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Report: Without housing fix, Silicon Valley will falter

Three times in the past 18 months, prominent journalistic organizations have questioned whether Silicon Valley has peaked. Leading off the bad-mouthing was the hometown San Jose Mercury News, which reported in September 2016 that tech growth had slowed in the

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California Democrats take aim at company tax savings with surcharge proposal 

Democrat Assemblymen Kevin McCarty and Phil Ting recently introduced Assembly Constitutional Amendment 22, a piece of legislation that calls for a 7 percent surcharge on companies that have net earnings over $1 million, in addition to the current state corporate

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Revenue spike may fuel budget battle between Brown, progressives

The November forecast, conducted by the Legislative Analyst’s Office, of state revenue running $7.5 billion higher than expected in 2018-19 has set the stage for perhaps the most pitched budget fight between Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature since Brown returned to the

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CSU grasps state-students-first message aimed at UC

University of California President Janet Napolitano has been under siege since March 2016, when state Auditor Elaine Howle released a report that showed that the UC system wasn’t honoring the principle that California students come first. Howle documented how, over

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Board of Equalization faces heavy criticism for mismanaged funds

Created to make California’s tax system work better, the Board of Equalization has found itself under a cloud of radical criticism, plunging it into a moment of extraordinary crisis.  “At a chaotic budget hearing for an agency that collects a

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Assemblyman wants to crack down on unpermitted, self-driving vehicles

It’s not enough that Uber killed its unpermitted, self-driving-vehicle pilot program in San Francisco just a week after it started; an assemblyman wants to squash any further attempts to test vehicles without a permit as well.  Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San

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Legislature approves bill banning gender-specific bathrooms

In what proponents labeled “the nation’s most inclusive restroom access law,” the California Legislature passed a bill on Monday requiring single-occupancy restrooms in businesses, government buildings and places of public accommodation to be open to all genders. If signed by

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Lawmakers seek to reform community college accreditation process

The state’s college accreditation process, which reviews academic standards at public and private colleges, could soon undergo a review of its own. A bill working its way through the Legislature would open up the accreditation process for California community colleges to ensure greater

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Lawmakers work with industry to improve ride-sharing

State lawmakers have shelved a plan to adopt new regulations on the state’s burgeoning ride-sharing industry in favor of industry-backed measures that make it easier for customers to safely share a ride. Last Thursday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee held in

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Caltrans greenlights bike lane expansion

Bending to legislative prodding from Sacramento, California’s transportation bureaucracy has moved ahead with statewide plans to standardize and expand the Golden State’s bike lanes. Despite persistent criticism from bike-friendly advocacy groups like the Green Lane Project, Caltrans opted against such sweeping measures.

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