Index
Friday
Aug282015

POLITICS/BUSINESS (National): National Labor Relations Board, "landmark case": "In landmark case, labor board will let more workers bargain with their employer's employer"; also, "Companies are on the hook for contractors' labor policies, NLRB says"; "Labor Board Ruling Eases Way for Fast-Food Unions' Efforts" ....  

***Sampling of coverage, National Labor Relations Board, "landmark case"....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Companies are on the hook for contractors' labor policies, NLRB says"

* Washington Post:  "In landmark case, labor board will let more workers bargain with their employer's employer" - "The decision could have widespread implications for subcontracting, franchising and temporary staffing agencies that have become increasingly prevalent in today's 'fissured' economy."

* New York Times:  "Labor Board Ruling Eases Way for Fast-Food Unions' Efforts"

Friday
Aug282015

POLITICS (State, Local/Bay Area): California Public Utilities Commission, PG&E safety policies?: "Regulator approves inquiry to measure PG&E's emphasis on safety"; also, "PUC launches PG&E probe as agency fails to comply with search warrant" ....

***California Public Utilities Commission, PG&E safety policies?....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Regulator approves inquiry to measure PG&E's emphasis on safety"

* Los Angeles Times:  "PUC launches PG&E probe as agency fails to comply with search warrant"

Friday
Aug282015

POLITICS/WATER: Delta water tunnels, first permit applications: "California, US seeks permits for giant water tunnels project" ....

* San Francisco Chronicle (AP):  "California,, US seek permits for giant water tunnels project" - From the Chronicle:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal and California agencies have filed some of the first permit applications for a proposed project involving the construction of twin 30-mile tunnels to help carry water from the northern to southern and central regions of the state, officials said Thursday.

As part of the project promoted by Gov. Jerry Brown, the state Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation want approval to build three giant water intakes, each longer than three football fields, to draw water from the Sacramento River to feed through the tunnels. The state Water Resources Control Board, which must approve or reject the request, expects to complete its review within two years, barring unforeseen developments, agency spokesman Timothy Moran said.

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State and federal authorities said they submitted the application to start the process but will expect an answer only after a final assessment of the project's impact on the delta, its habitats and wildlife. "The petition to the state water board begins a long process that includes public input," Nancy Vogel, spokeswoman for the state Department of Water Resources, said in an email.

Delta farmers, fishing groups and some environmental organizations have opposed the tunnels . . . . . . .

The project currently is under public and federal review of its environmental impact. Tunnel opponents say the state should wait for assessment of the environmental impact on the delta, and federal environmental approval of the overall project, before moving ahead ...................

Friday
Aug282015

SACRAMENTO: SB 3, proposed California minimum wage increase: "Bill to raise California minimum wage stalls in Assembly"; "Key committee fails to take up California minimum wage bill"; "Minimum wage hike and immigrant work permits among 100 bills shelved in Sacramento" ....

***SB 3, proposed California minimum wage increase....

* Los Angeles Times (PolitiCal):  "Minimum wage hike and  immigrant work permits among 100 bills shelved in Sacramento"

* San Francisco Chronicle (AP):  "Key committee fails to take up California minimum wage bill"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Bill to raise California minimum wage stalls in Assembly"

Friday
Aug282015

L.A. CITY HALL: Mayor Eric Garcetti, communications office: "Top Garcetti aide leaves City Hall to campaign for L.A. 2024 Olympic bid" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Top Garcetti aide leaves City Hall  to campaign for L.A. 2024 Olympic bid" - From the LAT:

A senior aide to Mayor Eric Garcetti has left City Hall to work for the committee handling Los Angeles' renascent campaign to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Jeff Millman, who functioned as Garcetti's most visible spokesman during his 2013 run for mayor and during the first two years of his administration, said Tuesday that he is on a "leave of absence" from the mayor's office to work with the private committee organizing L.A.'s bid for the Summer Games. Because the organizing committee's campaign could last through 2017 -- when the International Olympic Committee chooses a host city -- that leave could be protracted. L.A. is in the final stages of negotiating with the U.S. Olympic Committee to be the American bid city after initially being passed over in favor of Boston, whose bid collapsed last month.

Millman's departure punctuates Garcetti's overhaul of his communications office in recent months. Among those who have left are .....................