Bill would push unionizing franchise workers

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

  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
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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...

Video: Norquist: Uber can help GOP gain cities

Monday, August 25th, 2014
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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 ...

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...

New CA pot bill snuffed out

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
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Despite the backing of California cops, the latest effort to craft statewide rules on medical marijuana has stalled in Sacramento. Widely criticized as an imperfect bill, SB1262 nonetheless mustered support as a good faith attempt to bring order to the chaos unfolding in the wake of the 1996 pas...

Early release from CA prisons now a flood

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Spurred by a series of court decisions ruling the state's prison crowding unconstitutional, Gov. Jerry Brown's ongoing "realignment" effort sought to make adequate room for the state's worst convicts by diverting lesser criminals to county jails. There, however, the changes have caused a sn...

Judge OKs Gerawan worker suit against ALRB

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

A historic lawsuit against California's Agriculture Labor Relations Board is set to move forward. Brought by workers at Gerawan Farms, the suit alleged that the ALRB has violated the workers' First Amendment right to freedom of association and their 14th Amendment right to due process of law. The...

Uber mobilizes support against Sacramento regulations

Monday, August 11th, 2014

In a fight, you go with your strengths. Uber is the social media site whose app connects drivers with riders. Taxis drivers and others don't like it, and are trying to enact legislation to limit it. Uber now has responded by using the power of social networking to save its business model an...

Cell kill-switch bill moves ahead

Thursday, August 7th, 2014
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California could soon become the second state in the nation to force so-called "kill switches" into cellphones. The technology causes equipped devices to be disabled remotely, by a figurative flip of the switch. An owner might throw the kill switch if his cell was stolen. Or the government might ord...

CA bill aims at home guns

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
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Proposed gun control legislation often appeals to a sense of public fear. Playing on worries about lone nuts and random killings, gun control groups like former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Everytown organization seek to tighten gun restrictions with an appeal to safety in the public squ...