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Barclays Bank Has Opened Its First First Luxury Card Lounge

The 'Luxury Card' products are pretty good credit cards when considering only the benefits but with annual fees that are too high for their overall value proposition -- at least in the U.S. and with current offerings. That could change. They're opening their own lounges. Show More Summary

S.F. lost almost $450 million in revenue last year thanks to Prop. 13

Californians saved about $12.5 billion in taxes in 2015 due to Proposition 13, according to a new study from Trulia. The study looked at how much tax payers would have owed last year if voters had not passed the 1978 tax measure which keeps a 1 percent ceiling on property taxes and a 2 percent

Why are there still plastic bags in California?

The voters have spoken and California recently affirmed their statewide plastic checkout bag ban by passing Proposition 67 in the November election! While we are still awaiting final certification of the vote from the Secretary of State,...Show More Summary

A 2-minute calculation is all the persuasion you'll need to start investing, even if you're scared to start

Investing can be scary — especially if you're of the younger generation scarred by a close-up view of the financial crisis and destruction it wrought. But not investing is an even scarier proposition — one that a majority of millennials...Show More Summary

Great Job, Internet!: This 1967 film about 1999 fails to predict popularity of nu-metal

Trying to guess what the future will be like is almost always a losing proposition. Every correct prediction will be inevitably accompanied by many more wrong ones. Still, it’s fascinating to revisit a bit of cultural ephemera like Year 1999 A.D., a 21-minute educational film from 1967. Show More Summary

Gartner: Server market still down in the dumps as revenues, shipments fall

The global computer server market continues to be dogged by a combination of low spending, easy access to virtual machines, and the need for reinvigorated value propositions, Gartner Inc. said in its latest report. Global server revenues...Show More Summary

Now You Can Create Twitter Moments via Mobile Devices

Twitter has expanded Moments functionality to mobile, which will make it a more appealing proposition to more users.

Playing Video Games Changes Us. The Question Is How...

"We spend so much time debating the dubious proposition that video games cause violence that we rarely get around to considering how else our lives and selves might be shaped by a $91 billion industry catering to 155 million Americans. As a result, gaming’s defenders, fearful of censorship, rarely get nudged in the direction of […]

HIGH TIME FOR QUESTIONS, ANSWERS AS CALIFORNIA’S PROP 64 PASSAGE PLACES MARIJUANA IN LIMELIGHT

High Time for Questions, Answers as California’s Prop 64 Passage Places Marijuana in Limelight by Thea Skinner SAN DIEGO – Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), approved by voters, legalizes recreational use of marijuana in California, where legal medical use continues for some two decades. Legalization of recreational pot is raising questions [...]Show More Summary

How Jessica Jones’s Co-Creator Got Over His Fear of Returning to the Character

Fifteen years ago, Marvel Comics released an odd new series called Alias, written by Brian Michael Bendis and penciled by Michael Gaydos. It starred a brand-new character, which is always a risky proposition in the nostalgia-reliant ecosystem of superhero fiction. It featured explicit sex and profanity, meaning it had the ... More »

PowerLine Beats the NY Times—Again

(Steven Hayward) Remember two days ago when I advanced the outrageous proposition that greenhouse gas emissions will fall faster under President Trump than they would have under Madam President Hillary? Yes, I was partly trolling the...Show More Summary

Proposition 61 and drug pricing

Proposition 61 was an interesting attempt to get better pricing for California’s state government for prescription drugs that it buys or directly reimburses for.  It failed by eight points this November but I think there is something interesting here. First, let’s look at how the LA Times described it: The measure would essentially prohibit the […]

Traders Bet on Tax Cuts and New Spending. Congress May Not Go Along.

Stock traders have bid up equity prices based on a risky proposition: that Donald J. Trump will steer Republicans in a U-turn away from tightfisted policies.

Will California's plastic bag ban do any good?

To the editor: The Times urges, “Make it count by embracing the spirit of the plastic ban.” The editorial board has awakened to the realization that the passage of the Proposition 67 bag ban, by itself, ensures little or no change to the quantity of plastic bags that might be strewn over the landscape....

Washington’s “Sound Transit 3” Plan Moving Forward Following Approval Of Proposition 1

Following an election victory that saw King County (Seattle) and Snohomish County vote for approval of Proposition 1, and Pierce County (Tacoma) vote against it, the Sound Transit 3 plan — which will see a substantial expansion of the...Show More Summary

Stop Proposition 8, and marriage inequality in California, from making a comeback

Californians should repeal Proposition 8 now, before we need to. Our state’s same-sex marriage ban was struck down by courts years ago, but its text remains part of the California Constitution, wedged uncomfortably between the equal protection clause and protections against employment discrimination:...

Environment roundup

Major new Proposition 65 regs spell plenty of new compliance and litigation issues for those doing business in California [Cal Biz Lit, first post in series] For-the-kids federal climate lawsuit on “public trust” theory represents, among...Show More Summary

Sunday Poll: Should We Reconsider Reducing The Board of Aldermen?

In November 2012 more than 130,000 city residents voted on Proposition R — the measure to reducer the size of the Board of Aldermen. Turnout for that election was 74%, but nearly 14,000 voters skipped Prop R. Turnout for the proposition was 66.9%. The following explains 2012’s Prop R: The 14...

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