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Bill would mandate employee poverty data
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...
Fresno votes against high-speed rail project
  In a surprise this week, the Fresno County Supervisors’ voted, 3-2, to officially oppose California’s high-speed rail project. That reversed seven years of actively supporting the project. No one expects Fresno’s actions will stop the project. But the vote delivers a strong messa...
Kings County attorney: Don’t overreact to pro-bullet train ruling
A state appellate court ruling announced Thursday overturning Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny's 2013 decisions saying the state rail authority didn't have a legal financing plan or adequate environmental reviews to proceed with construction of the initial segment of the state bullet-tr...
Mitch Albom, CWD contributor talk about Silicon Valley, diversity
Jesse Jackson's on-again, off-again campaign against Silicon Valley for the lack of blacks, Latinos and women in its tech workforce is revving up. This is from a USA Today story this week: "There's no talent shortage. There's an opportunity shortage," he said, calling Silicon Valley "far worse" tha...
Kashkari debunks ‘California Comeback’
By spending a week down and out in Fresno, Neel Kashkari has made the state's sky-high poverty rate a central issue in the governor's race, and in the process, debunked Gov. Jerry Brown's myth of a "California Comeback." Last week, the Republican gubernatorial nominee hopped on a Greyhound...
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