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Report: Union Membership on the Decline in Calif.

Report: Union Membership on the Decline in Calif.

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — The percentage of California workers belonging to a union is now at its lowest in at least 35 years, according to a new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. A mere 14.7 percent of the Golden State’s workforce was unionized last year, down from 15.5 percent in 2017.     Over the…MORE

Study: Distracted Driving Rising in California

Study: Distracted Driving Rising in California

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — Distracted driving is up significantly in the Golden State, despite laws aimed at combating it. A newly-released observational study, conducted by the Office of Traffic Safety and Fresno State, has found that at any moment, 4.5 percent of drivers are using their cell phones behind the wheel.   That’s up from 3.6…MORE

PG&E Claims Complete Inspection Proposal Would Result in Massive Rate Hikes

PG&E Claims Complete Inspection Proposal Would Result in Massive Rate Hikes

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — California’s largest utility says a plan that would require an inspection of the entire electrical grid and the removal of dangerous trees is unrealistic. The embattled Pacific Gas and Electric Co., who’s bracing for bankruptcy, claims the plan that could cost between $75 and $150 billion, would generate rate hikes of more…MORE

Calif. Among The Worst States In Which To Drive

Calif. Among The Worst States In Which To Drive

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — The Golden State is among the worst in the nation when it comes to driving. California is the 4th-worst overall, according to WalletHub, whose latest report based on 30 key metrics, says only Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii rank worse. California gets low scores for rush-hour congestion, car thefts, high gas prices, and…MORE

Proposed Bill Could Help Californians With Student Loans

Proposed Bill Could Help Californians With Student Loans

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — College students in the Golden State could get some assistance with paying back their student debts, without having to take out additional loans, under a new bill making its way through the legislature. Assembly bill 154, introduced by Republican Assemblyman Randy Voepel, would however, require participants to pledge a share of their…MORE

Partial Government Shutdown Could Affect Wine Grape Prices

Partial Government Shutdown Could Affect Wine Grape Prices

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — Wine grape growers are now uncertain, about whether they’ll receive their preliminary report from the USDA. The ongoing partial government shutdown is making the publication date of Feb. 8 for that report less likely, the longer the government is closed. The final crush report is due Mar. 8. Contracts between growers and…MORE

Legal Battle Continues Over California’s Sanctuary State Law

Legal Battle Continues Over California’s Sanctuary State Law

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — Immigrant rights activists have filed an appeal, following a judge’s ruling that Huntington Beach isn’t bound by California’s sanctuary policies, which limit local law enforcement’s cooperation with ice. The Southern California city went to court over the highly contentious policies, and an Orange County judge ruled that municipalities with their own charters…MORE

Calif. DMV Director to Retire Amid Calls for Her Resignation

Calif. DMV Director to Retire Amid Calls for Her Resignation

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — 38-year veteran state employee Jean Shiomoto is now set to retire as director of the Department of Motor Vehicles, amid calls for her to resign. Shiomoto has been under fire, as the DMV has been the subject of multiple controversies, including improperly registering thousands of people to vote. Shiomoto is scheduled to…MORE

New Report Shows Best California Cities for Job Opportunities

New Report Shows Best California Cities for Job Opportunities

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — A new WalletHub report shows the best and worst cities in the Golden State, when it comes to finding a job. The top five are San Ramon, Palo Alto, Danville, Los Gatos, and Santa Clara. Meanwhile, Fresno comes in at 226 overall, out of 254 cities on the list. Fresno ranks 217th…MORE

Calif. Legislature Moves Further to the Left

Calif. Legislature Moves Further to the Left

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — California lawmakers have begun the new legislative session with crushing Democratic supermajorities in both chambers, along with Democrats’ sweep of all statewide offices. The party benefited from changing demographics and attitudes toward President Trump, to overachieve in last month’s election by historic margins. They won even in areas long supportive of Republicans,…MORE