California and the nation do deserve better. The misguided policies from our Democratic Party politicians are the reason why the Pacific Ocean has a sea of cargo ships waiting to dock at our ports. We need to repeal AB 5 which makes independent contractors who traditionally helped deliver cargo from the ports redundant. Legislators such as Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) and Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) voted for this.
Opening the ports 24/7 is not going to solve the issue, we need truckers to help deliver the products. If we do not have the truckers, the ports will still be clogged. Our ports and the unionized longshore people will suffer when companies move the freight to the east coast. We need AB 5 repealed.
If we want to help working families and stop the inflation crisis of 2021, we need action in 2022. Call your Democratic Party legislators today.
I understand we all want the Covid-19 situation to be resolved, but Sacramento is going to make the situation even worse. AB 455 is going to ask people to show their vaccination proof to utilize non-food and non-religious services and AB1102 is about mandating people to be vaccinated to be employed.
These bills were not there from the beginning, they were carved out of other pieces of legislation at the last minute. Even though I am vaccinated, my health issues should be none of the business of our government, our employers and store clerks. I should decide when I want a covid-19 booster on my terms, not on state or federal terms.
The big concern I see is 60% of African Americans are not vaccinated and older people like my father are not going to carry a smart phone to show proof of vaccination which will cause issues.
If your not to the left of Kamala Harris, expect to get Facebook demerits and be sent to the Facebook gulag once or twice a year. Facebook is not a worthy company for Republican Party supporters to patronize because our time spent there is actually being used against us.
Now is the time to start using programs such as Telegram and Signal for communication instead of Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.
Parler may not be perfect, but I may come back there. People need to consider other options and help decrease Zuck’s power.
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Face coverings has been a contentious issue in our nation in dealing with the Covid-19 situation. One side believes that by covering ourselves up we will help prevent infection, while others are saying that face coverings are a threat to personal liberty.
Just because infections increased a day after the decision of San Bernardino County in late April does not mean we need to immediately go to a Los Angeles County type policy where you must have a face covering 24/7 except for driving your car when you are out of your home, but there should be a time and a place for face coverings. Exercising with a face covering is stupid because it inhibits your breathing, working a manual labor job with face coverings can also do the same thing. Perhaps quotas in warehouses could be reduced slightly to compensate for the wearing of face coverings if employer or state/county government mandates them.
Judge Georgia’s re-opening or San Bernardino County’s change of policy three or four weeks after before making a rash judgement.
There should be a time and a place for the utilization of face coverings. If you are working in a space shared with other people such as a cashier at a retail store, getting a haircut, or you might be under the weather wear one.
Also, there needs to be protection against discrimination against the disabled. Expecting a severely autistic person to wear a facemask is an absurd prospect due to sensory issues. A Wal-Mart in Riverside also faced negative backlash on this issue recently when they turned away a customer with a disabled adult child.
Simply tossing your coverings due to guidelines from San Bernardino and Riverside County is not a good idea, but we should be tactful in how we interact with society.
I have had a weird experience with my former employer who
flouted so many labor law regulations during my tenure before I was laid off in
her process to relocate to Texas where the land is affordable, and the labor
regulations are paper thin.
One of the issues is dealing with the policy where you need to clock out to get a drink of water or use the restroom from my former employer. This issue was one that was not part of my state complaint because I did not see any regulations in state law, but I realized that there was relevance in federal regulations in the Fair Labor Standards Act where breaks under 20 minutes are covered.
There is a case that was dealt with in 2017 called Acosta
versus American Future Systems which had a similar situation where they
allowed for unpaid “flex time” for employees to use the restroom, get a drink
of water or have a smoke. If an employee is abusing the regulations of the FLSA
where restroom breaks that should take three minutes end up being sixteen
minutes or the water breaks are too frequent then an employer should discipline
or terminate the employee instead of denying the lost time that the employee is
clocking out for. The case made it where policies American Future Systems used
were illegal contrary to FLSA rules.
The tragedy was that our Surpreme Court of the United States
denied the request to hear this case nationwide in May of 2018, but they let
the decision stand for the local circuit.
I appreciate employers who allow for reasonable restroom
breaks once or twice a day separate from the paid breaks California requires,
but not all employers are sensible creatures. This leads to the case of the
need for regulation.
I am thinking that the Department of Labor blew me off
because I am not a resident of the states that are part of the third judicial circuit
where the decision is moot where I live. However, I do not have the money to
bring a case all the way to the ninth circuit. So, I am looking for one of our
Democratic Party members of congress in California to carry a bill to codify
the decision from the third circuit nationwide.
It seems that due to my frequent voting, I am one of the first to find out if local agencies want to raise taxes. I am here to sound the alarm that my city of Ontario wants to raise the sales tax another half cent. The irony is we are blessed with industry and we are not exactly built out like our neighboring cities that may have a pressing need for the tax increase.
I understand the city wants to improve features such as our
library system but is the issue of improving the library system seems to be a sweetener
to increase our sales tax rate in perception. Taxpayers have been abused
statewide where it leads to skepticism to trust the elected leaders from our state
leaders down to our city council that new tax revenues will be spent
responsibly before they come knocking for more money.