Taking on the minimum-wage debate in L.A.

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

  The national debate over minimum-wage increases will take center stage in Los Angeles because two efforts to raise the minimum wage face staunch opposition from the business community. The Los Angeles Business Federation, known as BizFed, went on the offensive last week, coming out stro...

1st and goal for NFL in L.A.

Friday, January 23rd, 2015
Fearsome Foursome

After years of speculation, planning, wrangling and setbacks, pro football is as close to returning to Los Angeles as it's ever been. But even this late in the game, a touchdown is by no means assured for the NFL. Even though there's a clear interest and ample money behind a new stadium, the NFL...

Supreme Court refuses to hook Delta smelt case

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

  Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court refused to put a hook into an appeal of lower-court actions that shut off water to farmers and cities in 2007 and 2013 in favor of Delta smelt. In the Los Angeles Times summary: “The justices turned down appeals from several water agencies, includin...

CA regulations hatch legal food fights

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Have you noticed egg prices going up as much as 40 cents a dozen? Look to California voters. In 2008, they passed Proposition 2, which mandated more comfortable hatching quarters for chickens. Because of the cost to farmers of expanding chicken coops, a grace period was allowed of six years, to ...

Gov. Brown boosts energy-policy leverage

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
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Gov. Jerry Brown believes it will take "pragmatic caution" and "active collaboration" to achieve his goal of seeing half of the state's energy come from renewable sources by 2030. "How we achieve these goals and at what pace will take great thought and imagination mixed with pragmatic caution,"...

New 2015 laws: Hollywood wins, in-home care loses

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

New Year's Day sure wasn't a holiday from new regulations: 2015 brings 931 new laws Californians must obey. Some took effect on Jan. 1; others will later in the year. State lawmakers -- with the approval of Gov. Jerry Brown -- have changed how consumers shop for groceries, how Hollywood block...

Enviros fight over CA Spotted Owl

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
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  The California Spotted Owl faces extinction unless logging is banned in forests in which “the small and declining owl population” may be found in California’s Sierra Nevadas and the mountains of Southern California. So warns a petition submitted last week to the U.S. Fish and Wild...

Wage laws killing CA jobs

Monday, December 29th, 2014
SEIU fight for 15

  On the day before Christmas, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its weekly report on new unemployment claims. While 45 states reported declines, California was one of five states to report an increase. California claims rose by 11,794. To put that figure into perspective, it was more t...

Gov. Brown appoints new chair to scandal-plagued CPUC

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
Michael Picker, SMUD

After months of damaging headlines and questions about its coziness with energy companies, the California Public Utilities Commission is getting new leadership. On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown promoted Commissioner Michael Picker, a longtime Democratic political consultant and Brown's former energy ...

GOP can’t find bridge for troubled water bill

Friday, December 12th, 2014

The fate of a bipartisan drought bill passed Tuesday by the U.S. House of Representatives is as cloudy as California skies in recent days. The bill was crafted by GOP congressmen with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., although she opposed the final version. But even if the bill didn't face cert...