Rights and Liberties

ALRB forcing unionization on farm workers

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
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UPDATE: It was reported the Agricultural Labor Relations Board has reversed its Monday decision, which would have blocked the Gerawan farm workers’ second attempt to hold an election to determine if the United Farm Workers of America should represent them. The ALRB will now process and count t...

AG Kamala Harris ensures she won't go down with bullet-train Titanic

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
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The saga of the California bullet train took a twist on Friday that at first seems strange but at second look appears to be shrewd politics by an ambitious officeholder playing the long game. On Aug. 16, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny ruled that the California High-Speed Rail...

Anti-UFW farm workers seek help from Gov. Jerry Brown

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
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Farm workers fight UFW unionization

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
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The United Farm Workers labor union and the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board have found themselves on the brink of ruination and even irrelevance. The labor union boasted 50,000 members by the end of the 1970s. But according to the UFW’s last Labor Organization Annual Report filed with...

Labor and trade unions oppose CA lead ammo ban

Thursday, September 19th, 2013
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A controversial bill to ban traditional lead ammunition in California by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, passed both houses of the Legislature last week. But according to representatives of labor and trade unions, animal rights activists pressured Rendon and lawmakers to ignore science whil...

Despite Colorado recall, CA Legislature passes gun control bills

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
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SACRAMENTO -- The surprising recall election of two Colorado Democratic lawmakers Tuesday for backing gun control laws was a warning shot for lawmakers across America eager for more gun control laws. Not for the Democratic supermajority in the California Legislature. More than two dozen gun co...

SB 323 would yank Boy Scouts’ tax exemption

Monday, September 9th, 2013
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A bill to strip the Boy Scouts of their tax exemption if the organization refused to lift its ban on homosexual scoutmasters is the first of its kind in the country. The "Youth Equality Bill" is SB323 by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Los Angeles. But the Boy Scouts aren’t the only group targeted. Any y...

AB 917 would send charter schools to the back of the class

Friday, August 30th, 2013
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The popularity and success of California’s 900 charter schools aren't making everyone happy. Union leaders have tried to organize the non-union schools, but unsuccessfully. New tactic: Hamper the charters' spread. AB 917, which just passed both houses of the Legislature, might accomplish that....

Gun controllers fire volley of bills through Legislature

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
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A new Harvard University study found that gun bans don't lower the murder rate. That hasn't prevented the California Legislature from firing a fusillade of new gun-control laws. AB 711, by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, would make California the first state in the nation to prohibit t...

SB 1 would brand ‘inefficiency’ as blight

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
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  Should government get into the business of judging people on the “efficiency” of their property?  SB 1 would grant government that capacity -- along with the power to take that property if officials decide it’s being "inefficiently" used. SB 1 is by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Stei...