Daily Briefs

Increased minimum wage equals decreased teen jobs

The increase in California’s minimum wage may have come at the expense of teen employment, according to some economists. [Daily Bulletin] Minimum wage in California has increased roughly 18 percent since 2005, but the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) claims the... (Continue reading)

Anti-gay state senator arrested after leaving gay bar

Controversy continues to dog conservative firebrand and state Senator Roy Ashburn following his DUI arrest earlier this week. California Highway Patrol officers arrested Ashburn for allegedly driving drunk after leaving a Sacramento gay nightclub with another man in his car.... (Continue reading)

Thousands protest education cuts

Demonstrators took to the streets across California on Thursday to protest education funding cuts for high schools and universities. [Los Angeles Times] In Oakland, 150 marchers were arrested after they blocked a freeway, tying up rush hour traffic near the... (Continue reading)

The man who controls Maldonado’s future

Whether or not Abel Maldonado becomes the next lieutenant governor of California seems to be in the hands of new state Assembly speaker John Perez, a man who already voted once against Maldonado’s confirmation. [Capitol Weekly] In an interview published... (Continue reading)

Increase in racist incidents at UC campuses

UC campuses across the state have experienced an increase in racist incidents during the early months of 2010. [Associated Press] At UC San Diego, a KKK-style hood was found on campus, the most recent in a series of incidents targeting... (Continue reading)

Labor picketers return to Doc Burnstein’s

Labor picketers from the Carpenters Union are resuming their protest of Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab, despite last Friday’s union demonstration of support for the Arroyo Grande shop. “It’s hard to believe that the banner is back out again today,”... (Continue reading)

Ronald Reagan on a $50 bill?

A bill is being introduced in Congress calling for Ronald Reagan’s likeness to be placed on all $50 bills, an honor currently occupied by Ulysses S. Grant. [Los Angeles Times] Rep. Patrick T. McHenry (R-N.C.) believes that the 40th President,... (Continue reading)

Weed Killer turns boy frogs into girls

Atrazine, a commonly used weed killer in California, turns male frogs into reproducing female frogs, according to a study performed by University of California at Berkeley researchers. [Reuters] First, atrazine-exposed male frogs develop female features – termed hermaphroditism. Then a... (Continue reading)

“Stand and Deliver” teacher battling cancer

Jaime Escalante, the Los Angeles math teacher who inspired the hit movie “Stand and Deliver,” is battling cancer and his family has run out of money to pay medical bills. [KTLA] So far, only $5,000 has been raised on behalf... (Continue reading)

Jerry Brown enters governor’s race on Tuesday

California Attorney General Jerry Brown is expected to formally announce his candidacy for governor on Tuesday. [Los Angeles Times] Brown, 71, previously served as governor from 1974 to 1982, but is eligible to run for office again because today’s term... (Continue reading)