Bay Area / California

There will be no Giants victory parade this year

Giant(s) Decline— Who’s to Blame

Posted August 27, 2014 by

Madison Bumgarner pitched a brilliant game last night. But for the first even numbered year since 2008, there will not be a SF Giants victory parade down Market Street this fall.
And unless things turn around in a hurry, it
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Burying Our Babies: Letter from L.A. to Ferguson

Posted August 26, 2014 by Sikivu Hutchinson

In South Los Angeles’ Crenshaw District, there are three funeral homes within a one mile radius of each other. On bright sunny days young people pour out from their doors after viewing hours, lingering on the steps reminiscing, sporting t-shirts
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San Diego Battles Over Minimum Wage

Posted August 21, 2014 by dougbob

A City Council veto override on Monday has set the scene for a showdown between local and national business interests vs. a labor-community coalition over San Diego’s Earned Sick Day / Minimum Wage ordinance.
Following months of public hearings and
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The Darlings in front of their home

Governor Jerry Brown Wants to Steal My Home

Posted August 20, 2014 by Chris Darling

Due to the expansion of Medi-Cal under ObamaCare, my wife and I am now covered by that program. But because both of us are over 55, Jerry can steal our house after we die to cover Medi-Cal’s expense of paying
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Leading Oakland candidates from top left: Jean Quan, Libby Schaaf, Rebecca Kaplan, Dan Siegel

Oakland’s Quiet Mayor’s Race

Posted August 19, 2014 by

Oakland’s  competitive mayor’s race has strong candidates  and comes at a pivotal time for the city’s  future. So why aren’t Oakland voters more excited?
I’ve talked to many Oakland residents and found that I’m more interested in the mayoral election
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Activists Push for LA Living Wage Law

Posted August 19, 2014 by Julia Gould

In Los Angeles, city council proposals are too often created, deliberated, and negotiated behind closed doors in Spring Street offices. However, Raise LA—a proposal to raise the minimum wage at LA’s largest hotels to $15.37 per hour—is shaking things up.
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Assembly Democrat Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake)

Leland Yee Donor Seeks Defeat of Plastic Bag Ban

Posted August 14, 2014 by Richard Corral

For seven years, California has been moving steadily toward stopping pollution from single-use plastic bags. Cities and counties, now more than 100 across the state — including L.A. City, L.A. County, Glendale, and Pasadena — have crafted local bans to
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CA Senate Faces Vote on Earned Sick Leave

Posted August 12, 2014 by Ben Spielberg

Some political debates have two equally valid sides.  More often than not, however, the evidence is significantly more one-sided than journalists and pundits suggest.  AB 1522, a bill that currently sits on the California Senate’s Committee on Appropriations on its Suspense File for consideration
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