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Fact-checking drought-water pricing
  This is Part 2 of a series. Part 1 was on how drought-water pricing violates Proposition 218's ban on tax increases without a vote of the people. What is good water pricing during a drought? Let's look at some situations. 1. Voluntary conservation A good place to start is the continu...
Alibaba challenges Silicon Valley
Until now, Silicon Valley's high-tech companies ruled the roost, leaving IBM behind years ago, with only Washington-based Microsoft among the top firms outside the Valley. Now they're being challenged by Chinese-based Alibaba, which just issued a record IPO. Although values have fluctuated, on...
Bill banning forced arbitration on Gov. Brown’s desk
A bill that the California Chamber of Commerce warns will drive up litigation costs for California businesses is on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. For disputes involving civil rights, currently businesses can provide contracts for customers in which civil-rights disputes are settled by arbitration....
Cartoon: Alibaba IPO money mountain
Minimum wage kills minimum-wage jobs
As I noted six weeks ago, I've been noticing higher restaurant prices since California boosted its minimum wage on July 1, to $9 from $8 an hour; with a $10 increase coming in 2016. A new study by the Heritage Foundation shows how minimum-wage price increases across America increase fast-food pri...
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