CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2013 |
BEIJING - Present your business card with two hands. Go ahead and slurp your soup. Give gifts to clients, but by all means avoid clocks and knives. These are among the cultural hints and etiquette tips that California's new China Trade and Investment Office offered to dozens of political and business delegates traveling here with Gov. Jerry Brown this week. The group arrived Monday, ahead of Brown, who was celebrating his 75th birthday. The trade office will open officially later this week, when Brown and his entourage travel to Shanghai for the official ribbon cutting.
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.
September 12, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown is reopening a state trade office in China after a similar one closed nine years ago amid criticism by the Legislature. The Shanghai office is to be funded with $1 million in private-sector funds raised by the Bay Area Council, a San Francisco-area business group. The office is expected to open by the end of the year, and Brown hopes to visit China as the head of a trade delegation in the spring, the council said. China is California's third-largest trading partner, buying $14.1 billion in California-produced goods and services in 2011.
October 20, 2011
While Democrats and Republicans tussle over whether to repeal the federal healthcare reform law, employers and individual consumers have to make choices about how to cope with the ever-increasing cost of health insurance and medical care. The Bay Area Council, an influential trade group for more than 275 large employers in Northern California, offered some guidance on that front this week, urging businesses to promote a more affordable, higher-quality healthcare system. The new federal law will help on that front, the council argues in its "Roadmap to a High-Value Health System," but there is much for employers, insurers and healthcare providers to do as well.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2009 |
California officials on Tuesday issued the nation's first blueprint for a broad-based cap-and-trade plan, an innovative and controversial effort to use market forces to control global warming. FOR THE RECORD: Cap-and-trade program: An article in Wednesday's Section A on California's cap-and-trade program quoted Greg Karras, senior scientist for Communities for a Better Environment, as saying that the program was "institutionalized environmental justice." Karras called it "institutionalized environmental injustice."
July 17, 2008 |
A tiny insect that can carry a disease that kills citrus trees has been discovered just blocks south of the border in Tijuana, sending shock waves through the California citrus industry. The disease, known as citrus greening, has already killed tens of thousands of acres of orange groves in Florida and has the potential to ruin much of California's $1.2-billion citrus growing business, industry officials said.