Opinion: California court rule threatens trucker’s business

Many discuss ways to reach your full potential. Well, I am already there and living the California dream. What it took to get here was working for myself as an independent contractor. Now, the career I’ve built seems to be falling apart.

Thirty years ago, I was working as an employee for a trucking company, feeling stalled and unable to move up. I had a lifestyle in mind for me and my family, but I couldn’t reach it working as an employee in the trucking industry in California.

Dimitrios Katakis

After four years as an employee, I took a risk and bought a new truck — one I could call my own — and became the owner-operator of Katakis Trucking. It took what seemed like ages to be able to obtain the necessary certifications.

I knew I had to work very hard to successfully work on my terms. I worked to achieve not only the goals I set when coming to this country, but the California dream for my family. The hardship proved worth it as I am now an established owner-operator. Well, for now, that is.

Now, all of it is at risk. Last year, in what has become known as the Dynamex decision, the California Supreme Court changed the definition of an independent contractor. It named three factors, called the ABC test, to determine if a worker qualifies as an independent contractor rather than an employee. It’s a radical change from the definition I have been working under for the last three decades as an independent contractor.

An independent contractor must A) be free from the employer’s control and direction in connection with the performance of work; B) perform work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business; and C) customarily engage in an independently established trade, occupation or business …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics

      

House Democrats threaten to hold Barr in contempt

By Rachael Bade, Mike DeBonis and John Wagner | The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr’s snub of House Democrats on Thursday has triggered an all-out war between the White House and Congress, pushing the House closer to holding the nation’s top law enforcement official in contempt of Congress and prompting Speaker Nancy Pelosi to liken President Donald Trump to President Richard M. Nixon.

The almost daily confrontations between the two branches of government increase the pressure on Pelosi, D-San Francisco, to initiate impeachment proceedings against Trump, a politically fraught move that she has resisted in the absence of strong public sentiment and bipartisan support. Many Democrats argue that the 2020 election is the best means to oust the president.

But Democrats are infuriated with Barr, who refused to testify Thursday at the House Judiciary Committee’s scheduled hearing on his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller III’s report, and Trump’s defiance in the face of multiple congressional requests for documents and witnesses. Democrats cast the administration’s unwillingness to cooperate as a threat to democracy with far-reaching implications.

“Ignoring subpoenas of Congress, not honoring subpoenas of Congress — that was Article III of the Nixon impeachment,” Pelosi said of Trump in a private meeting with colleagues, according to notes taken by an individual present for the remarks. “This person has not only ignored subpoenas, he has said he’s not going to honor any subpoenas. What more do we want?”

Pelosi escalated her rhetoric this week as more Democrats press for tough steps to counter the president.

Republicans have insisted that Democrats were simply intent on targeting Trump, unwilling to accept a lengthy investigation that found no criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“I think the Democrats are substantially overreaching,” said Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho, one of the few House Republicans who have criticized …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics

      

Letter: VTA’s project linking BART to Eastridge is again at risk

VTA’s project linking BART
to Eastridge again at risk

Once again, VTA’s project to connect Eastridge to BART is at risk. This important regional connector will extend light rail from the existing Alum Rock Light Rail station to the Eastridge Transit Center. This project will provide service to some of our city’s most public transit-dependent residents.

Some VTA board members want to stop this project in order to investigate alternatives.

During my time on the VTA board, I worked diligently to make this project a priority. Along with multiple project votes over the years, the board reaffirmed the goal of completing this light rail extension with votes taken in 2000, 2007 and 2016.

Related Articles

Letter: Pass legislation to force GOP to take a position on key issues

Letter: Bay Area teachers are not earning a living wage

Letter: Commute death sentences to life in solitary confinement

Letter: AB 44 will ban production and trade of fur products

Letter: Who’s more racist: Kate Smith or the New York Yankees?

I urge the VTA board to continue to move the project forward. Don’t make the Eastridge residents wait another 23 years for public transit. The promises made to the voters need to be kept.

Rose Herrera
Former vice mayor
San Jose

Submit your letter to the editor via this form
Read more Letters to the Editor

…read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics

      

Letter: Pass legislation to force GOP to take a position on key issues

Pass legislation to force GOP
to take a position on key issues

Re: “Congress returns to confront impeachment, infrastructure” (Page A4, April 29):

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House need to forget about President Trump — impeachment is a waste of time. Those who think Trump is guilty and those who think him persecuted will not change their minds.

Instead, they need to pass single-issue legislation that will force Republicans to take a position on important issues, such as pre-existing medical conditions, immigration and infrastructure. They need to look into foreign interference in our elections past and present. By determining who and how, efforts can be made to eliminate the problem going forward.

Related Articles

Letter: Bay Area teachers are not earning a living wage

Letter: Commute death sentences to life in solitary confinement

Letter: AB 44 will ban production and trade of fur products

Letter: Who’s more racist: Kate Smith or the New York Yankees?

Letter: San Jose’s roadside trash just one of many things wrong here

For those who really want to punish Trump, they can just take away the spotlight. It doesn’t matter if the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government. If there is proof of foreign interference in the election (Russian or otherwise), proof would simply add an asterisk to Trump’s presidency – just like Barry Bonds’ home run record. Trump fears this possibility more than the result of any impeachment trial or other disclosure.

Jane Power
San Jose

Submit your letter to the editor via this form
Read …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics

      

1 57 58 59 60 61 70