FROM Ruben Gonzalez
The Cost of Raising California's Minimum Wage Governor Brown has proposed an increase in California's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. How will the hike impact workers and businesses, both big and small?
L.A. Olympic Bid The LA City Council is deciding whether Mayor Garcetti should be authorized to sign an agreement with the US Olympic Committee. In preparation for the council meeting, a 200-page “bid book” was made public. It includes budget details—the projected cost is $5.8 billion—and plans for venues and the Olympic Village. City analysts also released their own report, which raises questions about the bid.
Labor Asks for a Pass on LA's New Minimum Wage? After eight months of often contentious negotiations, last week LA labor unions helped push through a plan to increase the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. Now they seem to have pulled an about-face on the position that everyone deserves a living wage. They're asking that businesses with unionized work forces be exempt . Why? How might it affect the final draft of the city's new minimum wage ordinance?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.