California Gas Prices To Increase 35 to 75 Cents Per Gallon

Gas prices are set to rise once again as refineries throughout the United States begin producing cleaner burning and more expensive spring and summer blend fuel – California government officials have imposed its own higher quality standard. Mark Glover, Sacramento Bee, writes” Across the nation, GasBuddy predicted that gasoline prices will rise between 35 and

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Will California Proposition 58 Bring About The Return of Bilingual Education in California?

In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 227, which required parents to sign a waiver if they wanted to keep their children in a bilingual classroom, without that waiver, English Leaner Students were automatically placed in English only classrooms. The argument in 1998 was that bilingual education delayed a students’ ability to read, write and understand

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California Governor & Legislative Leaders Reach Budget Deal

The $122 billion budget includes a $2 billion reserve, $100 million more for child care and preschool programs and probably the most controversial budget item is repealing the rule which limits welfare payments for people who have more children. The more welfare for additional children, is expected to cost taxpayers an estimated $100 million in the

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Obama Releases Overtime Pay To Salaried Employees, NonProfits & Universities Denounce Plan

Today, The Obama administration unveiled a new rule that would let full-time salaried employees earn overtime pay if they make up to $47,476 a year, more than double the current rate of $23,660 a year. The U.S. Labor Department estimates that this will impact 4.2 million workers, yet the plan was quickly criticized by nonprofit

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California’s Welfare Recipients Could Get Bonus Money For Educational Achievements

Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes, authored legislation (AB 2058) which would increase  funding for welfare recipients after they receive their high school diploma or equivalent, and up to $300 a month would be available for recipients pursing a college degree. 65% of welfare recipients don’t have a high school diploma, legislation offers a pathway and

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Global Economic Impacts Could Hurt US Economy

Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve Chair, will address congress today and cite global economic troubles that could negatively impact the United States economy. As reported by Paul Davidson, USA Today, Yellen’s prepared testimony before the House Financial Services Committee is not explicit on whether the Fed will bump up its benchmark interest rate again in March after

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Los Angeles City To Pay $1 Million Over Ticket Quotas

The Los Angeles City Council voted to approve paying LAPD officer Dan Gregg, $1 million dollars for the retaliation he received for failing to participate in a traffic quota system. Hailey Branson-Potts and Emily Alpert Reyes (Los Angeles Times) wrote, Gregg alleged that his supervisor, Capt. Nancy Lauer, required officers in the division to write

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The Consequences of Eliminating Tips

When Sous Beurre Kitchen opened in the Mission in February, Mauschbaugh followed the example of five Bay Area restaurants that abandoned tipping in late 2014. He printed all-inclusive prices on his menu, which allowed him to pay his kitchen staff well above minimum wage and offer health insurance. This October, though, Mauschbaugh abandoned the tipless

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Turf Rebates Are Failures, “Largely Gimmicks” – 1/2 Gallon A Day Saved

To the thousands of Californian’s who tried doing their part during the drought, by ripping out their lawns, a new audit by the Los Angeles City Controller’s office found that the turf rebate programs largely a “gimmick.” These programs yielded the lowest return on water conservation – it was a failure. In an audit released Friday by L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin’s

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California Owes $117 Billion In Pensions To Government Workers

As Governor Jerry Brown gets ready to travel to Paris to talk about Global Warming, his California Public Employees’ Retirement System just announced the California taxpayers will have to pay billions of dollars more than expected for the retirement programs of government workers. The Los Angeles Times wrote, As soon as Wednesday, the fund’s board

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