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California law needles kids

California law needles kids

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

July 13, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate: That is the question of the year. The law that anti-vaccine parents across the state have been dreading for almost two years just went into effect, and it’s terrifying. On June 30, California officially became the third state to prohibit parents from exempting t...

The right to die: California law grants patients end of life options

The right to die: California law grants patients end of life options

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

June 29, 2016


Filed under Metro, Showcase

In Oct. 2015, California voters passed the End of Life Option Act that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law. That law went into effect on June 9, which grants terminally ill California residents the option to end their own lives. California joins Montana, Oregon, Vermont and Washington as the fifth state t...

Clinton’s big win in California: Why were the polls so wrong?

Clinton’s big win in California: Why were the polls so wrong?

Aaron Kinney,
East Bay Times

June 9, 2016


Filed under Metro, Politics, Showcase

A trio of polls showed a tight race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in California, but by early Wednesday morning it was clear Clinton, who claimed the Democratic nomination Tuesday night at a rally in New York, would roll to a resounding victory over the Vermont senator. The question, as daw...

Senatorial campaign unconventional

Senatorial campaign unconventional

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

June 1, 2016


Filed under Features, Politics

Classic rock plays in the background as Von and Drake Hougo discuss campaign strategy in the dining room and garage of their home in Santa Clarita, which doubles as a “campaign headquarters.”  The father-son duo works morning and night in between Drake’s school and track practice and Von’s ...

Civil rights activist to visit Hayward

Civil rights activist to visit Hayward

Elizabeth Avalos,
Staff Writer

May 25, 2016


Filed under Campus, Metro, Showcase

American labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta is set to visit Cal State East Bay on May 31 to speak and reflect on her life and work in the labor movement in a presentation titled, “Lessons Learned: Past, Present and Future.” The event will take place at the University Theatre from ...

California governor passes tobacco laws

California governor passes tobacco laws

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

May 12, 2016


Filed under Metro

The days of 18-year-olds legally buying cigarettes at gas stations and liquor stores around the state of California will soon be a thing of the past beginning June 9. On May 4, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed several tobacco-related bills into law that will raise the age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 2...

Eradication of ‘sudden oak death’ disease is no longer possible in California

Eradication of ‘sudden oak death’ disease is no longer possible in California

Louis Sahagun,
Los Angeles Times

May 4, 2016


Filed under Metro

Over the last two decades, California and the federal government have faced harsh criticism for failing to take stronger actions to stop a highly contagious disease that has killed millions of trees along coastal regions from Big Sur to portions of Oregon. Now, a new computer modeling study suggest...

Prince was in the house, at least in spirit, during Weekend 2 of the Coachella festival

Prince was in the house, at least in spirit, during Weekend 2 of the Coachella festival

Gerrick Kennedy,
Los Angeles Times

April 28, 2016


Filed under Arts & Life, Metro

The buzz going into the second and final weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was how the event’s organizers and artists would pay tribute to Prince, who died Thursday, a day before the Indio festival reopened its gates. Throughout the weekend, fans could be spotted in T-shirts wi...

SF supervisors seek to make employers pay for family bonding time

SF supervisors seek to make employers pay for family bonding time

Heather Knight,
San Francisco Chronicle

April 14, 2016


Filed under Metro

San Francisco on Tuesday is nearly certain to become the first municipality in the nation to mandate that employers offer fully paid bonding time to employees with babies. But the expected easy passage by the Board of Supervisors belies heated opposition from some small-business owners. Currently, Californi...

Crude oil by rail a possibility in Benicia

Crude oil by rail a possibility in Benicia

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

April 6, 2016


Filed under Metro

A controversial proposal by the Valero oil refinery that would bring in thousands of tons of crude oil a day has some Benicia residents seriously questioning whether it’s time to peel the “It’s Better in Benicia” bumper stickers from the backs of their cars and relocate. Originally proposed in 20...

California minimum wage to hit $15 by 2022

California minimum wage to hit $15 by 2022

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

April 6, 2016


Filed under Metro, Showcase

The people have spoken and legislators listened, finalizing a California law that will set the minimum wage bar high for the rest of the country. On Monday Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that will increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 dollars by 2022. The state minimum wage is currently $10 and is one...

Agreement moves California closer to $15 minimum wage

Agreement moves California closer to $15 minimum wage

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

March 29, 2016


Filed under Metro, Showcase

A tentative compromise between labor unions and legislators was reached on Saturday that will raise California’s minimum wage to $15, according to an article published by the Associated Press. Sen. Mark Leno D-San Francisco told the Associated Press on Saturday that this will be presented to t...

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