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Amazon’s New Online Wine Shop: Industry Friend or Foe?

November 9, 2012 | 3:03 pm

Amazon’s New Online Wine Shop: Industry Friend or Foe?

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The world’s largest e-commerce site began its third foray into the world of wine Thursday. Amazon.com says customers can now order online from a list of nearly a thousand wines from around the country. KQED News anchor Stephanie Martin spoke with reporter Cathy Bussewitz, who covers California’s wine country for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, […]

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Governor Signs Amazon Compromise Bill; No Online Sales Tax For at Least a Year

September 23, 2011 | 12:44 pm

Governor Signs Amazon Compromise Bill; No Online Sales Tax For at Least a Year

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As expected, Jerry Brown signed AB 155, the compromise hammered out between California legislators, big off-line retailers like Wal-Mart and Target, and Amazon.com concerning a law enacted in June requiring online retailers to collect sales tax from customers. Previously, they had been exempt from that obligation because of a Supreme Court ruling, which prevented states […]

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Morning Splash: Laid-Off SJ Firefighters Return; Hancock Moves to Thwart Amazon Referendum; Assembly Committee Kills Death Penalty Rollback

August 26, 2011 | 7:44 am

Morning Splash: Laid-Off SJ Firefighters Return; Hancock Moves to Thwart Amazon Referendum; Assembly Committee Kills Death Penalty Rollback

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22 laid-off San Jose firefighters back on the job (San Jose Mercury News) Nearly half of the 49 San Jose firefighters laid off last year amid a record budget shortfall will be back on the job starting Friday thanks to a federal bailout. The $15 million, two-year fire staffing grant through the Federal Emergency Management […]

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August 15, 2011 | 3:09 pm

Coalition Calls for Californians to Boycott Amazon Over Sales Tax Issue; Loni Hancock Statement

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In what could be a test of your principles versus your ability to buy Season Four of “Mad Men” at a really low price, a coalition of anti-poverty groups is calling for Californians to boycott Amazon.com over the online sales tax issue. Here’s the group’s web site, ThinkBeforeYouClickCA.org, which includes a petition letter to Amazon […]

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Morning Splash: BART Protest Caused Major Delays; PG&E Court Filing Deflects Blame for San Bruno; Amazon Pushes Referendum on Sales Tax

July 12, 2011 | 7:11 am

Morning Splash: BART Protest Caused Major Delays; PG&E Court Filing Deflects Blame for San Bruno; Amazon Pushes Referendum on Sales Tax

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BART protest causes major delays in service (SF Chronicle) A raucous crowd of demonstrators protesting the fatal police shooting of a man on a BART platform stormed into the Civic Center Station in San Francisco Monday afternoon and caused major service delays as they tussled with police and shouted racial epithets at transit officials. Riot […]

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Brown Signs Bill to Force Online Retailers to Collect Sales Tax

June 29, 2011 | 4:33 pm

Brown Signs Bill to Force Online Retailers to Collect Sales Tax

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Update 11:45 a.m. Thursday: Paul Misener, Amazon’s VP of Global Public Policy, just issued this statement to KQED’s John Myers: “This legislation is counterproductive and will not cause our retail business to collect sales tax for the state.” Earlier posts Amazon.com has been in a running battle with states trying to wring revenue out of […]

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Morning Splash: Budget Veto; Big Severance for Muni Chief; Brown Mulls Amazon Tax Bill

June 17, 2011 | 7:54 am

Morning Splash: Budget Veto; Big Severance for Muni Chief; Brown Mulls Amazon Tax Bill

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Veto: Governor keeps hunting for GOP votes (Sacramento Bee) With one swoop of his veto pen, Gov. Jerry Brown placed himself at odds with both parties in the Legislature by rejecting a Democratic budget he called unbalanced and “legally questionable.” The Democratic governor’s budget veto on Thursday, believed to be the first in state history, […]

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