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Sep172018

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS: Central Valley, labor shortage, construction trades, skilled workers?: "Even if you can afford a new home, here's why you can't find one in the Central Valley" ....  "

***Central Valley, labor shortage, construction trades, skilled workers?

* Sacramento Bee:  "Even if you can afford a new home, here's why you can't find one in the Central Valley" - From the Bee:

There’s a reason you can’t find a new home to buy: too few people to build it.

Construction companies in the Central Valley and much of California are sounding the alarm, saying they can’t find enough carpenters, concrete workers, roofers and drywall installers while the economy is booming and buyer demand is high. The labor shortage is slowing production, driving up costs, frustrating some Valley buyers and prompting home builders to launch a desperate recruitment effort The problem, they contend, stems from the Great Recession.

The 2007 mortgage meltdown erased nearly half of the state’s home construction jobs and bankrupted dozens of companies. Trades workers scattered. When the economy finally rebounded, many stayed away. “The more talented of those people said, ‘Screw this, I’m going to do something else, I need a job,’” said Mike Prandini, president of the Building Industry Association of Fresno/Madera Counties. “They retrained and are in new professions and they’re not coming back.”

But a state labor union leader said the building industry is to blame. Companies that pay union wages have enough workers, but those that hire at lower wages, including minimum wage, will continue to struggle, said Robbie Hunter of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California. “At a point, someone is better off working at a McDonald’s or the car wash,” Hunter said.

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The problem is exacerbated by a plunge in immigrant workers. Many home construction workers have been undocumented individuals, as well as immigrants here legally ...................


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Monday
Sep172018

INTERNATIONAL (Mexico): Mexico City, phony mariachis, deadly attack: "2 in custody after gunmen dressed as mariachis kill 5 in Mexico City plaza"; "Deadly attack by phony mariachis in Mexico City is reportedly linked to gang turf war"; "Five deaths in mariachi plaza shootout post test for Mexico's new government" .... 

Monday
Sep172018

SACRAMENTO: Elections, Proposition 10, repeal of Costa- Hawkins Rental Housing Act, editorials: "Rent control isn't the answer to California's housing crisis, but it could help. Vote yes on Prop. 10"; "Chronicle recommens: No on Prop. 10"; ""Afraid of rent control? Here's why you should vote yes on Proposition 10 anyway" .... 

***Elections, Proposition 10, repeal of Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act....

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "Rent control isn't the answer to California's housing crisis, but it could help. Vote yes on Prop 10"

* San Francisco Chronicle (editorial):  "Chronicle recommends:  No on Prop 10"

* Sacramento Bee (editorial):  "Afraid of rent control? Here's why you should vote yes on Proposition 10 anyway"

 

Monday
Sep172018

SACRAMENTO: "CalPERS CEO with no college degree: 'Integrity' or 'sad, sad circus?"; "UC hospital, nurses' union have a tentative five-year deal that would boost pay 15%"; "California's new tax court dogged by backlog, bias claims" ....

***Various items relating to doings in and/or around the Capitol....

* Sacramento Bee:  "CalPERS CEO with no college degree: 'Integrity' or 'sad, sad circus?"

* Sacramento Bee:  "UC hospital, nurses' union have a tentative five-year deal that would boost pay 15%"

* Sacramento Bee:  "California's new tax court dogged by backlog, bias claims"

Monday
Sep172018

SACRAMENTO: Homeowner relief funds used to balance California state budget?: Commentary (George Skelton), "Taking money for financially pressed homeowners and using it to balance California's budget is plain wrong" ....

***Homeowner relief funds used to balance California state budget?

* Los Angeles Times (George Skelton):  "Taking money meant for financially pressed homeowners and using it to balance California's budget is plain wrong" - From the LAT:

Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature just showed why many voters don’t trust Sacramento politicians with money — and why last year’s gas tax increase could be repealed on election day.

Ruling Democrats never quite get it. They become caught up in crafty, hurry-up maneuvering in the dark and forget that what they’re concocting often looks ugly when the light shines, which it inevitably does.

Here’s the story briefly: . . . . . . . .

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Sacramento politicians have long had a reputation for raiding pots of money set aside for one purpose and using it for another. Some of the reputation is deserved, some not.

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Currently, opponents of the gas tax hike that’s raising money to repair dilapidated roads accuse the state of pilfering past highway funds for other purposes. It’s basic baloney, but an effective pitch to voters. Regardless of what the state Supreme Court does, Sacramento Democrats already have lost by snatching the mortgage money.