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Bill would mandate employee poverty data

August 1st, 2014 By Dave Roberts. 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, State Agency Question Exposing Employers to Public Shame​​​​​​​​​.” Assem...

Fresno votes against high-speed rail project

August 1st, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton.   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 message and an emotional blow. The "yes" votes against the project included Supervisor Debbi...

Does anyone cover the news in Sacramento?

July 31st, 2014 By Brian Calle. California is perhaps the most significant state in the union both culturally and economically. One in every eight Americans lives here. In 2012, California’s GDP was $1.9 trillion — roughly the same size as that of Italy and Russia.  If we were a nation, we’d consistently be in the top-10 largest economies in the world. And the state’s capital, Sacramento, is one of the larges...

Consumer Watchdog criticized for ‘misleading’ report

July 29th, 2014 By John Hrabe. The shoe's on the other foot for Consumer Watchdog (no connection to CalWatchdog.com). Routinely critical of state regulators for failing to protect consumers, the consumer advocacy group has been criticized by an independent oversight panel for presenting "incorrect" and "misleading" information to the public. A 2013 Consumer Watchdog expose was titled, "Golden Wasteland: Regu...
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