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8.31.2012

Brown Approves California’s First Off-Reservation Indian Casinos

In a major decision that could create far-reaching changes for Indian gaming in California, Gov. Jerry Brown agreed August 31 with federal authorities to allow two tribes to build large casinos on sites outside their reservations.

“While I am reluctant to allow the expansion of gaming on land currently ineligible for it, I concur in your determination,” Brown wrote federal officials who had previously approved the tribes’ proposed gambling facilities.    Read more »

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8.31.2012

San Francisco Might Soon Have a “John Burton Highway”

Although as an Assembly member and senator he routinely opposed legislation naming parts of the state transportation system after lawmakers, dead peace officers or famous Californians, state Democratic Party Chair John Burton is likely to have a sliver of asphalt bearing his name.

A unanimous vote by the Senate sent SCR 93 to Gov.    Read more »

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8.30.2012

Landmark Bill Banning Sexual Orientation Change Therapy for Minors On Governor’s Desk

Psychologists and psychiatrists would be banned from using therapies on minors to change their sexual orientation under legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown by lawmakers on August 30.

The landmark measure would prohibit “reparative therapy” from being practiced on persons under the age of 18.

“Few things are more offensive than child abuse and, frankly, that’s what these types of psychological treatments are,” said Sen.    Read more »

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8.30.2012

Brown to Decide on Allowing Off-Reservation Tribal Casinos

Gov. Jerry Brown will decide August 31 whether two California Indian tribes can open two sprawling casinos not located on their lands.

The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians in Mariposa County and the Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians in Butte County would be the first California tribes allowed to operate casinos not located on their tribal lands.    Read more »

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8.28.2012

A Statue of Ronald Reagan for California’s Capitol?

Among the measures lawmakers will be landing on Gov. Jerry Brown’s already well-piled desk is allowing a statue of President – and former California Governor – Ronald Reagan to be placed in the “new” section of the state Capitol.

in 2011, Vandals Tipped this Reagan Statue in Newport Beach to the Left

The statue’s design, placement and upkeep would be paid for by the Ronald Reagan Centennial Capitol Foundation, created last year to help celebrate the actor-turned-politician’s 100th birthday.    Read more »

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8.28.2012

A Smart Private Sector Solution: Wellness Programs Create a Healthy Workforce and Save Money

 

By Elizabeth Parker

As small business owners continue to deal with the economic downturn and soaring health care costs, there’s growing interest in workplace prevention and wellness programs to improve the health of employees, which lower costs and ensure a productive workforce.

Strategic investments in proven prevention programs — rather than treating people after they’re sick — can have a visible impact in dollars, workforce productivity and quality of life.    Read more »

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8.28.2012

A Lively “Politics on Tap” Conversation with Debra Saunders of the San Francisco Chronicle, John Myers of KXTV in Sacramento and Juliet Williams of the Capitol Bureau of the Associated Press

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8.24.2012

The Price of Admission

“It is always bad business to try to explain yourself on paper — at least not all at once — but when you work as a journalist and sign your name in black ink on white paper above everything you write, that is the business you are in, good or bad.     Read more »

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8.23.2012

Space the Final Frontier — For Limited Civil Liability

A bill backed by the nascent commercial space industry would give those companies protection from lawsuits if they warn passengers that space flight is inherently dangerous.

Supporters, like Virgin Galactic and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, say that reasonable liability protections will help grow their industry.

“The human spaceflight industry and the jobs it creates require sensible regulation governing liability,” write Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company in support.    Read more »

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8.23.2012

Self-Improvement

“It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick the associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.”

–Warren Buffett    Read more »

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