San Bernardino is Officially out of Bankruptcy

Last month, San Bernardino announced that it had officially exited bankruptcy after four years. This means that San Bernardino will have to start paying its creditors, but things will not be that easy. The once all-American middle class suburb at the end of the 1970’s entered into bankruptcy in 2012 after years of struggling to

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More Low-Skilled Foreign Workers are being Allowed into the U.S. by the Trump Administration

Immigration officials announced this week that they are raising the ceiling for visas available under the H-2B temporary visa work program. The H-2B temporary visa work program brings in low-skilled, seasonal workers from abroad, but employers must demonstrate that their businesses would be harmed if their positions aren’t filled in order for them to hire

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California will stop Suspending Licenses for Unpaid Traffic Fines

A new policy signed two weeks ago by Governor Jerry Brown will prevent Californian’s from having their driver’s licenses suspended because of unpaid traffic fines and fees. Governor Brown stated, Often, the primary consequence of a driver’s license suspension is the inability to legally drive to work or take one’s children to school. According to

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Higher Costs Eating Nation’s Lunch Business

By Jeff Flores The lunchtime meal is being handed its own lunch – thanks to increased costs that are keeping workers eating at their desks instead of in restaurants. In 2016, Americans made 433 million fewer lunchtime trips to restaurants than in 2015, creating a $3.2 billion loss in revenue. Yet the population continues to

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Even Mobile Homes are Getting too Expensive in Silicon Valley

As Silicon Valley continues to thrive economically, its residents are starting to feel the pain of the rising amount of rent that they have to pay in order to remain in the area. Even mobile homes are starting to get too expensive for the residents and many of them happen to be older residents. One

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California is bad at tracking whether its Tax Breaks Work

According to a national study by Pew Charitable Trusts, California does a horrible job of tracking the impact of the tax breaks and credits that it provides each year to businesses. Pew Charitable Trusts is a non-partisan, independent, non-governmental organization that was founded in 1948. Pew Charitable Trusts ranked California among the lowest 23 states

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HUD Claims $84,500 a year Qualifies as Low Income in Orange County

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released new income limits last month and it turns out that a family of four that has an annual income of $84,450 or less qualifies as low income in Orange County. Even a single person living alone and earning $58,450 or less a year qualifies

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One of Maryland’s Largest ACA Insurers wants to Increase Premiums

One of the largest healthcare insurance companies in the Mid-Atlantic region is stating that it will need to increase premiums by double-digits next year to avoid losing more money. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield insures 215,000 people in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace. CareFirst has been selling plans in the

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More People are Starting to move out of California

The trend of people moving out of California appears to have intensified over the last couple of years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, domestic migrants are leaving California more quickly than they enter it. The good news is that the overall rate of people leaving is less than what it was in the early

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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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