Last year, a state appellate court ruled that when Fresno Unified School District hired a construction company to consult on a middle-school project and then awarded it a no-bid contract to build the school, it violated state conflict-of-interest laws.
California’s Legislature voted to enact a $15 per hour minimum wage for our state. It is indexed to inflation to automatically increase when prices rise, and has a political offramp if the economy collapses, in the unlikely event the governor would cut the wages of the poorest Californians in a downturn.
There’s no doubt, we live in an unpredictable world. Our lives can change at moment’s notice without warning. A drunken driver, sexual assault, workplace violence or being at the wrong place at the wrong time can permanently alter your life.
The recent rains and snowfall in the Sierras have been welcomed signs of improving drought conditions here in California. While much more will be needed to make a lasting impact, it is easier to hope for an end to the drought when rain is falling.
Through wider adoption of existing best practices, such as those used here in the Valley, dairy farmers around the world can begin achieving the greater production efficiencies that California farming families have developed over generations and continue to develop for a sustainable future.
As I write this opinion from my home in the Sacramento Valley, our rivers are at or near flood stage and the reservoirs are continuing to fill. The bad news is that the water not being captured in our reservoir system is mostly blowing out under the Golden Gate Bridge with little diverted south of the Delta.
More than five years after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became the law of the land and launched a new era of health care in this country, the law and Covered California remain the target of misleading and inaccurate political attacks.
One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. Put into action, that looks like the federal water policy that sends millions of gallons of water to the ocean for the purpose of protecting Delta fish that continue to die.
There has been considerable publicity regarding subsidence, the settling of the land surface, especially in the southwestern part of the San Joaquin valley. It can, and does, cause major damage to various structures.
By legalizing cannabis, we allow law enforcement to fulfill its obligations to all citizens. By banning cannabis, the lawmakers ensure that industry participants are not provided with the same protection that other citizens receive.