By Michael Saltsman | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: August 8, 2019 at 7:06 pm | UPDATED: August 8, 2019 at 7:06 pm The Golden State has long prided itself on being a global leader in protecting employees and the environment, but new evidence suggests the state’s “progress” on the employment side is hurting its environmental goals. California’s minimum wage is rising rapidly toward $15, and the wage floor has already surpassed that level in a number of cities. The consequences for small businesses with narrow margins (and the people they employ) have been as tragic as they are predictable. For each dollar increase in the minimum wage in the Bay Area, a Harvard study found a 10 percent spike in closures for restaurants with average customer reviews. Elsewhere in the state, a University of California Riverside study identified a severe slowdown in restaurant growth. These impacts on restaurants were expected, but a new victim gained notoriety last week: … [Read more...] about Is a $15 minimum wage bad for California’s environment?
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Jennifer Dixon Detroit Free Press Published 6:02 AM EDT Apr 18, 2019 The morning was warm and clear, with more than a thousand workers finishing construction of Little Caesars Arena, when a pair of ironworkers noticed an orange blur hurtling down, past a catwalk. Michael Morrison landed in the dusty, plastic-covered seats below. One of the ironworkers rushed to call 911. An electrician heard the loud thud and hurried down a set of stairs to witness Morrison gasp for air four times, then nothing. The Detroit Police Department and Wayne County Medical Examiner declared the June 2017 death of Morrison, a 46-year-old electrician from St. Clair Shores, an accident. But the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration called it a suicide, siding with builders who insisted Morrison — in the midst of a busy workday — jumped seven stories, from a steel beam into the red arena … [Read more...] about Safety experts question ruling on Little Caesars Arena workman death
A homelessness task force is accusing the Orange County Board of Supervisors of restricting free speech at its meetings and violating California public records laws.The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California, on behalf of the People’s Homeless Task Force, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Santa Ana Superior Court alleging that county supervisors limit access to public documents, destroy public documents and give officials preferential treatment over members of the public, in violation of residents’ 1st Amendment rights and the Brown Act.“Participatory democracy, in which constituents are free to comment on the actions and views of elected officials, is one of the cornerstones of our nation,” the ACLU said in a statement Tuesday. “But not at the Orange County Board of Supervisors, where meetings are held in a manner more befitting a monarchy.”Brendan Hamme, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Southern California, said the supervisors … [Read more...] about ACLU sues Orange County for silencing public comments, calling board a ‘monarchy’