Economy/Labor/Biz

10:37am

Sun January 8, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

A tale of two libraries, and two budgets

The San Francisco Public Main Public Library

Nobody mistakes California for some mythical Library Land of fully staffed facilities with budgets that reach up to the clouds. In fact, Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year would eliminate all state funding to California library programs. Still, some library systems are somehow, someway continuing to upgrade – like San Francisco. 22 branches have been refurbished or opened in San Francisco through a Neighborhood Library Campaign that began over a decade ago on a budget that has grown to $188.9 million as of February of last year.

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4:42pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Sac Bee columnist Dan Walters talks taxes, redevelopment, and Jerry Brown

Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters

It’s a new year, and time for a new legislative session – and that means a new debate over how to address California’s budget problems. When they reconvene this week, lawmakers will try out solutions involving everything from legalizing online poker to scuttling high-speed rail. Last week, the California Supreme Court ruled that the state can eliminate redevelopment agencies.

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12:45pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Recent college grad dons “Hire Me” sandwich board

Alexander Monsanto wearing his "Hire Me" sandwich board.
Tajah Jones/Youth Radio

Alexander Monsanto has achieved a lot of firsts. He’s a first-generation American, the first in his family to graduate high school, and the first to get a college degree. All eyes are on him to succeed, but it’s been 10 months since he got his accounting degree from Florida Atlantic University, and still no job.

“There are times where I would question what I was doing,” said Monsanto. “I studied accounting for four years. If it’s going to be this difficult to get a job, is this really the field I want to be in?”

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2:15pm

Mon January 2, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Oakland easing up stringent building code enforcement

Omar El-Baroudi on the front steps of his West Oakland home with his dog Ling-Ling.
Photo by Callie Shanafelt

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12:00pm

Sun January 1, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Work-related predictions for 2012

1/1/12 New Year's No guest.Work-related predictions for 2012, keys to keeping New Year's Resolutions, plus call-in three minute WorkOvers. 

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