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California lawmakers have sent a bill to the governor’s desk that could bring about big changes for many jobs throughout the state.

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By some measures, California is the wealthiest state in the country. But new data shows that California still has a higher poverty rate than any other state.

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Older workers may be able to find new opportunities in the gig economy. But research shows that on certain platforms, they’re making less than younger workers.

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Grocery employers and workers’ unions have announced a deal to raise wages for tens of thousands of employees across Southern California.

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It’s not just a new kind of work. It can also be a cushion for those who can’t rely on their main job to make ends meet.

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The two sides remain far apart on a deal to increase pay for workers at Ralphs, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions.

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Dockworkers came out in force to tell port commissioners that automation will threaten thousands of solid blue-collar jobs.

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Last year, California passed a new law allowing home cooks to sell meals out of their own kitchens. But so far, only Riverside County is handing out permits.

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The gas tax increased six cents Monday, making L.A. county's average price for a gallon of gasoline $3.76 — a dollar more than the national average.

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Efforts to collect enough signatures to place a city rent control measure on the ballot last year failed. Tenant organizers think things will be different in 2020.

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