Vice President Joe Biden resumes his swing through California today with a visit to the Bay Area. He will stop by Theranos, a Palo Alto medical company that does blood testing.
Wednesday, Biden made the case for hiking the federal minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour, during a visit to a washroom equipment manufacturing firm in Los Angeles, where the City Council and the Board of Supervisors have voted to bump those jurisdictions’ minimum wages to $15 an hour by 2020.
Biden’s southland appearance came the same day UC President Janet Napolitano rolled out a plan for the system to increase its minimum pay to $15 per hour.
POT AND KIDS: The First Five California Commission, the program funded by a 1998 tobacco tax that allocates money to activities designed to benefit kids under 5, might get some additional income streams.
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Commissioners will discuss the possibility of receiving revenue from any marijuana-legalization ballot measure in November 2016. Another possible source are any taxes on e-cigarettes. The meeting is at 10 a.m. at the Marriott Courtyard Sacramento Airport Hotel.
DROUGHT RULES: So many trees have died off in the drought – the U.S. Forest Service identified about 12 million in Southern California alone – that the state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection is considering changing its tree-removal rules. The board may let landowners cut down dead and dying trees without the normal regulatory requirements, including a timber harvest plan.
The board will bring up the rule change at a meeting starting at 8 a.m. at the Cobb Mountain Elementary School in Middletown, north of Calistoga.