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    Thursday, April 18, 2019
    We must let more California students into public universities’ front door By Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine, Special to CALmatters Unethical and even criminal tactics used to slide students into prestigious universities cannot be tolerated. But there’s something else we should not tolerate: the insufficient higher education capacity to meet student demand in California. In this decade, the number ...read more
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    Thursday, April 18, 2019
    The City of Fullerton and Fullerton Collaborative invite you to join us for the State of City Address at the State of the Community. The City of Fullerton will host its 2019 State of the Community Address and City Celebration Event on May 11, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Downtown Plaza. In partnership with the Fullerton Collaborative, this event will feature Mayor Jesus Silva’s State of ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    In 1991, Tom Cochrane released his famous song, "Life is a Highway," and Congress that year passed a major transportation funding bill. A big year for infrastructure to be sure, and one we are still struggling to push forward. But what is not as well known is that private industry, specifically the insurance industry, plays a big part. Did you know that every year, insurers fund road ...read more
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    Friday, April 12, 2019
    Employers Embrace Effort to Promote Inclusiveness and Ensure Harassment Free Workplaces  April 11, 2019 CalChamber The California Chamber of Commerce today kicked off #RespectWorks, a campaign joined by a large and growing list of flagship California companies pledging to promote inclusiveness and prevent harassment in their workplaces. “Harassment has no place in our workplaces,” said Allan ...read more
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    Friday, April 12, 2019
    By KEVIN SMITH | OC Register Self-employed workers and business owners are urging California lawmakers to expand a bill, allowing more gig workers to be exempted from employee status. In a gathering early Thursday at the North Orange County Chamber of Commerce, representatives from both groups said they are seeking to include additional exemptions in Assembly Bill 5 — a move that would allow ...read more
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    Thursday, April 11, 2019
    Investing in America’s aging transportation infrastructure is a perennial concern. The public, labor sector, and business community are all affected by traffic congestion, safety concerns, regional problems, and worn roads and bridges. But behind the scenes of these discussions are the men, women, products, and materials that move our economy onward to assure us the mobility and quality of life ...read more
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    Thursday, April 11, 2019
    April 3, 2019 | Denise Davis The California Chamber of Commerce has released its annual Job Killer list, which includes 24 bills that would harm California’s economic growth and job creation should they become law. “These bills represent some of the worst policy proposals affecting California employers and our economy currently being considered by the Legislature,” said CalChamber President ...read more
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    Monday, April 08, 2019
    The Registrar of Voters announced the release of its report on two recently conducted pilot risk-limiting post-election audits. Orange County conducted these pilot audits in order to demonstrate that risk-limiting audits can be conducted on older voting systems. Although currently not required under state law, a risk-limiting audit is a robust method of manually auditing election results to ...read more
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    Thursday, April 04, 2019
    Every year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks members of Congress for key business votes set out in its annual publication, How They Voted. Votes included in the rankings are Chamber-designated "key votes": recorded floor votes on issues established as priorities by the Chamber's board of directors, on which the Chamber communicates its position prior to the vote. Today, the U.S. Chamber of ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 02, 2019
    Reps. Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38) and Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) have sent a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Resources requesting $100,405,000 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Construction Account’s Dam Safety and Seepage/Stability Correction Program, citing Whittier Narrows Dam as a potential recipient of federal funding. “This Program makes critical ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 02, 2019
    An Opportunity Zone is an economically-distressed community where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment. Localities qualify as Opportunity Zones if they have been nominated for that designation by the state and that nomination has been certified by the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury via his delegation authority to the Internal Revenue ...read more
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    Monday, April 01, 2019
    The City of Fullerton has joined efforts with the United States Census Bureau to participate in a Fullerton Complete Count Committee and began public engagement, awareness and education for the 2020 Census. April 1, 2019 marks the 365 day countdown for the 2020 Census. The census counts everyone living in the United States every 10 years. In 2020, when residents respond to the census, they ...read more
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    Friday, March 29, 2019
     March 28, 2019 Valerie Nera The Senate Health Committee yesterday moved a California Chamber of Commerce-opposed mandating a state-only labeling requirement for sugar-sweetened drinks. CalChamber is opposed to SB 347 (Monning; D-Carmel) because it could increase frivolous liability claims and exposes beverage manufacturers and food retailers to fines and penalties. SB 347 is identical to ...read more
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    Friday, March 29, 2019
    By  SPENCER CUSTODIO March 28, 2019 North Orange County will soon have more shelter beds for homeless residents in the area with Buena Park and Placentia now moving to build shelters through an arrangement where other cities in the region chip in financially. Fullerton is the latest city to commit to the shelter efforts after the City Council unanimously voted March 19 to sign a memorandum of ...read more
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    Friday, March 29, 2019
    By  Adam Regele - March 29, 2019Legislation raising serious questions about California mandates on recycling numerous products containing plastics is advancing in both the California Senate and Assembly. The California Chamber of Commerce has joined a broad coalition that is opposing unless amended both SB 54 (Allen; D-Santa Monica) and AB 1080 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego), titled the “California ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 27, 2019
    During the regular meeting on March 19, 2019, Fullerton City Council approved the temporary elimination park fees associated with the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units also referred to as ADUs or Granny Flats.  The council vote, effective immediately, eliminates the $12,020 park impact fee (Park Dwelling) asset on new construction of small residential units (attached or unattached) on the ...read more
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    Monday, March 25, 2019
    CalTax: The Tax Digest Volume 57, No. 12 Legislation asking the state to study the viability of implementing a carbon tax to replace the state’s sales and use tax passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on March 20.    The bill (SB 43 by Senator Ben Allen, who chairs the committee) was approved on a party-line 4-2 vote, with Democrats in support, and now goes to the Senate Governance ...read more
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    Monday, March 25, 2019
    CalTax: The Tax Digest Volume 57, No. 12 Voters in Mt. Shasta, in Siskiyou County, will decide March 26 whether to approve a parcel tax that would raise funds for improving infrastructure at Mount Shasta City Park and Shastice Park – and the local parks district is using its taxpayer-funded website to encourage a “yes” vote.   Measure V would cost taxpayers $75 per developed parcel and $40 for ...read more
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    Monday, March 25, 2019
    Firearms Tax. AB 18 (Levine), previously a spot bill to impose an excise tax on sales of handguns and semiautomatic rifles to raise revenue to fund grants through the California Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Grant Program, was amended March 21 to impose an excise tax of $25 per handgun, semiautomatic rifle or shotgun, with revenue deposited into the CalVIP Firearm Tax Fund. Vote: ...read more
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    Monday, March 25, 2019
     Mar 22 2019 -  Overtime -  Katie Culliton The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new, proposed federal overtime rule that would increase the white-collar salary threshold for exempt executive, administrative and professional employees from $23,660 to $35,308 per year. More than a million more American workers will become eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). ...read more
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    Monday, March 25, 2019
    A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed-unless-amended bill that will increase costs and place regulatory burdens on businesses passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee this week. SB 43 (Allen; D-Santa Monica) increases electricity rates and cost of transport by proposing to duplicate existing climate policy with a carbon-based sales tax, and threatens retail and manufacturing jobs by ...read more
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    Thursday, March 14, 2019
    The head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Administrator Linda McMahon has announced that this year’s National Small Business Week will be held from May 5-11, 2019.  Administrator McMahon will start the week in Washington, D.C., where she will recognize and award outstanding small business owners and SBA Resource Partners from around the nation. She will continue the week meeting with ...read more
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    Monday, March 04, 2019
    Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is looking for new committee members for two public committees. The committees: Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) and the Taxpayer Oversight Committee (TOC). These committees help advise OCTA on a wide range of policies, procedures, and actions. OCTA strongly encourages residents and community leaders to get involved and help improve the quality of ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 06, 2019
     February 6, 2019 CalChamber The EEO-1 submission deadline has been extended to May 31, 2019. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has delayed the “opening day” of the 2018 EEO-1 Survey to early March 2019 and moved the due date to May 31, 2019. The recent government shutdown caused this postponement. The EEO-1 is an annual survey that requires all private employers with ...read more
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