CalWatchdog Morning Read – August 26

  • CalWatchdogLogoEveryone is CA could have savings soon
  • Farmworker overtime bill falls flat on its face
  • Ferrets still illegal in CA
  • Bill to lure low-income housing developments passes Senate
  • Stanford rape case judge facing recall is no longer on criminal cases

Good morning. TGIF. As we trudge through the few days left in the legislative session, each day brings plenty of action. On Thursday, a savings-for-all plan passed the Assembly that, if signed into law, will automatically enroll many employees into a state-run individual retirement system.

Secure Choice would require employers of five or more people to automatically enroll employees into portable retirement accounts, with an opt-out clause for the individual.

Proponents of the measure say that while everyone already has the option of investing in a wide variety of retirement accounts, they aren’t — the approximately 7 million people in the state who don’t have employer-based retirement accounts need to be nudged into planning for the future.

CalWatchdog has more.

In other news:

  • “In a dramatic public escalation of the political dispute over a bill to give farmworkers more overtime pay, the leader of the California Assembly vowed to laborers massed outside the legislative chamber Thursday that he would champion the issue after an expected vote failed to materialize,” writes The Sacramento Bee.
  • “Bad news for ferret lovers: Your pet is still illegal in California. But change may be coming. On Thursday, the California Fish and Game Commission continued reconsideration of the ban on domestic ferrets that’s been in place since 1933 until its next meeting after staff has had time to review new documents.” CalWatchdog has more.
  • “A measure to expand incentives for developers who agree to build low-income housing cleared the state Senate on Thursday. The bill from Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, strengthens the state’s rules requiring local governments to approve housing projects that allow developers to build at higher densities, have lower parking requirements or receive other concessions if they reserve a portion of their projects for low-income residents,” writes the Los Angeles Times.
  • “The Santa Clara County judge who faces a recall threat for giving a light sentence to a Stanford student convicted of sexual assault will no longer handle criminal cases — at his own request,” reports The San Jose Mercury News


  • Gone ’til Monday


  • In at 9 .m.

Gov. Brown:

  • No public events announced.

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