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$15 an hour minimum wage is pure fiction

"The new minimum wage crusade will result in ALL wages increasing, but it will benefit the rich more than the financially challenged. The crusade to put a “band aid” on the wound of these ever increasing costs, is to raise the minimum wage. The better solution would be to HEAL the wound by DECREASING the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses that are slight inconveniences to those making the big bucks but the California financially challenged will continue to disproportionally pick up the costs “camouflaged" at businesses. Again, our elected officials never look at the unintended consequence of higher wages for everyone will benefit the rich more than those on minimum wage via those annual Cost of Living Adjustments in the years ahead. The separation of the rich from the financially challenged continues to be perpetuated with the “traditional” COLA wage adjustments. Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) to wages favors the well paid: A 3% COLA adjustment for someone making $100K will result in their compensation being almost $135K in 10 years, but for someone making $30K, their compensation will be $40K in 10 years. The differential being $24K more for the well compensated as the financially challenged continue to fall further behind. Is it fair to give a COLA adjustment to someone making the big bucks $24K more than the person making lower wages for “their” cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care? These higher wage folks are eating similar foods and using the same fuels for their cars as those making fewer wages. Throwing money as a band aid to cover the rising costs for everyone buys votes for reelection, but does not heal the wound of why the costs are rising."

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California lawmakers OK $15 minimum wage

"The new minimum wage crusade will result in ALL wages increasing, but it will benefit the rich more than the financially challenged. The crusade to put a “band aid” on the wound of these ever increasing costs, is to raise the minimum wage. The better solution would be to HEAL the wound by DECREASING the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses that are slight inconveniences to those making the big bucks but the California financially challenged will continue to disproportionally pick up the costs “camouflaged" at businesses. Again, our elected officials never look at the unintended consequence of higher wages for everyone will benefit the rich more than those on minimum wage via those annual Cost of Living Adjustments in the years ahead. The separation of the rich from the financially challenged continues to be perpetuated with the “traditional” COLA wage adjustments. Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) to wages favors the well paid: A 3% COLA adjustment for someone making $100K will result in their compensation being almost $135K in 10 years, but for someone making $30K, their compensation will be $40K in 10 years. The differential being $24K more for the well compensated as the financially challenged continue to fall further behind. Is it fair to give a COLA adjustment to someone making the big bucks $24K more than the person making lower wages for “their” cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care? These higher wage folks are eating similar foods and using the same fuels for their cars as those making fewer wages. Throwing money as a band aid to cover the rising costs for everyone buys votes for reelection, but does not heal the wound of why the costs are rising."

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NY state in tentative deal to raise minimum wage toward $15 an hour

"The new minimum wage crusade will result in ALL wages increasing, but it will benefit the rich more than the financially challenged. The crusade to put a “band aid” on the wound of these ever increasing costs, is to raise the minimum wage. The better solution would be to HEAL the wound by DECREASING the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses that are slight inconveniences to those making the big bucks but the California financially challenged will continue to disproportionally pick up the costs “camouflaged" at businesses. Again, our elected officials never look at the unintended consequence of higher wages for everyone will benefit the rich more than those on minimum wage via those annual Cost of Living Adjustments in the years ahead. The separation of the rich from the financially challenged continues to be perpetuated with the “traditional” COLA wage adjustments. Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) to wages favors the well paid: A 3% COLA adjustment for someone making $100K will result in their compensation being almost $135K in 10 years, but for someone making $30K, their compensation will be $40K in 10 years. The differential being $24K more for the well compensated as the financially challenged continue to fall further behind. Is it fair to give a COLA adjustment to someone making the big bucks $24K more than the person making lower wages for “their” cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care? These higher wage folks are eating similar foods and using the same fuels for their cars as those making fewer wages. Throwing money as a band aid to cover the rising costs for everyone buys votes for reelection, but does not heal the wound of why the costs are rising."

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California Senate approves measure to raise minimum wage to $15

"The new minimum wage crusade will result in ALL wages increasing, but it will benefit the rich more than the financially challenged. The crusade to put a “band aid” on the wound of these ever increasing costs, is to raise the minimum wage. The better solution would be to HEAL the wound by DECREASING the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses that are slight inconveniences to those making the big bucks but the California financially challenged will continue to disproportionally pick up the costs “camouflaged" at businesses. Again, our elected officials never look at the unintended consequence of higher wages for everyone will benefit the rich more than those on minimum wage via those annual Cost of Living Adjustments in the years ahead. The separation of the rich from the financially challenged continues to be perpetuated with the “traditional” COLA wage adjustments. Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) to wages favors the well paid: A 3% COLA adjustment for someone making $100K will result in their compensation being almost $135K in 10 years, but for someone making $30K, their compensation will be $40K in 10 years. The differential being $24K more for the well compensated as the financially challenged continue to fall further behind. Is it fair to give a COLA adjustment to someone making the big bucks $24K more than the person making lower wages for “their” cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care? These higher wage folks are eating similar foods and using the same fuels for their cars as those making fewer wages. Throwing money as a band aid to cover the rising costs for everyone buys votes for reelection, but does not heal the wound of why the costs are rising."

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 California governor signs stringent gun bills, vetoes others

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed six stringent gun-control measures Friday that will require people to turn in high-capacity magazines and mandate background checks for ammunition sales, as California Democrats seek to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Gavin Newsom, Evan Westrup
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 From pot to parole and beyond, California's November ballot looms large

Updates on California politics: Gov. Jerry Brown signs landmark gun violence bills into law, 17 propositions earn a spot on November ball July 1, 2016, 11:51 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Thad Kousser, Legislature, John Matsusaka, Beth Miller, minimum wage, John Moorlach, John Myers, Alex Padilla, referendum
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 Essential Politics: Trade debate dominates the campaign in a '90s redux

Chalk up another first for the improbable 2016 presidential campaign: Not since the 1920s has the U.S. had an election in which neither major party candidate ran as a backer of free trade. The benefit of an ever-greater expansion of global trade was ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Michael Finnegan, Loretta Lynch
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 Income inequality is high, so why not broaden tax credit?

The top 1 percent in California earned 29 times more than the 99 percentLast year, California added a new tool to help working poorBut this year, Gov. Brown and Legislature reduced amount for earned income tax credit … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, minimum wage
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 Brown Signs Slate Of Gun-Control Measures Into Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed six stringent gun-control measures, including a requirement that people turn in high-capacity magazines and regulations requiring background checks for ammunition sales. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom
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 House of Representatives unveils gun legislation due for vote next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a gun control measure on Friday that would give authorities three days to prove that someone on a terrorism watch list should not be allowed to obtain a firearm. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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 Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom applauds new gun laws, even as some overlap with his November initiative

Updates on California politics: Gov. Jerry Brown signs landmark gun violence bills into law, 17 propositions earn a spot on November ball July 1, 2016, 11:19 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom
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 List of gun bills signed, vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown

Here are the measures that Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed:Senate Bill 1446, authored by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, bans possession of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, Mike Gipson, Isadore Hall, Loni Hancock, Marc Levine, Phil Ting
Bills: AB 1176, AB 1511, AB 1673, AB 1674, AB 1695, SB 880, SB 894, AB 2607, SB 1235, SB 1446,
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 Gov. Brown signs 6 stringent gun bills, vetoes others

Gov. Jerry Brown signed six strict gun-control measures, including a requirement that people turn in high-capacity magazines and regulations requiring background checks for ammunition sales. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom
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 California Gov. Jerry Brown signs stringent gun bills, vetoes others

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed six stringent gun-control measures, including a requirement that people turn in high-capacity magazines and regulations requiring background checks for ammunition sales. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom
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 How Jerry Brown acted on sweeping gun control bills

Democratic governor signs bill banning sale of semiautomatic rifles with magazines that can quickly be detachedMeasures passed in one of nation’s most restrictive gun control statesBrown’s actions comes hours before leaving for European ... »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, Mike Gipson, Steven Glazer, Shannon L. Grove, Anne Gust, Isadore Hall, Loni Hancock, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Phil Ting, Evan Westrup
Bills: AB 1135, AB 1176, AB 1511, AB 1673, AB 1674, AB 1695, SB 880, SB 894, AB 2607, SB 1235, SB 1446,
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 Gov. Brown signs package of gun bills, vetoes others

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed six stringent gun-control measures, including a requirement that people turn in high-capacity magazines and regulations requiring background checks for ammunition sales. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom
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 As wildfires challenge California, the causes go beyond climate

Wildfire season has become longer and more intense lately. But beyond addressing climate change, some researchers call for a paradigm shift to address the various human factors relating to prevention and safety. »Read

In this article: Drought, Ray Rasker, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Would California bill infringe on religious liberty of Christian colleges?

The legislation, passed by the state Senate in May and taken up by the state Assembly Thursday, would, among other things, allow LGBT students to sue religious educational institutions. »Read

In this article: Ricardo Lara, John Moorlach
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 Higher minimum wage goes into effect in Los Angeles area

Thousands of workers in the Los Angeles area are getting a raise on Friday with the higher minimum wage going into effect. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, sick leave
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 What initiatives are on the November ballot?

Voters have been warned for a while to be prepared for a seemingly never-ending series of ballot measures, and on Thursday the secretary of state released the final list of »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, campaign finance, Kevin De Leon, Legislature, Dan Newman, Gavin Newsom, referendum, Anthony Rendon, water
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 Home-Care Workers Are Now Protected by Minimum-Wage Laws

Michelle ChenAre you surprised they weren’t before? »Read

In this article: minimum wage, SEIU
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 Stanford's Virtual Reality Lab Cultivates Empathy for the Homeless

Virtual reality has made a big splash with stories that put you right in the middle of the action. Some describe VR as 'the ultimate empathy machine,' but can it make people care about something like homelessness? »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Legislature
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 California Legislature Passes A Dozen New Gun Regulations

A bill from Senate President Kevin de Leon would require a background check to purchase ammunition. Other measures would require the reporting of lost or stolen guns, and ban large capacity magazines. Republicans said the bills would have little ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Legislature
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 The California Report

California Legislature Passes A Dozen New Gun Regulations. Homeless Bond Passes Legislature with Republican Support. Stanford's Virtual Reality Lab Cultivates Empathy for the Homeless. End Music. »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Legislature
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 Homeless Solution: Taxes?

Apparently, politicians up and down the state think the solution to California’s homeless problem is taxes. In San Francisco, members of the board of supervisors want to tax the tech industry. In Los Angeles, the city council wants to raise ... »Read

In this article: PPIC
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 Newsom Is Running Harder Than Sanchez

Has Loretta Sanchez given up? Given how much ground the U.S. Senate candidate has to make up on Attorney General Kamala Harris, what on earth was Rep. Sanchez doing visiting Spain on a recent trade mission? There will be plenty of time to visit that ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Loretta Sanchez
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 Fresno Cop Deals Blow To SEIU And Everyone Shakes Hands

I met Eulalio Gomez in Bakersfield earlier this year. The correctional officer from Fresno was part of an MLK Day gathering of public sector union reformers, and I was there to document. Each California employee present had spent time and resources ... »Read

In this article: SEIU
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 Lessons from Chicago on the Value of Prop 13

In Chicago, escalating property taxes are headline news.  With the average property tax bill due to go up by 13 percent – and more increases in subsequent years virtually guaranteed – home ownership in the Windy City is in deep peril. No one ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13
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 AM Alert: Hot-button vaccine rules go into effect

A law requiring children to be vaccinated before attending schools will be enactedAmi Bera will host a roundtable discussion on gun safetySacramento County puts a plastic bag ban in place, state law is on hold … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Jerry Brown, Sam Farr, Doug La Malfa, Richard Pan, referendum
Bills: SB 277,
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 July 4th a Reminder to Help Veterans with Combat Disorders

The Fourth of July is no doubt a special time for Americans to enjoy apple pie, fireworks and family, but we should also seize this day as a time to reflect on the great freedom our nation enjoys – and the people who have made that possible, our ... »Read

Bills: AB 1672,
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 Brown To Act On Gun Bills Friday

By Ben AdlerFew states have moved forward with gun control legislation after the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando. Now, California is one of them. Lawmakers sent 12 bills to Gov. Jerry Brown Thursday, which a gun rights group called the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Isadore Hall, Legislature
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 A minimum wage hike is just part of the solution to help the working poor

Starting today, most minimum wage workers in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Malibu and unincorporated Los Angeles County will get a bump in their hourly pay — from $10 to $10.50 — as the first step toward a $15 minimum wage in 2020. For ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, minimum wage
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 Rape bill in response to Brock Turner case shows how headlines trump thinking in criminal justice

As 15-year-old Audrie Pott lay unconscious at a party in September 2012, three boys sexually abused her, wrote comments on her body and texted photos of their act to other students at Saratoga High School in Santa Clara County. Audrie committed ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Nora Campos, Jerry Hill, Legislature
Bills: SB 838, AB 2888,
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 A motley crew of pro-Trump super PACs fails to draw GOP donors

Pro-Trump super PACs fail to draw GOP donors July 1, 2016, 4:59 a.m. Donald Trump continues to push his trade agenda while campaiging in the Northeast, calling for Americans to accept a higher price tag for U.S.-made products to save jobs. A crew of ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Ed Rollins, Shawn Steel, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Welcoming a Manson family member to the neighborhood

To the editor: Regarding the possible parole of Leslie Van Houten, I would welcome her to move into the apartment next door to me. (Re “Prosecutor opposes parole for Manson family member,” June 29) I would feel perfectly safe and happy; I’m ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jackie Lacey
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 L.A. County officials hope new voting system will prevent future election day problems

A few weeks after a primary election riddled with polling-day issues, Los Angeles County officials announced they’ve completed the first phase of a major planned overhaul of the county’s voting system. County Registrar-Recorder Dean Logan ... »Read

In this article: electronic voting, Dean Logan
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 PBF Energy acquires Torrance refinery from Exxon Mobil

Exxon Mobil has completed the sale of its Torrance plant to a New Jersey oil refinery company, a $537.5-million deal that brings a new player into the California market. PBF Energy is the first new owner of the Torrance plant since Mobil Oil ... »Read

In this article: Energy Commission, Kamala Harris
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 Essential California: Gun control laws move to governor's desk

Good morning. It is Friday, July 1. The streetcar proposed for downtown Los Angeles would move at 6 mph. At that speed, why not just go for a run? Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES New gun laws California lawmakers sent ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Energy Commission, Eric Garcetti, Kamala Harris, Thad Kousser, Tony Rackauckas
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 In San Francisco, a coordinated media effort to solve homelessness stirs the city

The wind whipped at blue plastic tarps protecting Andi Montoya’s tented home, a mattress-topped wood platform on two giant Costco flat shopping carts, easy to roll if the cops force her to move. As tough as it is on the sidewalk — no toilet, no ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Edwin M. Lee
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 Today: Before 'Pocahontas,' Trump Went After the Mohawks. Ready for July 4?

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. TOP STORIES Before ‘Pocahontas,’ Trump Went After the Mohawks The ads warned of the evils an Indian casino would bring to the ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Loretta Lynch, minimum wage, water
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 This Larry King is a man of the people talk-show host on throne No. 1

When the red 'ON AIR' sign lit up across the room, Larry King cleared his baritone throat and spoke to America. 'Baseball's back. Life's OK,' King groused into the microphone. Then he settled back in his chair. The black mufti of midnight hung over ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Lewis, John Lewis
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 Higher minimum wage to go into effect in Los Angeles today

Starting today, Los Angeles area employers will begin paying a higher minimum wage and offer at least six days of paid leave benefits under city and county laws that will eventually increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour.The local laws, which go ... »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, sick leave, Stuart Waldman
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 November ballot longest since 2000*

<p><a href=http:* <p><strong>John Myers</strong> with <strong>L.A. Times</strong> reports:"California elections officials announced Thursday that 17 measures have earned a spot ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mike Feuer, Thad Kousser, John Myers, Richard Pan, water
Bills: SB 277,
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 November ballot crowded with weighty measures

California voters will face a long and weighty list of statewide ballot measures this November — 17 measures in all made Thursday’s fall election deadline and they include big decisions on the death penalty, marijuana use and taxes on the ... »Read

In this article: Kim Alexander, bag tax, Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, cigarette tax, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, referendum, water
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 Why Mississippis Law on Religious Rights and LGBT Discrimination Got Blocked*

<p>Why doesnt anyone care about Mississippi?</p><p>This spring, the states legislature passed H.B. 1523, an extensive law written to protect people who believe any of the following: that marriage is between a man and a woman; that ... »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Legislature, Same-sex marriage
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 New LA Minimum Wage Kicks In Friday

$10.50 per hour is now the minimum wage for LA businesses with 25 employees. Six paid sick days per year are also required. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, sick leave
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 Libertarian candidate brings presidential campaign to SF

Libertarian candidate brings presidential campaign to SF The Libertarian Party’s nominee for president visited San Francisco on Thursday, extolling the virtues of small government and saying 2016 might be the year his minor party plays a major ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carla Marinucci, minimum wage
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 California Legislature approves gun measures before break

SACRAMENTO, Calif. >> The California Legislature on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown 12 gun-control measures as Democratic lawmakers try a last-ditch effort to convince Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to drop a proposed ballot initiative.Legislative leaders ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Craig DeLuz, Legislature, Dan Newman, Gavin Newsom, state budget, Evan Westrup
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 DWP accuses firm of using ratepayer dollars for Las Vegas bachelor parties as billing system fight continues

The Los Angeles City Attorney alleged Thursday that top managers at a consulting firm hired by the Department of Water and Power authorized inflated time records to earn payments for work the firm never performed, then spent the money on ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, water
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 Fewer Latinos, Asian Americans participate in politics, study finds

Asian and Latino residents in California are far less likely to participate in politics, whether it's voting, attending political meetings or contacting elected officials, a new UC Riverside study says.'Unequal Voices: California's Racial ... »Read

In this article: Jose Medina, Mark Takano
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