Uber shows CA cool still beats regulators

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
California cool

This has been a big year for Uber. The ride-for-hire app became a mainstream phenomenon, but attracted more than its fair share of criticism and legal scrutiny. And the Uber saga is just getting started. A fresh wave of initiatives -- and the press to match -- has touched off a fascinating pheno...

Enviros battle over merits of rooftop solar vs. desert solar

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Things aren't working out well for renewable energy advocates who hoped cheaper rooftop solar energy would replace large solar power plants in California’s Mojave Desert and return "economic democracy" to the people with millions of rooftop solar installations. This is reflected in the furious ...

Experts warn of new easy-money hazard

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
chris cox

COSTA MESA -- Federal regulators are repeating the same easy-money mistakes that led to the Great Recession. So warned five housing and banking experts today at a Breakfast Panel discussion before local business and community leaders at the Westin South Coast Plaza. The event was sponsored by the Fo...

CA advances driver’s licenses for illegals

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Despite incomplete approval from the federal government, California has begun forging ahead with driver's licenses for immigrants who are illegally present in California. A bill signed into law last year, Assembly Bill 60, was subject to additional requirements by the Department of Homeland Secu...

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...