The UFW’s Crisis of Overtime Credibility

You could not invent a higher level of irony and hypocrisy than what the United Farm Workers of America union (UFW) has put on display the past year. Currently the UFW has announced it is endorsing Richard Trujillo, over incumbent Democratic State Senator Connie Leyva for failing to vote for Assembly 1066, which forced overtime rules

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California’s Food Deserts need Fresh Produce, Not Designer Organics

We hear so much about how organic food is the best option, and for some it is the only option they would ever go with when choosing food, because organic food is much healthier. Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods had food elites pushing for Amazon to change the nation’s food system. However, the vast

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California Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation Released first draft of Marijuana Regulations

Last week, the California Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation released its first draft of the medical cannabis regulations that may eventually be enforced. The draft is 54-pages and has entered a 45-day comment period for suggestions on what should be changed to the regulations. The regulations are actually part of the Medical Cannabis Safety and

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California Seeks To Regulate Cow Farts

Governor Jerry Brown, signed legislation this week which for the first time will regulation and monitor cow flatulence and use technology to reduce global warming. The bill was introduced by a Los Angeles State Senator Ricardo Lara, whose district doesn’t seem to have any dairy cows or other forms of cattle, except for some local

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California Delta Smelt Near Extinction

When surveys began in 2002, biologist estimated a Delta Smelt population around 112,000 and this year that population has dropped to 13,000. To many in the environmental community, the Smelt are viewed as a species indicative of the overall health of the Delta and this has made it a point of contention between various groups

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School Fountain Water Shut Down for 2 Years

The Cabinet Report Has Corrected Their Story… Correction: This story has been updated to correct a reporting error in the original lede stating that contamined water forced some schools in the Fresno Unified School District to disable drinking fountains. The Orange Center Elementary School, according to previous news reports, stopped using its drinking fountains two

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If Owners Can Ban Smoking In Their Rentals, How About Pot Users?

With legalization looming on the horizon, California lawmakers are already grappling over how to treat marijuana in a state with some of the strictest tobacco regulations in the country. A new bill from Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg, would extend to medical marijuana a 2011 law that permitted landlords to prohibit the smoking of cigarettes and

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The More Rice Infants Eat, the Higher Their Arsenic Levels, Study Finds

The more rice products they consume, the more infants are at risk of developing increased levels of arsenic, according to a new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics. The study examined the dietary data on 759 infants, and researchers found that 80 percent of them were introduced to rice

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High Speed Rail Or Water Storage Programs?

  At its peak, the Los Angeles River carries more than 118 billion gallons a day – enough water to supply 800,000 homes year. Yet in drier days, this concrete river carries 98 million gallons a day – water wasted as it drains into the Pacific Ocean. (Lucy Guanuna, “The 98 Million-Gallon ‘Trickle’: Stormwater Conservation

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The California Drought – How Will The People Know It’s Over?

This past week, El Niño driven storms dropped more rain and snow into Big Bear than all of last year. While the state’s reservoirs are improving they are still well below normal. With a 4-year drought we will need storms like these to keep on coming to overcome our water deficit. As Paul Rogers, San

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