05/25/2018

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California gains nearly 40,000 jobs, and unemployment falls to record low

California added 39,300 net new jobs in April, as the unemployment rate fell from 4.3% to a new record low of 4.2%, according to data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department. The report indicates that the California economy remains robust despite some fears job growth was tapering off. April showed marked improvement compared […]

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California’s top court makes it more difficult for employers to classify workers as independent contractors

In a ruling that could change the workplace status of people across the state, the California Supreme Court made it harder Monday for employers to classify their workers as independent contractors. The unanimous decision has implications for the growing gig economy, such as Uber, Lyft and other app-driven services — but it could extend to […]

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Slowdown in emissions reductions could explain stalled progress on smog, study finds

After decades of improvement, reductions in smog-forming emissions have slowed dramatically, according to new nationwide study based on satellite measurements. The findings could explain why progress cleaning air pollution in California and other parts of the country is faltering at a time when official estimates show pollution should be steadily declining. Emissions of smog-forming nitrogen […]

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Commuters who drive alone in zero-emission cars will no longer get free trips in L.A.’s toll lanes

In a bid to reduce congestion in toll lanes on the 110 and 10 freeways, Los Angeles County transportation officials on Thursday opted to end a program granting solo drivers of zero-emission vehicles free access to the lanes. Drivers with state-issued clean-air stickers will be charged a toll starting in November or December of this […]

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L.A. ends its frequently porous economic boycott of Arizona

Los Angeles is ending its economic boycott of Arizona, which was launched eight years ago to protest a hotly contested law targeting illegal immigration and then repeatedly lifted as the city continued buying products from that state. The restrictions, backed by lawmakers in 2010, were supposed to curb purchases from Arizona and largely stop city […]

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Cal State leader shelves proposed tuition hike: ‘It’s the right thing to do, but it’s not without risk’

Cal State, the nation’s largest public university system, will no longer consider a plan to raise tuition for the 2018-19 academic year, Chancellor Timothy P. White announced Friday. The decision is a bet that Sacramento will come through in the end. If Cal State loses that bet, it could mean cuts to campus programs. White […]

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Qualcomm slashes 1,500 jobs in California, and its NXP bid faces objections in China

Qualcomm Inc. is slashing at least 1,500 jobs in California, trying to cut costs, at the same time its $44-billion bid to acquire NXP Semiconductors is running into problems getting antitrust clearance from China. The San Diego company, a leading provider of chips for mobile phones, said the layoffs included permanent and temporary workers. The […]

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California’s largest pension fund sends next year’s invoice to state government: $6.3 billion

As part of a shift toward less optimistic expectations for investment returns to pay for government worker pensions, board members of the California Public Employees Retirement System voted Tuesday to require an almost $6.3-billion payment from the state budget in the fiscal year that begins on July 1. The action, which could receive final approval […]

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Six years after the state came in to save Inglewood Unified, the district faces a budget crisis, buildings in disrepair and lack of steady leadership

When the California Department of Education stepped in to save Inglewood’s schools after decades of mismanagement, it had a mandate to bring financial stability. Instead, the district has cycled through three leaders — not including interim appointees — chosen by Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. None has stayed long. The chaos of constant turnover […]

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California loses jobs in March, though unemployment stays at a record low

In a signal that California’s economic engine could be slowing after a remarkable run, the state lost 7,200 net jobs last month and increases in February were far less than originally estimated, according to data released Friday by the Employment Development Department. The decline was the first in nearly two years and follows a disappointing […]

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In California, national test scores show enduring achievement gaps

California was one of just 10 states to post statistically significant increases in eighth-grade reading. In 2015, the average reading score for California eighth-graders was 259 on the 500-point test. In 2017, the average was 263. . . . Otherwise, the state’s scores on the test were flat, which the state Dept. of Education downplayed.

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California Medicaid expansion enrolled hundreds of thousands of ineligible people, federal report finds

California signed up an estimated 450,000 people under Medicaid expansion who may not have been eligible for coverage, according to a report by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s chief watchdog. In a Feb. 21 report, the HHS inspector general estimated that California spent $738.2 million on 366,078 expansion beneficiaries who were ineligible. It […]

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Billions of dollars to help California’s homeless population are piling up — and going unspent

California’s homeless population has grown to more than 134,000 people, and key state government spending is taking a while to reach the streets. In summer 2016 the state approved its largest homeless program, a $2-billion loan to help finance new housing, but the money is tied up in court. That same year, lawmakers allocated $35 […]

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New California bill would give big state funding boost to affordable housing

A Bay Area legislator is unveiling new legislation to provide major state funding for cities and counties to finance low-income housing, transit and other infrastructure. Assembly Bill 3037 from Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) would re-create a version of a program known as redevelopment that set aside billions of dollars in property taxes each year […]

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Proposals to boost Cal State enrollment pass key trustees committee

A proposal to help find spots for Cal State applicants who are shut out of the most popular campuses passed a key committee Tuesday at the trustees meeting in Long Beach. The trustees are expected to vote Wednesday on the plan to chip away at a problem so serious that about 32,000 eligible applicants were […]

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