California

State unemployment hits 7.3% in July

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 08/15/2008 - 10:00pm


(08-15) 11:12 PDT SACRAMENTO -- California's economic slide gained momentum in July when the unemployment rate reached 7.3 percent, up from 7 percent in June and nearly two percentage points greater than it was one year ago, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

There were 1,352,000 unemployed people in California last month - 70,000 more than in June and up by 374,000 compared with July 2007.

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Bill Approved to Ease Bay Area Traffic, Reduce Auto Pollution

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 08/14/2008 - 10:00pm
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Yee’s legislation would enact $1 vehicle fee to improve freeways

SACRAMENTO – The California State Assembly today approved legislation authored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) to reduce traffic congestion and auto pollution in the Bay Area.  Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Los Angeles) will have until September 30 to sign or veto the measure.

Experts: State must plan for demographic shift

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 08/11/2008 - 10:00pm


It's high time California's policymakers look past their annual dickering over the state budget and start planning for the major, long-range demographic changes facing the Golden State, according to an economic think tank in Sacramento.

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Hispanics And Blacks Worry Most About Climate Change

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 08/10/2008 - 10:00pm


Editor's Note: California's Latino, Asian and African American communities are in tune with the rest of the state in their desire to have the government tackle environmental issues like air pollution and global warming, according to a recent survey. Communities bearing the brunt of pollution need to be part of the solution. Mary Ambrose is environmental editor for New America Media. This article is available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.

Editorial: Probe discrimination in housing practices

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 08/07/2008 - 10:00pm
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IN THE 21ST CENTURY, one would have thought housing discrimination in the Bay Area was a thing of the past. Unfortunately, that apparently is not the case.

The Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity, a publicly supported nonprofit housing counseling agency, conducted tests in nine Bay Area communities and found landlords discriminated in 29 percent of the cases.

Losing Focus on High Speed Rail

Submitted by News Desk on Sat, 08/02/2008 - 10:00pm

California High Speed Rail Blog

It wasn't the article I was hoping to read upon my return from my honeymoon, but it's not that surprising to read in the Fresno Bee that the Sierra Club and the Planning and Conservation League are hesitating on backing Prop 1 and even considering a lawsuit - and for the nonsensical reason that the choice of the Pacheco route might "induce sprawl." That objection is bad enough, for reasons I'll discuss in a moment.

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