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Photo courtesy Joe McHugh, California Highway Patrol: Governor Jerry Brown signs California Fair Pay Act Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park in Richmond October 6, 2015

Governor Brown signs into law the California Fair Pay Act

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Fair Pay Act yesterday, one of the toughest equal pay laws in the country. Brown was surrounded by females, young and old, at the Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park in Richmond, for the signing ceremony. In a news release, the governor said the law is long overdue: “Sixty-six years after passage of the California Equal Pay Act, many women still earn less money than men doing the same or similar work said Governor Brown. “This bill is another step toward closing the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Brown lawn on North Brighton Street in Burbank June 3, 2015

New state law prohibits fines for brown lawns

An ugly brown lawn may be an eyesore to some, but it’s not a finable offense in the state of California. Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1, which protects those brown or golden lawns for now. The legislation “… prohibit a city, county, or city and county from imposing a fine under any ordinance for a failure to water a lawn or having a brown lawn during a period for which the Governor has issued a proclamation of a state of emergency... Read More →

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Governor Brown signs plastic bag ban — but battle not over yet

California has become the first in the nation to have a statewide ban against single-use plastic bags. However, the battle over the issue is not over yet. Governor Jerry Brown signed the controversial law  last Tuesday.  It prohibits grocery stores and pharmacies from distributing single-use plastic bags after July 2015 and expands to include convenience stores and liquor stores the next year. Under the new law, If you arrive at the retailer bag-less, you can buy a reusable bag or pay at least 10 cents for a paper... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Production shoot at Tony's Bella Vista on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank March 6, 2014

Governor Brown signs historic film tax credit bill

A lot cheering going on in the state’s entertainment industry today, after Governor Brown signed into law that landmark tax film credit bill. The governor signed Assembly Bill 1839, yesterday in Hollywood surrounded by legislative representatives and dozens of film and television workers, according to a posting on the official ca.gov website.  The bill will  expand California’s existing $100 million tax credit to $330 million annually. . The Southland entertainment industry has lobbied hard for the measure seeing it as a way to keep jobs in... Read More →

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Governor Brown signs into law paid sick leave for millions of workers

  Today California became only the second state in the nation to require employers to provide paid sick leave for workers. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the landmark Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 or SB 1522. Currently, 6.5 million California workers or 40 percent of the workforce cannot take a paid day off when they are ill or to care for a sick family member. “Whether you’re a dishwasher in San Diego or a store clerk in Oakland, this bill frees you of having to choose between... Read More →

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FLLewis/Media City G -- Prince William and wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge introduced their newborn to the media and the world on the steps of St. Mary

Web Buzz: Duchess Kate, Ray Rice, and Jerry Brown

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting baby number two. Their firstborn, Prince George, celebrated his first birthday a few weeks ago on July 23. Now Prince William and Kate are getting ready for the arrival of a sibling for George. The announcement was made today after the Duchess developed severe morning sickness. “As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess of Cambridge... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Self serve regular gas selling for less than $4 a gallon at the Shell station at Buena Vista Street and Magnolia Boulevard November 10, 2012

Gas selling for under $4 a gallon in Burbank!

After flirting with the $5 a gallon milestone , self-serve regular is back to being under $4 a gallon at some pump stations in Burbank. Yesterday, I gassed-up at the Shell station at Buena Vista Street and Magnolia Boulevard for $3.89 a gallon for self-serve regular. Back in early October, the price soared to 4.60 a gallon and above for regular. The last time gas prices were that high in California was back in June of 2008. A gas shortage and problems at the oil refineries were blamed for the... Read More →

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