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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy
Elected officials would no longer be able to hide expensive gifts of overseas travel donated by nonprofits and businesses, under rules given preliminary approval Thursday by the state's political ethics watchdog. The rules were proposed by the commission staff after The Times reported that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had been taking free overseas trips on luxury jets leased by a taxpayer-subsidized charity linked to the California Chamber of Commerce. The governor's office had avoided fully disclosing payments of $1.7 million by the nonprofit, the California State Protocol Foundation, for the governor's jets, hotel suites and support staff.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1991
California's economy, with all its great diversity, affords us a real opportunity to reverse the trends. Our new agenda must revamp state policy in a number of critical areas. As chairman of the California Chamber of Commerce, I propose the following: Reapportionment--The new districts must strengthen democracy by genuinely reflecting the wishes of the voters, not by providing safe havens for entrenched politicians. Education--The school system needs a major overhaul. Parents, principals, teachers and school site administrators need more autonomy in the decision-making process and they must be accountable for their actions.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2013 | Marc Lifsher
Hundreds of items found on supermarket shelves, such as shampoos, cleaning supplies, cosmetics and food packaging, could get chemical makeovers under new rules being put in force by California. On Thursday, state toxic chemical regulators will unveil what they say is the nation's most comprehensive program for identifying and reformulating common consumer products containing hazardous chemicals. In the past, the state took a piecemeal approach. Lawmakers would ban specific chemicals from particular products, such as bisphenol A in baby bottles and sippy cups.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1999 | KAREN ROBINSON JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The way Allan Zaremberg, president of the California Chamber of Commerce, sees it, the business lobbying group didn't do too badly under the new Democratic administration in Sacramento. Zaremberg assessed the most recent legislative session at a meeting Tuesday of the United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley.
BUSINESS
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.
OPINION
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)
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