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Daily Headlines December 8, 2023

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Today’s Top Story

New Report Summarizes California’s Water Year, Urges Better Water Management
In 2023, California experienced whiplash weather events — successive atmospheric rivers at the beginning of the year, an epic snowpack and a rare summer tropical storm. The year’s chaotic climate events are detailed by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) in its latest water report, wherein the research institution urges more collaboration among stakeholders to improve water management during wet years.

Top California News

  • As Deficit Estimate Hits $68 Billion, Newsom Seeks ‘Major Changes’ to Healthcare Wage Law
    With California facing an expected $68-billion budget deficit, Gov. Gavin Newsom is seeking “major reforms” to pull funding from a costly plan next year to begin raising the statewide minimum wage for healthcare workers to $25 an hour….It’s unclear whether Newsom is suggesting he would like to narrow the higher minimum wage to fewer workers, or whether he’s seeking to delay or pause implementation of the increase. Los Angeles Times (Subscription required)
  • Here’s How Many Jobs L.A. Lost During the Hollywood Strikes
    …The writers’ and actors’ strikes — which ended in September and November, respectively — undoubtedly took a major toll, hampering development and stalling production on big studio releases for about six months. In the third quarter of 2023, production on TV dramas, comedies and pilots was down nearly 100% compared with the previous year, while feature film shoots plummeted by about 55%, the study says. Los Angeles Times (Subscription required)

Top National, International News

  • Solid US Hiring Lowers Unemployment Rate in Latest Sign of a Still-Sturdy Job Market
    U.S. businesses and other employers added a healthy 199,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell, fresh signs that the economy could achieve an elusive “soft landing,” in which inflation would return to the Federal Reserve’s 2% target without causing a steep recession. The Associated Press (No subscription required)
  • The U.S. Relies on Skilled Workers from Other Countries. So Why Does It Make Them Leave to Keep Their Jobs?
    …As part of an effort to cut into an employment-based green card backlog of 1.8 million people and respond to Canada’s bid to poach tens of thousands of tech workers from Silicon Valley, the Biden administration is about to launch a pilot program offering domestic renewals to up to 20,000 H-1B and L1 visa holders, who work in specialized fields or for transnational companies. San Francisco Chronicle (Subscription required)
  • EU Considers Restarting WTO Case Against US Over Steel Tariffs
    The European Union is considering reopening a case at the World Trade Organization against the US over a Trump-era steel and aluminum dispute that saw the allies hit each other with tariffs on more than $10 billion of goods. But importantly, the EU will refrain from immediately reimposing retaliatory tariffs on American goods over the disagreement, conceding a key point in the negotiations to Washington, according to people familiar with the discussions. Bloomberg in The American Journal of Transportation (No subscription required)

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