Watered-Down SB 350 Still Threatens California

Diane Harkey Board of Equalization Member Diane Harkey Leave a Comment

This op-ed originally appeared in the Riverside Press-Enterprise Once in a while, even in the California state Legislature, we witness democracy in action or a rare moment when a well-intentioned, but harmful, strongly supported and lobbied bill, is rejected due to a lack of votes. In the final days of the Legislature’s 2014-2015 session, the right number of elected officials listened …

Understanding Employers and Why Republicans Matter

Diane Harkey Board of Equalization Member Diane Harkey Leave a Comment

This op-ed originally appeared in Steve Frank’s California Political News & Views Common sense dictates that people as well as employers will act in their own best interest.  This is the premise underlying market economies and why they provide more goods, services and improve the lives of all of us, much more so than a command or government manipulated market can.  …

Domestic Workers Would Get Lunch Breaks, Overtime, Vacation Under Calif. Bill

Bradley J. Fikes Bradley J. Fikes 23 Comments

Housekeepers and other home care workers would get new benefits, including lunch breaks, overtime and paid sick and vacation time under a bill now under consideration in Sacramento. The bill, AB889, is called the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. It’s authored by two Assembly Democrats, Tom Ammiano and V. Manuel Pérez. The California Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee …

Protecting our Children from sexual predators in California: How the bureaucracy has failed our community and our children

Christine Rubin Christine Rubin 4 Comments

The recent tragedies in San Diego County have shed new light on our parole system and the risks to our children. Citizens are demanding that the system be evaluated, fixed, and overhauled, so that the protection of our children remains the top priority and is never compromised in the policies, procedures, and safeguards put in place. The desire to shrink …

The Garrick Question…Some Simple Advice

Barry Jantz Barry Jantz 2 Comments

My last Sunday San Diego column at the FlashReport… As Jon Fleischman hi-lited on the main FR page Saturday, the Union-Trib editorialized on the selection of Martin Garrick as the new Assembly minority leader, praising the decision, while asking a question in the headline: Will he be the latest GOP leader to cave on taxes? Clearly, the UT gets it, …