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Sen. Hertzberg: "There is not honor in going out and working hard and then you got to go beg for" help.

June 3, 2015

As labor unions lead a nationwide push for a higher minimum wage, the California Senate on Monday approved raising the state's required hourly rate to $11 in 2016 and $13 in 2017.

Under Senate Bill 3, which passed by a vote of 23-15, California's minimum wage would also begin increasing annually in 2019 based on inflation. The measure heads next to the Assembly.

By Timm Herdt

June 3, 2015

Advancing Tuesday was SB 405, which would require counties to implement an amnesty program next year to allow individuals with outstanding fines for traffic or parking infractions to settle their fines for half the outstanding costs. In addition, those who apply for the amnesty would immediately have their driver’s licenses restored.

The fine for the actual infraction is just a small portion of the overall charge, which routes money to a range of public safety uses

June 3, 2015

By Matt Fountain

Senator Bob Hertzberg who addressed the crowd

May 28, 2015

Memorial Day at the old Pioneer Cemetery in Sylmar on May 25, 2015 was another success for the San Fernando Valley Historical Society (SFVHS). The observance began with a color guard and the strains of our national anthem sung by Stefni Valencia. The audience of about 350 enjoyed wisdom from Abraham Lincoln, wreath-layings by Civil War re-enactors and the local Marine Corps League, and the haunting sound of “Taps” performed by two buglers from Boy Scout Troop 104.

Tax proposals by unions and activists may loosen Gov. Brown's grip on the budgets

May 25, 2015

SACRAMENTO --- When it comes to California's roller-coaster finances, Gov. Jerry Brown has bent lawmakers and voters to his will, rejecting new spending programs, passing a temporary tax hike and strengthening the state's rainy-day fund.

But now a series of tax-related proposals, some backed by powerful interest groups or a rich benefactor, could loosen his tight grip on the budget.

California should rebalance its fiscal formula by reducing income taxes while extending a sales tax on services

May 23, 2015

By Nathan Gardels

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has called for an emergency rule to prevent courts from requiring drivers to pay traffic tickets before they can go to court to contest them.

May 21, 2015

Weighing in on a troubled system, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has called for an emergency rule to prevent courts from requiring drivers to pay traffic tickets before they can go to court to contest them.

Cantil-Sakauye this week asked the Judicial Council, the policy-making body of the courts, to write an emergency rule “that makes it clear that Californians do not have to pay for a traffic infraction before being able to appear in court.”

May 21, 2015

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A recent study shows traffic tickets in California are considered a multibillion-dollar business for state and local governments.

A bill at the state Capitol is now hoping to put thebrakes on rising traffic violation fees.

City of Angels ready to carry torch if Boston 2024 bid falters

May 19, 2015

Los Angeles is ready and waiting to grab the Olympic rings away if Boston's bid continues to stumble — while a USOC official said yesterday the Hub's claim to the games is not a sure thing.

“There's no guarantee that Boston will be the city in September," U.S. Olympic Committee member Angela Ruggiero told Boston city councilors. “Right now we need the strong support of Boston, but the USOC is in the phase where we're hand-in-hand, we're partnering. We want Boston to succeed, so we're doing everything possible."

Gov. Jerry Brown should join movement to reform state's outdated tax policy

May 17, 2015

By George Skelton
 

California government is too dependent on the unreliable super-wealthy and their seesawing investments, plus an outdated sales tax that exempts the new economy: services.

The nonpartisan legislative analyst warned about the erratic tax stream Friday in assessing Brown's budget.

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