Why the Governor Should Veto AB 3081

Chris Micheli
Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

Assembly Bill 3081, authored by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, is pending before Governor Jerry Brown after having passed both houses of the Legislature. AB 3081 would require a client employer to share with a labor contractor all civil legal responsibility and civil liability for harassment for all workers supplied by that labor contractor.

In addition, AB 3081 would establish a rebuttable presumption of unlawful retaliation based on the employee’s status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or stalking if an employer takes specific actions within 30 days following the date that the victim provides notice to the employer or the employer has actual knowledge of the employee’s status.

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The “No Consequences for Crime” Bill

Eric Siddall
Vice President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

It is hard to believe, but it is the truth; should Governor Brown sign into law SB 1437, criminals in California can no longer be punished for the natural and probable consequences of violent crimes they knowingly aided and encouraged.

SB 1437 was ostensibly introduced by Senator Skinner to abolish the application of accomplice felony murder rule in California, under the grounds that she wanted to hold the right people accountable for murder.  However, the “natural and probable consequences doctrine” (NPC) operates independently of the felony murder rule but would also be repealed by SB 1437, a fact I have pointed out to the proponents of the bill on multiple occasions during the radio debates.  

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California’s Children’s Hospitals

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

I wish California children were doing as well as California children’s hospitals.

Even as the Golden State has maintained the nation’s highest child poverty rate, underfunded its schools, and made housing prohibitively expensive for families, California has developed a system of children’s hospitals that seems to occupy a parallel universe in which kids’ needs actually come first.

California has 13 children’s hospitals—eight private not-for-profits (in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Loma Linda, Oakland, Palo Alto, and Madera) and five within University of California medical centers. Collectively, they receive more than two million visits from injured, disabled, and sick children annually.

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Study Provides New Ammo for K-12 Schools Battle

Dan Walters
Columnist, CALmatters

A decade ago, an academic research team produced a massive report on the shortcomings in how California’s K-12 schools educate about 6 million children and adolescents.

The “Getting Down to Facts” report was issued just as a very severe recession hammered California and school financing, most of which comes from the state’s income-tax-centered revenue system, took a beating.

Jerry Brown reclaimed the governorship in 2011, and since then many changes in K-12 education have occurred.

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Behind the Green Curtain

The authors are each distinguished veteran civil rights leaders and members of The 200, which was founded to restore home ownership to California’s minority communities. (http://www.thetwohundred.org/)

California’s role as a global climate leader will take center stage during the international climate conference hosted by Governor Jerry Brown in San Francisco this week.

The world also needs to know that California is our nation’s housing crisis, homelessness, and poverty leader.  We have highest percentage and highest number of homeless and poor people of any state in our nation: 9 million Californians, including 2 million children, are poor. Notwithstanding our “progressive liberal” reputation, our housing, homelessness, and poverty crisis are not color blind – the victims, once again, are disproportionately Latinos and African Americans.

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Business Not United on Gas Tax Repeal

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

While business organizations are largely opposed to Proposition 6, the gas tax repeal measure, opposition to the measure from business is not universal.

Yesterday, the influential California Business Roundtable announced its positions on November’s ballot and Proposition 6 was absent. The California Business Roundtable took a neutral position on SB 1, the gas tax increase bill, so the CBRT board decided not to take a position on Prop 6.

Meanwhile, the National Federation of Independent Business/California has been pushing for the gas tax repeal to pass since July.

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The Road to California’s Coveted Electric Highway is Congested

Julie Cart
Reporter, CALmatters

California officials have made it no secret that for the state to adequately reduce its greenhouse gases, a wholesale change is needed in how we transport ourselves and the goods we consume. Namely, gas-powered cars, trucks and buses must be swapped for their zero-emission counterparts.

The road to California’s coveted electric highway—like traffic in the Golden State—is congested. How to clear the way was addressed in two discussions hosted by California Air Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco on Thursday.

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AB 1654, another Union Exemption

Tom Manzo
President, Timely Prefinished Steel Door Frames and President and Chairman of the Board at California Business and Industrial Alliance

If you are unfamiliar with PAGA, consider yourself lucky. It stands for the Private Attorney General Act and was put into law in 2004. This law deputizes a trial lawyer to enforce any labor law violation. If you are an employer and have a disgruntled employee, once they see a trial lawyer, they will find some type of violation and it will cost you.

The types of violations can include a late lunch, as much as a minute, wrongly calculated bonuses, and this calculation continues to change thanks to our judges, and anything in the 1,400 page Labor Law Digest constructed by our legislators. Last year there were close to 8,000 of these types of lawsuits and one company in the Sacramento area is facing over a million dollars to settle a case where the employee had the wrong employee ID number. 

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Can Your Kidneys Handle Prop 8?

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

If my kidneys hurt, can I blame Prop 8?

Prop 8 is a November ballot initiative of the type that gives ballot initiatives a bad name. It’s a narrow question about what sort of restrictions should we put on how revenues are used in one particular kind of medical facility, in this case dialysis clinics.

It’s not the sort of question that informed citizens should know much about. And it’s not the kind of question that the people need to settle. And yet, it’s landed in our laps.

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Tom Steyer and The Democrats Dalliance with Suicide

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

In 1972, the Democratic Party, following its excruciating close loss in 1968, nominated Sen. George McGovern for president, thereby giving Richard Nixon, a president they detested, a 49-state sweep.  Today’s Democrats seem set on the same disastrous path for 2020, this time being helped along by a California hedge fund billionaire named Tom Steyer.

Thanks to Steyer and likeminded left wing progressives, you can see a scenario for 2020 whereby President Trump wins re-election in a landslide, because Democrats go too far to the left and alienate the very voters who cost them the presidency in 2016, hard working, moderate, and middle class Americans. 

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