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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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    (August 3, 2015) Two California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bills that increase employer costs and threaten employers with civil litigation and criminal prosecution are awaiting action on the Senate Floor when the Legislature returns from summer recess.

​Public Affairs / Politics

​Human Resources / Health & Safety

    Some people will try anything to stand out. In its latest survey, CareerBuilder asked more than 2,000 hiring managers to name the most unusual methods job seekers used to get their attention, although maybe not the job.HR Watchdog

    Deals among the nation’s largest health insurers in recent weeks have been almost head-spinning. But whatever the details, if the combinations are finalized, the result will be an industry dominated by three colossal insurers.The New York Times

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​​Environmental / Agriculture

​​International

    In a setback for the Obama administration, talks aimed at setting up a major free-trade zone among 12 Pacific Rim countries — the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership — have ended without success.NPR

    President Barack Obama will issue a sweeping set of regulations to cut U.S. power-plant emissions, the biggest carbon-pollution control effort by the world’s biggest economy that pressures other countries heading into global climate talks in Paris later this year.Bloomberg

    The Chinese slowdown is forcing many Western companies to take a hard look at their businesses there, leading many to reduce investments, costs and product lines and to tackle increasing bad debts.Reuters

​Infrastructure / Education

    Gov. Jerry Brown is declaring a state of emergency throughout California as wildfires rage in the parched state. Brown says in a declaration issued Friday that the severe drought and extreme weather "have turned much of the state into a tinderbox." Brown's order requires all state agencies to provide assistance if needed to respond to the fires and mobilizes the California National Guard to help with disaster response.The Associated Press

    Her words rang true, based on the number of teachers in attendance Friday at Cal State Long Beach who took time out of their summer to learn more about the craft of education.Los Angeles Daily News

    A national environmental organization went to court this week demanding an immediate halt to hydraulic fracturing and other intensive well-stimulation methods until California petroleum industry regulators can consider new scientific findings of troubling health and environmental threats.Los Angeles Daily News

​​Opinion / Editorial

    There may not be a bounty on his head, but David Crane sits atop the enemies list for California’s public employee unions.Dan Walters in The Sacramento Bee

    Tom Elias’s recent column on California gasoline markets repeats a number of preposterous and unsubstantiated allegations and misses the mark entirely in providing his readers any insights into the recent volatility of gas prices in California.Catherine Reheis-Boyd in Fox and Hounds Daily

    The so-called sharing economy has been a bright spot amid America’s growth malaise, with ride-sharing app Uber announcing last week that its latest financing round values the company at a cool $50 billion. But the political backlash is already building, and last week it claimed a casualty with the closure of fast-growing house-cleaning service Homejoy Inc.The Wall Street Journal

    Rorty-eight years ago, tens of thousands of what were dubbed “hippies” descended on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco for a “summer of love.” But that was then, and this is now.Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee

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