San Jose Post Record
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
GUEST COLUMNS

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

California requires employers to provide at least three days of paid sick leave each year to full-time workers. But when the pandemic hit, that wasn't enough to cover 14-day quarantine requirements.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has an opportunity to reform California's flawed recall process with the stroke of his pen.
President Joe Biden is leaning into his push to increase taxes on the rich as he seeks to unify Democrats in the House and Senate behind a $3.5 trillion bill that would expand federal efforts to fight climate change, reduce the cost of child care, expand educational access, reduce poverty and more.

Monday, September 27, 2021

The California Supreme Court recently rejected what it characterized as a "broad third exception" to the long-standing Privette doctrine which bars recovery in tort for employees of independent contractors.
My mother loved a pillow on a chair in her den that read "Screw the Golden Years." She cited it frequently to lament the health challenges of aging.
The pandemic exposed all manner of inequalities, including access to high speed internet. Almost a quarter of California households did not have broadband subscriptions in 2019, according to a report from California Broadband Council.
If you are among the nation's more than 31 million small businesses owners1, you likely spend much of your time juggling day-to-day activities of your business. While handling the here-and-now, it can be easy to put off planning for the future.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Congress is tied up in knots over the scope and financing of President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion basket of enhanced social, educational and medical benefits.
With the House of Representatives back in session, we are pleased that one of the first items on its agenda will be consideration of the bipartisan infrastructure bill approved by the Senate last month.
In the weeks leading up to California's recall election, Gov. Gavin Newsom warned voters that the Republican-led effort was about turning California into Texas or Florida.
Gov. Gavin Newsom just signed some of the biggest housing bills in years, including a measure that allows more than one house to be built on the single-family lots that comprise the vast majority of California's developable land.
Californians reduced their water use at home by a meager 1.8% statewide in July compared to last year, even after Gov. Gavin Newsom urged residents to conserve 15% and drought continues to spread across the state.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

For weeks leading up to Election Day, Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic leaders begged Californians to "just say no" to the recall. Rather than pore over the 46 names on the ballot to pick a promising — or for Newsom supporters, at least tolerable — back-up candidate in case the recall succeeded, the "no" campaign urged voters to skip the second question entirely.
The San Joaquin Valley town of Corcoran is sinking. It's fallen as much as 11.5 feet in some places, damaging drinking wells, changing the town's flood zones and undermining critical infrastructure. The story is so dramatic that the New York Times covered it recently.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Five Bay Area counties have come together to launch a new public awareness campaign: #DeliverBirthJustice.
This time around, corporations aren't going to be paying significantly higher taxes, at least not as high as some progressives wanted. Instead, the tax legislation focuses on raising revenue from the wealthy.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

For decades, scientists have warned that climate change would disrupt almost every natural life-sustaining system on our planet. What have we done about it?
Big changes are coming to a notoriously complex form that students need to submit to qualify for college financial aid — but the changes will mostly appear gradually, over the next few years.

Monday, September 20, 2021

AB 937 would ensure that immigrants who serve their sentences, are ordered released aren’t transferred to ICE detention.
Eliminating sweatshops with SB 62 is crucial to level the playing field for fashion brands that know how to balance profits, people and the planet.
This year resolve to review your options with a fresh perspective.

Friday, September 17, 2021

As final ballots were cast Tuesday and election officials began counting the votes for and against Newsom, critics of California's recall system contend that it's too easy to put a recall on the ballot and too easy for an unqualified candidate to become governor with only a relative handful of votes.
Living on the South Carolina coast means living under the threat of dangerous weather during storm season. But the added peril of the pandemic made Ann Freeman nervous.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

As if California needed another crisis, the state's seemingly perpetual wildfires are forcing millions of homeowners in fire-prone areas to pay skyrocketing premiums for insurance coverage — if, indeed, they can buy it at all.
This one poll upended the conventional wisdom that pundits and political consultants had been spouting for months: The Democratic governor of the reliably Democratic state had little reason to fear the Sept. 14 recall.
Democrats have been under fire for not running a top-tier potential replacement candidate in the recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom and instead calling on voters to leave the second question blank.
As a Black woman, I take the California recall election personally. It is an undemocratic assault on my right to vote.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Later this month, a group of renters in the United States will get a new break when they try to become homeowners: Their history of consistently paying their landlords will count toward qualifying for a mortgage.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Six years ago, the HBO network aired an episode of "True Detective," an anthology of complicated crime stories.
It can't be said enough; California's farming industry is a cornerstone of this great state – our growers provide food for your families and the world. As we hear so often during this pandemic, farming and agriculture are essential.
Here was Gov. Gavin Newsom, San Francisco's former mayor, who ascended to the apex of California government. Next to him stood Vice President Kamala Harris, another alum of San Francisco politics who climbed those same ranks at the same time, only to ascend further still, landing just short of the peak of American government.
Was your home damaged by Hurricane Ida? Insurance experts say you should file claims as soon as possible — if you have coverage.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Investors today live in an era offering unprecedented global investment choices, in both active and passive vehicles. Investments in each category have opportunities and challenges for investors to consider when crafting an optimal financial strategy.
State lawmakers are scrambling to craft a better solution for COVID-quarantined students — after schools and parents complained that recent changes to independent study laws were leaving them in the lurch.
Cynthia Rojas never had much interest in politics. A mother who owns an online business selling hair accessories from her home in West Los Angeles, Rojas chose Democrats when she voted. But she skipped a lot of elections — and she certainly never glanced at a city council agenda or attended school board meetings.
Legalizing cannabis was supposed to be about social justice. About ending mass incarceration of people of color for possessing a small amount of marijuana. About safer legal access.
The Central Valley's rice fields and wetlands are widely heralded as key rest and refuel stops for millions of migratory birds traveling along the Pacific Flyway. The rice fields provide more than 50% of the diet for the ducks and geese during their fall and winter migration.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Texas' new abortion law gives enforcement powers to private citizens. Is there precedent for that?
Gov. Gavin Newsom's $6 billion broadband plan approved by the Legislature in July is a massive investment providing California's best chance yet to close the digital divide and finally connect the state's remaining unserved households that still have no internet service or very slow service.
The country is the first to use Bitcoin as an official currency, encouraging businesses and citizens to use it in everyday transactions, and authorities struggled to smooth out glitches in the new system.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

An acquaintance had some good news to impart last week: Her son, who operates construction machinery, just got a raise from $43 an hour to $57.
California's bet on transitional rehabilitation programs is novel, and recent evidence suggests it is paying off.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Two weeks before voters decide whether to remove Gov. Gavin Newsom, a second round of stimulus payments is landing in the bank accounts of Californians who make less than $75,000 per year — with one glaring carve-out.
Unfounded rumors about election security have always been around, but they've been rampant since the 2020 election and former President Trump's "Stop the Steal" movement.
Governing a state is hard work, but governors aren't supposed to mislead citizens, make up sympathetic stories or create rules they neglect to follow. Yet Gov. Gavin Newsom is a repeat offender of all those.
More than 200 occupations are licensed the same way in California, from teachers to doctors. Professions that require public confidence are held to a high standard, and the privilege of practicing can be rescinded for failing to meet it. Law enforcement is not among those 200.
Assembly Bill 616 would grant to California farmworkers the same rights to vote by mail in union certification elections that all California voters enjoy in political elections.
The problem emerged last year as state employment systems were straining to process a crush of claims during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Kelly Rhoden, the principal at Nevada Union High School, spent her morning Monday scrambling to find substitutes for her absent teachers.
Imagine picking up the newspaper the day after the California gubernatorial recall election and reading an entirely plausible result: 51% of Californians voted to recall the governor and 49% voted to keep him in office.
If you're among those who plan to quit your current role in search of a better opportunity, it's important to consider how doing so could affect your finances. Here are some things to think about before you hand in your two-week notice.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Each year, nearly 4,000 Californians die in car crashes. More than three times that number are severely injured. The difference between death and injury is speed — and with every mile per hour, the risk only grows.
Under California law, non-exempt employees who are not provided a compliant meal and/or rest break must receive "premium pay" equal to one hour of pay.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Three decades ago, it became apparent that casino gambling was coming to California and the only question was who would control and benefit from it.
Republicans running to replace Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in the recall election have talked about making some big changes in California: Cut taxes. Give parents vouchers for private schools. Roll back some landmark environmental laws.
The only California governor to ever be recalled has some thoughts about how the process could be reformed.
Here's one you probably haven't heard before: The Legislature is considering a plan to make it easier for California community college students to get into a UC or Cal State campus, but current community college students aren't backing it.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

There is $12 billion in Gov. Gavin Newsom's state budget allocated for homelessness and affordable housing — enough to permanently take care of the vast majority of the state's needs.
Even before the pandemic, mental health disorders were among the most common chronic illnesses Californians face.
A year and a half of pandemic living has revealed — or reminded us of — some persistent patterns around money, gender, marriage and families. And they aren't always pretty.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

In the past month, four emergency room nurses — exhausted by the onslaught of patients and emotional turmoil wrought by COVID-19 — have quit at the Eureka hospital where Matt Miele works.
We pay more than $1 a gallon above the national average for fuel. That's just for starters. The effect of those high costs is not only oppressive to lower-income workers and their families, it's discriminatory.
With many legal protections for California's borrowers because of COVID-19 set to expire, better regulation and representation are urgently required to reverse this disturbing practice.
A new crop of mobile money apps are promoting themselves as part of the solution to a stubborn problem: a lack of financial savvy, particularly among young Americans.

Monday, August 30, 2021

It is dangerous to hide the ball from the opposing party; and doubly dangerous to hide the ball from the court.
Kevin Paffrath is running to be California's next governor in the Sept. 14 recall election, but he doesn't quite look, or talk, the part.
The differences between President Biden and Gov. Newsom were never as stark as they were earlier this month. Both leaders understand the urgency of climate change.
Heather Christiansen got an email on Aug. 14 from her son's school, saying her 10-year-old had been in contact with a classmate who tested positive for COVID-19.
Budgeting and financial planning are two terms that are easily confused. Both apply to personal finances and both are activities that can help you be financially successful now and in the future. Yet, while the two go hand-in-hand, they are not the same.

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