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CA Drug Sentencing Reform Law Passes General Assembly

CA Drug Sentencing Reform Law Passes General Assembly
At the height of the war on drugs, while Nancy Reagan was leading the charge to "Just Say No", the federal government and most states passed harsh legislation to punish drug offenders. It crowded our prisons, but hasn't put a dent in the fight against illegal narcotics. Some of the laws were blatantly racist, and have already been removed. Other reforms are pending, with the notable example of reforms in Attorney General Eric Holder's strongly symbolic speech in San Francisco.
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CA 'Charter Cities' Undercut Prevailing Wage Laws in Race to the Bottom

CA 'Charter Cities' Undercut Prevailing Wage Laws in Race to the Bottom
In a recent op-ed for the Modesto Bee, Mark Breslin, CEO of San Francisco-based United Contractors, explains why he favors California’s SB7, a bill which would make charter cities eligible for public funds if they would only follow prevailing wage guidelines.
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California Underfunds Mental Health Programs Then Blames State's Mental Health Problems on Yoga

California Underfunds Mental Health Programs Then Blames State's Mental Health Problems on Yoga
The unfortunate timing of Prop 63's passing at the apex of the real estate bubble has relegated California's mental health spending measure to a backfill for cutting tax dollars. The earmarked $5 billion became an example of "fiscally responsible budget cuts" before it ever could go into effect. The state auditor released a report that detailed Prop 63's remaining spending, but missed the key point — its underfunding.
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CA Trucking Co. Takes Foreign Money, Denies Workers' Rights to Organize

CA Trucking Co. Takes Foreign Money, Denies Workers' Rights to Organize
The EB-5 investor program connects wealthy immigrants with U.S. businesses seeking capital. Run by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency (USCIS), its stated purpose is to “stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors.” One of those companies is forcibly trying to deny benefits, and inhibiting lawful organizing of its employees into a union.
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Self-Segregation: Many Americans Surround Themselves Exclusively with Members of Their Own Race

Self-Segregation: Many Americans Surround Themselves Exclusively with Members of Their Own Race
While more tolerant and integrated younger generations have eased some of the problems that were on display in the Civil Rights movement, current problems exist and much of that comes from unfamiliarity. A recent study by Reuters found that 40 percent of white Americans and 25 percent of non-white Americans are surrounded exclusively by members of their own race.
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Chaz Bolte
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Right to Work (For Scraps): New Litigation Aims to Take Union-Busting National

Right to Work (For Scraps): New Litigation Aims to Take Union-Busting National
Gary CohnGary Cohn: A conservative legal organization that has pushed to overturn the 1964 Voting Rights Act filed a lawsuit in federal court in Santa Ana that could accomplish in the courts what Prop. 32 couldn’t at the ballot box.
Prop 32 Ghost Looms Over Lawsuit Against Teachers Union is a post from: LA Progressive
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Oil Companies Using Shadow 'Marine Life Protection' Agency to Clear Way for More Fracking

Oil Companies Using Shadow 'Marine Life Protection' Agency to Clear Way for More Fracking
It's pretty clear that the $50 billion tunnels — to be paid for by California tax payers —will only really benefit oil companies and agribusiness in the state. What's unclear, however, is the role that the tunnels will play in increased fracking, both on land and under the ocean.
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Dems Urge San Diego Mayor to Step Down Over Sex Revelations

Dems Urge San Diego Mayor to Step Down Over Sex Revelations
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's own political party called for the leader of the nation's eighth-largest city to resign as four more women identified themselves as targets of his sexual advances, bringing to seven the number of women who have offered detailed accounts that include unwanted touching.
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CA Jails Overflow with the Unsentenced

CA Jails Overflow with the Unsentenced
A California law designed to combat recidivism has caused a glut of unsentenced inmates in jails across the state. The bail industry opposes reform, because it undercuts what for them is a cash cow.
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Charter Schools Tearing Public Campuses Apart

Charter Schools Tearing Public Campuses Apart
In California, conflicts arise from the process of co-location, wherein a charter school shares the same campus as a public school. Teachers and students report unequal treatment, and snubbing by the charter school staff and students.
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