Minimum Wage

A federal judge dismissed the California Hotels and Lodging Association’s lawsuit against Oakland challenging voter-approved Measure Z, which forces hotels in Oakland to pay employees at least $15 per hour or $20 per hour without benefits and comply with workplace safety requirements regulated by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

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Emotional Last Words Open Ghost Ship Fire Trial

The Oakland judge presiding over the trial of two men blamed for the deaths of 36 people in the 2016 Ghost Ship warehouse fire threatened to ban all but the victims’ families and the media from the proceedings after learning that unidentified people contacted jurors during a court break Tuesday in an apparent effort to influence them.

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