San Jose Post Record
Sunday, May 26, 2024
GUEST COLUMNS

Friday, May 24, 2024

When Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a much-revised 2024-25 state budget this month, he became visibly irritated when reporters pressed him about raising taxes to cover a $44.9 billion deficit, particularly the corporate tax hikes that left-leaning groups have suggested to avoid spending cuts in health, welfare and education programs.
Based on their line of questioning, California Supreme Court justices seemed to be reaching for a compromise as they heard oral arguments Tuesday in the long-running legal saga over whether gig workers should be considered independent contractors or employees.
Special interest groups spent more than $114 million to lobby California officials and legislators in the first quarter of this year, matching the pace last year when a record $480 million was spent to influence state policy decisions.
Few places in California are as unforgiving for driving an electric car as the remote and sparsely populated Imperial Valley.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Homelessness gets top billing in a measure likely to make it onto your November ballot. Whether the measure has anything to do with homelessness is debatable.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

As Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislators spend the next few weeks fashioning a state budget that's plagued by a multibillion-dollar deficit, they can't count on a booming economy to make their task easier.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a huge deficit this spring, and he has one especially big money-saving option that he's not using.
In January, the University of California Board of Regents broke the hearts of undocumented students by halting a proposal to allow them to work on campus. A few days later, David Alvarez had a plan. The Democratic assemblymember from Chula Vista huddled with student organizers and decided to draft a bill to compel the UC, as well as the community colleges and California State University, to do what the UC regents would not.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Just minutes after Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a revised state budget with billions of dollars in spending reductions on Friday, advocates for affected programs began showering reporters with statements of dismay.
Desperate for a way to help the tens of thousands of people living in tents, cars and RVs on California's streets, lawmakers are attempting to upend a key tenet of the state's homelessness policy.
For students struggling with the cost of college, Gov. Gavin Newsom has some bad news: there may be less financial aid this fall.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

State education officials are intervening to force San Francisco's school system to clean up its financial mess: a chronic budget deficit that could make it insolvent.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Among the most controversial bills that died this spring was a measure prompted by allegations that Gov. Gavin Newsom secured a lucrative benefit for a billionaire supporter by exempting his restaurants from a minimum wage increase.
Nathan Reyes lives with his family five minutes from Cal State Los Angeles, where he's paying close to nothing to earn a bachelor's degree that typically lands graduates a salary of $62,000 within five years of completing college.

Friday, May 10, 2024

The ABA has urged the Department of Homeland Security to modify and clarify the directives for border searches of lawyers' devices, and has issued an advisory with suggestions such as using device alternatives, taking pre-inspection precautions, and objecting to searches on privilege grounds.
Over the last half-decade, state government has spent about $24 billion to ameliorate California's worst-in-the-nation homelessness crisis. Local governments and private charities have spent countless billions more.
The California Supreme Court will decide in the coming weeks whether to remove a sweeping anti-tax measure from the November ballot, blocking an effort to increase the requirements for implementing taxes, fees and other government charges in the state before voters have a chance to weigh in.
Democratic Assemblymember Juan Carrillo has mixed feelings about the Joshua trees that are scattered across his sprawling Southern California desert district.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The pro-Palestinian encampment at UCLA last week became the latest campus tinderbox to erupt.
Who is the flesh-and-blood landlord with a city-spanning portfolio of apartments concealed behind an obscurely-named limited liability company? Who is the proprietor of a local restaurant, hotel or regional car wash chain shrouded beneath a corporate veil? Who actually owns what in California?
California Attorney General Rob Bonta on Friday announced a $273 million multistate settlement with New Jersey-based Amneal Pharmaceutical for the drug manufacturer's alleged failure to report suspicious opioid orders, and as a consequence contributing to the opioid epidemic.
Last week Ed Center, a foster parent from San Francisco County, told a Senate budget subcommittee a painful story about reaching his breaking point during his son's COVID-era mental health crisis. His son's breakdowns included violent tantrums and blacking out his own face from family portraits with a marker.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Remote workers who work in California only part of the time may not be covered by § 925, but they may still be able to void their non-compete agreements under § 16600 if they file suit in California or in a state that respects California's laws.

Monday, April 29, 2024

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