Counties vie for ‘disadvantaged’ cap-and-trade bucks

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
San Diego affordable housing tracts, census

  In the fictional town of Lake Woebegon, all of the children are above average. But in the real world of California, all of the counties are disadvantaged. Or so it seemed at a recent California Air Resources Board meeting as officials from all over the state poor-mouthed their districts...

Quarter-million applicants still waiting for Medi-Cal

Monday, September 29th, 2014

  A quarter-million Medi-Cal applicants have been waiting more than 45 days, and in some cases nearly a year, either to receive coverage or find out why their application has been denied. That’s an improvement from the 900,000 applicants who were languishing in early summer without cove...

Bill would mandate employee poverty data

Friday, August 1st, 2014
Jimmy Gomez

A bill making its way through the state Legislature seeks to publicly “shame” California businesses that employ a large number of workers who also receive public assistance benefits. That’s the warning from the California Chamber of Commerce in a press release headlined “CalChamber, Sta...

Sick leave bill could kill jobs, cut hours

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

  An Assembly bill requiring employers to provide paid sick leave could result in nearly a million California workers either losing their jobs or having their hours cut. Assembly Bill 1522, which passed the Assembly and is making its way through the state Senate, would require businesses ...

Study: Green power worst way to cut CO2

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
cap n crunch

  This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Most people probably know more about Cap'n Crunch cereal than about California’s complicated cap-and-trade air emissions regulation program.  But according to a new study, perhaps Cap'n Crunch would be a better name for cap and trade, which "crun...

SB1188 could expand product litigation

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
Scales of justice, wikimedia

  “California has consistently had one of the worst lawsuit climates in the nation, currently ranked at 47th for lawsuit fairness,” concluded the Institute for Legal Reform’s 2012 Lawsuit Climate Report. “The courts in Los Angeles rank as the country’s second worst for legal fairn...

San Ramon sued over ‘pension’ tax

Thursday, April 24th, 2014
San Ramon

  Is it legal for a city to make new residents pay hundreds of dollars extra in property taxes for essentially the same city facilities and services that current residents receive? That question is at the heart of a lawsuit recently filed by the Building Industry Association of the Bay A...

Market closing Prop. 13 commercial property tax gap

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Almost 36 years after it was passed by voters, controversy continues to swirl around Proposition 13, the 1978 tax limitation measure. Periodic calls to repeal or modify it, supposedly to gain more tax revenue, so far have gone nowhere. The main objection is that it's unfair because homeowners -- ...

Will San Francisco take a big gulp of soda tax?

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Big Gulp, wikimedia

  There have been a number of efforts to increase the tax on sugary beverages in California in recent years, with little to show for it so far. But the next battle in the soda tax war, in San Francisco next November, could make or break the sour-on-sugar movement. Proponents argue that increa...

Covered California unplugs most top hospitals from patients

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Obamacare fix, beeler, cagle, Nov. 26, 2013

President Obama has been claiming that people can keep their favorite doctors under the Affordable Care Act. But anyone who wants a premier hospital in California better do some homework before signing up. A survey of the state’s top hospitals has revealed that most contract with only one o...