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UFW Union Booted by Cal Ag Labor Board from Gerawan Farming

UFW Union Booted by Cal Ag Labor Board from Gerawan Farming

By Chriss Street The United Farm Workers (UFW) were booted on Thursday as the union representatives for 3,000 workers at Gerawan Farming by the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) after a court battle that lasted half a decade. According to the Los Angeles Times, the decision is a crushing defeat for the UFW, founded by Cesar Chavez […]

California High-Speed Rail Proposes Controversial Burbank-to-Palmdale Route

California High-Speed Rail Proposes Controversial Burbank-to-Palmdale Route

By Chriss Street The California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) surprised local communities on Wednesday by proposing a controversial Burbank-to-Palmdale route featuring above-ground tracks. The Los Angeles Times reported that the proposed 38-mile track alignment will cross the San Gabriel Mountains via a series of at grade sections and five separate tunnels. The bullet train’s original route, offered in […]

‘Truth in Accounting’ Awards 10 States “F” Grades

‘Truth in Accounting’ Awards 10 States “F” Grades

By Chriss Street A new financial review awarded “F” grades to 10 states that did not have balanced budgets and have taxpayer burdens of over $20,000 per year. The bi-partisan Truth in Accounting (TIA) review plows through the voluminous comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs) for each of the 50 states to determine their solvency and burden […]

California Already Spent 98% of Funds to Fight Wildfires

California Already Spent 98% of Funds to Fight Wildfires

By Chriss Street California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced Monday that the state spent 98 percent of its 2018 budget and is only halfway through the wildfire season. California has spent $432 million of this year’s $443 million budget for the fire year that runs from May 15 through December 15. CalFire has asked for emergency money from […]

California Passes Ban on Short-Term Health Insurance Cheaper than Obamacare

California Passes Ban on Short-Term Health Insurance Cheaper than Obamacare

By Chriss Street The Democrat-controlled California legislature urged Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday to sign a ban on bargain-priced short-term health insurance plans sponsored by the Trump administration for being cheaper than Obamacare. The legislature passed SB 910 on August 21 to prevent what the bill’s author, Sen. Edward Hernandez (D-Montebello), referred to in a tweet as “junk” healthcare. Hernandez […]

California’s Amended Net Neutrality Bill Moves to Final Assembly Floor Vote

California’s Amended Net Neutrality Bill Moves to Final Assembly Floor Vote

By Chriss Street California’s heavily amended “Net Neutrality” legislation passed out of committee this week and moved to a final floor vote as the clock ticks down on the August 31 fiscal year deadline. Sponsored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), the SB-822 Communications: Broadband Internet Access Service bill has sustained given major amending rounds, but now seems […]

Trump Interior Secretary Wants to Log California Forests to Limit Wildfires

Trump Interior Secretary Wants to Log California Forests to Limit Wildfires

By Chriss Street Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said during a visit to fire-ravaged regions of California this weekend that the Trump administration would seek changes in forestry management policies to reduce the severity of wildfires. Zinke was in Redding, California, to tour the devastation of the Carr Fire and advocate for President Donald Trump’s plan to […]

California Hardest Hit as 177 Wildfires Burn Across America

California Hardest Hit as 177 Wildfires Burn Across America

By Chriss Street The U.S. National Preparedness Center issued its highest Level 5alert on Tuesday as 63 of the 177 large wildfires burning across America are rated “uncontained.” California is the hardest-hit state, with 21 major wildfires. President Donald Trump granted Gov. Herry Brown’s request and issued an emergency declaration Saturday morning that authorizes the U.S. Federal Emergency Management […]

National Right to Work Foundation Demands SEIU Refund $100 Million to CA State Workers

National Right to Work Foundation Demands SEIU Refund $100 Million to CA State Workers

By Chriss Street The National Right to Work Foundation (NRTWF) is demanding the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) refund up to $100 million in union fees to California state workers. The move follows the Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME decision banning unions from automatically deducting fees from non-members’ paychecks. The NRTWF announced that the Janus decision strengthens its class-action suit, titled Hamidi et […]

Tijuana Resident Impersonated U.S. Citizen to Steal $361,000 in Government Benefits

Tijuana Resident Impersonated U.S. Citizen to Steal $361,000 in Government Benefits

By Chriss Street A Mexican citizen living in Tijuana with 40 aliases was sent to U.S. prison after admitting he assumed an American identity to collect almost $361,000 in government benefits fraudulently. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California announced that Andres Avelino Anduaga, a Mexican citizen living in Tijuana, had admitted to obtaining […]

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