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Historic local victory points the way forward

RICHMOND, Calif. — Along with its historic national result, the 2008 election brought groundbreaking local victories, too — among them, passage of Measure T by this city’s voters. The measure, called by its supporters “A Fair Share for Richmond,” upgrades the fee the city’s largest manufacturers must pay for business licenses to one quarter of 1 percent of the value of the raw materials they use each year.

California budget: Back to Square One, as disaster looms

he Gordian knot that is California’s budget process got a lot more complicated this week, as Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Jan. 6 vetoed a complex of compromise budget measures legislative Democrats sent him for signature, after weeks of talks between the governor and legislative leaders of both parties failed to reach agreement.

Labor pushes minimum wage hikes

To counter the anti-people program being put forward by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his corporate backers, the California Labor Federation is putting forward its own program for economic recovery.

Rocking Arnold's world

LOS ANGELES — When musical composer Aaron Copland was commissioned by the Works Projects Administration to write “Fanfare for the Common Man,” it must have been with public workers in mind.