January 23, 2012
In 1993, Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act, which entitled employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in four situations: because of the birth of a child; when an employee adopts a child; when an employee must care for an ill relative; or when the employee himself has a "serious health condition. " Congress explicitly included public agencies in its definition of employer, but the state of Maryland has asked the Supreme Court to shield it from a suit filed by a state employee who was fired after he asserted his right to sick leave.
January 15, 2011 |
Dateline Sacramento, Jan. 5, 2012: The state of California today filed for federal bankruptcy protection, citing a worsened economy that has blown out even the most pessimistic assumptions about its long-term financial picture. Would that be a nightmare come true ? or the only logical way out of the state's deep fiscal crisis? For now the question is purely academic because federal law doesn't allow states to file for bankruptcy. But that could change if some conservative factions prevail in Washington.
January 26, 2011 |
A president's annual message to Congress often contains a laundry list of legislative proposals, an acknowledgement of the nation's challenges, and requisite appeals for bipartisan cooperation. More often than not, the presidential address drags on for the better part of an hour. But one single climactic line tends to reflect the moment in time, and it usually begins: "The state of our Union is ?" Sometimes it's a simple declaration, often just: "strong. " But presidents have often embellished, or taken a different course.
October 5, 2010
It's estimated that a third to a half of voters nationwide are expected to cast early ballots. Here's a rundown of when early voting begins by state: Already voting: Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming Week of Oct. 3 : Arizona, California, Indiana, Montana, Wisconsin Week of Oct. 10 : Illinois, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia Week of Oct. 17 ...
June 3, 2012
Re "Park closures don't add up," Column, May 28 A couple of weeks ago, I led an interpretive walk in one of our state parks for a class of at-risk children. For many of them, this was their first trip to see the ocean. For all of them, it was their first walk in the backcountry, the place where nature still rules. It was a rewarding day for me and a worthwhile experience for them. Their eyes were as wide as saucers and their questions never stopped. Yet this is the type of experience that will disappear in California if Gov. Jerry Brown's penny wise and pound foolish park closure plan goes into effect.
May 16, 1986
The latest California Poll shows large numbers of voters in both parties are undecided on the state controller's races to be decided in next month's primary. Among Democrats who had an opinion, state Sen. John Garamendi was favored by 24% of the voters, while Assemblyman Gray Davis was favored by 15% and Assemblyman Alister McAlister by 9%. But 52% of all registered Democrats were undecided. Among Republicans who had an opinion, state Sen.