Referendum to Stop Ban of Plastic bags, Higher Consumer Costs and Loss of Freedom of Choice–Announced

Yesterday Guv Brown, confused about costs and the role of government, signed a bill that bans the use of grocery bags by grocery stores, liquor stores and convenience stores.   The cost to the consumer, us, is estimated at $700 million—because we will be forced to buy “reusable bags”—seldom cleaned and carrying germs and disease and pay for paper bags—meaning more tees will be cut down.

Now the manufacturers of the plastic bags have decided to fight for their employees, consumer choice and lower costs for purchasers of food. They have announced the start of a Referendum for the November 2016 ballot. This will be an expensive fight—but at least the people will have a say, rather than ideological Democrats that do not care a whit about facts, costs or freedom to choose.

“Senator Padilla’s bill was never legislation about the environment. It was a back room deal between the grocers and union bosses to scam California consumers out of billions of dollars without providing any public benefit – all under the guise of environmentalism. If this law were allowed to go into effect it would jeopardize thousands of California manufacturing jobs, hurt the environment, and fleece consumers for billions so grocery store shareholders and their union partners can line their pockets.”

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Statement from THE American progressive bag alliAnce on intent to repeal senate bill 270 through referendum

American Progressive Bag Alliance, 9/30/14

Sacramento, Calif. – The American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) issued the following statement from Executive Director Lee Califf in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to sign SB 270 (Padilla) into law.

“The approval of SB 270 by the California legislature and Governor Jerry Brown could serve as a case study for what happens when greedy special interests and bad government collide in the policymaking process.

“Senator Padilla’s bill was never legislation about the environment. It was a back room deal between the grocers and union bosses to scam California consumers out of billions of dollars without providing any public benefit – all under the guise of environmentalism. If this law were allowed to go into effect it would jeopardize thousands of California manufacturing jobs, hurt the environment, and fleece consumers for billions so grocery store shareholders and their union partners can line their pockets.

“Fortunately, California’s constitution provides voters the opportunity to stop bad laws through the referendum process. Our research confirms that the vast majority of California voters are opposed to legislation that bans recyclable plastic bags and allows grocers to charge and keep fees on other bags. So we have taken the necessary steps to gather signatures and qualify a referendum to repeal SB 270 on the November 2016 ballot. Since state lawmakers failed their constituents by approving this terrible bill, we will take the question directly to the public and have great faith they will repeal it at the ballot box. Ultimately the voters will decide and, until then, California families – including thousands of our industry’s workers – will be protected from the implementation of this unprecedented scam.”

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Information about the California referendum process:

  • Once receiving the Governor’s signature, the bill is chaptered by the Secretary of State
  • Upon chaptering of the bill, a referendum proponent has 90 days to gather the necessary number of signatures of registered voters to qualify the referendum; the number of signatures must be equal to 5% of the votes cast for all candidates for Governor in the last gubernatorial election (504,760)
  • Upon qualifying the referendum, the law will be suspended until voters cast their ballots during the next general election in November 2016
  • If a majority of Californians votes to repeal the law, the issue is settled; if a majority votes in favor of the law, it will go into effect in January 2017

 

Bay Area employers must adopt commuter program by Sept. 30

You have invested tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars in a new business or a growing business. Government decides the benefits, health care you can provide, the minimum wage to pay and numerous our employment details. In fact, though you are paying for it, government is controlling your employees—not you.

Now thanks to Sacramento and Agenda 21, if you have 50 or more employees you need to provide a transit plan. No mistake, you must provide a way for your employees to get to work, mostly using government transportation. While this story is about the Bay Area, it is coming to every business in California. How much will this add to the cost of doing business in California?

  1. Pretax benefit. The employer allows employees to exclude up to $130 of their transit or vanpooling expenses each month from their taxable income.

  2. Employer-provided subsidy. The employer provides a subsidy, up to $75 per month, to reduce or cover employees’ monthly transit, vanpool costs or bicycling costs.

  3. Employer-provided transit. The employer provides a free or low-cost transit service, such as a bus, shuttle or vanpool service, for employees.

  4. Alternative commuter benefit. The employer provides an alternative commuter benefit that is as effective in reducing single-occupancy commute trips as options 1, 2 or 3.”

  5. Photo courtesy of skew-t, flickr

    Photo courtesy of skew-t, flickr

Bay Area employers must adopt commuter program by Sept. 30

By Maja Wood, North Bay Business Journal, 9/30/14

Employers with 50 or more full-time employees working in almost all the Bay Area have until Sept. 30 to adopt a commuter-benefits program, under a government program.

Covered employers within the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Marin, southern Sonoma, Napa, southwestern Solano, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Francisco) must pick at least one of four options:

  1. Pretax benefit. The employer allows employees to exclude up to $130 of their transit or vanpooling expenses each month from their taxable income.
  2. Employer-provided subsidy. The employer provides a subsidy, up to $75 per month, to reduce or cover employees’ monthly transit, vanpool costs or bicycling costs.
  3. Employer-provided transit. The employer provides a free or low-cost transit service, such as a bus, shuttle or vanpool service, for employees.
  4. Alternative commuter benefit. The employer provides an alternative commuter benefit that is as effective in reducing single-occupancy commute trips as options 1, 2 or 3.

The selected option must be offered to all employees who work at least 20 hours a week. For determining whether an employer is covered by the commuter benefit law, only employees working 30 or more hours per week are counted among the 50 full-time employees.

In addition to offering a commuter benefit, covered employers must:

  • Designate a commuter benefits coordinator (typically, an employee already handling payroll or benefits).
  • Submit an online registration form to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (commuterbenefits.511.org) and update the information annually.
  • Notify employees of the commuter-benefit option offered and make that option available.
  • Maintain records to document implementation of the commuter benefit.

 

Cop Killer—Serving Life in Prison—To Give College Commencement Speech—TRUE

How mis-educated can a soon to be college graduate be? In Vermont, on the 5th of October the students will hear from Mumia Abu-Jamal—the notorious cop killer who was on death row, now serving a life sentence without parole. The students voted that wanted the cop killer to speak to them. Wonder who they call when they are assaulted, sisters raped or friends killed? Think Mumia will help them. They have an IQ probably of 150 and common sense of 50. He had to video tape his speech. Why did the State of Pennsylvania allow it?

“As a reflection of Goddard’s individualized and transformational educational model, our commencements are intimate affairs where each student serves as her or his own valedictorian, and each class chooses its own speaker,” said Goddard College Interim President Bob Kenny. “Choosing Mumia as their commencement speaker, to me, shows how this newest group of Goddard graduates expresses their freedom to engage and think radically and critically in a world that often sets up barriers to do just that.”

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Mumia Abu-Jamal Selected as Commencement Speaker for College

By David Chang, NBC Philadeplphia, 9/30/14 :

Prisoner, former death row inmate, author and journalist  will give the commencement speech at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.

Abu-Jamal, 60, was sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of Officer Daniel Faulkner. Prosecutors later agreed to a life term after a federal appeals court ordered a new sentencing hearing, citing flawed jury instructions.

Since his arrest, Abu-Jamal has gained supporters worldwide who claim he is innocent of the crime and the victim of a racist legal system. Those opposing his release, including Faulkner’s widow and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, maintain that Abu-Jamal was Faulkner’s killer.

Abu-Jamal currently resides at the Mahanoy State Correctional Institution in Frackville, Pa. after he was transferred there from death row in 2012.

The college announced Monday that Abu-Jamal, who received his Bachelor of Arts from Goddard in 1996, was selected by the fall 2014 graduating class. Officials at Goddard College say his commencement remarks were prerecorded and will be played along a short video from filmmaker Stephen Vittoria. Vittoria released a documentary on Abu-Jamal titled “Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal” in 2012.

“As a reflection of Goddard’s individualized and transformational educational model, our commencements are intimate affairs where each student serves as her or his own valedictorian, and each class chooses its own speaker,” said Goddard College Interim President Bob Kenny. “Choosing Mumia as their commencement speaker, to me, shows how this newest group of Goddard graduates expresses their freedom to engage and think radically and critically in a world that often sets up barriers to do just that.”

The commencement ceremony will take place October 5 at the Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College at 123 Pitkin Road in Plainfield, Vermont starting at 4 p.m.

Goddard College is a liberal arts college with locations in Plainfield Vermont, Port Townsend Washington and Seattle, Washington.

 

George Clooney’s Father-in-Law: Wedding Is ‘Very Good News’ for Middle East–Bride is anti-Israel

George Clooney has married an international attorney, infamous for being anti-Israel and defending the bad people of the region.. She has accused Israel of committing “crimes” in the Gaza. She has defended folks connected with terrorism—and has not stood up to the terrorists. I wonder how those of the Jewish faith in Hollywood could pay George Clooney anything, hire him or allow him on a movie lot while his now thinks Israel should be taken over by terrorists?

I do not believe in boycotts. That does not mean I pay money to finance the likes of Jane Fonda or George Clooney. If he wants to promote terrorists and kill off Israel, he gets no money from me. He is a great actor—he makes you believe he supports freedom.

“Alamuddin’s reasoning for turning down the post was her busy schedule. However, she did provide the following statement to the UNHRC before declining the post:

I am horrified by the situation in the occupied Gaza Strip, particularly the civilian causalities that have been caused, and strongly believe that there should be an independent investigation and accountability for crimes that have been committed.”

Photo Courtesy of Rusty Stewart, Flickr

Photo Courtesy of Rusty Stewart, Flickr

George Clooney’s Father-in-Law: Wedding Is ‘Very Good News’ for Middle East

by Adelle Nazarian, Breitbart, 9/29/14

George Clooney’s new father-in-law Ramzi Alamuddin has stated that the American Hollywood star’s wedding to his Lebanese-born, anti-Israel, and human rights attorney daughter Amal Alamuddin was “more than perfect” and that their marriage is “very good news” for both their family as well as for the entire Middle East.

In a telephone interview with the AFP from Venice, Italy following the couple’s “grand, simple and perfect” nuptials, Ramzi Alamuddin said the marriage “is very good news among the bad news we are living now,” adding that “the couple really do match.” His statement a testament to Clooney and Alamuddin’s similar views with regard to the Middle East and Arab World.

Amal’s mother, Baria, is an editor of the Arabic news site Alhayat.com and her father, Ramzi, is a retired professor of the American University of Beirut.

Clooney, 53, and Alamuddin, 36, wed at the scenic Aman Canal Grande resort on Saturday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Clooney’s friend, Italian journalist and politician (who served as mayor of Rome between 2001 and 2008) Walter Veltroni officiated the ceremony. The marriage will reportedly be made legal on Monday.

In August, Clooney’s then-fiancée Alamuddin had turned down an appointment to serve on a special three-person panel for the United Nations Human Rights Council to conduct a probe into violations of international law and allegations of human rights abuses in Gaza. The panel specifically targeted Israel; a move that is not uncommon in the biased United Nations and UNHRC.

Alamuddin’s reasoning for turning down the post was her busy schedule. However, she did provide the following statement to the UNHRC before declining the post:

I am horrified by the situation in the occupied Gaza Strip, particularly the civilian causalities that have been caused, and strongly believe that there should be an independent investigation and accountability for crimes that have been committed

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cited “history, archaeology, and common sense” as he addressed the world and stated that “the people of Israel are not the occupiers in the land of Israel.” In fact, the Gaza Strip is not “occupied” by Israel, as Alamuddin claimed in her statements in August.

Years ago, Israel withdrew its “occupation” from that region and “continues to control the population registry for residents of the Gaza Strip, years after it withdrew its ground forces and settlements there,” according to Human Rights Watch.

Clooney has reportedly been eyeing a transition from Hollywood into politics with talks swirling around a possible run for Governor of California (most likely in 2018) and a potential presidential run down the line. In June, a source identified as a Clooney “pal” revealed to the United Kingdom’s Mirror that “now he [Clooney] has Amal by his side it will give him more credibility to run for office.”

The Mirror had also reported that President Barack Obama has been courting Clooney to consider a run himself. Obama and Clooney share very similar views with regard to foreign policy and specifically with strengthening relations between the United States and the Middle East.

In 2013, Clooney spoke in support of Iran during a red carpet interview:

And your hope is that as Iran becomes more and more integrated into the United States — I mean, into the world…you would hope that banning them would seem archaic… because it should be.

The upcoming November deadline for negotiations between the United States and the Islamic State of Iran isquickly approaching. Secretary of State John Kerry stated his “fervent hope” that a deal would be struck.

 

Private security firms join North Coast pot wars

Law enforcement is not enough to stop the growing of marijuana in the forests and secretly in the private lands in the North part of California. Now private security firms have been called in, to supplement the police. This is a bad problem—not only because illegal drugs are involved. But marijuana takes a lot water, lots of water, to grow. California is about to cut the per person use of water to between 50 and 66 gallons a day. Some cities have outlawed watering of lawns, filling of pools, washing of cars and more. The government caused lack of water is killing our economy.

Now we have resorted to private security to go after the marijuana.

“Some North Coast residents have expressed alarm at heavily armed men landing helicopters on private land and cutting down pot plants without identifying themselves or answering questions about who they are.

As you can imagine, in pot country, this has set off a not insignificant amount of paranoia and concern.

San Francisco’s KCBS reports: “They’re not police officers. They work for a security company called Lear Asset Management.”

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Private security firms join North Coast pot wars

California City News, 9/30/14

Beware pot growers. Private vigilantes may be coming onto your property to cut down your crops.

Some North Coast residents have expressed alarm at heavily armed men landing helicopters on private land and cutting down pot plants without identifying themselves or answering questions about who they are.

As you can imagine, in pot country, this has set off a not insignificant amount of paranoia and concern.

San Francisco’s KCBS reports: “They’re not police officers. They work for a security company called Lear Asset Management.

According to their promotional poster, the group works with law enforcement .That’s why Susan Schindler suspected the posse, when her medical marijuana garden was hit last month.”

Talking Points Memo reports, Marijuana eradication is only about 10 percent of Lear’s work, which also includes environmental clean-up and more traditional private security like guarding construction sites, according to its president Paul Trouette.

“He isn’t worried about infringing on official authority and clearly holds a broad view of what private citizens are allowed to do under state and federal law. Lear has already assumed a quasi-law enforcement role on at least one occasion. In June 2013, Lear was scouting an illegal marijuana grow on private land in rural Mendocino County when it encountered two individuals who were trespassing. They detained the men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, and called the police, who then arrested the men for possessing firearms and methamphetamine, the Willits News reported.”

 

Guv Brown: Illegal Aliens Can Violate Federal Law and Provide Health Care Services

There is great news for criminals from foreign nations if they come to California. They can work in our health care fields—though honest Americans and Californians are unemployed. Our very confused Guv Brown, along with his legislative Democrats are allowing illegal aliens to receive State licenses to provide health care services, though that is illegal under Federal law, In fact, if strictly enforced Brown and his buddies should be indicted for a conspiracy and corruption.

According to an estimate by the Public Policy Institute of California, about 1.85 million individuals in the state workforce are undocumented immigrants.

To obtain a medical license in California, applicants previously had to provide a valid Social Security number.

Under the new law, about 40 occupational licensing boards across the state would be able to accept a federal taxpayer identification number as proof of identification instead of a Social Security number (California Healthline, 5/12).”

Corruption is how you spell Sacramento.

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New Law Allows Undocumented Immigrants To Practice Health Care

California Healthline, 9/30/14

A new California law (SB 1159) allows undocumented immigrants to practice the occupation they have been trained for, including those trained as dentists, doctors and nurses, KPCC’s “Multi-American” reports (Huang, “Multi-American,” KPCC, 9/29).

Details of Law

According to an estimate by the Public Policy Institute of California, about 1.85 million individuals in the state workforce are undocumented immigrants.

To obtain a medical license in California, applicants previously had to provide a valid Social Security number.

Under the new law, about 40 occupational licensing boards across the state would be able to accept a federal taxpayer identification number as proof of identification instead of a Social Security number (California Healthline, 5/12).

Reaction

The new law was supported by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the American Civil Liberties Union and various immigrant rights groups.

Joseph Villela, a policy advocate at the Los Angeles-based Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, said, “This law will not only be incentive for those immigrant youth to finish that education. It makes sure that once they’re finished, they have a way to exercise that profession by providing them with a license.”

Advocates also say the law will prompt more immigrants to pay taxes.

However, Federation of American Immigration Reform spokesperson Ira Mehlman said the law violates federal rules. Mehlman added, “It’s another example of California state government just completely obliterating any distinction between people legally present and those who are in violation of federal law” (“Multi-American,” KPCC, 9/29).

 

Thanks to State Law: Going to Dentists Does NOT Mean SEEING a Dentist

Covered California and ObamaCare have credited a new field of dentistry—teledenistry. Added into AB 1174, signed by the confused Guv Brown is the ability of those NOT having attended dental school to act like a dentist. So, when you go to the Dentist, you probably will not see one—only someone the State of California claims to be able to act like a dentist.

“It makes permanent two components of the Virtual Dental Home pilot program, which uses telehealth to offer dental services in elementary schools, preschools and nursing homes:

  • Expanding the scope of practice for dental assistants and hygienists; and
  • Providing Medi-Cal reimbursements for telehealth-enabled dental services.

The program allows dental assistants and hygienists to consult remotely with a dentist and share health records online. After a consultation, the workers can perform certain services without a dentist’s supervision, such as:

Medi-Cal To Cover Teledentistry Services Beginning in 2015

California Healthline, 9/30/14

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has signed a bill (AB 1174) to expand Medi-Cal coverage to teledentistry services beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, Kaiser Health News‘ “Capsules” reports. Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program.

California is one of the first states to enact teledentistry services, according to “Capsules” (Hernandez, “Capsules,” Kaiser Health News, 9/29).

Details of Law

The bill, by Assembly member Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), is designed to reach people in underserved areas — particularly rural areas — across the state (Gorn, California Healthline, 1/28).

It makes permanent two components of the Virtual Dental Home pilot program, which uses telehealth to offer dental services in elementary schools, preschools and nursing homes:

  • Expanding the scope of practice for dental assistants and hygienists; and
  • Providing Medi-Cal reimbursements for telehealth-enabled dental services.

The program allows dental assistants and hygienists to consult remotely with a dentist and share health records online. After a consultation, the workers can perform certain services without a dentist’s supervision, such as:

AB 1174 also calls for professional groups to offer training to dental assistants and hygienists for being part of a teledentistry team.

A fiscal analysis by the Assembly Appropriations Committee found that the law will cost nearly $500,000 annually, but could cost more if teledentistry services are widely used.

However, the state still must determine how to reimburse for the telehealth services.

Reaction

California Dental Association President James Stephens said the law could reduce costs overall. He said, “It’s a way of getting people who are outside the system into the system,” adding, “Preventive care costs so much less” (“Capsules,” Kaiser Health News, 9/29).

Shelly Gehshan, director of children’s dental policy at Pew Charitable Trusts, in a release said, “The state’s action will allow the program to grow and serve even more people who are going without care.”

Meanwhile, Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president of The Children’s Partnership, said, “This is a huge victory for California’s children and children across the nation,” adding, “By combining workforce innovations with advances in technology, California is now one step closer to closing the dental care gap kids face and reducing the number of children who miss school or are distracted by pain resulting from the number one chronic health problem among children — dental disease” (Pew Charitable Trusts release, 9/29).

SAN FRANCISCO SUPERVISOR DAVID CHIU ANNOUNCES CITY-WIDE LEGISLATION PROMOTING PREDICTABLE WORK HOURS FOR HOURLY WORKERS

Government wants to determine the benefits and wages paid to workers. It has determine the type of health care employers must give their employees—even if high cost and inferior, even if it causes unemployment—government in Washington and Sacramento have taken over the role of business owner.

Now a San Fran Supervisor, running for State Assembly, is trying to be more Progressive (socialist) than his opponent—both are Democrats. Supervisor Chiu wants businesses to give at least a week notice of their work hours for the following week—otherwise they get the government to mandate:

  • “If employers make changes to the workers’ posted schedule less than a week in advance, workers will receive one hour of usual pay in addition to the hours worked.
  • If employers make changes to the workers’ posted schedule less than 24 hours in advance, workers will receive between two and four hours of their usual pay in addition to the hours worked.
  • If employees require a worker to be “on-call” for a particular shift, but no longer need that worker to come into work for that shift, the worker will receive two to four hours of pay in addition to the hours worked.
  • Both part-time workers and full-time workers must be paid the same hourly rate for the same job.”

Would you start a business knowing government had full control of employee policies and benefits? Would you risk YOUR money in San Fran?

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SAN FRANCISCO SUPERVISOR DAVID CHIU ANNOUNCES CITY-WIDE LEGISLATION PROMOTING PREDICTABLE WORK HOURS FOR HOURLY WORKERS
New Legislation Promises to Minimize Precarious Schedules That Threaten Economic Security and Hurt Working Families

Supervisor David Chiu, 9/29/14

San Francisco—Supervisor David Chiu today announced the introduction of city-wide legislation that, if enacted, will give thousands of hourly workers in the city of San Francisco the predictable schedules—and regular pay—they need to secure their families’ well-being. The California Work & Family Coalition, a project of Next Generation, and the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC) helped Supervisor Chiu convene a task force of business and worker advocates in order to better understand the impact of unpredictable schedules on San Francisco’s low-income families, and to make appropriate recommendations for addressing the problem. These combined efforts led to the introduction of today’s legislation—the first of its kind in the country.

Hourly, part-time work is on the rise across the country; 59 percent of all workers in the United States are paid hourly. Many of these workers get their schedules from their employers just a few days in advance, and sometimes that comes with a last-minute notice of reduced hours. For example, a recent piece in the New York Times described how workers in retail and restaurant jobs often find out at the last minute what their schedules will be, or if they will even work at all. For many hourly workers already struggling to get by on minimum wage, the number of hours their employer gives them each week determines whether they can pay the rent or not.

Unpredictable schedules also impact work-family balance, and significantly challenge single parents and families in which both parents are employed. According to a fact sheet prepared by Next Generation, half of hourly-paid working fathers and 45 percent of hourly-paid working mothers report having no input on their work schedules. Working parents with unpredictable schedules often have to depend on unreliable or multiple child-care settings in order to meet their needs.

Recommendations made by the predictable scheduling task force and the Coalition led to several important provisions in the new legislation that will strengthen the economic well-being of low-income San Franciscans. These include:

  • “Chain” stores in San Francisco—which account for 12 percent of all businesses and employ more than 35,000 workers—will be required to post schedules for their employees at least two weeks in advance.
  • If employers make changes to the workers’ posted schedule less than a week in advance, workers will receive one hour of usual pay in addition to the hours worked.
  • If employers make changes to the workers’ posted schedule less than 24 hours in advance, workers will receive between two and four hours of their usual pay in addition to the hours worked.
  • If employees require a worker to be “on-call” for a particular shift, but no longer need that worker to come into work for that shift, the worker will receive two to four hours of pay in addition to the hours worked.
  • Both part-time workers and full-time workers must be paid the same hourly rate for the same job.
  • Part-time workers cannot be treated worse than full-time workers with respect to time off or promotions.

“Many workers in San Francisco have to juggle multiple jobs consistently to make ends meet,” said Supervisor Chiu. “More predictable schedules will help workers achieve the stability and security they need so they can manage their jobs, their families and their lives. ”

“A parent’s unpredictable schedule impacts not only the workers’ ability to financially provide for their families, but also to ensure that their children are well cared for when they are at work and that their children know when their parents will be there for them,” said Ann O’Leary, Vice President and Director of the Children & Families program at Next Generation. “Children need the stability brought about by a regular child care or afterschool setting, meals with their parents, a consistent bedtime, and their parents’ involvement in school activities. Scheduling practices that prevent workers from knowing when they’ll work next rob them of important opportunities to be dependable.”

“Without advance notice of a work schedule, it is impossible to plan for family obligations, from childcare, to accompanying an elderly relative to medical appointments, or attending classes,” said Julia Parish, attorney at Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center. “Workers often worry if they will be able to meet their families’ basic needs. Providing predictable schedules is a simple way to ensure that families can be there for one another.”

Earlier this year, Supervisor Chiu joined Supervisor Eric Mar in introducing the San Francisco Retail Workers Bill of Rights Ordinance, which includes provisions to improve the schedule predictability of workers of chain establishments. And in late 2013, San Francisco passed the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance, spearheaded by Supervisor Chiu, which provides employees with the “right to request” flexible or predictable work arrangements so that they may attend to parental or caregivers duties.
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San Jose Desperate for Money to STOP Bankruptcy—Will Massively Fine Pot Dispensaries!

San Jose tried to stave off bankruptcy by having the voters, with 70% of the vote, approve pension reform. The unions went to court and had the vote overturned.

So they need money, badly. Actually, it is the unions that need the money. All added monies will wind up in the hands of unions, not fix the needs of the community. Then the unions will take care of the city council and make sure they win election or re-election—thanks to forced dues. Now they need to throw a Hail Mary pass—create massive fines for marijuana dispensaries, which are legal in the city. Without drug money this city could go under.

“On Tuesday, the San Jose City Council is to consider implementing a new range of fines that would catapult the $25 fine for serious, non-administrative violations to anywhere from $1,250 to $50,000. The citation amendment would keep fines for simpler offenses, such as not posting a business license, to the $50-$25 range, but a public-nuisance violations could jump from what was once generally a $25 fine to a $1,250 penalty. If the offense were a third instance in an improper location, the fine could skyrocket to $50,000.”

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San Jose Considering Massive Fines on Pot Businesses to Raise Cash

by William Bigelow, Breitbart CA,   9/30/14

In areas where marijuana is legal, governments are seizing opportunities to rake in loads of cash.

In San Jose, where huge budget shortfalls and problems with pension reform have led to major financial losses and a loss of 20% of its workforce, the city is considering massive increases in fines dealing with marijuana in order to supply the city with cash, according to San Jose Inside.

On Tuesday, the San Jose City Council is to consider implementing a new range of fines that would catapult the $25 fine for serious, non-administrative violations to anywhere from $1,250 to $50,000. The citation amendment would keep fines for simpler offenses, such as not posting a business license, to the $50-$25 range, but a public-nuisance violations could jump from what was once generally a $25 fine to a $1,250 penalty. If the offense were a third instance in an improper location, the fine could skyrocket to $50,000.

Because there is no statewide, consistent law in California for marijuana, the rules for locations of dispensaries are still nebulous, as well as laws regarding the taxation of marijuana..

States can rake in tons of cash from the present uncertainty. In Colorado, legislators reportedly think the state could cash in over $117 million in the 2014-2015 fiscal year from medical marijuana, then use the funds to build new schools and increase substance abuse programs.

The full list of proposed fines in San Jose is here.

Sand: Teachers Unions Target Charter Schools in California

Charter schools are successes because government schools controlled by unions are failures. If failed government schools were forced to close like failed charter schools, about half the schools in California would be closed. Now the unions are going after charter schools and trying to force the teachers to pay bribes in order to work. In fact, when teachers in charter schools vote, in California 95% vote against paying bribes—which is why they left government schools.

Do we want to educate the public or do we want unions to have money to continue to buy the political process? At what point do the people, parents, students and taxpayers take back the schools from the unions? Until then, expect failedgovernment schools and wasted tax dollars. If you think two plus two can equal five, if you understand the process, as Common Core teaches, then you are not for education.

“For starters, charters are either independent efforts or run by charter management organizations which operate a handful of schools. The unions just don’t have the wherewithal to organize one or even a few schools at a time. They have a much easier job in traditional public education where they can exert their influence on entire school districts.

Another reason that more charters aren’t organized is very simply that their teachers don’t want to be in a union. Teachers – frequently young ones – typically flock to charters because they like the autonomy that charters afford and don’t want to be loaded with an endless pile of restrictive work rules that are part and parcel of the typical collective bargaining agreement – a big reason why the de-bureaucratized and de-unionized schools came into being in the first place.”

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Teachers Unions Target Charter Schools in California

ByLarry Sand, Union Watch, 9/30/14 

The latest chapter in “kill or unionize” sees the unions in organize mode.

As I’ve written before, the teachers unions have a constantly shifting relationship with charter schools. When Mercury is in retrograde, the unions want to limit their growth or legislate the publicly-funded schools of choice out of existence. At other times, organizing them is the preferred strategy. With the coronation of new National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen Garcìa, we see the unions take a conciliatory tone in an attempt to lure charter school teachers into the fold.

In fact, Garcia held a press conference at a unionized charter school in northern California in August. This fits right in with the California Teachers Association’s long-term strategic plan, which includes organizing charters as one of its foci. The only problem with NEA/CTA’s plan is that all their previous organizing attempts have fallen flatter than a flounder. As Mike Antonucci wrote earlier this month, “So go ahead and read about the push to unionize charters from last week, or from last April, or from May 2013, or from April 2013, or from April 2011, or from May 2006, or from November 2000.”

Why have the unions’ attempts to organize charter schools failed?

For starters, charters are either independent efforts or run by charter management organizations which operate a handful of schools. The unions just don’t have the wherewithal to organize one or even a few schools at a time. They have a much easier job in traditional public education where they can exert their influence on entire school districts.

Another reason that more charters aren’t organized is very simply that their teachers don’t want to be in a union. Teachers – frequently young ones – typically flock to charters because they like the autonomy that charters afford and don’t want to be loaded with an endless pile of restrictive work rules that are part and parcel of the typical collective bargaining agreement – a big reason why the de-bureaucratized and de-unionized schools came into being in the first place.

Charter school popularity is perpetually on the rise. Nationally, the number of students enrolled in them reached 2.5 million in 2013-2014, up 12.6 percent from the year before, according to the most recent enrollment estimates from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Ten years ago, charter enrollment was 789,000 – less than a third of what it is now.  As of last year, California alone had 1,130 charters, about 6 percent more than the year before. There was a 10.3 percent rise in charter student enrollment during that time, bringing the state total to 519,000.

The bad news is that there are still not enough. The California Charter School Association informs us that there are 91,000 students on waitlists. Supply just can’t keep up with demand.

At the same time, however, the unions are losing ground with charters. The Center for Education Reform reports that nationwide, the percentage of unionized charter schools has dropped from 12 in 2009 to a paltry 7 in 2012. In CA, there is a 15 percent unionization rate, but that number, from the 2009-2010 school year, is due for an update.

The low unionization rate is good news for students, who are better off when their charter school teachers aren’t organized. Evaluating Boston’s charter schools in 2009, Harvard economist Thomas Kane discovered that “students accepted by lottery at charters run by the school district with unionized teachers experienced no benefit.” In other words, a unionized charter is no different than a unionized traditional public school. Unions may support charters, but unionized charters are stripped of just about everything that makes them different from – and generally better than – traditional public schools.

By the way, Mercury will be in retrograde in a few days, so plan on the unions reverting to kill mode.  They’ll sponsor legislation that will, at best, try to limit charter expansion or, at worst, kill them off entirely. You can bet your astrology chart on it.

Larry Sand, a former classroom teacher, is the president of the non-profit California Teachers Empowerment Network – a non-partisan, non-political group dedicated to providing teachers and the general public with reliable and balanced information about professional affiliations and positions on educational issues.