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Featured interviews with Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti and Rob Siegel, who wrote the biopic “The Founder” about McDonald’s mogul Ray Kroc. Also, Lily Bowles, sustainability officer at Aspiration, takes a look at which fast-food companies are leaders, and which are laggards, when it comes to taking care of their people and the environment.
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“Sustainability” is the mantra for many groups and businesses near the Salton Sea. But sustainability for whom? BY DAVID BACON
The future of an Obama-era rule to double the overtime salary threshold to $47,476 is uncertain under Donald Trump’s Labor Department.
California environmentalists and other critics are denouncing a proposed natural gas pipeline that would parallel Interstate 15, saying it is not only unnecessary, but that it runs counter to the state’s mission of embracing green energy.
With their meetings being disrupted by apparent Trump supporters, Westside liberals can no longer enjoy their old sense of isolation and insulation.
Like Woody Allen’s character in the film Zelig, Heather Booth seems to have been everywhere there was a fight for social justice. She’s played key roles in battles for voting rights, child care, workers’ rights, immigrant rights, and reproductive freedom.
This week on The Bottom Line podcast, Rick Wartzman interviews Time Inc.’s Alan Murray about restoring trust in business.
Co-published by Fast Company
A “Made in the USA” label is not a guarantee of good working conditions, claim labor advocates and wage-and-hour officials who say sweatshops are still found in California.
Co-published by The American Prospect
Uber? That’s so 2015. A new report finds that we don’t know as much about the sharing economy as we think we do.
This week could be decisive in determining how many of the over 20 million Americans and five million Californians who gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will be allowed to keep it.
In the military, McCain was a hero. But yesterday, on the Senate floor, he put loyalty to his party and to President Trump over loyalty to his country and the needs of his fellow citizens.
For over 160 years the California State Fair has been run by growers to showcase the wonders and wealth of the state’s agriculture. And for over 160 years the fair did this without mentioning the people whose labor makes agriculture possible: farmworkers. This year that changed.
Co-published by Fast Company
What’s arguably most responsible for the growing problem of electronic waste is the manufacturing model of planned obsolescence, in which software and hardware become incompatible or antiquated, or smartphones and laptops aren’t designed for durability.
Clancy Sigal was probably better known in England than in his native country, but he still had many American fans who read his books and articles and marveled at his wide-ranging interests, his brilliant writing and his perpetual outrage at social injustice.
The Southern California Association of Governments’ “100 Hours” initiative is intended to solve L.A.’s traffic woes, and is named for the average number of hours Los Angeles drivers spend in traffic jams every year.
Los Angeles’ innovative “targeted local hiring” program seeks to fill 5,000 city job positions, frozen or gutted during the 2008 recession, with potential employees from communities long excluded from a cumbersome civil service process.
The biggest reason for the decline of unions, says author Rick Wartzman, is because “companies have set out to beat the hell out of them. Corporate America has really ground down organized labor through means both legal and illegal.”
Water is a fundamental human right. The only way to make sure it’s accessible to everyone, no matter how much money they have or the color of their skin, is to keep it under public control and out of the hands of corporations.
Co-published by OC Weekly The places where many chronically homeless people spend their final moments are somehow shocking in their banality – public spaces we pass on the way to somewhere else: a parking lot, a dirt path, an embankment behind a high school.
Some environmental activists worry that proposals floated by Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders to extend cap-and-trade, the state’s primary tool in its climate fight, will bar local air districts from regulating carbon dioxide emissions at state-regulated facilities.
Co-published by The American Prospect
California’s red-hot housing market has made renters vulnerable to rapidly increasing rents that they struggle to pay, or to evictions implemented by landlords who want to raise the rent on new tenants.
Danny Goldberg’s new book tackles 1967, the most promising but confusing year of a tumultuous era. It’s a veritable literary head rush, and he delivers some tasty and tantalizing details along the way.
My mother and aunt were two of the girls of summer, recruited by the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League to play pro baseball during World War II. Twenty-five years ago this month, the league became famous when the film, A League of Their Own, became a hit. BY KELLY CANDAELE
Most of Welcome to Your Alternative Reality‘s sketches cleverly build around the foibles of human nature, and are brought to life by a mostly versatile ensemble with comic chops and a crisp sense of timing.
Three people tell Capital & Main that the Affordable Care Act repeal and proposed cuts to Medicaid will decimate their finances and their quality of life. BY LARRY BUHL
Oklahoma is definitely Red America. The Koch brothers’ political network has for years spent large sums supporting state legislative candidates. And it paid off in 2010 when the GOP gained control of the governorship and both houses of the state legislature.
Small, exurban towns are experiencing a plague of addictions – so many that overdoses fill the morgues with bodies.
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Oportun has managed to operate profitably while making a dent in a difficult-to-serve market – the 45 million people that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau identifies as having little-to-no credit history. BY JESSICA GOODHEART
Other cities have zero waste policies but L.A.’s new contract requirements are being touted as the nation’s toughest, and are being studied carefully by New York City, San Diego and others.
As California regulators decide whether to reopen the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, the site of the largest human-caused release of greenhouse gasses in U.S. history, residents and activists vow to redouble their fight against its reopening.