California Passes Bill to Ban City Tax Deals Like Apple’s (1)

Laura Mohoney, Bloomberg 
 
A bill to ban California cities from giving a portion of their sales-tax revenue to companies like Apple Inc. and Best Buy Co., to entice them to locate in their boundaries, is on its way to Gov. Gavin Newsom.
 
S.B. 531 by Sen. Steve Glazer (D) passed the Assembly 43-16 Sept. 5, six days after members voted it down with a 35-21 vote. Eleven Democrats who didn’t cast votes Aug. 30 voted in favor on the second try.

Tax Breaks Like Apple’s Live On as Proposed California Ban Fails

California lawmakers rejected a bill to ban incentive deals like the one that has paid Apple Inc. $70 million in local sales taxes collected by its hometown of Cupertino, Calif. over the past two decades.

S.B. 531 by Sen. Steve Glazer (D) failed with a 35-21 vote on the Assembly floor Aug. 30. It needed a majority of 41 votes to pass and head to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D).

Bill Banning Ticketmaster’s Scalping Software Becomes Law

Steven Tavares, East Bay Express
 
A secret software program created by Ticketmaster to help buyers purchase large quantities of tickets to sporting events and concerts and then later re-sell them on the secondary market with huge mark-ups in price has caused an uproar in the ticket-selling industry ever since the practice was highlighted in an investigative report last year.
 
A bill introduced by Hayward Assemblyman Bill Quirk banning the use of software by ticket sellers in California was unanimo

Opinion: California faces rising danger of mosquito-borne diseases

West Nile virus is here to stay. Aedes mosquitoes, which can transmit Zika, have been found in 12 counties
 
East Bay Times
 
In the past year, California has experienced multiple public health crises. Last October, San Diego County health authorities declared an end to a Hepatitis A outbreak that killed 20 people and sickened nearly 600. That same month, health officials warned the public of a typhus outbreak in downtown Los Angeles.

Keeping warning labels off coffee right decision, Assemblyman Quirk says

Karen Kidd, NorCal Record
 
 
SACRAMENTO – Conclusions issued last month by California's Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Office that coffee doesn't require a warning label in the state was the right decision, a 20th Assembly District representative said.
 
"I believe that OEHHA made the right decision to no longer require a Proposition 65 warning on coffee," California Democrat Assemblyman Bill Quirk said.