Turns out, young Americans still like business after all

From Hot Air:

It’d be easy to think, based on all the press coverage Occupy Wall Street has received (we’re up to 333 violent or outrageous incidents, by the way!), that the American people hate business. After all, what is “Wall Street” except an abstraction of business? But, as it turns out, more than 60 percent of Americans have a favorable view of major companies and a full 90 percent of Americans have a favorable view of small businesses, according to a Public Affairs Pulse Survey cited in an article on ChamberPost.com.

But what was arguably most interesting about the study is that it revealed Generation Y — ages 18 to 34 — are actually the most likely to think highly of major companies. That might be yet one more statistic that helps to correct the popular misperception that Occupy Wall Street consists of mainly spoiled adolescents. As more information about the demographics of OWS has come out, it’s become increasingly evident that the original hippies are still the hippies. According to data from Fast Company, about 44.5 percent of the protesters are aged 25 to 44 and another 32 percent are older than 44. Just 23.5 percent of the protesters are 25 and under.

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Georgia Company’s Policy: Not hiring until Obama is gone

From the Blaze:

A recent report claims that a Georgia business owner has been posting “controversial” signs on his company’s trucks.

What do they say?

“New Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone.”

“Can’t afford it,” explained the employer, Bill Looman, Tuesday evening in a recent 11Alive report. “I’ve got people that I want to hire now, but I just can’t afford it. And I don‘t foresee that I’ll be able to afford it unless some things change in D.C.”

Looman‘s says he put the signs on his company’s trucks and posted pictures of them to his personal Facebook page six months ago. When he originally did that, he said that he received mostly positive reaction from people, “about 20-to-one positive.”

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State GOP trying to court Latinos

From IBA Buzz:

The California Republican Party, troubled by its failure to attract Latino voters, today touted a day-long media training workshop it held last week with Latino elected officials and candidates.

The state GOP says the event at Univision’s Los Angeles facility was “an important step” in its relationship with GROW Elect, a political action committee created to recruit, endorse, train, and help fund California Latino Republicans and independents for elected office. There were question-and-answer sessions with CRP Chairman Tom Del Beccaro of Lafayette and former State Senate Republican Leader Dennis Hollingsworth of Murrieta; GROW Elect consultants Luis Alvarado and Moises Merino were also on hand for the training.

“This is part of keeping our promise to establish a stronger, more consistent Republican presence in the Latino community and to continue our support of GROW Elect and their impressive efforts,” Del Beccaro said in today’s news release. “We’re excited to partner with GROW Elect, not just with training but with other resources that will help promote their bottom-up approach to connect with Latino voters throughout California.”

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Post-supercommittee, Senate Dems ready to move $400 billion in new bills

From the Hill:

After failing to reach a deal to reduce the deficit, the Senate will move next month to take up legislation that could add more than $400 billion to the deficit.

All of the proposals, such as the extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance, are popular but come with no agreement on how to pay for them.

Senate Democrats will go on offense next week by forcing Republicans to vote on extending and expanding the payroll tax cut, which accounts for $240 billion of the tab, according to Democratic and Republican aides. Lawmakers will take up the legislation after completing work on the Defense authorization bill.

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City has spent more than $2 million policing Occupy San Diego

From San Diego Newsroom:

The city has so far spent about $2.4 million to police the open-ended Occupy San Diego demonstration that began nearly seven weeks ago, officials reported today.

The price tag for keeping the social-justice movement safe and orderly includes nearly $144,000 in overtime costs, according to a statement from the San Diego Police Department.

The remainder of the expenses stemmed from on-duty personnel reassigned from their regular duties to handle the ongoing demonstration, which has used Civic Center Plaza as its main center of operations.

Occupy San Diego photo by Must be Art, Flickr


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Riverside Public Employee union rejects offer; forces pay and benefit cuts

From Press-Enterprise:

Riverside County on Tuesday imposed pay and benefit changes on 5,800 employees, after months of negotiations between county officials and the union representing the workers failed to produce an agreement.

County officials announced the decision Tuesday, one day after members of the Service Employees International Union Local 721 overwhelmingly rejected the county’s latest contract offer and authorized union leaders to order a strike.

The union has not said whether a strike is planned, but county Human Resources Director Barbara Olivier said preparations are under way to ensure vital services continue. SEIU members include nurses, 911 dispatchers and many other types of workers.

SEIU/Obama photo by aflcio, Flickr

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CTA opposes Think Long’s tax hike proposal, on spending mandate issue

From Sac Bee:

A sweeping tax overhaul unveiled this week by a billionaire-backed coalition of political leaders has drawn fire from the California Teachers Association, one of the most influential groups at the Capitol and on the campaign trail.

The Think Long Committee for California hopes to place initiatives on the November 2012 ballot to raise $10 billion in taxes each year, mostly by charging sales taxes on services. Half of that money would go to K-12 schools. But deep within the plan is a proposal to eliminate a constitutional requirement that California increase funding for schools in good years to compensate for prior cuts.

Education groups like CTA rely on that Proposition 98 requirement as leverage each year when negotiating school funding in the state budget.

Whose smoking-filled room? CTA's or Think Long's?

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Still no serious GOP contender against Feinstein

From Calbuzz:

Dianne Feinstein’s biggest challenge next year won’t come from a serious Republican opponent – it’ll be replenishing her war chest after it was plundered by Kinde Durkee, her longtime campaign treasurer who is suspected of looting as much as $5 million from the senior senator’s coffers.

That’s the overwhelming consensus of the Calbuzz Advisory Board of the World’s Leading Authorities on Practically Everything– a panel of the most staggeringly brilliant and experienced political consultants and strategists in California — after we asked: Who will be Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s chief Republican challenger in 2012?

“That person honestly doesn’t exist,” said one GOP member of the prestigious Calbuzz California Consultanate.  “Our bench doesn’t even have a bench. But whoever figures out that DiFi is almost certain to under-perform next year could seize a great opportunity to gain the credibility and network for future statewide runs.”

Dianne Feinstein in Outer Space (by Evan G., Flickr)




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Ballot measure would shutter state’s nuclear plants

From OC Register:

A proposed measure aiming for the November ballot would force California’s nuclear power plants at San Onofre and Diablo Canyon to cease operations – and could cause rolling blackouts and cost billions, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst.

The Nuclear Waste Act of 2012 would require that no nuclear power be generated in the Golden State until the federal government can permanently dispose of high-level nuclear waste.

That’s something the feds promised to do decades ago,  with nothing to show for it.

The measure has been cleared for circulation, and supporters must gather 504,760 signatures to get it on the ballot. The deadline is April 16.

San Onofre and Diablo Canyon provide about 16 percent of the state’s electricity, so shutting them down would have tremendous, and immediate, repercussions on consumers, businesses and local governments, the analysts said.

Humpback Whate breaching near PG & E's Diablo Canyon nuclear facility. Photo credit to mikebaird, Flickr

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Dream Act repeal effort under way

From SB Sun:

Inland Empire opponents of the California Dream Act have taken charge of a grassroots effort to repeal the new law via the ballot.

Signature-collection events are scheduled up and down the state through January.

The new legislation, AB 131, gives undocumented students in California the opportunity to apply for financial aid.

It’s drawn strong opposition from anti-illegal immigration groups, like the Rancho Cucamonga-based We the People California’s Crusader organization, and Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia.

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