Emails Show CalTrans Worked With Gas Tax Supporters

WTOP- As the political battle to overturn California’s gas tax increase intensified, the state transportation agency coordinated frequently with the public affairs firm working to block the repeal on behalf of unions, construction companies and local government groups, emails obtained by The Associated Press show. The California State Transportation Agency and Sacramento-based Bicker, Castillo & Fairbanks organized news conferences and other efforts to promote legislation … Continue reading Emails Show CalTrans Worked With Gas Tax Supporters

Berkeley Considering Cutting Ties With Vendors That Provide Data To ICE

KQED- The Berkeley City Council will vote Tuesday on a proposal that would prohibit the city from doing business with any vendor that acts as a data broker or provides “extreme vetting” services to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. “We don’t have direct power over ICE but we do have direct power over where do we invest the city’s money and who do we contract … Continue reading Berkeley Considering Cutting Ties With Vendors That Provide Data To ICE

ACLU Wants 4 SoCal Counties To Hold Public Meetings On Cooperation With ICE

Los Angeles Daily News- The American Civil Liberties Union and immigration advocacy groups are calling on four Southern California counties to be more transparent about their collaboration with federal immigration officials. In September, the groups sent separate letters to the boards of supervisors in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties requesting that each county hold a public forum in which sheriff officials could … Continue reading ACLU Wants 4 SoCal Counties To Hold Public Meetings On Cooperation With ICE

L.A. Councilman Held Fundraiser, Then Stepped Down

Los Angeles Times- When Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander announced he would soon step down to join a sports and entertainment firm, the news stunned many in and around City Hall. His decision was especially surprising to some who had shown up to an $800-per-person fundraiser that Englander staged the night before. Read More Continue reading L.A. Councilman Held Fundraiser, Then Stepped Down

Firefighters Sue California Gas Over Leak

Merced Sun-Star- Firefighters who worked in and around the site of a massive natural gas leak sued the Southern California Gas Co. on Monday, alleging the utility knowingly let them be exposed to dangerous levels of toxic chemicals. A blowout in a well at the underground Aliso Canyon storage field about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Los Angeles was discovered on Oct. 23, 2015, … Continue reading Firefighters Sue California Gas Over Leak

Facebook To Ban Misinformation on Voting

Reuters- Facebook Inc will ban false information about voting requirements and fact-check fake reports of violence or long lines at polling stations ahead of next month’s U.S. midterm elections, company executives told Reuters, the latest effort to reduce voter manipulation on its service. The world’s largest online social network, with 1.5 billion daily users, has stopped short of banning all false or misleading posts, something … Continue reading Facebook To Ban Misinformation on Voting

Caltrans: Road Improvement Projects Could Be Delayed If Gas Tax Is Repealed

ABC 7- There’s a dire warning from the state of California to just about anyone who owns a car: major road repair and improvement projects in the Bay Area could be in jeopardy if voters repeal California’s gas tax in November. I-880 in Hayward is the latest stretch of highway through Alameda County to get new asphalt. A sign tells drivers, “It’s your tax dollars … Continue reading Caltrans: Road Improvement Projects Could Be Delayed If Gas Tax Is Repealed

CPUC Fines BART For 1.3M Over Safety Failures

NBC Bay Area- The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday issued a $1.3 million fine to BART for safety violations that led to the death of two workers who were struck by a train between the Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill stations in 2013. Along with the fine, the largest the CPUC has ever imposed on a public agency for safety violations, the commission at … Continue reading CPUC Fines BART For 1.3M Over Safety Failures

Both California Senators Oppose Trump’s Judicial Picks For The 9th Circuit

Los Angeles Times- Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris complained Thursday that they did not sign off on three White House nominees for open California seats on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and said they would oppose their confirmation in the Senate. President Trump announced Wednesday evening he had nominated Assistant U.S. Atty. for the Southern District of California Patrick J. Bumatay, Los Angeles … Continue reading Both California Senators Oppose Trump’s Judicial Picks For The 9th Circuit

California Gas Prices Increase 20 Cents Last Month

Merced Sun-Star- Gas prices in California have climbed almost 20 cents in the past month, reaching a three-year high with a statewide average of $3.81 per gallon, according to AAA data. The last time California’s gas prices were this high was July 2015, and although the state has remained under $4 per gallon since 2014, the national average is only $2.91, according to AAA. Read … Continue reading California Gas Prices Increase 20 Cents Last Month

California State Worker Union To Get 10% Pay Hike

Sacramento Bee- A small California state employee union decided on Thursday that a contract with two more consecutive years of 5 percent raises was too good to pass up in the waning months of Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration. The California Association of Professional Scientists approved the contract by a vote of 802 to 339. It will give about 3,400 state scientists a 5 percent raise … Continue reading California State Worker Union To Get 10% Pay Hike

California Residents Received 490M Robocalls

NBC Bay Area- Robocalls to Americans’ phones hit an all-time high in September, and the number of unwanted calls shows no signs of slowing. That’s the finding of Irvine-based tech firm YouMail, which released its latest Robocall Index this week. YouMail says Americans received 4.4 billion calls last month — an average of 147 million calls per day — up more than 4 percent from a month … Continue reading California Residents Received 490M Robocalls

California Chief Justice Calls For Review Of Sexual Harassment Policy

CBS Sacramento- California’s top judge on Thursday launched a review of the judicial branch’s policies on harassment, discrimination and other inappropriate conduct in the workplace. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye tasked a group of judges, administrators and attorneys with considering new rules to increase awareness of bad behavior and reporting requirements. Read More Continue reading California Chief Justice Calls For Review Of Sexual Harassment Policy