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UFW strong-arms its own employees

June 24th, 2013 By admin. June 24, 2013 By Katy Grimes What would Cesar Chavez say? The iconic co-founder of the United Farm Workers union organized across California to improve farm laborers' pay, benefits and working conditions. Cesar Chavez Day is a state holiday on March 31. Now the UFW is resisting its own employees' efforts to improve their situation. In the middle proudly stands longtime UFW ally, Assem...

CA schools flunking Obamacare preparation

June 17th, 2013 By admin. June 17, 2013 By Evelyn B. Stacey The implementation of the Affordable Care Act -- Obamacare -- isn't just hitting private businesses. Governments also must comply. Starting January 1, 2014, California school districts with 50 or more full time employees must provide complete health care coverage. After contacting numerous California agencies, organizations and school districts, I fou...

State auditor will scrutinize Child Protective Services

June 6th, 2013 By admin. June 6, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- It's audit time for Child Protective Services, part of the California Department of Social Services. A protest rally by 100 people at the Capitol Wednesday morning charged the agency with both abusing its powers and neglecting real cases of child abuse. I took the nearby picture at the rally. Later that day the Joint Legislative Audit Committee...

Expected Vidak-Perez runoff would spark national attention

May 28th, 2013 By admin. May 30, 2013 By Katy Grimes Only hours after appearing to win the election outright for State Senate District 16 last week, many in the political media were opining that Andy Vidak had it easy during this special election, but predicted a 2014 re-election bid would be a different game.¬†Tuesday's election seemed over and done. Vidak, a 47-year old, third-generation Republican farmer...
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