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California’s disappearing farmland
  More than 370,000 acres of California's irrigated farmland disappeared from 2006-10. Officials are concerned that hundreds of thousands of additional acres could be lost in the coming years, threatening California's leading role in feeding the nation and indeed much of the world. About ...
Pressure grows for CA $15 minimum wage
  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
  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...
CA tax board slow to act on protests
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Business bills reach Brown’s desk
  While there has been much focus on the impacts to California businesses from Obamacare and the state minimum wage hike, less noticed are the smaller pieces of legislation regulating businesses. Two of those bills, which passed the recent legislative session despite opposition from the Calif...
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