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Many California workers are afraid to speak up. These policies could address that

New research shows that almost 2 in 5 California workers have experienced a workplace violation, but few report it because they fear retaliation. Lawmakers could address those concerns by creating a retaliation fund, educating workers on their rights and reconsidering …

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Another police shooting, another haunting video

Last Friday, the Memphis Police Department released its videos of the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols, prompting an outpouring of protest, grief and commemoration across the country, including in California where Nichols spent much of his life. One day earlier …

Double-barreled ‘tort wars’ conflict heats up

The ceaseless skirmishing among interest groups over rules governing personal injury lawsuits is known as "tort wars" and a double-barreled battle over a controversial employment law is heating up.

California, other states reach impasse over Colorado River

Despite a federal deadline today, California — the largest user of Colorado River water — has refused to cut back as much as six other states proposed in a new plan today. Imperial valley growers have the most to lose.

How California can address economic disparities between coastal and inland regions

As the economies in California's coastal metropolises flourished in recent decades, its rural and inland regions have been left behind. The state has set aside billions to support regional growth, but more work is needed to ensure those resources are …

Reimbursement lagging to clinics that provided mpox vaccines

Cash-strapped clinics provided thousands of mpox vaccines, but their reimbursements have been mired in red tape.

Bills, bills and more bills at CA Legislature

They’ve been back for nearly a month, so it’s time for California lawmakers to deliver on some of their campaign promises. That means the legislative session is starting to pick up steam. Let’s get to the highlights from a busy …

U.S. Senate race starts games of musical chairs

Three members of California's congressional delegation are running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Dianne Feinstein, which touches off political scrambles for their congressional seats.

Image caption: Has Google established a monopoly over online advertising? The feds say yes.
DOJ Lawsuit Seeks To Force Google to Sell Ad Service

Google may be forced to sell off its $200 billion online advertising service if a new lawsuit by the federal Department of Justice claiming that Google acts as a monopoly succeeds.

El ‘Reparation Task Force’ de California se concentra en quién sería elegible para una compensación

EN RESUMEN El primer ‘Reparation Task Force’ (Grupo de Trabajo para Compensaciones) de California acordó que los residentes deberían calificar para una compensación. Pero, ¿deberían ser elegibles ciertos antiguos residentes “vulnerables”, como los niños de crianza temporal o los exprisioneros? …

Ladrones roban millones de las tarjetas de beneficiarios de CalFresh y CalWORKs, las familias esperan y los contribuyentes pagan

EN RESUMEN Las tarjetas EBT que usa el estado para brindar asistencia financiera a los residentes de bajos ingresos carecen de las características de seguridad comunes a las tarjetas de crédito y débito. Los funcionarios de California planean actualizarlas. Mientras …

Thieves drain millions off CalFresh and CalWORKs recipients’ cards, families wait and taxpayers pay

The EBT cards the state uses to deliver financial assistance to low-income residents lack security features common to credit and debit cards. California officials plan to upgrade. Meanwhile, they're paying millions to replace stolen money and food stamps.

California reparations task force zeroes in on who’d be eligible for compensation

California’s first-in-the-nation task force on reparations agreed residents should qualify for compensation. But should certain “vulnerable” former residents, such as foster kids or ex-prisoners, be eligible?

Deal or no deal (Colorado River edition)

California and six other drought-parched states have until Tuesday to hammer out a deal to cut their voracious thirst for Colorado River water by up to 30%. Don’t hold your breath. As the New York Times reported over the weekend, …

High-impact measures headed for 2024 California ballot

At least a half-dozen high-impact measures are likely to appear on the 2024 California ballot, generating multi-million-dollar campaigns for and against.

Image caption: Ever little bit helps in the fight against climate change.
Small Steps in the Right Direction

Don’t just be a spectator in the fight against climate change. Here are some small steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint.

California economy surges, but future cloudy

Although 2022 was a strong year for California's economy, with impressive job growth, the state's economic future has become cloudy.

Image caption: Dairy products are California’s top agricultural commodity, but the industry is often criticized for its impact on the environment.
Sustainable Sustenance

California is a leading producer of agricultural crops. So it’s not surprising to find cutting-edge ideas taking root here.

UC intends to dock pay of workers who went on strike

The University of California said it would claw back wages paid to workers who went on strike in late 2022. The move affects 48,000 workers.

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