April 23, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO -- Nearly 100 chanting and placard-waving union members marched to a downtown Sacramento office tower in a staged and futile attempt to serve a $240 million bill on the California Chamber of Commerce. The "invoice," union officials said, represented the amount of unpaid wages awarded by the state labor commissioner's office to workers that went uncollected from 2008 to 2011. The Service Employees International Union is sponsoring a bill aimed at preventing so-called wage theft.
September 24, 2006
Regarding "State Minimum Wage Gets a Raise," Sept. 13: Let's take at face value the fears expressed by the California Chamber of Commerce and others about the resulting $2.6 billion a year in higher payrolls. It's obvious that businesses will pass that increase on to us, the consumers. That $2.6 billion divided by the California population of 36 million comes out to $72 a year (not counting tourists), which is 20 cents a day. Considering the humane nature of this legislation, my family and I are more than happy to pay that amount.
July 26, 2009
Re "A sick waste of money," Editorial, July 18 It's hard to imagine a worse time to support a new tax on hospitals, but The Times has managed to do just that. This new tax -- which The Times calls a fee -- will be passed through to patients with private health coverage or who pay out of pocket, and will exacerbate our already out-of-control healthcare costs. Less than six weeks ago, California voters sent a clear signal: no more taxes. The Times' ill-considered endorsement of a proposed hospital tax (AB 1383 by Assemblyman Dave Jones)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1996
This March 26, everyone who cares about schools and students must vote yes on Prop. 203. That's what it will take for Prop. 203--the school construction bond--to pass. It's that simple. Prop. 203 is so important to the education community. If approved by voters, this bond issue will fund critical projects for school construction and repairs, classroom seismic safety and improved access to computers in pubic schools, community colleges and public universities. The education community is not alone in its support for Prop.
September 11, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown says he supports a bill in the Legislature that would boost the California minimum wage next year and in 2016 by a total of $2 an hour. The bill, AB 10 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville), is now before the state Senate and must win final passage from the Legislature before a Friday recess. Subway, In-N-Out, Chick-fil-A top Zagat fast-food survey “The minimum wage has not kept pace with rising costs,” the governor said in a statement released by his office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO -- Californians routinely use their credit cards to buy songs and videos on the Internet, so a worried state Senate on Thursday approved a measure to protect consumers' information from being misused. Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) proposed SB 383 in response to cases in which hackers have been able to steal the personal financial information of millions of credit card users. Her measure would limit online merchants to collecting personal information from consumers only if it is necessary to combat identity theft.
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.
November 10, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - After working at the top levels of state government in three administrations, Marty Morgenstern is calling it quits - again. This time, California's outgoing Labor and Workforce Development secretary is stepping down as head of the agency that oversees unemployment insurance, workers' compensation and on-the-job safety. At age 78, he has worked on and off for Gov. Jerry Brown, himself 75 years old. Morgenstern, who will remain an unpaid senior advisor to the governor, distilled his theory of government work to just three sentences: "We never have enough money.
April 22, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - California's air quality officials soon may be adding a new phrase to their bureaucratic vocabulary: " le rechauffement climatique . " That's French for global warming. The California Air Resources Board on Friday linked its program for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and curbing climate change with one in the French-speaking, Canadian province of Quebec. The merger starts Jan. 1. On April 8, Gov. Jerry Brown certified the two cap-and-trade systems as compatible.