Rights and Liberties

Push to increase CA green power mandate flops

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

On Jan. 6, a key provision was quietly struck from Assembly Bill 177, a measure introduced by Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez, D-Coachella, that would have expanded the green-power mandate for California utilites from 33 percent to 51 percent by the year 2030. Voting to delete the 51 percent provisio...

Bipartisan effort would limit federal spying in California

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Federal agencies could find it harder to spy on Californians if a new bill proposed this legislative session becomes law. State Senators Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, and Joel Anderson, R-San Diego, introduced legislation on Monday that would ban state agencies, officials and corporations that provide se...

Gerawan Farming files constitutional challenge against ALRB

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
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Gerawan Farming is fed up. On Dec. 16, Gerawan filed a constitutional challenge against the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, with the United Farm Workers of America as a "Real Party of Interest." It was filed with the California Court of Appeal, Fifth District in Fresno, against ...

ALRB taking months to resolve UFW decertification vote

Thursday, December 19th, 2013
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It took more than one year of doing battle with the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board and the United Farm Workers. But in November, workers with Gerawan Farming finally won the battle to vote on whether to allow the UFW to represent workers, or to send the UFW packing. Although the UF...

Morro Bay Power Plant shutdown saves fish, kills birds

Thursday, December 5th, 2013
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Power plants keep closing in California. Earlier this year, Southern California Edison announced it permanently would shut down its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Then Dynergy Energy announced last month it would decommission the Morro Bay Power Plant whose three tall smokestacks for 50...

Referendum advances to repeal bathroom bill

Monday, November 18th, 2013
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Organized and run by Privacy for All Students, a potential  referendum, if approved by California voters, would repeal AB 1266, commonly known as the transgender school bathroom bill. By Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, AB 1266's language says "that a pupil be permitted to participate ...

Gerawan Farming workers win right to vote on union contract

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
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Gerawan Farming workers just won a huge battle against the United Farm Workers -- they are finally going to get the chance to vote on whether or not to allow the UFW to represent workers or to send the UFW packing. Twice the workers have asked for an election, and both times the California Agri...

Former state biologist challenges global warming status quo

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
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Editor's note: This article originally incorrectly said that the Jim Steele who wrote the book mentioned below is the same as the Jim Steele who is running for supervisor in Lake Country. They are not the same person. We regret the error. California is about to undertake a massive multibillion-do...

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...