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Minimum wage fight may heat up after new study finds jobs, hours fell in Seattle

Minimum wage fight may heat up after new study finds jobs, hours fell in Seattle | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
A study found jobs and work hours went down for the Seattle’s lowest paid employees after the city raised the minimum wage to $13.
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A key reform of California’s landmark environmental law hasn't kept its promises

A key reform of California’s landmark environmental law hasn't kept its promises | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
How minor reform of the state’s landmark environmental law, CEQA, hasn’t done what it promised to do.
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Downtown Los Angeles hasn't seen this much construction since the 1920s

Downtown Los Angeles hasn't seen this much construction since the 1920s | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
Downtown Los Angeles is undergoing a construction boom of unprecedented proportions in modern times — an explosion juiced that’s adding thousands of residences.
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Mayor Wants More Study For Proposed Paid Sick Leave

Mayor Wants More Study For Proposed Paid Sick Leave | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
The proposal is tied to a minimum wage hike ordinance that has also been proposed.
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L.A.'s minimum wage plan to advance without time-off mandate

L.A.'s minimum wage plan to advance without time-off mandate | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
Los Angeles City Council members said Friday that they are stripping from landmark legislation to raise the minimum wage a controversial provision that could have forced businesses to give employees 12 paid days off each year.
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Tension Grows At City Hall Over Minimum Wage Framework

Tension Grows At City Hall Over Minimum Wage Framework | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
Some critics say the council was trying to pull a fast one when a seemingly innocuous statement was made by City Councilman Curren Price this week.
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti endorses Carolyn Ramsay in District 4 election

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti endorses Carolyn Ramsay in District 4 election | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti endorsed Carolyn Ramsay on Tuesday for the City Council District 4 seat, citing her years of experience at Los Angeles City Hall.“I know Carolyn and have seen her work at City Hall,” Garcetti said i
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Push is on to speed up state’s water storage systems

Push is on to speed up state’s water storage systems | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
Amid a crippling state drought, several state Assembly members are pushing a bill intended to speed up construction of water storage facilities by changing the state-mandated environmental review process.Introduced last month, AB 311 creates a
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Despite Majority of Blacks Supporting a Minimum Wage Hike, Leaders Face an Uphill Battle

Despite Majority of Blacks Supporting a Minimum Wage Hike, Leaders Face an Uphill Battle | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
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Although the fight to raise the minimum wage for some of the city’s hardest working people is supported by an overwhelming number of Blacks, Los Angeles-based leaders of the Raise The Wage Coalition still face an uphill battle ...
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Tipoff: Campaign to Change City Elections Kicks Off

"The campaign to change city elections to even-numbered years has formally started, with creation of a committee calling itself Citizens for Increased Voter Participation."

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Emails show City Attorney Mike Feuer’s Office worked with hotel advocates on ordinance

Sparking anger from business groups, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer’s Office worked with advocates for hotel workers to draft a law benefiting the workers, new emails show.Two hotel groups suing the city over the law released email
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Los Angeles ordinance aims to charge foreclosure fees to banks

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Banks and other lenders that own foreclosed homes in Los Angeles would have to pay fees to fund building inspections under an ordinance passed on Wednesday as part of an effort
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How the big TV networks are adapting to ad-skipping viewers ... and Google, Snapchat and Facebook

How the big TV networks are adapting to ad-skipping viewers ... and Google, Snapchat and Facebook | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
Consumers' growing disdain for commercials is forcing TV networks to adapt.
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Brown's budget calls for build-up of rainy day fund

Brown's budget calls for build-up of rainy day fund | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
Gov. Jerry Brown prepares to announce his budget proposal Tuesday against a backdrop of lower state revenues and threats of federal funding cuts.
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Jerry Brown plunges ahead on twin tunnels

Jerry Brown plunges ahead on twin tunnels | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
Brown believes the tunnels, plus Delta restoration, could help native fish rebound from the edge of extinction. But under Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress, federal protections for endangered species could be weakened. And Central Valley farmers can be counted on to amp up pressure to maximize water exports. Brown and his successor would need to provide ironclad assurances that they would operate the system in ways that protect the environment.
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Paid leave requirement could be left out of L.A. minimum wage plan - MyNewsLA.com

Paid leave requirement could be left out of L.A. minimum wage plan - MyNewsLA.com | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
A proposal to require employers to provide as many as 12 days of paid leave to workers could be left out of a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, amid mounting outcry over the provision's late inclusion in the wage plan.
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L.A. City Council Backtracks on Secretive Sick Time Plan

L.A. City Council Backtracks on Secretive Sick Time Plan | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
The L.A. City Council is backtracking on a proposal to include 12 days of mandatory sick pay in its ordinance establishing a $15 minimum wage, after business leaders protested that the provision was secretly inserted at the last minute. In a press release this afternoon, Council President Herb Wesson and...
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VICA takes swipe at city’s wage hike plan

VICA takes swipe at city’s wage hike plan | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
The Valley Industry and Commerce Association typically has a pretty good track record for derailing bad-for-business legislation, and it is gearing up for a tough fight over the city’s minimum wage hike proposal.The Los Angeles City Coun
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Minimum Wage Increase Could Hit Unincorporated L.A. County Soon

Minimum Wage Increase Could Hit Unincorporated L.A. County Soon | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
Santa Clarita - Santa Clarita Valley residents are already adjusting to a statewide minimum wage increase from $8 to $9 that went into effect earlier this year. So far, those in Northern Los Angeles County have remained on the outside of minimum wage talks going on at various city levels, but unfortunately, that may change soon.
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California Assembly members push to speed up water storage construction

California Assembly members push to speed up water storage construction | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
Amid a crippling state drought, several state Assembly members are pushing a bill intended to speed up construction of water storage facilities by changing the state-mandated environmental review process.Introduced last month, AB 311 creates a
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County business coalition says L.A. minimum-wage plan would hurt poor

County business coalition says L.A. minimum-wage plan would hurt poor | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
A regional business coalition on Wednesday announced its opposition to proposals for a citywide minimum-wage increase in Los Angeles, saying such a move would worsen poverty by driving away jobs.
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Minimum wage consultant pick draws complaints

Minimum wage consultant pick draws complaints | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
The emotional debate over raising Los Angeles’ minimum wage intensified Thursday amid criticism of the selection of an outside group tasked with studying the proposal.City Hall policy advisors last week selected the Center for Labor Rese
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After a Good Year, VICA Looks Ahead to 2015

After a Good Year, VICA Looks Ahead to 2015 | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
Santa Clarita - The Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) was founded in 1949 as the Industrial Association of the San Fernando Valley. The Valley in those days was nothing like the highly populated swath of land that joins the 101 and 405 freeways it is today. In fact, there were no Valley freeways then. The region was rural – mostly farms, orchards and ranches.
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Buyer Beware: Don’t Sign Petitions to Undo Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

Buyer Beware: Don’t Sign Petitions to Undo Statewide Plastic Bag Ban | VICA Hot News | Scoop.it
Santa Clarita - You may have already noticed petition gatherers buzzing around grocery stores, asking for your signature to undo the historic statewide plastic bag ban signed into law just weeks ago by California Gov. Jerry Brown. The ban received support from a broad coalition of industry, labor, and environmental groups.
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