FROM Jot Condie
California about to Have the Highest Minimum Wage in Nation The bill has yet to pass both houses in Sacramento, but Governor Brown says, if it does, he’ll sign it. It would raise the minimum wage in California from $8 to $10 by January of 2016. Both sides have lobbied hard.
Have You Eaten Out Lately? Americans spend 49 percent of their food budgets in restaurants, compared to 25 percent in 1955. The restaurant industry's growing fast, and it employs one out of every 12 private-sector workers. Los Angeles is one of the country's biggest markets for eating out. But, despite the smiles of the waiters and maitre d's, it's a tough business with sometimes abusive labor conditions. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez speaks with restaurant owners and workers (Eric Padilla, Mariana Huerta, Diep Tran, Oscar Alemán) and Jot Condie of the California Restaurant Association.
California Supreme Court Considers Major Employment Case Employers and employees are closely watching a case heard today by the State Supreme Court. It's a class action suit by thousands of waiters, waitresses, bartenders, cooks and others against the Brinker Restaurant Corporation , whose outlets include Chili's, Magianno's Little Italy and Romano's Macaroni Grill. It boils down to this: when an employer promises rest and meal-breaks for its employees, does the employer have to make sure the workers actually take them?
Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming? The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.