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Insight: Decline of Labor Unions / California's Electoral Changes / Fall Running in the Sacramento Region / Sound Advice: Theatre


 
 
Decline of Labor Unions Support for labor unions is eroding in a time many organized labor supporters say we need it most.  Two major California cities are rolling back pensions for union members with little opposition and the ballot measure Proposition 32 has the power to undercut union power -and some say membership- by banning labor organizations from automatically deducting money for campaigns from their members' paychecks.  Plus, labor projections say the state's employment rate is increasing while the number of workers represented by unions is declining.  We'll speak with UC Berkeley Senior Labor Policy Specialist John Logan about the decline of labor unions and what that might mean for the state.
 
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Electoral Changes in California The debut of two California electoral reforms resulted in more open seats and more competition in races for the state legislature and Congress. But with most candidates endorsed by the major parties and all incumbents advancing to the fall election, the reforms have yet to significantly shift the status quo, according to a study released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).
 
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Fall Running It's marathon and 10k season for thousands of amateur runners. Local Race Director Rich Hanna (Run To Feed The Hungry, Urban Cow Half Marathon & more)  has teamed up with Sally Edwards for an iPhone training app Rich created called "Upbeat Workouts".  It's designed with a training program to prep people for the October 7 Urban Cow half Marathon in Sacramento.
 
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Sound Advice: Theatre Capital Public Radio arts contributor Jeff Hudson gives a little advice on which plays, performances and musicians shouldn't be missed this theatre season.
 
1. The Mondavi 10th anniversary celebration, which starts on September 18 with Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, and continues with jazz bassist Christian McBride, the San Francisco Symphony (doing Mahler 5) and more.
 
2. Three Stages is being renamed after retiring Los Rios Community College District Chancellor Brice Harris. Three Stages is very busy, at this point they are hosting more actual performances than Mondavi, but since the main hall at Three Stages is 800 seats, they will often have two performances by a major artist, where Mondavi's Jackson Hall seats 1,600 to 1,800 people (depending on configuration) so it would be a single performance there.
 
3. The Gallo Center in Modesto, which opened in Fall 2007. Unlike Mondavi and Three Stages, which are affilated with academic institutions, Gallo is more of a civic auditorium, and Gallo programs some mainstream pop acts that you probably won't find on the Mondavi and Three Stages seasons.
 
4. The old State Theater in Auburn is being converted into the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center, The old State Theatre opened in 1930 with 1,300 seats. The movie theater was remodeled along the way and the balcony was removed, and the mai hall was "twinned" into smaller auditoriums.
 
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Thursday, September 13, 2012
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