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A cab driver helping a passenger load his luggage at LAX.
A cab driver helping a passenger load his luggage at LAX.
A taxi driver helps a departing passenger with his luggage in line of taxis at LAX on October 18, 2020. Photo: Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times/Getty Images
  • Gig economy workers in California will be classified as independent contractors. In October, a California court ordered Uber and Lyft to hire their workers as employees under a new state labor law. The ballot measure that passed Tuesday allows Uber and Lyft to continue classifying drivers as independent contractors regardless.
  • Gig economy workers will get some benefits. Though meager compared…


Proposition 22 would officially make gig economy workers freelancers


Why Proposition 24 is so confusing

State of California with Matrix-style binary code on blue background.
State of California with Matrix-style binary code on blue background.
Graphic: Matt Anderson Photography/Getty Images


Public health advocates express concern that the industrial odorizers could be harmful to human health

The 1200-acre Inglewood Oil Field located in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles, CA. Photo: Education Images/Getty Images


Our painful future is already here.

Credit: Travis Price/Getty Images


Power outages in the fire-prone state could mean big business for rooftop solar and storage systems

A car drives passed a power station in Mill Valley, California as a statewide blackout continues on October, 10, 2019.
A car drives passed a power station in Mill Valley, California as a statewide blackout continues on October, 10, 2019.
Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty


Enforced power outages in the Golden State are a reminder that we’ll need energy and development to fight the effects of climate change

An Oakland police cruiser has its lights on in the Montclair shopping district during the PG&E California power outage.
An Oakland police cruiser has its lights on in the Montclair shopping district during the PG&E California power outage.
An Oakland police cruiser flashes its lights in the Montclair shopping district during the PG&E power outage across California. Photo: MediaNews Group/Getty


Climate change plays a role, but the power outages are chiefly the result of mismanagement — the kind we can no longer afford

Photo: Josh Edelson/Getty Images


The state hasn’t been hit by such a storm since 1858 — but the chances rise in El Niño years like this one

Hurricane Linda, a Category 5 monster in the Pacific Ocean in 1997, briefly looked like it might head toward Southern California. Image: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio


The tech industry has more to learn about its unforeseen effects on our daily lives

Interstate 280 in Sunnyvale, CA. Credit: Jonathan Clark/Getty Images

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