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June 01, 2018

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Dominic Patten

Five more years of California’s annual $330 million in film and television incentives took a big step forward today. A rare unanimous vote in the state Senate in Sacramento passed legislation designed to extend the lucrative program until 2025.

June 01, 2018

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By Bob Strauss

This week, California took a big step toward extending through 2025 the film and television tax credit program that’s been fueling a boom in local production.

May 31, 2018

By Dave McNary

California legislators have moved forward on extending the California Film and Television production tax credit for five years beyond its 2020 expiration.
The State Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 951 by a 37-0 vote on Thursday. The legislation continues the current annual allocation of $330 million in tax credits and extends the sunset of the program from 2020 to 2025. The State Assembly passed similar legislation, Assembly Bill 1734, a week ago.

May 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On a bipartisan 38-0 vote, the California Senate today approved a plan to address the prevalence of workplace sexual harassment.

Senate Bill 1343 next faces review by the Assembly. An initial hearing date has not yet been set.

Authored by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and sponsored by state Controller Betty T. Yee, SB 1343 would provide training to more California workers on preventing sexual harassment, as well as how to recognize harassment and who to contact if victimized.

May 30, 2018

By Marian Wright Edelman
President of the Children’s Defense Fund

May 30, 2018

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By Lauren Lee White

LOS ANGELES — Destiny Adams was driving on Balboa Boulevard, on the way to visit her two younger sisters, when she got the call.

May 29, 2018

By Taryn Luna

The California Legislature's bicameral committee on sexual harassment pledged late last week to present recommendations for new policies by the end of June.

That's more than 250 days after women in the Capitol community published an open letter calling out "dehumanizing" behavior by powerful figures in state politics. The letter, eventually signed by more than 140 women, served as a rallying cry for victims of sexual harassment to tell their stories for the first time.

May 28, 2018

By Graciela Aponte-Diaz

Special to The Sacramento Bee

Many Californians have seen those neon storefront signs advertising fast cash advances and same-day loans with no credit check. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

The reality is these loan sharks trap distressed borrowers in triple-digit interest rate loans. They ruin their credit, get their wages garnished and cars repossessed and can even be forced into bankruptcy.

May 25, 2018

A proposal to extend a California film and television production tax credit for five years beyond its 2020 expiration was forwarded Friday by a state Senate committee.

“Since 2009, the Film and Television Tax Credit has been an important tool in our economic toolbox, helping us grow, retain and attract film and TV projects, creating jobs, boosting our economy and ensuring that California maintains its place as the country’s epicenter of entertainment and creativity,” Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins said.