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Gov. Newsom Appoints African-American Woman to

Lead Government Operations

February 3, 2020 by CBM Newswire

Congratulations, Yolanda Richardson.


Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Richardson, 49, secretary of the Government Operations Agency. Sacramento insiders it call “GovOps” for short.


If the state Senate confirms Richardson for the role, the Democrat who lives in Roseville will oversee the administration of all state operations, including cross-agencyfunctions like procurement, human resources and information technology. She will also be responsible for directing the operations of the Office of Digital Innovation, a new department the state agency describes as a “startup in government focused on improvingservices for the people of California.”


The state also tasks the Government Operations Agency with streamlining government processes and programs to increase accountability and efficiency.


Richardson has more than 25 years of top-level experience in healthcare management, including serving as chief deputy executive director at Covered California from2011 to 2016. Before that, she worked as chief operating officer at Cal eConnect from 2009 to 2011 and at the San Francisco Health Plan from 2007 to 2009. Since 2016, Richardson has worked as president of Teloiv Consulting, a private firm with expertise inhealthcare.


Her annual salary would be $217, 292.


The same day he appointed Richardson, the governor also appointed Lourdes M. Castro Ramírez as secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency andreappointed Vito Imbasciani as secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

Photo: Yolanda Richardson file photo

Labor Lawsuits, New Legislation Attempt to Push Back on New AB 5 Rules

February 3, 2020 by CBM Newswire

A growing chorus of voices across California — from affected Uber and Lyft drivers and newspaper delivery truck operators to freelance writers, photographers, musiciansand other artists – are all rising up to oppose Assembly Bill 5.


The new labor law that reclassified millions of California freelancers as W-2 employees is jeopardizing their livelihoods and preventing them from supporting theirfamilies, they say.


 “Assembly Bill 5 took a sledgehammer approach to an employment problem that required a scalpel, which consequently hammered many Californians who truly wish to remaintheir own bosses,” said Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel).


Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill, introduced by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego, into law last September.

The legislation codifies into law a 2018 California Supreme Court ruling commonly called the “Dynamex” decision.


Supporters argue that the law closes loopholes employers relied on to underpay workers and deprive them of benefits like health insurance, minimum wage, paid parentalleave, etc., that state law requires for full-time employees.


Last week, Bates introduced two new pieces legislation: SB 867 and SB 868. She says the bills would “help newspapers and freelance journalists continue to operatein California by exempting them from the state’s new anti-independent contracting law.”


 “The Legislature can begin to fix some of AB 5’s flaws by helping California’s newspapers and journalists continue to operate normally as they have in our state. Passingmy legislation will help preserve quality journalism in many communities,” the senator said.


 Then, last month, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Inc., (ASJA), a national professional organization that represents independent non-fiction authors,filed a lawsuit in federal court against the state of California to prevent AB 5 from impacting its members.


“We have no choice but to go to court to protect the rights of independent writers and freelance journalists as a whole,” said Milton C. Toby, president of ASJA. “Thestakes are too high, and we cannot stand by as our members and our colleagues face ill-conceived and potentially career-ending legislation.”


In the Sacramento area, as in many other electoral districts across the state, people are organizing to oppose AB 5.


“If you hate this bill and live in Sacramento’s boundaries, please email our Assemblymember Kevin McCarty,” Sacramento resident Andrea Sparkles shared in a mass email. “I stopped by his office and spoke with his legislative director about how this bill has good intentions but is taking over 150 professions down with it, including all artistic professions, small theaters, musical groups, etc.”



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