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  • Police: 38-year-old man fatally shot at Shoreline Ampitheater after Wiz Khalifa concert

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    <p class="bylinejb">By Natalie Neysa Alund<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:nalund@bayareanewsgroup.com'>nalund@bayareanewsgroup.com</a><br /></p>
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    A 38-year-old man was fatally shot at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View after a Wiz Khalifa concert Friday night. A motive was not immediately known.
  • Peaceful protest urged at Eric Garner march on Staten Island

    L.A. Times - California | Local News
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Thousands of people were marching on Staten Island on Saturday to protest the death of Eric Garner, who died more than a month ago after being held in a chokehold by a New York City police officer.
  • Police: 38-year-old man fatally shot at Shoreline Ampitheater after Wiz Khalifa concert

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    <p class="bylinejb">By Natalie Neysa Alund<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:nalund@bayareanewsgroup.com'>nalund@bayareanewsgroup.com</a><br /></p>
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    A 38-year-old man was fatally shot at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View after a Wiz Khalifa concert Friday night. A motive was not immediately known.
  • Peaceful protest urged at Eric Garner march on Staten Island

    L.A. Times - Opinion Blog
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Thousands of people were marching on Staten Island on Saturday to protest the death of Eric Garner, who died more than a month ago after being held in a chokehold by a New York City police officer.
  • Scientific proof that a summer World Cup in Doha is too hot - for fans

    Sports Now - Los Angeles Times
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    German researchers have some advice to the organizers of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar: Hold the soccer tournament during the winter. Or, if the matches really must be played during the summer, hold them at night.
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  • Police: 38-year-old man fatally shot at Shoreline Ampitheater after Wiz Khalifa concert

    <p class="bylinejb">By Natalie Neysa Alund<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:nalund@bayareanewsgroup.com'>nalund@bayareanewsgroup.com</a><br /></p>
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    A 38-year-old man was fatally shot at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View after a Wiz Khalifa concert Friday night. A motive was not immediately known.
  • Police: Woman with fake baby at Merced hospital cited for trespassing

    <br> <p class="Byline Affiliation">Associated Press
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    MERCED - -- A California woman is under investigation after trying to enter a hospital maternity ward carrying a doll that looked like a living baby, police said Friday, but the woman says the dolls are meant to be therapeutic for patients.
  • California to recover $300 million for pension funds in Bank of America settlement

    <p class="Byline">Bay City News Service</p>
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    California will recover $300 million in damages from Bank of America as part of a $16.65 billion settlement over the bank's handling of mortgage-backed securities prior to 2009, officials said Friday.
  • Arrest of East Bay car dealer in alleged odometer scheme points to bigger crime trend

    <p class="bylinejb">By Rick Hurd<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation">Bay Area News Group
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    The arrest this week of an Antioch used car dealer in an alleged odometer scheme points to what one DMV official calls 'the fastest-growing trend crime in the state of California,' costing unspecting Californians $1.2 billion in lost car values in 2013.
  • State reverses position on health insurance abortion coverage

    <p class="bylinejb">By Tracy Seipel<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:tseipel@mercurynews.com'>tseipel@mercurynews.com</a>
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Spurred by faculty and staff outrage over the refusal by two Catholic universities to pay for elective abortions, Gov.
 
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  • Police: 38-year-old man fatally shot at Shoreline Ampitheater after Wiz Khalifa concert

    <p class="bylinejb">By Natalie Neysa Alund<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:nalund@bayareanewsgroup.com'>nalund@bayareanewsgroup.com</a><br /></p>
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    A 38-year-old man was fatally shot at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View after a Wiz Khalifa concert Friday night. A motive was not immediately known.
  • Mystery shrouds murder-suicide case involving Marin musician, Calistoga man

    <p class="NormalParagraphStyle">By Nels Johnson, The Marin Independent Journal
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    The identities of two men found shot to death in the backyards of neighboring homes on Carlotta Circle in Strawberry were confirmed Friday as detectives sought to unravel the mystery enveloping the murder-suicide case.
  • Portola Valley: Three mountain lions seen Thursday night

    <p class="Byline">Bay City News Service</p>
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Three mountain lions were seen in Portola Valley late Thursday night near Westridge Drive and Cervantes Road, according to an alert from San Mateo County.
  • Santa Clara: Fire destroys trucks, donation bins at center for developmentally disabled

    <p class="bylinejb">By Katie Nelson<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:knelson@mercurynews.com'>knelson@mercurynews.com</a><br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Fire crews are working to contain heavy smoke and flames after a fire broke out behind one of Hope Services' donation centers Friday afternoon.
  • Sheriff: Peninsula burglary suspect busted while trying to commit check fraud

    <p class="bylinejb">By Erin Ivie<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:eivie@bayareanewsgroup.com'>eivie@bayareanewsgroup.com</a>
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Kevin Michael Dolf, of Belmont, was arrested on burglary and fraud charges Wednesday after deputies caught him trying to cash a fraudulent check and later found items linking him to several Peninsula burglaries.
 
 
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  • Coronado Boat House

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    23 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    See a picture of Coronado Boat House in Coronado Island California and learn more about it. Page 10.
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    23 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
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  • Shoreline Amphitheater Summer Concerts

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    23 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    Read about Shoreline Amphitheater Summer Concerts, when they're held, why you should go (or not), what it's like and how to get there.
  • Spreckels House

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    23 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    See a picture of Spreckels House in Coronado Island California and learn more about it. Page 7.
  • Driving I-5 Between LA and San Francisco: What...

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    23 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    All the things the maps don't tell you about traveling on I-5 between LA and San Francisco: rest stops, side trips, sights
 
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    California Research Bureau Reports

  • The Impact of Childcare Needs on Employment and Healthcare. 2013 California Women Veteran Survey.

    4 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Matthew K. Buttice, Ph.D. (S-14-018, July 2014) This Short Subject presents results from the 2013 California Women Veteran Survey, which asked respondents questions about childcare and the effects that childcare needs may have on employment and healthcare decisions. Slightly more than 50 percent of respondents with children under the age of 13 reported using at least one form of childcare. More than 30 percent of respondents with more than one child under 13 indicated that childcare needs had influenced their decision to have certain healthcare services performed, the location of the…
  • Psychosocial and Economic Health of Older American Indians and Alaskan Natives in California.

    14 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Kellie Jean Hogue, Ph.D. and Tonya D. Lindsey, Ph.D. (S-14-017, July 2014) This Short Subject is a part of our Healthy Aging Series and employs California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) indicators of mental health, social environment, and economic security to better understand California's older AIANs.
  • State Veteran Benefit Utilization. 2013 California Women Veteran Survey.

    30 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Matthew K. Buttice, Ph.D. (S-14-016, June 2014) This Short Subject presents results from the 2013 California Women Veteran Survey, which asked respondents questions about their use and knowledge of a variety of veteran benefits and services offered by the state of California. The two most commonly used state veteran benefits were California Employment Development Department employment assistance and unemployment benefits. Fewer than 15 percent reported using any of the other benefits with which respondents were prompted.
  • Sources, Uses, and Disposal of Water in Hydraulic Fracturing

    18 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Kellie Jean Hogue, Ph.D. (S-14-014, June 2014) Water is an integral part of hydraulic fracturing, an enhanced technique for oil and gas recovery that has garnered much media attention in recent years. Sources and uses of water vary, depending on the type of event, geographic site, and geologic situation. The second in our series on hydraulic fracturing in California, this Short Subject discusses the role of water in this popular technique: where it comes from, how it is used, the composition of hydraulic fracturing fluids, and what happens to the fluids after the event.
  • Water Conservation in California: State Law and Local Enforcement

    16 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Maeve Roche (S-14-015, June 2014) This Short Subject summarizes current state laws regarding water conservation and provides a review of the water conservation enforcement measures of selected public entities.
 
 
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    this tasty life | san diego food blog

  • waffle nut donuts from vons

    Mary Desjean
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Have you been to Vons lately and seen these new donuts? They’re called “Waffle-Nut” – as in, a hybrid of a waffle and a donut.  I spied these a couple of weeks ago and have now finally tried them all so I can report back to you. You’re welcome.  The very first one I tried was the Cinnamon & Sugar Waffle Nut donut. It looked promising. It had a good amount of sugar and cinnamon sprinkled all over the donut. But, I found this one to be too soft. The texture was a little off for me and the flavor was just okay.  The next one I tried was the Maple…
  • naseems bakery and kabob / sorrento valley

    Mary Desjean
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Our office moved last fall closer to Sorrento Valley. This is one of the places I discovered this summer with Minion and Matt, my co-worker cohorts. The very first time we tried to visit was during the lunch rush and the place was packed with all of the Qualcomm workers and there was not a spot to sit in Nassaems. We ended up at some generic Mexican place a few doors down where I felt crowded and claustrophobic all at once due to the limited spacing. But I digress… we tried another time, later in the afternoon (around 1PM) and were happy to find it less crowded. [beef kabob plate /…
  • [product review] chipz happen

    Mary Desjean
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    I love snacks, especially crunchy snacks, so I was more than happy to receive an offer to try out a new locally made tortilla chip called Chipz Happen. Chipz Happen is a family run business and they make gourmet tortilla chips (“chipz”) in four different flavors. The chips are Non-GMO, Gluten Free, have No Trans Fat and they use Rice Bran oil to fry the chips. The idea/recipe comes from the mom of the family and the daughters helped to create the business. Taste test time!  Cinnful Sweet Heat Let’s start with maybe the most unusual flavor of the bunch: the Cinnful…
  • umami burger / hermosa beach

    Mary Desjean
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    After the Crave Expo, we realized we were in Los Angeles. Just before 5PM… at the height of the dreaded rush hour. A peek at Google maps confirmed that traffic was horrendous and we were pretty much stuck… so Jake decided to just drive. I eventually stopped looking at Google maps and tried to just “enjoy the ride” and not let my controlling side take over. We eventually ended up in Venice Beach and then hit the 101 and started driving south, avoiding the 405 at ALL COSTS. I did peek at the map eventually though… I mean, come on. I had to know where we were! And…
  • crave expo – los angeles

    Mary Desjean
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    I was recently invited to a new food expo happening up in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago. It was a brand new expo called the Crave Expo helping to promote caterers in the Los Angeles area and it was a free event for media. I decided to bring Jake along and take a half day at work to trek it up to LA and check it out. Heather, who recently moved to LA, joined us for a fun afternoon of food and drinks at Crave Expo! Warning: this is a really long post!  The drive up to Los Angeles wasn’t too awful… until we got to the 10. And when we got off the 10 freeway. Damn you,…
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    California Employment Law Report

  • Friday's Five: Five areas of liability facing California employers

    Anthony Zaller
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:25 pm
    1. Meal and rest breaks. If you did not know of this exposure already existed in California, can I recommend some reading here, here and here? 2. Exempt vs. non-exempt classification of employees. The default under California law is that every employee is entitled to overtime pay at a rate of time and a half or double of the employee’s hourly rate of pay. An employee is not entitled to overtime if the employer meets its burden in establishing that the employees qualifies under one of legally proscribed exempt positions (the positions are called exempt because the employee is exempt from…
  • Friday's Five: More than five required items that should be included in a new hire packet

    Anthony Zaller
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Here is a list of some of the required notices employers must provide to new employees in California. Sometimes I have a hard time coming up with five rules or items for the Friday’s Five list, but not this time – I blew through five items (it is California after all):  Document Title Link to Document Notice to Employee (Wage Theft Prevention Act) (for non-exempt employees) Download here I-9 – Employment Eligibility Verification Download here Right to Workers’ Compensation Benefits pamphlet Download here State Disability Insurance Provisions pamphlet - DE…
  • San Diego City Council moves closer to raising minimum wage and mandating paid sick leave for San Diego employers

    Anthony Zaller
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    The San Diego City Council approved an ordinance that increases the minimum wage required to be paid to workers within the city to $11.50 per hour by 2017. In addition the ordinance calls for the minimum wage to automatically increase every year after 2018 by indexing the minimum wage to inflation. Currently California's minimum wage is set at $9.00 per hour, which increased from $8.00 per hour in July 2014.  San Diego Proposed Minimum Wage Increases Current Minimum Wage $9.00 per hour January 1, 2015 $9.75 per hour January 1, 2016 $10.50 per hour January 1, 2017 $11.50 per hour…
  • Friday's Five: Five California Labor Code provisions employees cannot waive

    Anthony Zaller
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Here is a list of five rights provided to employees under the California Labor Code that the employee may not waive by agreement with an employer. 1. Minimum wage Labor Code Section 1194 provides a private right of action to enforce violations of minimum wage and overtime laws. That statute clearly voids any agreement between an employer and employee to work for less than minimum wage or not to receive overtime. 2. Overtime In Gentry v. Superior Court, the Supreme Court explained: [Labor Code] Section 510 provides that nonexempt employees will be paid one and one-half their wages for hours…
  • Friday's Five: Five legal pitfalls startup companies cannot make

    Anthony Zaller
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    1. Classifying all employees as independent contractors To qualify as an independent contractor, the employer has the burden of proof to establish that the worker is actually an independent contractor and not an employee. I’ve discussed the parameter of this “economic realities” test here.  In addition to owing unpaid minimum wages and potential unpaid overtime, the employer also faces steep penalties for misclassifying independent contractors. 2. Treating all employees as exempt employees and not paying overtime. An employee cannot agree to work without being paid…
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    The California Employment Law Blog by Mediator Steven G. Pearl

  • Rhea v. General Atomics: Employer May Deduct Vacation Pay from Exempt Employee for Partial Day Absences

    Steven G. Pearl
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    In Rhea v. General Atomics (7/21/14) --- Cal.App.4th ---, the plaintiff filed a putative class action challenging the employer's policy of requiring exempt employees to use annual leave hours to cover partial day absences from work. The plaintiff alleged that under this policy, exempt employees were not being paid on a salary basis for purposes of California law and could not be exempt. The trial court granted summary judgment for the defendant, and the plaintiff appealed. The Court of Appeal affirmed, holding as follows: California law on the issue is patterned after federal law, which…
  • Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Service: Employer Must Reimburse Employees for Work-Related Use of Cell Phones; Individual Questions as to Damages Do Not Justify Denial of Class Certification

    Steven G. Pearl
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    In Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Service, Inc. (8/12/14) --- Cal.App.4th ---, the plaintiff filed a putative class action alleging that the defendant failed to reimburse its employees for expenses arising out of the work-related use of their cell phones. On the plaintiff's motion for class certification, the defendant argued that common issues did not predominate because some employees had unlimited data plans and thus did not incur additional expense from the use of their personal cell phones. The trial court agreed, holding that common issues did not predominate and a class action was not…
  • Avila v. LAPD: Ninth Circuit Affirms FLSA Retaliation Award for LAPD Officer

    Steven G. Pearl
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    In Avila v. Los Angeles Police Department, ___ F.3d ___ (9th Cir. 7/10/14), plaintiff Leonard Avila, a police officer, sued the Los Angeles Police Department and the City of Los Angeles (collectively, City) for retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), alleging the following facts: Avila periodically worked through his meal period but did not request overtime; Avila testified for another police officer, Maciel, in support of Maciel's claim that LAPD failed to compensate him for overtime hours worked; and LAPD terminated Avila after he testified, alleging that Avila was…
  • Anderson v. City and County of San Francisco: Ninth Circuit Rules on "Bona Fide Occupational Qualification" Exemption to Title VII Prohibition on Sex Discrimination

    Steven G. Pearl
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In Anderson v. City and County of San Francisco, ___ F.3d ___, (9th Cir. 7/2/14), the Ninth Circuit considered the "bona fide occupational qualification" (BFOQ) exception to Title VII's prohibition of sex discrimination. Plaintiffs, current and former deputies of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department (“SFSD”), appeal the district court’s order granting summary judgment to the City and County of San Francisco (the “County”) on their challenge to SFSD’s policy prohibiting male deputies from supervising female inmates in the housing units of SFSD’s jails. The district…
  • People ex rel. Harris v. Pac Anchor Transportation: Cal. Supremes Hold that FAAAA Does Not Preempt State Meal and Rest Period Requirements

    Steven G. Pearl
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    The California Supreme Court has announced its decision in People ex rel. Harris v. Pac Anchor Transportation, Inc. (7/28/14) --- Cal.4th ---. In Harris, the State of California alleged that the defendants misclassified truck drivers as independent contractors, thus denying them protections that state employment and insurance laws provide to employees. The issue, as described by the Court, is as follows: Whether an action under the Unfair Competition Law (Bus. & Prof. Code, § 17200 et seq.) (UCL) that is based on a trucking company’s alleged violation of state labor and insurance laws…
 
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    California Newswire

  • Landmark California Water Conservation package heads to Governor Amidst summer 2014 drought

    Christopher Simmons
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Most homeowners want cheaper water bills, says Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles). If provided the infrastructure, they’d gladly use recycled water or water-efficient technologies to wash cars and irrigate lawns. Many cities have vast reservoirs of recycled water. If offered a market, they’d gladly allow the water to be used for more than just landscaping medians. Drought-scorched California moved one step closer to a sensible marriage of these interests, passing two key pieces of legislation both authored by Gatto. AB 2282,…
  • Calif. Legislation to Protect Healthcare Workers Headed to Governor – SB 1299

    Christopher Simmons
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senate Bill 1299 authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Padilla) won final legislative approval today in the State Senate. The bill would require hospitals to establish comprehensive workplace violence prevention plans. According to the bill’s backers, “Violent attacks at California hospitals underscore need for more healthcare worker protections.” Nurses wounded in two separate stabbings at Los Angeles area hospitals and a shooting at a Daly City Medical facility earlier this year are a shocking reminder that working in a…
  • ArteQuesta has announced new artwork will be added to the Israeli Masters Collection to preserve Israeli art and culture

    Christopher Simmons
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    MILL VALLEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ — ArteQuesta, a fine art investment company has announced new artworks to be added to the Israeli Masters Collection as part of their continued effort to preserve Israeli art and culture. The collection was created over ten years ago to gather and preserve historically significant artworks and artifacts by Israeli artists during Israel's diaspora and the emergence of the Jewish state in 1948. "Now more than ever, as people are calling into question the accuracy and authenticity of the Jewish state, we need to strengthen our efforts to…
  • Civic Resource Group unites multi-vendor applications and services on common platform with CivicConnect

    Christopher Simmons
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Civic Resource Group today announced that it is initiating the City Development Ecosystem, a group which is chartered to promote new software models for civic organizations to take advantage of next generation applications and cloud infrastructure. It is software interoperability among multiple vendors that makes the City Development Ecosystem possible. The ecosystem brings together system vendors, software companies, channel partners and end-users looking to promote the adoption of standards-based, interchangeable, easy-to-use, and cloud…
  • Calif. Gov. Brown, Attorney General Harris and Legislative Leaders Announce Unaccompanied Minor Legislation

    Christopher Simmons
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and members of the Latino Legislative Caucus announced legislation to provide legal services to the unaccompanied minors arriving in California from Central America. “Helping these young people navigate our legal system is the decent thing to do and it’s consistent with the progressive spirit of California,” said Governor Brown. The legislation provides $3 million to qualified non-profits…
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