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Brown should not sign farmworker overtime bill

By   /  Friday, September 2nd, 2016  /  Agribusiness, Editorials, Higher Education, Latest news, Opinion, Small Business, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Brown should not sign farmworker overtime bill

Henry Dubroff

With the farmworker overtime pay bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, we’re writing to warn that many of the quick fixes to contemporary problems are not what they appear to be. In a year where Bernie Sanders ignited the Democratic Party with his appeal to the issue of social injustice, the impulse to seize Read More →


Jackson bill passes Senate

By   /  Wednesday, August 31st, 2016  /  Latest news, Law & Goverment  /  Comments Off on Jackson bill passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, that could expand paternity leave for small business employees passed the Senate and now heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. Senate Bill 654 will expand the state’s Paid Family Leave Program to employees at small businesses with 20 to 49 employees. Current law Read More →


Dubroff: Voters back green energy but may balk at higher bills

By   /  Friday, July 29th, 2016  /  Columns, Energy, Latest news  /  1 Comment

Henry Dubroff

This has been a big year for green energy. Anti-nuclear groups are celebrating an agreement to close Diablo Canyon nuclear plant near San Luis Obispo, solar costs are on par with conventional resources and a big wind turbine project offshore at Morro Bay is moving rapidly through the approval process. The Public Policy Institute of Read More →


Governor Brown issues executive order to speed Refugio oil spill recovery efforts

By   /  Friday, June 5th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Governor Brown issues executive order to speed Refugio oil spill recovery efforts

As federal, state, and local agencies continue working to minimize and mitigate the effects of the Refugio oil spill, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday issued an executive order to further expedite recovery efforts and help ensure the natural environment is restored, beaches are reopened and economic impacts are minimized. The governor’s order directs state agencies Read More →