nurses Association is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. As of Tuesday afternoon, Brown had not made a decision. Assembly Bill 2616, by Assemblywoman Nancy...

Warrantless drone ban hovers over Brown’s desk

Monday, September 15th, 2014

With a stroke of his pen, Gov. Jerry Brown could set the tone for state-level drone policy. After passing the Assembly and the state Senate, AB1327 will await Brown's signature until the end of September. Legislation regulating the use of drones by law enforcement has already been proposed ...