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Oakland Port Workers Plan Strike Monday Night

November 19, 2012 | 2:08 pm

Oakland Port Workers Plan Strike Monday Night

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OAKLAND (BCN) Port workers who say they have gone 16 months without a new  contract plan to go on strike Monday and Tuesday in Oakland. The Service Employees International Union 1021 has announced plans  for a 24-hour strike starting Monday at 9 p.m. The strike will kick off Monday night at Oakland International  Airport’s Terminal […]

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Judge Asks Hostess and Union to Enter Mediation

November 19, 2012 | 1:44 pm

Judge Asks Hostess and Union to Enter Mediation

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(AP) Twinkies won’t die that easily after all. Hostess Brands Inc. and its second largest union will go into mediation to try and resolve their differences, meaning the company won’t go out of business just yet. The news came Monday after Hostess moved to liquidate and sell off its assets in bankruptcy court citing a […]

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Five Reasons You Should Care about California’s Cap-and-Trade Carbon Market

November 14, 2012 | 4:10 pm

Five Reasons You Should Care about California’s Cap-and-Trade Carbon Market

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California will attempt to launch an honest-to-goodness carbon market on Wednesday, officially kicking off the state’s cap and trade program. It’s part of the landmark global warming bill, AB 32, signed back in 2006 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. This won’t be first cap-and-trade program in the world — Europe’s been trading carbon allowances for a […]

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Bay Area Nonprofits Defend Some Tax Breaks for The Wealthy

November 6, 2012 | 11:15 am

Bay Area Nonprofits Defend Some Tax Breaks for The Wealthy

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by Amy Julia Harris, The Bay Citizen They help drug addicts in the Tenderloin, feed hungry children and aid struggling public schools. They’re also big fans of tax breaks for America’s millionaires. Bay Area nonprofits, which often advocate for some of the neediest Americans, are finding themselves the unlikely defenders of a politically unpopular stance: […]

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Labor Day Special: The San Francisco Waterfront Strike of 1901

August 31, 2012 | 1:34 pm

Labor Day Special: The San Francisco Waterfront Strike of 1901

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On this Labor Day, I could talk about barbecue or advise you about some of the bigger parades and sales in California. But instead I’m going to take the opportunity to write about the early history of labor in California, beginning with the Gold Rush. And what a history it is. The smart money during […]

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Want a Job? Look at Tech in San Francisco

August 28, 2012 | 1:07 pm

Want a Job? Look at Tech in San Francisco

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(Bay City News) While much of the state and the country grapples with joblessness, San Francisco is seeing growth in Internet and biotech jobs, according to new data released by San Francisco County Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting. Ting’s data suggests that 21st Century jobs are growing in San Francisco neighborhoods such as South of Market, South […]

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New Book Discounts Theory of Marijuana as Top US Cash Crop

August 14, 2012 | 10:48 am

New Book Discounts Theory of Marijuana as Top US Cash Crop

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by Michael Montgomery, California Watch For years, legalization advocates have argued that marijuana is America’s leading cash crop, outranking corn, wheat, soy and a host of other heartland staples produced on an industrial scale. Bringing pot production above ground, the argument goes, could produce a $30 billion tax bonanza for cash-strapped governments and a huge […]

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San Bernardino Joins List of Bankrupt Cities

July 11, 2012 | 10:44 am

San Bernardino Joins List of Bankrupt Cities

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — As recently as last month, no city in California had opted for bankruptcy since 2008, and no U.S. city of more than 200,000 people had ever chosen bankruptcy. The past two weeks have changed all that, in a big way, as the fiscal struggles faced by so many American cities […]

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June 21, 2012 | 12:29 pm

Forecast Says California Growth Will Remain Sluggish

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Not making the kind of money you expected? You are in good company. California’s economy is falling behind “where it should be” according to an analysis released today by the University of California, Los Angeles’ Anderson School of Management. The economic research center issued a report Wednesday looking into the future of the economy, both […]

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June 18, 2012 | 4:12 pm

Wells Fargo Looking for a Cut of India’s Rich Remittance Market

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By Charla Bear Wells Fargo wants a bigger piece of the billions of dollars Indian expatriates will send home this year. The bank just announced it’s dramatically expanded its remittance service for Indian customers. It can be a long, complicated process to send funds toIndia. Just ask Veera Srinivasan, one of a quarter-million Indian expats […]

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