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Job Related Injuries Report In the first comprehensive review of its kind since 1992, a UC Davis researcher has estimated the national annual price tag of occupational injuries and illnesses at $250 billion, much higher than generally assumed.That figure is $31 billion more than the direct and indirect costs of all cancer, $76 billion more than diabetes and $187 billion more than strokes.The study strongly suggests that the U.S. should place greater emphasis on reducing work-related injury and illnesses, especially since the costs have risen by more than $33 billion (inflation adjusted) since the 1992 analysis, the author said.

 

California has spent $277,000 fighting prison officers' union -- The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has spent more than a quarter-million dollars on outside attorneys to fight the long-running union paid leave battle with the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, spokeswoman Lynelle Jolley said in an email to The State Worker. Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee -- 1/31/12

 

Kaiser workers striking Tuesday throughout Northern California -- Kaiser Permanente workers throughout Northern California will walk off the job Tuesday in a dispute over a new contract for mental health and optical employees. Sandy Kleffman in the Contra Costa Times -- 1/31/12

 

Health Workers Stage One-Day Strike at Kaiser

The National Union of Healthcare Workers is calling on 4,000 of its members in California to walk out on Kaiser Permanente for 24 hours beginning this morning. Members of the California Nurses Association and a smaller engineers' union could join the action in sympathy.

 

Worker buried alive at Milpitas construction site

The Associated Press Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 Sac Bee

MILPITAS, Calif. -- California workplace safety regulators are investigating a fatal construction accident in which a 37-year-old carpenter was buried and crushed when a hillside collapsed.

 

State News: 1.31

 

Walters: Think Long committee falls short of ballot goal -- Would it be churlish to say that the much-ballyhooed Think Long Committee for California fell short on fortitude? Or merely accurate? Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee -- 1/31/12

 

Jerry Brown urged to take control of California's campaign finance database -- A state senator who is running for secretary of state is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to take over California's beleaguered online campaign finance database, which was down for most of last month. Nicholas Riccardi in the Los Angeles Times -- 1/31/12


Gingrich vs. Romney: Who Should Progressives Root For?

Posted on 31 January 2012 By Paul Hogarth

For a partisan Democrat whose only concern is the re-election of President Obama, the choice is clear: Newt Gingrich would make a far weaker Republican opponent than Mitt Romney. But for progressives with an eye on the long haul, it’s less obvious who would be the more desirable GOP nominee in 2012.

 

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Job safety program works when enforced, study finds -- California may get a bad rap from businesses for its supposedly burdensome workplace regulations, but a new study shows that one 20-year-old provision to keep workers safe is doing its job – when it's followed up by inspections and fines. Daniel J. Goldstein California Watch -- 1/30/12

 

RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Union, county prepare for strike

BY DUANE W. GANG BY DUANE W. GANGThe Press EnterpriseSTAFF WRITER

27 January 2012

Riverside County will go to court Monday seeking to keep nearly 300 nurses and other health professionals from taking part in a day-long strike planned by the county’s second-largest union.

 

DA visits local construction sites for workers' comp check

Three area contractors out of compliance

January 26, 2012  Tomoya Shimura, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Carrying a badge and a gun on his belt, Steve Rivera walked into a trailer at the new Walmart Supercenter construction site.

The senior investigator for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office politely asked site supervisors to give him a list of their subcontractors, explaining he was making sure they are carrying workers’ compensation insurance.

 

Union membership dips slightly in California, still 7th highest

January 27, 2012

Union membership among California's workers declined fractionally in the last year, according to an annual survey by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, but remains seventh highest among the states.
 

RAND Finds I2P2 Works in California, When It's Enforced

With federal OSHA planning its own injury and illness prevention program standard, the new report shows effective enforcement is vital to achieving injury and major hazard reductions.

 

  • Jan 30, 2012

 

If employers, safety managers, and workers want to know how OSHA's planned injury and illness prevention program (I2P2) standard would work in the real world, they now have a rigorous study answering the question. John Mendeloff, director of RAND Corporation's Center for Health and Safety in the Workplace, headed the five-member team that wrote it.

 

Calif. Business Owner Fakes Wages

Charged with 57 Underground Economy Violations, $700,000 Loss

By Melissa Stewart  January 30, 2012

Doherty Painting & Construction is not a trusted employer. The owner, Frances Ann Doherty, 51, of Millbrae Calif. has been arraigned in San Francisco Superior Court for 57 felony counts related to payroll theft and workers' compensation insurance premium fraud.

“The crimes we have charged against this employer are extremely serious,” says San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.

 

Thousands of Kaiser Permanente workers are expected to walk off the job Tuesday over contract disputes involving the health maintenance organization's mental health and optical employees.

 

Lockouts press union workers

Wesley G. Hughes, Staff Writer   01/29/2012

My grandson Nick can take care of himself but it's tough even for a 6-foot-4, handsome hunk of American muscle when the corporate people jump on workers.

 

State News: 1.30

 

High-stakes labor battle coming to California -- The state's powerful labor groups have anxiously witnessed union rights and benefits being gutted in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. Now, unions in California are girding for an all-out war over a ballot initiative that would curb their ability to raise political cash. Steven Harmon in the San Jose Mercury -- 1/30/12

 

Pension earnings dip amid gloomy forecasts -- The nation’s two largest public pension funds last week reported slim annual investment earnings, CalPERS 1.1 percent and CalSTRS 2.3 percent, as experts continue to say hitting their long-term earnings target, 7.75 percent, will be difficult. Ed Mendel Calpensions.com -- 1/30/12

 

CalBuzz: Calbuzz Decodes the Prez Candidates’ Messages -- With his State of the Union address last week, President Obama began to spell out the central themes of the re-election campaign he will be running against (most likely) Mitt Romney or (less likely) Newt Gingrich. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 1/30/12

 

Skelton: By any name, it's lobbying -- Gingrich bristled at Romney's L-word tag, but it's all semantics. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times -- 1/30/12

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CA Workers Lose Billions in Wages Due to I.T. Piracy

January 27, 2012 by Staff  

SACRAMENTO, CA — Protect California Jobs & Innovation (PCJI) Wednesday released the findings of a study conducted by the Orange County Business Council quantifying the economic and job impacts of software piracy in California.

 

California Warehouse Workers Fight Retaliation

Matthew Cunningham-Cook

David Acosta had seen a lot of illegality in the warehouse where he works in the Inland Empire, a yawning concrete distribution complex that stretches for miles east of Los Angeles. Getting paid a piece rate instead of an actual wage, people losing their jobs for pointing out safety violations—it was clear that something was wrong.

 

State News: 1.27

 

Jerry Brown talks taxes, pensions at L.A. Chamber of Commerce -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday urged 1,500 Los Angeles political and business leaders to back his proposal for higher taxes and implored them to pressure lawmakers in Sacramento to overhaul the state's pension system this year. Rosanna Xia and Anthony York in the Los Angeles Times -- 1/27/12

 

Podcast: Sales Pitch -- Maybe all those years spent on the rough seas of California politics help explain why, so far, Governor Jerry Brown has charted a pretty successful course for his November tax initiative. John Myers Capitol Notes -- 1/27/12

 

California Health Insurance: Workers Paying More, Getting Less According to InstantHealthInsuranceQuotes.com

According to InstantHealthInsuranceQuotes.com, Employees Facing Increased Premiums, Higher Deductibles, Cost Sharing

California (PRWEB) January 26, 2012

When it comes to California Health Insurance, California employers are shifting more costs to their employees. According to InstantHealthInsuranceQuotes.com, as health insurance premiums increase, companies are having employees contribute a higher percentage to their monthly premium, absorb annual increases, and watch their health benefits decline through higher deductibles and co-pays.

 

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Job Related Injuries Report In the first comprehensive review of its kind since 1992, a UC Davis researcher has estimated the national annual price tag of occupational injuries and illnesses at $250 billion, much higher than generally assumed.That figure is $31 billion more than the direct and indirect costs of all cancer, $76 billion more than diabetes and $187 billion more than strokes.The study strongly suggests that the U.S. should place greater emphasis on reducing work-related injury and illnesses, especially since the costs have risen by more than $33 billion (inflation adjusted) since the 1992 analysis, the author said.

 

California has spent $277,000 fighting prison officers' union -- The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has spent more than a quarter-million dollars on outside attorneys to fight the long-running union paid leave battle with the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, spokeswoman Lynelle Jolley said in an email to The State Worker. Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee -- 1/31/12

 

Kaiser workers striking Tuesday throughout Northern California -- Kaiser Permanente workers throughout Northern California will walk off the job Tuesday in a dispute over a new contract for mental health and optical employees. Sandy Kleffman in the Contra Costa Times -- 1/31/12

 

Health Workers Stage One-Day Strike at Kaiser

The National Union of Healthcare Workers is calling on 4,000 of its members in California to walk out on Kaiser Permanente for 24 hours beginning this morning. Members of the California Nurses Association and a smaller engineers' union could join the action in sympathy.

 

Worker buried alive at Milpitas construction site

The Associated Press Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 Sac Bee

Last modified: 2012-01-31T05:51:53Z

Copyright 2012 . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

California workplace safety regulators are investigating a fatal construction accident in which a 37-year-old carpenter was buried and crushed when a hillside collapsed.

 

State News: 1.31

 

Walters: Think Long committee falls short of ballot goal -- Would it be churlish to say that the much-ballyhooed Think Long Committee for California fell short on fortitude? Or merely accurate? Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee -- 1/31/12

 

Jerry Brown urged to take control of California's campaign finance database -- A state senator who is running for secretary of state is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to take over California's beleaguered online campaign finance database, which was down for most of last month. Nicholas Riccardi in the Los Angeles Times -- 1/31/12


Gingrich vs. Romney: Who Should Progressives Root For?

Posted on 31 January 2012 By Paul Hogarth

For a partisan Democrat whose only concern is the re-election of President Obama, the choice is clear: Newt Gingrich would make a far weaker Republican opponent than Mitt Romney. But for progressives with an eye on the long haul, it’s less obvious who would be the more desirable GOP nominee in 2012.

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Study: Recession Impacts California Workers’ Compensation

By Don Jergler | January 25, 2012

More people in California stayed on disability longer because a fewer “light duty” jobs are available in the down economy, authors of a study on worker’s compensation said.

The impact of the recession on California’s workers’ compensation system was felt on indemnity costs per claim, which grew faster from 2007 to 2009 than in prior years, according to a study issued by the Workers Compensation Institute this week.

 

California Legislator: Feds Will Step Up Involvement in Insurance Industry

By Don Jergler | January 25, 2012

“Listen to me now, understand me later.”

State Sen. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, gave a well-received Arnold Schwarzenegger impression, chest heaving and heavy on the former California governor’s thick Austrian accent.

 

Union, Fresno County officials still at odds

- The Fresno Bee Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 | By Kurtis Alexander The Fresno Bee

Fresno County management and union leaders remained no closer to settling their differences heading into the third and final day of a labor strike.

Both sides Tuesday were staking the future on a meeting ordered by the state labor board, scheduled for Thursday and Friday in Sacramento. It will be the first time the parties have met formally since November -- when talks stalled and the county proceeded with pay cuts for thousands of workers.

 

Neediest Valley residents hurt the most by 3-day Fresno County labor strike

- The Fresno Bee Jan. 25, 2012

By Kurtis Alexander The Fresno Bee

KERMAN -- Jacqui Dixon borrowed gas money Wednesday to drive to town.

So when she got here, the recently separated mother of two was outraged to find a "closed" sign at her destination: a social services office shut down during the Fresno County labor strike.

"I can't believe this," Dixon said. "My kids are hungry. The office is supposed to be here to help people."

 

REPORT: Calif. Workers Lose Billions in Wages Due to I.T. Piracy

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Orange County Business Council Study Finds California Lost $1.6 Billion in Economic Activity; Nearly 20,000 Jobs and $700 Million in Tax Revenue in 2011

"I will not stand by when our competitors don't play by the rules... It's not right when another country lets our movies, music and software be pirated.

 

Woodland man found guilty of five counts of workers' compensation insurance fraud

Published By Daily Democrat   01/26/2012

A Woodland man was found guilty of workers' compensation insurance fraud by a Yolo County Jury on Tuesday.

Stephen Eugene Harder, 45, was found guilty after he tried to claim benefits and was caught, the District Attorney's Office said in a news release.

Harder faces a maximum of eight years imprisonment, and a fine of $150,000.

 

State News: 1.26

 

California taxes not business-friendly, conservative group says -- California's combination of business, sales, income and other taxes ranks it close to the bottom of the 50 states for being business-friendly, according to an index put out by a conservative Washington think tank. Marc Lifsher in the Los Angeles Times -- 1/26/12

 

Jarvis tells businesses to not let Jerry Brown 'cajole' them on taxes -- Less than a week after Gov. Jerry Brown claimed widespread business support for his ballot initiative to raise taxes - including donations from big healthcare and oil companies - the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and California chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business urged business groups this afternoon to resist any effort by Brown to "cajole" them. David Siders SacBee Capitol Alert -- 1/26/12

 

Skelton: Poll shows strong support for Jerry Brown's tax hike proposal -- Gov. Jerry Brown has California voters right where he wants them — hating the notion of whacking schools even more than the prospect of paying a higher sales tax. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times -- 1/26/12

 

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Workers' comp costs driven by recession

Sacramento Business Journal by Kelly Johnson, Staff Writer and Social-Media Strategist

Tuesday, January 24, 2012,

The recession has touched everything, including the cost of workers’ compensation claims.

The faster growth of workers’ comp costs per claim in California after 2007 may be partly due to the recession, according to a new study.

 

State News: 1.25

 

PPIC poll delivers voters' mixed signals on California budget -- California voters like Gov. Jerry Brown's idea of making high earners pay more taxes, but otherwise are of mixed minds about solving the state's chronic budget woes, according to the Public Policy Institute of California's latest poll on the topic. Dan Smith SacBee Capitol Alert

Anthony York in the Los Angeles Times  

STEVEN HARMON in the San Jose Mercury 

MICHAEL GARDNER UT Sandiego 

TOM VERDIN AP

Wyatt Buchanan in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 1/25/12

 

If Not For Schools, Would Brown's Tax Hike Be A Dud? -- Governor Jerry Brown will no doubt love the headline out of the brand new statewide public poll: 68% of likely voters say they support his November initiative to raise taxes and earmark the money for public schools. John Myers Capitol Notes -- 1/25/12

 

Calbuzz Panel: Newt Could Win, Then Crush the GOP -- With Mitt Romney demonstrating all the verve of an attack mouse, not to mention his tax returns, off-shore bank accounts and serial flip-flops, members of our Calbuzz Consultanate are reconsidering that in-the-bag nomination they predicted just a couple of weeks ago. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 1/25/12

 

AM Alert: Californians see clouds in the forecast for Capitol

January 25, 2012

It looks like Californians' optimism has its limits when it comes to state government.

Last January, 58 percent of Golden State residents thought that Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature would be able to work together to accomplish a lot in a year, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.




U.S. Supreme Court lets worker protections stand -- Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle

 

Rise in Calif. workers comp indemnity costs may be due to recession: Study

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The recent recession may have driven…

 

US Supreme court overturns California meat safety law

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court Monday overturned a California law …

 

State News: 1.24

 

Walters: Jerry Brown's budget ups the stakes over California education -- Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee

 

Union plans one-day strike -- DUANE W. GANG in the Riverside Press

 

Unions losing influence? -- Ryan Lillis in the Sacramento Bee

 

AM Alert: Find a (Democratic) party for the State of the Union

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U.S. Supreme Court lets worker protections stand -- The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by supermarket owners on Monday challenging the authority of California cities, including several in the Bay Area, to protect workers from being fired immediately when their company changes owners. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 1/24/12

 

Rise in Calif. workers comp indemnity costs may be due to recession: Study

January 23, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The recent recession may have driven an increase in workers compensation indemnity costs in California, according to the Workers Compensation Research Institute.

 

US Supreme court overturns California meat safety law

(AFP) – 1 day ago 

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court Monday overturned a California law that set strict standards for slaughtering and selling the meat of sick and injured animals.

The Supreme Court said California's law ran afoul of the Federal Meat Inspection Act.

 

State News: 1.24

 

Walters: Jerry Brown's budget ups the stakes over California education -- The state budget contains hundreds of specific provisions but none is bigger, more complicated, more politicized, more emotional – or more important – than the 30 or so billion dollars that it spends on K-12 education. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee -- 1/24/12

 

Union plans one-day strike -- Riverside County’s second-largest union is planning a one-day general strike next week to protest the pension and benefit changes imposed on employees last year. DUANE W. GANG in the Riverside Press -- 1/24/12

 

Unions losing influence? -- Labor unions, historically a powerful interest group at Sacramento City Hall, are suddenly at a crossroads. Ryan Lillis in the Sacramento Bee -- 1/24/12

 

AM Alert: Find a (Democratic) party for the State of the Union

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address today. January 24, 2012

Sacramento's speech-watching party for Obama supporters will be held at 5 p.m. at Head Hunters restaurant, 1930 K Street. Find a watch party near you here.

In case you feel accessories are required, the Obama campaign is offering "I bark for Barack" car magnets featuring first pet Bo.

 

Workers' comp reforms, rulings cut benefits by 58%

Monday, January 23, 2012  Kelly Johnson, Sacramento Business Journal

The reforms seven years ago of California’s workers’ compensation system plus some later court rulings that changed the interpretation of the law have collectively cut benefits to permanent injured workers by 58 percent, a new draft report says.

 

Kaiser hospital workers plan one-day strike Tuesday

By Darrell Smith Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 By Darrell Smith The Sacramento Bee

Last modified: 2012-01-21T06:23:28Z

Thousands of Kaiser Permanente hospital workers and nurses will walk off the job Jan. 31, making good on threats to strike over stalled bargaining talks with the health network.

Officials representing some 4,000 members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers told Kaiser on Tuesday they will be grabbing picket signs for the one-day walkout.

 

Employers in California pay slightly more into premiums for workers’ compensation insurance

January 21 | by Alicia Williams

According to Dave Jones, the California insurance commissioner, the top 100 companies in the state, which make up 96.7 percent of its market, have increased the rates that they have filed by an 2.8 percent average so far this year.

 

Fresno County workers launch labor strike

- The Fresno Bee By BoNhia Lee and Kurtis Alexander The Fresno Bee

Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

9:20 a.m.: About half of Fresno County's library branches are closed today because of the labor strike.

 

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New pension forecasts: what if earnings falter? -- A new advisory panel, following a move by CalPERS last year, recommends that public pensions take a small step that touches on a big issue: What happens if pension fund earnings fall below the forecast? Ed Mendel Calpensions.com -- 1/23/12

 

Jones: California Workers’ Comp Filings Show Companies Using Advisory Rates

By Don Jergler | January 19, 2012

A majority of companies are using California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’ approved advisory pure premium rates in their rate filings for 2012, and the result is a combined increase of 2.8 percent for companies, according to Jones’ office.

 

CA Dept. of Insurance: Work comp insurers using advisory pure premium rates

On behalf of Law Office of Thomas M. DeBenedetto posted in Workers' Compensation Law on Thursday, January 19, 2012

In workers' compensation law news, the California Department of Insurance recently announced that the majority of work comp insurers doing business in the state are increasing their base or premium rates for the upcoming year.

 

Report: Calif. town’s police chiefs, officers got unwarranted disability, workers comp awards

By Associated Press,

BELL, Calif. — The California city of Bell says three former police chiefs and other employees received disability pensions worth millions of dollars that they didn’t earn.

 

Report: California Program has Little Effect on Worker Injuries, Fatalities

While safety standards listed under the state Injury and Illness Prevention Program typically improve safety, the commission said it's unclear whether state mandates cause employers to be safer than companies that voluntarily implement such practices.

  • By Sheena Harrison  January 19, 2012

California's Injury and Illness Prevention Program has had little impact on reducing worker injuries and fatalities in the state, according to a report from the California Commission for Health, Safety and Workers' Compensation.

 

Forever 21 Sued by Employees Over Unpaid Labor

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. at FindLaw.com

Thu Jan 19, 2012

Popular retail chain Forever 21 is being sued by some former and current retail employees. The California class action suit claims that workers were not properly compensated for the company's employee bag checks.

 

WORKPLACE: Warehouse workers say job cuts are retaliatory

BY JACK KATZANEK

Published: 18 January 2012

Workers at the Schneider Logistics distribution complex in Mira Loma who sued over wage and hour issues last year now claim they’re being fired in retaliation for filing the lawsuit.

 

Fresno County braces for next week's labor strike

- The Fresno Bee Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 | By Kurtis Alexander The Fresno Bee

Fresno County officials said Thursday that next week's planned labor strike won't affect public safety, even with hundreds of jail guards poised to walk off the job.

In light of the three-day strike, county leaders have warned that libraries, health clinics and service counters could close, and welfare programs may be suspended.

 

State News: 1.20

 

Jerry Brown to make water project proposal by summer -- Gov. Jerry Brown said today that he will make a proposal by summer for a peripheral canal or other way to move water through or around the Delta, a controversial, multi-billion project. David Siders SacBee Capitol Alert -- 1/20/12

 

California lawmakers take skeptical eye to Jerry Brown's budget -- While Gov. Jerry Brown sold his budget plan to outside groups in Southern California, state lawmakers greeted his proposal with a skeptical eye Thursday inside the Capitol. Kevin Yamamura SacBee Capitol Alert Chris Megerian LA Times PolitiCal -- 1/20/12

 

Workers comp premium rate hike of 2.8% requested in California

January 18, 2012

SACRAMENTO—The top 100 insurers writing workers compensation insurance in California filed for a pure premium rate increase averaging 2.8% for 2012, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced Tuesday.

 

California car washers win $1 million in back pay

by: Mark Gruenberg

January 19 2012

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - The first-ever group of unionized carwash workers, at Bonus Car Wash in Santa Monica, Calif., won a $1 million back pay settlement on Jan. 11, advocates and the state's attorney general announced.

 

Union says 4,100 Fresno County workers will strike

The Associated Press

01/19/2012

FRESNO, Calif.—Fresno County's largest labor union says 4,100 county workers will stage a three-day walkout starting Monday.

The Service Employees International Union , which represents about a third of the county's 6,000 workers, gave notice on Wednesday that the Monday-through-Wednesday walkout is a protest against recent pay cuts.

 

State News: 1.19

 

Walters: Jerry Brown puts his contradictions on display -- Jerry Brown devoted much of Wednesday's State of the State speech to dissing "declinists" who portray California as failing because they don't understand that "California is turbulent, less predictable and, well, different." Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee -- 1/19/12

 

Brown Urges Action, Vision In State of the State -- If there's one takeaway from Governor Jerry Brown's 2012 State of the State address, it may be this: Brown faces the unique task this year of preaching both boldness and austerity... all at the same time. John Myers Capitol Notes -- 1/19/12

 

4,000 Fresno County workers will go on strike starting Monday -- Fresno County's largest labor union gave notice Wednesday that it will strike in protest of recent pay cuts, setting the stage for some 4,100 workers to walk off the job for three days starting Monday. Kurtis Alexander in the Fresno Bee -- 1/19/12




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