Archive for November 1st, 2015

The Press-Enterprise: UC RIVERSIDE: There’s no drought, expert says

Christopher Thornberg

Without significant economic consequences, it’s just a water shortage, expert tells business leaders.

Published: Oct. 30, 2015 – Updated: 4:31 p.m.

UC Riverside economist Christopher Thornberg told hundreds of business leaders at a recent economic forecast that there is no drought.

To read article by Janet Zimmerman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: Vote may change direction of San Bernardino

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/31/15 – 5:47 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The direction of a city that for years has fluctuated between disparate approaches to public safety, homelessness, taxes and other issues will once again be in voters’ hands on Tuesday.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at a climate change summit at UC San Diego. California’s Democrats are led by Brown, who, while liberal in some respects, has served as a brake on more leftward elements of his party. (Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press)

Cathleen Decker
October 31, 2015

For decades, Californians prided themselves on cutting the path to be trod later by national political figures. Ronald Reagan rose first on the West Coast and spread eastward with his election as president. The anti-tax movement likewise moved from west to east, grounded by the historic approval of Proposition 13’s property tax limitations in 1978.

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Contract Arbitration

Alan Carlson, a restaurant owner and chef, was involved in a 2003 class-action suit against American Express. A decade later, a Supreme Court ruling enabled American Express to prevent merchants from bringing class actions. (Credit: Jason Henry for The New York Times)

By Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Robert Gebeloff
October 31, 2015

On Page 5 of a credit card contract used by American Express, beneath an explainer on interest rates and late fees, past the details about annual membership, is a clause that most customers probably miss. If cardholders have a problem with their account, American Express explains, the company “may elect to resolve any claim by individual arbitration.”
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