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Buenos dios desde the Global Nooner headquarters. Again, the leaves are beautiful and I wish I was in Rosorito, Mexico. It's election day in AD31, althought most voter don't know it. We'll see tonight, along with the results of Wisconsin's presidential primary, 

HIKE! Jerry Brown signs $15 minimum wage in California [David Siders @ SacBee] - “In adopting the measure, California joined New York as the first states in the nation to enact a plan to raise their statewide minimums to $15. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed his state’s legislation and was cheered by labor unions at a rally moments before Brown spoke in California.”

LET THERE BE FLIGHT: UC Davis Chancellor Katehi apologizes to lawmakers for taking DeVry seat [Diana Lambert @ Sam Stanton @ SacBee] - “UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi apologized to lawmakers Monday for what she called a lapse in judgment in accepting a seat on the board of the DeVry Education Group. “This will not happen again,” Katehi told lawmakers during an Assembly oversight hearing examining outside compensation for university leaders.”  

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Fish and Game's (and fellow King Hall alum) Lacy Bauer, CSBA's Bryan DeBlonk, and communications guru Rob Stutzman!




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Wage Hike A Classic Jerry Brown Act | The Sacramento Bee
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Governor opposed minimum wage boost, then embraced it

UC Offers Admission To 15% More Californians, Particularly Latinos And African Americans
The University of California announced Monday a significant boost in California students, particularly Latinos and African Americans, offered admission for fall 2016. The announcement comes as the UC system has been under political fire for what critics say is a policy of admitting too many applicants...

Minimum Wage Pause Button No Relief For Business :: Fox&hounds
As Governor Jerry Brown signs the new minimum wage increase law this morning, many in the business community are studying the proposed temporary pause mechanism built into the bill that is supposed to reassure businesses. It does not.

SF supervisors seek to make employers pay for family bonding time
San Francisco on Tuesday is nearly certain to become the first municipality in the nation to mandate that employers offer fully paid bonding time to employees who have babies. Currently, California pays 55 percent of a new parent’s salary for six weeks of bonding time, and Supervisor Scott Wiener’s legislation, introduced in January, would require businesses in the city that employ at least 20 people to pay the remaining 45 percent. California grants an extra six to eight weeks of disability pay, also at the 55 percent rate, to women who’ve given birth and who have contributed to the state disability program. The proposal has received national attention and praise from such groups as the Legal Aid Society’s Employment Law Center and Planned Parenthood’s Northern California Chapter. The United States is the world’s only industrialized country that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave, and supporters of Wiener’s legislation say it would allow new parents to spend time with their children without worrying about the financial hardship. Dwight is also the president of the city’s Small Business Commission and said Wiener, who is running for state Senate, should work on expanding parental leave at the state level if he’s elected. Kathleen Dooley, another commissioner and a florist in North Beach, called it “pretty outrageous” that under Wiener’s proposal an employee qualifies for paid leave for working just eight hours a week and does not have to refund the money as long as he or she stays with the company 90 days after returning from leave. Other San Francisco employer mandates include health care coverage, paid sick leave and a higher minimum wage — though California is on track to catch up with that. An economic analysis by the San Francisco Controller’s Office found that about 4,600 San Francisco residents file baby bonding claims with the state each year and receive an average of $743.39 in weekly benefits for an average of 5½ weeks. The report estimated it would cost San Francisco employers $15.8 million to $32.3 million a year, depending on whether passage encourages more people, particularly new fathers, to file state bonding claims.

CalPERS Rethinks Ban On Tobacco Stocks | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
Decision to sell stocks in 2001 has cost $3 billion, consultant says

Californians Fall A Bit Short Of Brown's Call For 25% Cut In Water Use After 9 Months Of Conservation
A rainbow forms in the spray as sprinklers water a residence in Beverly Hills. Statewide, Californians cut their urban water use by almost 25% between June and February, regulators said Monday.

Jerry Brown Signs $15 Minimum Wage In California | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
California and New York become first states to commit to $15 minimum wage

The Trump Factor: Will It Activate California’s Latino Voters? | Election 2016 | The California Report | Kqed News
Nothing has come easily to Gustavo Bedolla. And when you walk into his hair salon in downtown San Jose, it’s clear he has worked hard to develop “Bedolla” into a thriving business.

UC offers spots to more Californians â
University of California officials, in the wake of recent concerns over too many out-of-state admissions, announced Monday that offers of admission to California freshmen grew by 15 percent this year, with a total of 66,123 state students offered a spot at one of the system’s nine campuses. [...] UC officials said the system is intentionally limiting admission to out-of-state applicants and concentrating on increasing the number of seats going to state students. “We’ve intensified our efforts to boost enrollment of Californians at the University and all indications are that these efforts are working,” said UC President Janet Napolitano, in a statement. While 2,675 more nonresident freshmen were admitted this year compared to last, these additional applicants were not offered admission to the more desirable campuses, UCLA, Berkeley and San Diego, where nonresident admissions have been capped, officials said. The undergraduate admission numbers were released less than a week after a state audit showed the UC system has favored out-of-state students in recent years as a way to plug budget shortfalls. During the same period, enrollment of California students increased 10 percent, even though the UC campuses saw a 52 percent increase from in-state applicants.

A Delta Tunnel Project's Lofty Ambitions Have Been Scaled Back
A dog trotted down the middle of a levee road as red-winged blackbirds darted in and out of the reeds. A few fishermen dangled their baited lines into the muddy brown water. Only a close look at the Middle River revealed anything amiss in this part of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Instead of...

Tech Workers Lower Salary Expectations Amid Economic Uncertainty
The average salary sought by engineers and other tech professionals dropped by almost 13 percent in the first quarter of 2016, according to data provided by job-hunting platform Woo. Workers asked for $142,174 in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with $124,285 in the first quarter of this year. That data comes from information submitted by about 5,000 tech workers who use the platform, mostly in the Bay Area and New York.

Conservative Oildale Could Be A Bellwether Of How Trump's Message Translates In California
Betty Robison got so riled up debating with her son over Donald Trump and immigration that her voice drowned out the barks of her two Chihuahuas.

Big Pharma Not The King Of Ballot Cash In California, But It's Close | Politifact California
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Big-time spending is expected in the fight over California’s ballot measures this election year.

California Drought: Water-saving Rules To Ease, But Nobody's Off The Hook
"One average year does not mean that we can forget about saving water," said Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the State Water Resources Control Board. "We don't want to let our guard down."

Senate GOP Files Supreme Court Brief Against Obama’s Immigration Actions - Politico
A number of influential political players will be attending the conference, including Ted Cruz, who will be speaking on Saturday afternoon.

San Diego County's Drought Conservation Plummets In February |
Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, checked the snowpack depth near Echo Summit on March 30, 2016. El Nino has brought more rain and snow to Northern California than last year, but the state's drought remains. / photo by Associated Press

California's Top Court Tells Employers To Give Workers A Chair
Workers whose jobs can be done at least partly while sitting should not be forced to stand, the California Supreme Court said Monday. Above, a worker at a Target store.

California's New Minimum Wage Expected To Boost Bay Area Automation Firms
With wages rising and technology advancing and becoming cheaper, agriculture, restaurants and hotels are expected to turn more to automation. It's an unintended consequence of a law designed to improve the lives of lower-paid workers struggling in pricey California.

Alabama Lawmakers Threaten To Impeach Sex Scandal-plagued Governor - Politico
Megyn Kelly isn't sure yet if she wants to stay on with Fox News once her contract expires next year.

San Diego Deputy Fired For Slapping Woman In Wheelchair, Threatening Tourists Who Tried To Intervene
The San Diego County Civil Service Commission has upheld the firing of a sheriff’s deputy who slapped a woman in a wheelchair at least twice without provocation, then pulled out his badge and threatened a family of tourists from Arizona who tried to intervene.

Alaska's $2.6 Billion Virgin Buy To Boost Bay Area Service For Consumers
With the acquisition, Alaska Air Group, the Seattle-based parent company of Alaska Airlines, says it intends on increasing its presence at the region's three major airports, Mineta San Jose International, San Francisco International and Oakland International, and give more flying options to consumers by expanding further beyond its West Coast base of operations.

Supreme Court Rejects Wells Fargo Appeal On Overdraft Fees | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
In this file photo, customers use ATMs at a Wells Fargo Bank branch office on July 12, 2012 in Daly City, California. Wells Fargo had appealed a $203 million judgment for charging customers too much in overdraft fees relating to debit-card purchases, but the Supreme Court on Monday turned it away. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images