Thursday’s Briefing: Lawmakers OK Bill for Free Community College; Legislation Would Ban Smoking on Calif. Beaches – California News

Thursday’s Briefing: Lawmakers OK Bill for Free Community College; Legislation Would Ban Smoking on Calif. Beaches – California News

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 Stories you shouldn’t miss for Sept. 14, 2017:

1. The first year at California community colleges would be free for full-time students under a bill passed by both houses of the state legislature, reports Melanie Mason of the LA Times$. However, it’s unclear whether Gov. Jerry Brown will sign the legislation, because his finance department opposes it due to its costs.

2. It would be illegal to smoke tobacco or cannabis at California parks and beaches under legislation now on the governor’s desk, reports Patrick McGreevy of the LA Times$. The smoking ban, which would also apply to e-cigarettes, would be enforced at 280 state parks and 300 miles of state beaches.

3. Employees of small businesses would be eligible for up to 12 weeks of unpaid maternity or paternity leave, under legislation approved by the state Senate and Assembly, reports Taryn Luna of the Sacramento Bee$. If signed by Brown, the law would apply to companies with 20 to 49 employees. Larger companies already must provide such leave.

4. The San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metro area now has the highest median household income in the nation, although income inequality, especially along racial lines, remains severe in the region, reports Trisha Thadani of the San Francisco Chronicle$, citing new Census data. The median household income in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metro area, which comprises Alameda, Contra…

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