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Why The Grocery Bag Bill Should Be Referred

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 Bogus foreclosure rescue scheme nets 10 years in prison

Jeremy Michael 'Mike' Head, 34, of Huntington Beach, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Sacramento to 10 years in prison for his part in a nationwide foreclosure rescue scam. Court papers said Head was a leader in a scheme that promised ... »Read

In this article: MICHAEL N. ANDERSON, Benjamin B. Wagner
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 A voter guide to California's boring but important ballot propositions

— Six state propositions are on the ballot and none are sexy. All are snoozers. But each is significant. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, George Skelton, water
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 L.A. officials to consider ballot measures to change election years

Can changing when Los Angeles votes reverse a long-term decline in turnout? »Read

In this article: Gil Cedillo, Jose Huizar, Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District, Herb Wesson
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 Opinions > Doug Ose and Ami Bera's despicable atta > Slime-filled ads are beneath both candidates.

I know Ami Bera, who is running for Congress as a Democrat in District 7. And I know his Republican opponent, Doug Ose. They are... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Doug Ose
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 Opinions > Endorsements > Our picks for the 2014 midterm elections.

The midterm election is around the corner and the CN&R’s editorial board members have done a lot of homework, especially on the local races. We... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Doug LaMalfa, Proposition 2, referendum, water
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 Lake Mission Viejo isn't feeling California drought — yet

Lake Mission Viejo is Southern California at its most idyllic and, when it comes to water, its most extravagant. Multimillion-dollar homes surround a 1.2-billion-gallon lake created solely for recreation, where sailboats sway under sunny afternoon ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Laer Pearce, water
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 Joni Ernst Is the Tea Party's Endgame

Louis Brems/ZUMA Early last Thursday morning, Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for Senate in Iowa, swung by the Des Moines Rotary Club to speak at the group's monthly lunch meeting. Mostly white and mostly male, the club counts much of the ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Same-sex marriage, water
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 Torlakson vs. Tuck is tightest race statewide, Field Poll shows

Incumbent Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck are in a dead heat for the state’s top education job less than a week before election day, a new Field Poll shows. Brown, who is seeking a record fourth term as governor, leads among every age ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom, Alex Padilla, Tom Torlakson, Betty T. Yee
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 Opinions > Mayor Kevin Johnson's Measure L seems l > Few people are looking to form an ethics commission with any teeth in Sacramento.

A couple weeks ago Bites wrote that “the current city council is simply not going to create a strong ethics committee.” Major California cities—like San... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Kevin Johnson, Jay Schenirer, Darrell Steinberg, Allen Warren
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 Opinions > Letters for October 30, 2014 > Readers express thoughts on the upcoming school-board races and snobbery in Sacto's coffee culture.

Sac baristas pretentious? Re “Sacramento’s Specialty Coffee Week is good to the last drop” by Janelle Bitker (SN&R Arts & Culture, October 16): As a... »Read

In this article: Jay Schenirer, Darrell Steinberg
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 Guides > Medical-cannabis guide > Vote with Ngaio: On marijuana and next week&# > Ngaio's marijuana endorsements for this fall's election.

Do you have a stance on Proposition 47 and, if it passes, how do you think it will impact marijuana in the state? Also, have... »Read

In this article: Newt Gingrich, Loni Hancock, Mark Leno, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg
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 Local Stories > Voter intimidation in Sacramento is real&mdas > Civic engagement leaders say confusion, not apathy, keeps underrepresented groups from polls.

Fear the vote Soon after June’s barrel-scraping statewide primary set the lowest voter-turnout numbers on record, a familiar narrative began: Californians are too spoiled... »Read

In this article: Kimberly Nalder, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: SB 897,
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 Local Stories > Race to vote: Sacramento's political e > the county's top office holders are 79.5 percent white and 77 percent male.

School-board candidate Jonathan R. Tran is sweating through his plaid dress shirt. But it isn’t nerves that are causing the first-time political aspirant to... »Read

In this article: Mike Eng, Sheila Kuehl, Legislature
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 Local Stories > Dear participant in the electoral process: Yo > On vote or die, Diddy, Ose and Bera, Dickinson and Pan and the big money in little Sacramento's election races.

Democracy. 
It trends toward the ridiculous more and more each election cycle. And you thought it was bad 10 years ago, when Dubya was up... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, campaign finance, Roger Dickinson, Kevin Johnson, John F. Kerry, Legislature, minimum wage, Doug Ose, Richard Pan, Angelo K. Tsakopoulos, water
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 Measure P Money Creeps Up

The 'No' camp continues to way outpace the 'Yes' team. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lois Capps, Chris Mitchum, water
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 For the People

I once believed government officials represented U.S. citizens. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lois Capps
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 Trouble in Shangri-La

Malibu's Measure R opponents attack it as flawed, as do Measure P's here. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lois Capps, Rick J. Caruso, Rob Reiner
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 Troy Senik: California's election about nothing

There are times when you realize that California is basically the rest of the nation’s trophy wife. We’re supposed to sit here and look pretty, not get ourselves all riled up by thinking about the issues. So while the rest of the country is... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, CalPERS, Legislature, referendum, state budget, water
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 Exclusive: Unions Blast LAUSD For Telling Cafeteria Workers To Speak Only English

Worker unions are firing back at the Los Angeles Unified School District after they allegedly told cafeteria workers at Harvard Elementary School they could only speak English on campus. »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, SEIU
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 U.S. governor races could determine swing states' fiscal health

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. voters' readiness to face tough issues such as pension reform rather than simply kick the can further down the road will be put to the test next week as two-thirds of state governor posts go up for election. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sam Brownback, John Miller, referendum
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 Unions Blast LAUSD For Telling Cafeteria Workers To Only Speak English

Worker unions are firing back at the Los Angeles Unified School District after they allegedly told cafeteria workers at Harvard Elementary School they could only speak English on campus. »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, SEIU
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 Republicans use scandal in fight for Ron Calderon's Senate seat

Even with indicted lawmaker Ronald S. Calderon unable to seek reelection, the scandal enveloping the Democratic state senator has rubbed off on the campaign to replace him. »Read

In this article: Rudy Bermudez, Ron Calderon, Thomas M. Calderon, California Target Book, Fair Political Practices Commission, Allan Hoffenblum, Legislature, Tony Mendoza, Charles Munger
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 2 Dems face off for Assembly District 7

2 Dems face off for Assembly District 7 Two Democrats -- Steve Cohn and Kevin McCarty -- are facing off for Assembly District 7, which covers the northern two-thirds of Sacramento County and the city of West Sacramento. Subscribe... From: KCRA News ... »Read

In this article: Steve Cohn, Kevin McCarty
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 California announces Ebola quarantine measures as Riverside County monitors two low-risk people

California health officials announced Wednesday that the state will now require a 21-day quarantine for people traveling from Ebola-stricken areas who have had contact with infected patients, as local officials continue to monitor two low-risk ... »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Chuck Idelson
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 Clinton aids vulnerable Democrats at UC Davis rally

Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday urged California Democrats to vote, saying it is the only solution to political gridlock in Washington, D.C., as he rallied with vulnerable congressional incumbents who are at risk of losing their seats in ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Amerish Bera, Julia Brownley, Carl DeMaio, John Garamendi, Gary G. Miller, Barack Obama, Doug Ose, Alex Padilla, Nancy Pelosi, Raul Ruiz, Tom Torlakson, Betty T. Yee
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 The legacy of County Fed leader Maria Elena Durazo

Like her or loathe her, there can be little doubt that Maria Elena Durazo has become one of the most powerful figures in Los Angeles politics and that she has lifted the plight of low-wage workers into the public consciousness. Durazo announced ... »Read

In this article: Maria Elena Durazo, Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Sheila Kuehl, minimum wage, Bobby Shriver
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 Gov. Jerry Brown plans to head north for final rally

Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to Colusa County on Saturday for what is being billed as his last campaign rally of the year.  »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Proposition 2, water
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 Bay Area doctors join Ebola fight despite quarantine risks

[...] he and other health care providers worry that health providers who would ordinarily leap at an opportunity to provide international aid will hold back because they aren’t getting the support and encouragement they need. Sending doctors ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Carla Marinucci
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 Garcetti says housing shortage, minimum wage linked in Los Angeles

The housing shortage in Los Angeles – possibly the most severe since the end of World War II – is linked to a low minimum wage and a host of other economic issues in the city, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Janice Hahn, minimum wage, water, Maxine Waters
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 Maria Elena Durazo leaving top post at L.A. County Federation of Labor

Maria Elena Durazo — the powerful Los Angeles County labor leader who helped elect politicians, boost wages and push through major development projects — said Wednesday that she is leaving her post to take a national union job promoting civil ... »Read

In this article: Maria Elena Durazo, Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, minimum wage, Herb Wesson
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 Republican challenges Democratic incumbent Judy Chu in 27th Congressional District

PASADENA >> A Republican who was pummeled at the polls by veteran Democratic Rep. Judy Chu two years ago is taking another shot at the 27th Congressional District in Tuesday's election.Jack Orswell, a small business owner, received only 36 percent ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Judy Chu, Ed Hernandez
Bills: SCA 5,
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 Economic Conference: Education key to Inland Empire growth

ONTARIO >> While the Inland Empire economy continues on the upswing, the growth of high-paying jobs and quality firms continues to be hindered by educational attainment levels. That was the message Wednesday from regional economists to business ... »Read

In this article: Robert Day, Edward Leamer, minimum wage, Gary Ovitt, UCLA Anderson Forecast
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 Stockton bankruptcy ruling will decide fate of public pensions

In a closely watched case, a federal judge on Thursday is expected to decide whether the bankrupt city of Stockton can continue to pay employees generous pensions that soon could consume one-fifth of municipal revenues. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Brad Pacheco, Dan Pellissier
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 Garcetti: Build 100K new homes in Los Angeles by 2021

Calling the cost of housing one of Los Angeles’ biggest challenges, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday announced a goal for 100,000 new homes in the city by 2021. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 Donna Frye Backs Scott Peters; Carl DeMaio Reveals Jobs Plan

At dueling news conferences in San Diego's 52nd Congressional District contest, former Councilwoman Donna Frye backed Rep. Scott Peters, a fellow Democrat, and Peters' challenger, Republican Carl DeMaio unveiled his jobs plan. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Bob Filner, Donna Frye, Scott Peters
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 If Republicans Win the Senate, GOP Factions Could Battle for Soul of Party

The tension between setting out a positive agenda for governing and the pressure to continue to block and obstruct will be very, very high. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Newt Gingrich, Darrell Issa, Mark Kirk, John McCain, Kevin McCarthy, water
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 NEW: Rail court decision could run over future bonds

Is there a cow catcher on the front of the California high-speed rail project? One that pushes away future bond measures on everything from water to parks? That’s the unasked question as voters head to the polls next Tuesday to decide the fate ... »Read

In this article: Jon Coupal, High-Speed Rail, Legislature, PPIC, Proposition 2, water
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 L.A. City Council backs proposal to toughen foreclosure registry

Los Angeles is poised to tack a new fee on foreclosed properties, in a move that the city hopes will help keep the homes from turning into crumbling wrecks. »Read

In this article: Gil Cedillo, Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian
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 How to export California's policy on carbon emissions

To the editor: A recent article on California's carbon market draws much-needed attention to new loopholes that undermine the state's flagship climate policy. This otherwise excellent piece falls short, however, in suggesting that the market's ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, global warming, renewable energy
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 District 16 State Assembly race grows more heated

With campaign dollars pouring in and out the race, the District 16 State Assembly race has become increasingly heated as it becomes the eye in a battle between pro-union and anti-union interests and the Republican desire to tip Democrats's ... »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Joan Buchanan, California Democratic Party, California Republican Party, California Teachers Association, Harmeet Dhillon, Steven Glazer, David Harmer, Michelle Henry, Legislature, Steven R. Maviglio, Gloria Romero
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 Anonymous US comment on Israel roils relations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anonymous White House criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that drew condemnation in Israel is roiling Washington politics, putting the U.S. administration on the defensive and prompting congressional demands ... »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Brad Sherman
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 NEW: Secretary of State 2014: Tight race, cautious candidates

It’s one of the few competitive statewide races in California. And befitting a close contest, Democrat Alex Padilla and Republican Pete Peterson share remarkably close visions for the job of secretary of state. CalWatchdog.com asked the two ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Tim Donnelly, Bill Jones, Alex Padilla, referendum
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 $1M Grant To Boost Balboa Park WiFi, Digital Services

The James Irvine Foundation grant will expand the park's WiFi, and aid other projects — just in time for the 2015 centennial celebration. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria
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 Barnidge: Contra Costa Supervisors have to stomach a 33 percent raise

Voting yourself a pay hike is an idea that could really catch on »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Gioia
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 Edward James Olmos Kicks Off Restoration Effort For Landmark Anthony Quinn Mural

Actor Edward James Olmos joined city officials Wednesday to announce a $150,000 restoration effort for a landmark 70-foot mural featuring Oscar-winning actor Anthony Quinn that towers over downtown Los Angeles. »Read

In this article: Jose Huizar, Tony Quinn
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 Former NYC mayor Bloomberg, unions give more to Shriver, Kuehl efforts

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has given $100,000 to a group supporting Bobby Shriver's bid to replace retiring Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the latest in a flurry of late contributions. »Read

In this article: Bill Carrick, Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Groups Get Women Running For Office Ready For Battle

California has a female attorney general and secretary of state and its two United States senators are women. But at lower levels of government, women have not been able to break through the 30 percent representation ceiling. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Legislature, Cassandra Pye, Mary Salas, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Jerry Brown pushes water bond, makes no promises about Salton Sea

Backed by politicians from both parties, California Gov. Jerry Brown brought his whirlwind campaign to San Diego on Wednesday to urge passage of Proposition 1, the $7.5-billion water bond. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kevin Faulconer, Ben Hueso, Proposition 2, water
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 Bill Clinton leads rallies for House candidates in tight races

Former President Bill Clinton stumped for Democrats on Wednesday in some of California's most hotly contested House races. »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Amerish Bera, Julia Brownley, John Garamendi, Gary G. Miller, Raul Ruiz
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 Oakland Mayor Jean Quan faces tough re-election

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland is working to shed its reputation as a mismanaged and crime-ridden city.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin Johnson
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 California Orders Risk-Based Ebola Quarantine

California is requiring a 21-day quarantine for people traveling from Ebola-stricken areas who've had contact with infected patients. So far there are no reported or confirmed cases of Ebola in California. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Nurses Association, Chuck Idelson
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 Race Ratings Changes in 24 House Contests

The Republican majority in the House has not been at risk in nearly a year, and the landscape continues to move in their direction in the party's effort to add seats. »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Patrick Murphy, Raul Ruiz
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 Dems rush to save suddenly vulnerable incumbents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Desperate Democrats are scrambling to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Barack Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Jerry Brown, Lois Capps, Chris Mitchum, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, referendum, water
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 Left Coast Luddites battle against free enterprise

OPINION By ALEX ALEXIEV It has come to pass that Santa Barbara County has put on the ballot a ‘Measure P’ that, if voted in, would essentially do away with the oil and gas industry in that county. This at a time when America is becoming the envy ... »Read

In this article: Lois Capps, renewable energy, water
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 Grand Park features Dia de los Muertos altars

Dozens of altars celebrating Dia de los Muertos will be on display at Grand Park. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar, Gloria Molina
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 DCCC Books Airtime to Defend 2 More Incumbents (Video)

Updated 3:30 p.m. | The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is spending precious eleventh-hour funds on two more incumbents, Reps. Steven Horsford of Nevada and Lois Capps of California, in the final days of the midterms. »Read

In this article: Lois Capps, Scott Peters
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 DCCC Books Airtime to Defend 2 More Incumbents

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is spending precious eleventh-hour funds on two more incumbents, Reps. Steven Horsford of Nevada and Lois Capps of California, in the final days of the midterms. »Read

In this article: Lois Capps, Scott Peters
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 Sex Harassment Claims, Leaked Emails Dominate Last Weeks Of DeMaio-Peters Race

Ever since sexual harassment allegations against DeMaio were first aired on Oct. 8, the DeMaio campaign has denied accusations of sexual misconduct, bribery and attempts at a cover-up. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Devin Nunes, Scott Peters
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 Court sides with Oakland truckers over on-the-job meals, breaks

A state appeals court has upheld nearly $1 million in damages to Oakland truckers whose employer discouraged meal and rest breaks, deducted an hour’s pay from each driver’s daily shift and treated some drivers as unpaid trainees. In Tuesday’s ... »Read

In this article: meal and rest, minimum wage
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