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AM Alert: Biden continues Golden State visit

Vice President Joe Biden addresses workers at the Bobrick Washroom Equipment Factory in Los Angeles Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Biden will be in the Bay Area on Thursday.
Vice President Joe Biden addresses workers at the Bobrick Washroom Equipment Factory in Los Angeles Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Biden will be in the Bay Area on Thursday. AP

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.

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.

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