An administrative law judge representing the state Public Employment Relations Board ruled this week that Orange County supervisors acted in “bad faith” last year when they imposed wage and benefit concessions on more than 500 attorneys employed by the county.
Tim Carpenter, a progressive political and social activist, and founder of Progressive Democrats of America passed away on Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 55-years-old. For more than three decades Carpenter fought for progressive causes such as single payer health care, nuclear disarmament, campaign finance reform, peace, and economic and social justice.
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that an Anaheim man’s First Amendment rights were not violated when his speech drew strong reactions at Orange County Board of Supervisors meetings. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also upheld a board rule barring “personal, impertinent, slanderous or profane remarks” at public meetings. But the court made its ruling “unpublished,” meaning it does not set precedent for future cases.
More than $30 billion in economic activity was generated by retirement benefits paid by the State’s pension fund, according to a study released by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). The CalPERS Economic Impacts in California report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2012, highlights the vital role CalPERS plays in the State’s economy each year. The report demonstrates how CalPERS benefits and investments generate significant economic activity in the state, to stimulate business growth and increased tax revenues, and to support and create jobs for Californians.
A 600 page complaint filed by former Democratic Party of Orange County Chairman Frank Barbaro alleges illegal contributions that helped lead to the Republican take-over of the reigns of Irvine city government. A total of $186,000 was poured into the Irvine mayoral and City Council races by Irvine resident and Republican consultant Jon Fleischman through California Term Limits PAC, which was formed three months before the election.