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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

CULVER CITY, Calif. (KGO) --

Netflix and other streaming video services could end up being taxed, but a state assemblyman has a bill that will stop that.

The bill would prevent utility taxes on streaming media companies for the next five years.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Multiple California cities began exploring whether to tax consumers for watching Netflix and other streaming video services last year, and now a Los Angeles lawmaker wants to ban the idea.

Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, a Democrat, has introduced Assembly Bill 252, which would prohibit cities from implementing so-called “Netflix taxes.” Pasadena and other cities have been weighing whether to extend existing taxes on cable-television subscribers to those who used video-streaming services.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown predicted last fall that new legislation and administrative actions essential to preserving the state's ambitious climate strategy would give him leverage to negotiate a cap-and-trade extension.

"They're going to get commands to do things," Brown said, directing his remarks at the state's powerful business interests, "and they're going to plead for a market system called cap and trade so they can respond in a way that's more beneficial to their bottom line."

Now, the Democratic governor is urging lawmakers to renew the cap-and-trade program amid signs his forecast was prophetic. Soon after Brown released his proposal this month, the Western States Petroleum Association indicated that the oil industry prefers the flexibility of a market mechanism to more burdensome policies also being contemplated to reduce greenhouse gases.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

California legislative leaders announced they will defend the state’s diversity, science and economic accomplishments after Donald Trump’s presidential election victory.

Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon called California a refuge of justice and opportunity for all people and an example for other states to follow.

Monday, January 16, 2017

More than 200,000 people were expected to line Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Monday for the Kingdom Day Parade in honor of the civil rights leader.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, served as grand marshal for the 32nd annual Kingdom Day Parade. Waters' House colleagues were set to join her in the parade include Reps. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, and Nanette Barragan, D-San Pedro, according to organizers.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Coming off a resounding reelection victory, 54th Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas kicked off the New Year with renewed energy and dedicated focus. Committed to delivering results, Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas plans to put forward a comprehensive legislative package that will ensure all residents of the 54th Assembly District have the tools, resources and level playing field needed to compete in California’s changing economy.

Monday, April 4, 2016

When President Franklin Roosevelt brought the federal minimum wage into its infancy, California's had already graduated from college and was in the workforce. It was a new deal for the American people, but less so for Californians who enjoyed the benefits of a wage floor enacted twenty-two years prior.

This year marks the Centennial of California's minimum wage, which at the time assured that workers would be paid at least 16 cents for every hour of labor. It was a landmark guarantee from government to working class people—wage levels were formally recognized as a concern for state economic growth.