Commentary: California Voices
CommentaryStriking workers in California are at a disadvantage. They deserve the jobless benefits they earned
A bill that would extend unemployment benefits to workers on a strike exceeding two weeks is awaiting a signature from Gov. Gavin Newsom. A Hollywood writer argues workers deserve benefits from a fund they already pay for.
CommentaryCalifornia’s EDD has enough problems. Giving jobless benefits to striking workers is the last thing it needs
California's beleaguered Employment Development Department could be asked to dole out benefits to striking workers if Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a bill providing them the right. Critics say the EDD has enough problems to address before the next economic downturn.
CommentaryCalifornia Legislature whiffs on insurance crisis, punting to Newsom and Lara
The California Legislature adjourned this month without resolving the issue facing homeowners and their declining ability to acquire fire insurance. A move by the insurance commissioner to try and intervene seemed to double down on a major tradeoff.
CommentaryCalifornia politicians point fingers as tolerance of homelessness wears thin
As California's homelessness crisis continues, its politicians are carping over who should be held responsible for resolving it.
CommentaryOpponents of Inland Empire warehouse boom see glimmer of hope in recent rejections
A string of decisions by cities in the Inland Empire signal that local officials are beginning to take a more critical eye to warehouse expansions in a region that's seen explosive growth over the last three decades. But without broader changes or action by state leaders, residents and activists remain skeptical.
CommentaryWhy some South Asians are on a hunger strike to end caste discrimination in California
A bill that would add caste to California’s fair employment and housing law and the education code is sitting on the governor's desk. Supporters are on a hunger strike, urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign the bill into law.
CommentaryNewsom burnishes his national image by waging new attack on oil industry
Emulating previous California politicians, Gov. Gavin Newsom is singling out the oil industry as he tries to build his national political image.
CommentaryCoercion for the mentally ill in California can also be a form of compassion
A Sacramento woman with bipolar disorder reflects on her own experience with involuntary hospitalization and the potentially fatal alternative she faced.
CommentaryFew California workers belong to unions, but they scored big in Legislature this year
With a new leader at the helm, California's labor unions achieved major gains in this year's legislative session, even though only 17% of the state's workers belong to unions.
CommentaryCompromise settles dispute over status of franchises in fast food industry
An 11th hour compromise in the Legislature settled a conflict over whether a new state agency would set wages and working conditions in the fast food industry and implicitly undermine the franchise business system.