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...

Pressure grows for CA $15 minimum wage

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
McDonalds, Downey, wikimedia

  The California Legislature this year boosted California's $8 per hour minimum wage to $9 in July 2014 and $10 in January 2016. But advocates for, and beneficiaries of, that 25 percent wage hike are not content. Pressure is building to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Nationwid...

Expert: CA may need ‘paramilitary’ response to climate change

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
2012 movie poster

  Paramilitary tactics may be necessary in California to prepare for, or head off, an apocalyptic future with flooded coastal communities, scorched central valleys and rampant wildfires in the Sierras. That was the advice and prediction from one of the experts at a recent hearing on climate chan...