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We scan major news sources* and compile selected articles to keep you up-to-date on​ current issues affecting California business - the economy, health care, environment, transportation and more.

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​Human Resources / Health & Safety

​Economy

    Hoping to boost mortgage approvals for more borrowers, the federal regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac told lenders that the home financing giants would ease up on demands that banks buy back loans that go delinquent.Los Angeles Times

    Federal Reserve officials sent a warning shot across Wall Street on Monday, telling bank executives they must do more to curb excessive risk-taking and improve employee behavior at their firms or face stiff repercussions, including being broken into smaller pieces.The Wall Street Journal

    US President Barack Obama has signed an executive order demanding that US government bodies make the move MOVE 0% to chip and pin credit cards and terminals by January, replacing magnetic strip based technology. The move is designed to enhance transaction security.Forbes

​​Environmental / Agriculture

    Westlands is carved out of a region so parched it was long considered uninhabitable desert.Los Angeles Times

    Gov. Jerry Brown pitched his decades-long political career as an asset in tackling California's vexing water problems in a speech at Stanford University on Monday, portraying this year's major water legislation as a continuation of his first gubernatorial term nearly 40 years ago.Los Angeles Times

    The shift from Stage 1 “drought watch” conditions to Stage 2 “drought alert” restrictions transforms voluntary water conservation measures into legal requirements, and stiffens some existing restrictions, such as those on ornamental fountains.U-T San Diego

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​Infrastructure / Education

    Pressure is growing on regulators in California and Washington, D.C., to crack down on methane, a greenhouse gas that’s 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide and is accelerating the warming of the planet.McClatchy DC

    Despite losing more than 2,000 megawatts of power from the shuttered San Onofre nuke and almost as much from drought-depleted reservoirs, California's power grid sailed through the long hot summer of 2014 -- with a little help from renewable energy.KCET Rewire

​​Opinion / Editorial

    Since our elected leaders can’t budget for a rainy day simply because it’s a good idea, Proposition 2 on the state’s November ballot seeks to write into law the necessity to do so.Los Angeles Newspaper Group

    It’s near-certain that California voters will decide in 2016 whether to extend the temporary sales and income taxes they passed in 2012. Meanwhile, hundreds of local tax and bond issues this year will take the temperature of voters vis-à-vis tax increases.Dan Walters in The Sacramento Bee

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