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San Jose's Pension Cuts Land in Court

A lawsuit challenges Measure B, the city's voter-approved plan to make changes to retirement benefits it previously agreed to in negotiations.

San Jose Gets $200,000 NEA Grant for Downtown Arts District

San Jose is getting a federal grant to create an arts and culture district downtown.

Should Paid Sick Leave Be Required in California?

California workers who call in sick would be eligible for some pay under a bill which passed the state Assembly in May. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, would guarantee all workers a minimum of three days of paid sick leave per year. Although some cities including San Francisco already require employers to offer paid sick leave, there is no statewide mandate. The proposal, which now heads to the state Senate, is meeting stiff resistance from business groups who say it's a job killer.

The Debate Over Part-Time Work

On-call and part-time employment is on the rise. But some on-call employees complain that unpredictable schedules create burdens when it comes to going to school or finding childcare. That's prompting some cities like San Francisco to propose new protections for workers, such as extra pay and advance notice of shifts.