Posts Tagged ‘jobs’

Analysis: Kashkari unveils economic plan

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Neel Kashkari is running for governor under the slogan, "Jobs. Education. That's it." The Republican businessman today released his detailed, 26-page plan for the first part of that promise: Jobs. The title is, "Neel Kashkari's Jobs Plan: Rebuilding the Middle Class." The plan begins by attacking...

CA jobs growth continues strong

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
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New data show strong jobs growth continuing in California throughout the year. That's good news for the state's workers. And it's especial good news for one jobholder in particular: Gov. Jerry Brown, who is being coy about a re-election run but likely will go for a fourth term. The California Ind...

Legislature targets BB guns

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

SACRAMENTO -- Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed 11 gun control bills into law and vetoed seven. More gun bills are on the firing line this year -- even banning some BB guns. On Jan. 28, the California Senate passed Senate Bill 199, by state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles. The vote was 23...

CA ports and trade busy, but could be more competitive

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

California is home to 11 major ports spanning the 1,000 miles of coast between the North Coast near Oregon, and San Diego County. California has not fully analyzed the state's current trade system needs, nor are the port facilities fully coordinated, according to Huntington Beach Assemblyman ...

State of the State: Gov. Brown seeks ‘fiscal restraint’ — and more spending

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his 2014 State of the State this morning. It was largely a recap of his recent 2014 Budget proposal press conference, but shorter. As Brown often does, he first took on his critics: "It occurred to me that these critics – who have long recited our s...

‘Arena derangement syndrome’ afflicts Sacramento

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Call it "arena derangement syndrome," or ADS. It afflicts cities trying to use taxpayer money for new sports arenas or stadiums. It's now threatening the validation of 35,000 ballot initiative petition signatures that would halt the proposed subsidy of a new arena for Sacramento's Kings basketba...

Gerawan Farming files constitutional challenge against ALRB

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
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Gerawan Farming is fed up. On Dec. 16, Gerawan filed a constitutional challenge against the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, with the United Farm Workers of America as a "Real Party of Interest." It was filed with the California Court of Appeal, Fifth District in Fresno, against ...

EDD employees nap, watch TV, surf net, while claims stack up

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
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My three-part series about the Employment Development Department computer system upgrade has some in the agency wanting to unload. Apparently EDD officials' explanation of the newly updated $100 million computer system "glitches," and claims of understaffing, aren't the whole story, according to som...

EDD computers must be fixed by Dec. 31

Monday, December 9th, 2013
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This is Part 2 of a series on the EDD. Part 1, an interview with Spokesman Dan Stephens, is here. Just after the Labor Day weekend, the California Employment Development Department released a $100 million computer upgrade. It crashed. Without warning, 150,000 jobless Californians were cut fr...

ALRB’s Shiroma Backs AB 32

Monday, December 9th, 2013
Genevieve Shiroma is the new SMUD board president.

As part of CalWatchdog's ongoing series reporting about the California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board, it is interesting to note some of the political activities of ALRB Chairwoman Genevieve A. Shiroma, who has been politically active throughout her career. My interview with her is here. ...