CA minimum wage may jump 25%

California has made progress in bringing down the unemployment rate. June’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 8.5 percent is the lowest since October 2008, according to California Employment Development Department data. Unemployment reached 12.4 percent during the Great Recession, and

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Filner follies: Strangest/worst day yet

The saga of Mayor Headlock had one of its most eventful days Thursday as several reports illustrated the full range of his out-of-controlledness. The oldest alleged victim yet came forward: “DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO — A great-grandmother who works as a

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Sacramento preparing to seize property for arena

SACRAMENTO — Before the City of Sacramento races to spends $200-$300 million of public funds to build a professional sports arena in downtown Sacramento, many want the issue put before the voters. Again. Sacramento’s previous arena deals were totally discredited

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Big business banks on union power

Earlier this week, former state Sen. Gloria Romero published a lengthy article in the San Diego Union-Tribune entitled “Fixing California: The union chokehold.” It described how public sector unions, virtually unopposed, have undermined the effectiveness and overpriced the costs of

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Why you need a gun…

Gun controllers insist that we disarm ourselves. That the police will “protect” us. Here’s the real world. In the placid and well off community of Orange Hills in Orange County: “robbers forced their way into a home and tied up

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Biased zip codes to be integrated by HUD

Apparently I live in a biased, narrow-minded zip code… according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. What’s the definition? First, look at HUD’s mission: HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes

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Long-ago union payoff now haunts CA pension reform

In his Tuesday Sac Bee story about the federal government preparing to withhold funds for state construction projects because the 2012 state pension reform violated a “federal mass transit grant rule,” Jon Ortiz got it wrong. It’s not a grant

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NBC discovers Obamacare is bad for biz 4

CalWatchdog has done more than 50 stories about Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act since just Januray 1, 2013, warning about the detrimental impacts the law will have on businesses, business owners, and employees. NBC News published a story Wednesday announcing what the rest of

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BART strike would provide needed clarity on compensation, union power

If I was an advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown, I’d recommend he let the BART strike play out without government intervention. California would be much more governable if voters understood that collective bargaining is holding taxpayers hostage, and more exposure

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Obamacare success falls on California

SACRAMENTO — Obamacare implementation in 2014 depends on injecting California adrenaline into its system, according to state Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina. An optometrist, he authored three bills to advance the Affordable Care Act, the reform’s official name. “The success

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