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CA's Guantanamo: Torture Tactics Continue at Pelican Bay

CA's Guantanamo: Torture Tactics Continue at Pelican Bay
CA prisons continue their horrific treatment of prisoners. A former inmate and current Berkeley student talks about his experience in the prison system, and how utterly ineffective the drastic punishment measures are.
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California Women's Group Denounces Gov Brown’s Attempts to Weaken Domestic Violence Penal Code

California Women's Group Denounces Gov Brown’s Attempts to Weaken Domestic Violence Penal Code
The California Chapter of the National Organization for Women announced that they will be waging a very public campaign to call on Governor Brown to remove the provision in the budget bill that eliminates domestic violence enforcement mandates from police officers and departments.
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Using the Kids: The Pro-Choice State Debate in CA

Using the Kids: The Pro-Choice State Debate in CA
By allowing trained nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician's assistants to provide first-trimester abortion care, the Abortion Access Bill will allow more women in California to get the care they need from local providers they know and trust.
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The Labor Movement Sets Its Eye on Sacramento

The Labor Movement Sets Its Eye on Sacramento
In April, more than 600 labor leaders and union activists gathered in Sacramento for California Labor’s annual Joint Legislative Conference, co-sponsored by the California Labor Federation and the State Building & Construction Trades Council.
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Revamping the Refinery Industry to Prevent Further Chevron Catastrophes

Revamping the Refinery Industry to Prevent Further Chevron Catastrophes
Something smells when an agency purposefully cripples its own enforcement abilities. One good example is the Department of Toxic Substances Control. The DTSC exists to protect communities like Richmond from toxic harm. And for years, it's done a very poor job of it.
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F-35 Production Creates More Than 27,000 Jobs in CA

F-35 Production Creates More Than 27,000 Jobs in CA
The Golden State is home to nearly 300 manufacturers that produce more than 27,000 direct and indirect jobs and has an economic impact of more than $6 billion.
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War Medals Reunited to CA Family Who Never Knew They Existed

War Medals Reunited to CA Family Who Never Knew They Existed
A Southern California woman who grew up knowing little of her father — a heroic casualty of World War II — is now the proud owner of his long-lost battle medals, including a Silver Star and Purple Heart.
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Rick Perry's Job Poaching Presentation Falls Flat in CA

Rick Perry's Job Poaching Presentation Falls Flat in CA
Rick Perry's job-poachin' trip to California didn't sit well with the locals, especially when he tried to steal companies away from their local communities. In Oxnard, Perry met with Haas Automotive, located in Ventura County. The company is planning an expansion, and is flirting with leaving California rather than expand on land adjacent to their current headquarters.
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Labor Victory for LA Toll Group Drivers

Labor Victory for LA Toll Group Drivers
L.A. Toll Group drivers have ratified their first contract as members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters marking the first such contract in the dryage industry in 30 years. The workers, who haul apparel and merchandise from the L.A. Ports, will receive a $6 raise, paid sick leave, paid overtime, guaranteed shift hours, a pension plan, and more affordable health care coverage.
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Pay Up: Over $1 Million in CA Construction Labor Violations Accrued

California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su has wrapped up two separate investigations of contractors on public work projects who failed to properly pay their employees. The returned wages and fines between the two investigations total over $1 million. Among the many violations were failure to pay prevailing wages, failure to pay into fringe benefit programs, and failure to pay for weekend work and overtime.
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