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Big challenges ahead for unemployment department

Good morning, California. It’s Thursday, October 8. 1.57 million claims unresolved California’s unemployment department is in the hot seat — again. Lawmakers ripped into the besieged agency in a Wednesday oversight hearing, exposing the breadth of challenges facing the Employment Development Department as it resumes accepting claims after a two-week reset period that ended Monday. […]

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10,000 unemployment claims backlogged per day — claims paused for 2 weeks

Planning on applying for unemployment benefits? Well, you won’t be able to do so for the next two weeks. California’s beleaguered unemployment department is putting a pause on new claims until Oct. 5 to give it time to implement an automatic identity-verification tool to speed up processing times. The move follows recommendations outlined in a […]

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Poll: Californians barely favor changing Prop. 13 — under a third back affirmative action

Many schools and local governments staggering under looming billion-dollar shortfalls are throwing their weight behind Prop. 15, a high-profile measure on California’s November ballot that could raise up to $11.5 billion annually. But only 51% of likely voters support the measure, according to a Public Policy Institute of California report released late Wednesday night — […]

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Unmasked: Tempers flare and patience frays as California lawmakers hit viral end of session

For anyone who has spent the last five months working from home, these teleconference call mishaps ought to sound familiar:  Your lunch delivery arrives smack in the middle of a presentation, or your dog won’t stop yapping.  An exasperated colleague drops a muted but unmistakable F-bomb.  A co-worker mocks a colleague’s comments to his “hon” […]