May 4, 2013 |
Do you want rocking abs this spring? Try this popular CrossFit move to strengthen your entire core. Demonstrated by Cassey Ho of Blogilates, one of You Tube's most popular fitness channels, this Pilates-inspired move is challenging but also fun, once you get moving. -- What it does It recruits your abdominal muscles to pull your body up and rock it back and forth. -- What to do Lie flat on your back on a thick mat or carpeted floor with legs extended. Extend your arms long behind your head and clasp your hands.
April 29, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - California's $8-an-hour minimum wage needs to go up, says Watsonville Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo. And he may be getting the votes he needs to make it happen. But don't count on it; Alejo has tried this before. Alejo is the author of AB 10, which would give the Golden State its first minimum wage increase since 2008. The bill would raise it 25 cents an hour next year, 50 cents in 2015 and an additional 50 cents to $9.25 an hour in 2016. In 2017 and annually thereafter, hourly pay would be adjusted upward automatically, based on the state's inflation rate.
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April 8, 2013 |
A California lawmaker and undergraduates concerned about record student-loan debt are rallying at the Capitol today for measures to protect those attending universities from going too deeply into hock. Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) is joining the students to seek support for a package of bills he has introduced. One bill, AB 233, would prevent wage garnishing on student loans not made or guaranteed by the government, while AB 534 would require universities to provide entrance and exit counseling to students regarding institutional or state-funded loans.
April 7, 2013 |
Finally, there's legislation that proposes reasonable solutions to the tortuous procedure for firing the worst teachers in California. The teachers who routinely screen movies instead of giving instruction, who denigrate their students, ignore them, harass them or even physically abuse them - yet who can appeal the firing process for years, during which the schools still must pay their salaries. Several reform-oriented bills went overboard to fix this. Under one, teachers suspected of abusive behavior would have had no avenue to appeal their dismissal.
March 27, 2013 |
A California Assembly bill that would require anyone who videotapes, photographs or records incidents of animal cruelty to turn over the evidence to authorities within 48 hours - or be charged with an infraction of the law - sounds like a tough new measure to crack down on abuse. It's not. In reality, it's one of a crop of disturbing "ag-gag" bills being introduced across the country. Although AB 343 is not as bad as some others that ban outright recording and videotaping at animal facilities, it would effectively hamper animal welfare undercover investigators and employee whistle-blowers who are collecting information on systemic animal cruelty at meatpacking plants, slaughterhouses, livestock ranches and farms.
March 27, 2013 |
Proposed legislation to raise the state minimum wage could eliminate tens of thousands of jobs and harm the California economy, a small-business advocacy group said. The measure, AB 10, could wipe out more than 68,000 jobs over 10 years and cost $5.7 billion in lost production of goods and services, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Federation of Independent Business. More than 63% of the lost jobs would be in the small-business sector, NFIB researchers said.
March 22, 2013 |
A bill recently introduced in the California Assembly, AB 996, would substantially change the operations and governance of the state's certified farmers markets, strengthening some enforcement provisions and weakening others. The bill would renew authorization for the state's role in the program, including penalties for cheaters, which are now scheduled to expire at the end of 2013. Its provisions, which will likely be modified in coming months, currently include: • Raising the fee paid by market operators to fund the state program presently 60 cents per market day for each certified produce vendor.
March 18, 2013 |
It's been only 11 weeks since an exception allowing hands-free texting while driving took effect in California, but some lawmakers are giving it a thumbs down and want the change repealed. Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) has sponsored AB 313, which would disallow even hands-free texting for drivers. The bill is due to be discussed in the Assembly Transportation Committee on April 8. Frazier is talking about the kind of Bluetooth, voice-activated system that will read your text messages out loud and and allow you to dictate a reply.
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March 4, 2013 |
Environmental groups and wildlife lovers near Joshua Tree National Park on Monday applauded a proposed state law that would ban trapping of bobcats for commercial purposes. Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) introduced AB 1213 in response to the fury of thousands of people angered by the recent discovery of bobcat traps set along the boundaries of the national park. They responded with petition drives, social media campaigns and telephone calls to lawmakers. "Assemblyman Bloom's bill is a critical step in bringing California's antiquated wildlife laws into the 21st century," said Brendan Cummings, director of the Center for Biological Diversity's wildlands programs and a resident of the community of Joshua Tree.
January 31, 2013 |
The Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch InBev, the maker of Budweiser, to block its acquisition of Grupo Modelo, maker of Corona, officials announced Thursday. The department said the proposed $20.1-billion merger of the world's largest and third-largest beer makers would lead to an increase in retail prices to consumers. Anheuser-Busch InBev, based in Belgium, had a 50% non-controlling stake in Mexico-based Grupo Modelo before offering to buy the rest of the company last year.