- Newsmaker: Trash Strike Affects Many Cities in Orange County One day into a garbage strike, and the Autumn heat is causing Orange County to stink. Almost a half million homes and businesses in seventeen Orange County cities are feeling the dispute between Teamsters Local 396 and four trash-hauling companies. Mary Ann Milbourn is covering the story for The Orange County Register.
Higher Workers Comp Benefits Adds Business Costs
After years of a high-flying economic recovery, California was moving towards a recession. That was before September 11. Now, The Los Angeles Business Journal reports that, "pink slips are beginning to pile up all over." Today, a bill was passed increasing Workers Compensation benefits from 230 to 330 dollars a week. With unemployment numbers increasing and a recession imminent, experts on California economy and business explain what impact this bill might have.