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Legislature Taking Up Climate Change and Social Change

Katy Grimes
FlashReport Senior Correspondent

The Legislature is back in session after a summer recess. On the agenda, according to sources inside the Capitol, nobody seems to have any new issues circulating at this point. Some think that Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, will still try to move for something on low income housing or homeless housing, but there […]

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Mandating a 50-Percent Reduction in Oil—at What Cost?

Katy Grimes
FlashReport Senior Correspondent

A bill in the California Legislature is blazing through to mandate the reduction of 50 percent in the use of petroleum-based fuels, 50 percent reduction in energy use by existing buildings and increases the Renewable Portfolio Standard from 33 percent renewables to 50 percent — notably as California is well on track to meet the 2020 […]

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Sacramento Mayor: $8M Art Piece For Publicly Subsidized Arena a ‘Good Investment’

Katy Grimes
FlashReport Senior Correspondent

As the Sacramento City Council voted 7-0 Tuesday evening to approve a public contract with a New York artist for an $8 million piece of art, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson called it “a good investment for our community.” High-end art is one of the most manipulated markets in the world. But that didn’t stop the […]

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Plastic Bag Ban Opponents and Supporters Bringing the Fight To You

Katy Grimes
FlashReport Senior Correspondent

Staring at a gigantic German Shepherd poop on my bedroom rug last weekend, I reached for one of those single-use grocery bags outlawed by California, for the clean up. Thankfully, I have a small stash of extra “single-use” plastic bags… but not for long. After eight years of failed legislative attempts to ban plastic grocery […]

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California’s Business ‘Leakage’ Becoming a Deluge

Katy Grimes
FlashReport Senior Correspondent

The list of businesses leaving California for greener pastures is long and growing. And now we can add Toyota to it. The word ‘leakage’ is the new politically correct term used by legislators, the Governor, bureaucrats and the California Air Resources Board, to describe what happens when California businesses leave the state because of tax […]

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‘Families Before Fish’ in The Farmland

Katy Grimes
FlashReport Senior Correspondent

A bill to address California’s drought and future water supply in the House of Representatives has Gov. Jerry Brown angry. Brown said the water bill is “an unwelcome and divisive intrusion” into California’s effort to manage the state’s drought, the Sacramento Bee reported Monday night. H.R. 3964 by California Congressmen David G. Valadao, CA-21, Devin Nunes, […]

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How Will Brown Budget Proposal Address Pensions, Taxes, Debt?

Katy Grimes
FlashReport Senior Correspondent

California’s budget battles will begin on Friday when Gov. Jerry Brown releases his proposal for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins on July 1. The media and political buzz in the Capitol building is that the state has a surplus — and maybe voters even are ready for higher taxes. “We now find that California’s state budget […]

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2014 Brings New Laws Regulating California Businesses

Katy Grimes
FlashReport Senior Correspondent

In 2013, California’s Legislature busied itself passing more than 800 new laws. In the coming weeks, CalWatchdog.com will report on the many affecting businesses in 2014. Overtime for nannies and domestic workers The “Domestic Workers Bill of Rights,” Assembly Bill 241, by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, “would specially regulate the wages, hours, and working conditions of domestic […]

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Employment Development Department Computers Not Yet Fixed

Katy Grimes
FlashReport Senior Correspondent

This is Part 3 of a series on the EDD. Part 1, an interview with Spokesman Dan Stephens, is here. Part 2, EDD computers must be fixed by Dec. 31, is here. Three months after a California Employment Development Department computer crash cut off tens of thousands of Californians from their unemployment benefits, the EDD’s system does […]

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EDD Computers Must Be Fixed By Dec. 31

Katy Grimes
FlashReport Senior Correspondent

This is Part 2 of a series on the EDD. Part 1, an interview with Spokesman Dan Stephens, is here. Just after the Labor Day weekend, the California Employment Development Department released a $100 million computer upgrade. It crashed. Without warning, 150,000 jobless Californians were cut from unemployment benefits. The EDD blamed a computer glitch and said […]

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