“Accountability is a key piece of justice, but it is not the only piece. You cannot double down on punishment at the expense of getting results,” Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton said. “By increasing the number of offenses eligible for parole by over 100 percent, the only thing Prop 20 guarantees is that a person who’s locked up for those offenses will have no incentive to participate in the rehabilitation program. That means far more people will exit our prisons without receiving the rehabilitation services that research shows recidivism.” … [Read more...] about District Attorneys, Victims’ Groups Urge Proposition 20 Opposition
The measure, which supporters say will raise as much as $12 billion each year for schools and local government, would rewrite California’s landmark Proposition 13, a 1978 measure that set limits on property tax increases and allowed both residential and commercial property to be reassessed only when it was sold. … [Read more...] about California measure to reform Proposition 13 qualifies for ballot
In the 49th District anchored in San Diego County, Republican House candidate Brian Maryott has tweeted scenes of looting and cars engulfed in flames while blaming his Democratic opponent, freshman Rep. Mike Levin, for not doing enough to quell unrest. Levin’s campaign manager, Adam Berkowitz, responded that Trump and Maryott “are fanning the flames of division” to distract attention from Trump’s often criticized coronavirus policies. … [Read more...] about GOP Targets Democratic-Run California in Election Gamble
Twitter was one of the first U.S. companies to mandate remote work on March 11 in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, a week before the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place orders began. In May, the company made the work-from-home option permanent for most employees. The company said it isn’t closing any offices and will reopen gradually. San Francisco currently doesn’t allow nonessential workers to return to office buildings. … [Read more...] about Twitter seeks subtenants for its SF HQ, as its own employees stay home
Across different chains and in different parts of the country, these stories varied in severity but were basically the same. Short staffing, low pay, no respect. It’s true, they would all be financially better off flipping burgers. But why? It may be true that as a nation we value a well-cooked burger over safe elder care. Still, it’s far easier to find a fast food worker than a CNA. It costs a CNA about $1,500 to get certified and takes roughly three months of school. Turnover in the industry is high. Every staffing coordinator will tell you these workers are in demand, so why do they make so little? … [Read more...] about Nursing Home Workers Were Underpaid, Overworked, and Denied PPE. And Then COVID Hit.