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Homelessness Car hits pedestrian on rise in OC Population increases 20 percent every year, statistics show By KYLE McCORY Daily Titan Staff
On a cloudy Monday afternoon a man stands holding a cardboard sign as Lexus and Mercedes drivers head to banks outside the Brea Mall. The sign reads “Hungry Family, Needs Support.” Greg, 47, happens to be homeless. Over the past six years, the number of homeless people in Orange County has increased dramatically. According to census data, in 1998, Orange County had a homeless population of 11,946. Each year this number has increased, on average, 20 percent, reaching 34,998 in 2004, according to www.rescuemission. org a Web site for a homeless shelter in Santa Ana. Greg, who would not release his last name, lives in a Pomona motel with his wife. They have been living there for the past six months after being evicted them from their apartment following an argument. “We were paying rent,” Greg said. “We just had a problem with the landlord.” Ever since the eviction, Greg and his wife have been standing outside businesses as people offer them money and odd jobs. Some yell at them, “Get a job!” he said. “We pray every night,” Greg said. “We ask the Lord to help us and he does. Weʼve never had to sleep on
the street.” Even though Greg and his wife are unemployed, the majority of the homeless in Orange County work full-time jobs, but their income cannot meet the high cost of living in the region, according to www.oc.ca. gov, a government-sponsored Web site. “As long as I work for the Lord, he will take care of me,” Greg said. Greg said he has been offered the chance to sell drugs and steal in order to make money, but has instead stayed true to the Lord, and would rather ask for money than obtain it illegally. “You can either go with the Lord or with the Devil,” Greg said. “We try to set an example for others.” People become at-risk for homelessness because of factors like substance abuse, affordable housing shortages, and mental illnesses, according to the rescue missionʼs Web site. “We have an emergency center where men and women can eat breakfast and lunch and take showers,” Wendy Sarnana said, a receptionist for Rescue Mission. “We also have a House of Hope where women and children can stay in for up to 18 months.” Mentalhealth.org reports that the majority of the homeless have mental illnesses that are active and untreated, making it difficult for them to hold a job. This population is also on the streets for the longest period of time, mainly because it is harder for them to function normally HOMELESS 4
Disabled victim struck in crosswalk, taken to hospital By NICOLE M. SMITH For the Daily Titan
A tan Nissan Altima plowed into a man using a motorized wheelchair in the crosswalk at Nutwood Avenue and Titan Drive around 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, authorities said. Debris from the accident, including papers, books and pieces of both vehicles were scattered throughout the intersection spanning an area of about 50 feet around the crosswalk. Several police officers worked through a steady downpour, gathering information and interviewing witnesses. The victim, Mike Gillmore, was taken to UCI Medical Center where his condition is currently unknown. Gillmore works at Cal State Fullerton and is a student at the Institute of Religion for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located on the southwest corner of the intersection. He was struck while heading north through the crosswalk, according to Institute Director Jan Felix. “He was injured pretty badly. [When they took him] he was unconscious but breathing,” Felix said. Witnesses rushed to Gillmore to cover him with jackets as they waited for an ambulance to arrive. Stephanie Aleman, a CSUF sophomore biology major, was
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A Cal State Fullerton employee in a motorized wheelchair was hit by a car while crossing between Hope International University and CSUF on Nutwood Avenue, Wednesday morning. standing near the corner of the intersection and watched as the accident occurred. “It happened so quick. The car just plowed into him,” she said. Another witness, who was preparing to turn left onto Titan Drive, said Gillmore was in the crosswalk, but the light was not green. Aleman, who lives in apartments near the intersection, said it is normal for students to jaywalk. She also said that the car had the green light. The driver of the car, Amanda
Hoffman, a student from Hope International University was traveling east on Nutwood Avenue when she struck Gillmore, according to Officer Scott Moore, who took the report. She was distraught and unable to speak to a reporter. Police and a counselor from HIU worked to keep her calm. Currently, the police are unable to release any substantial information. The Fullerton Police Departmentʼs Community Services Division is in the beginning stages of researching the accident. “At this point itʼs just an acci-
dent. Weʼre right in the beginning. We donʼt know exactly what happened,” said Officer James of the Fullerton Police Department. Felix described Gillmore as “capable and cautious,” adding that he had been in a wheelchair for some time. He is in his late 20s, is married and has a three-year-old daughter, Felix said. Gillmoreʼs motorized wheelchair was destroyed while the car suffered minor front fender damage. “Maybe people will think twice about jaywalking,” Aleman said.
Storm sends California into chaos Prop 72 makes Weather conditions leave three dead and inconvenience traffic By ROBERT JABLON The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES – A fierce storm that swept through the state, killing at least three people, pounded Southern California on Wednesday, sending mud and floodwaters gushing near fire-scarred mountain hamlets, downing trees, caving in roofs and
drenching streets and highways. The storm dumped more than 2 inches of rain in downtown Los Angeles and more than 10 inches on Mt. Baldy. The downpour was the strongest before dawn but eased during the day. Overnight, pooling rain partially collapsed roofs of at least a halfdozen businesses and an apartment building in Los Angeles and Orange counties; no injuries were reported. In central California, a tornado was spotted near the town of Dinuba, the National Weather Service reported.
In the central Sierra, rescuers struggled against 50 mph winds through 4-foot-deep snow as they searched for 10 missing hikers, including a group of four who vanished Sunday and a couple who disappeared during a day hike Tuesday. Meanwhile, two Japanese climbers were found dead in Yosemite National Park after heavy snow and winds prevented a helicopter search Tuesday. A rescue team Wednesday trudged through 11 miles of driving snow and swirling winds and a helicopter crew
got close enough to find the climbers dangling from a 3,200-foot sheer on El Capitan. The first heavy rain of autumn hit particularly hard in the foothill and mountain areas. In the Angeles National Forest, the body of a 19-year-old security guard was discovered Wednesday afternoon about a half-mile from where he was swept away after his truck slipped into a wash while he was on patrol. His identity was not STORM 3
Guevara legend still influences, inspires
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This year El Cheʼs adventures come to life on the big-screen By ERIC GOMEZ Daily Titan Staff
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Thirty-seven years after his death, Ernesto “Che” Guevara is still one of the most popular, admired and influential individuals in Latin American history. As a 23-year-old medical student in 1952, Ernesto Guevara de la Serna – also known as Che – had the opportunity to travel through Latin America. “Guevara grew increasingly conscious of the fact that many Latin Americans lacked the most basic human necessities and lived lives marked by misery, violent political
repression and often racism,” said Philippe Zacair, a professor of history at Cal State Fullerton. Trying to solve social problems facing these societies was the beginning of a lifetime obsession for Guevara. “Guevara, more than anyone, embodied ideals that include the fight against injustice, poverty and oppression,” Zacair said. During his travels across portions of Latin America, Guevara chronicled his experiences in a journal that was published years later, as “The Motorcycle Diaries.” This September, his adventures came to life on the big-screen in a film of the same name. Another movie, with filming due to begin next year, will star Academy GUEVARA 4
employers pay Healthcare costs weigh in on business owners, system is ʻpay or playʼ By SIERRA F. WEBB Daily Titan Staff
Employers will be required to pay at least 80 percent of employee health insurance costs if Proposition 72 passes next month. Voters will be asking themselves if governmentmandated health care is right for the future. The proposition will provide health care coverage for approximately 1.3 million Californians through their employers or through state revenues. It is a “pay or play” system in which employers can either pay the state a fee so that the state can provide coverage, or play by negotiating with insurances companies individually to provide coverage for their employees. The proposal calls for employers to pay at least 80 percent of the cost while employees contribute a maximum of 20 percent toward the premiums. If an employer already provides insurance that complies with the plan then they have no obligation to alter their current benefits. “Even though it is for businesses bigger than mine I voted no, because employers will leave California. Why burden employers when theyʼre already paying so much?” said small business owner Donald Frazee, who
already sent in his absentee ballot. According to court interpretations of a federal law, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, states are prohibited from requiring employers to provide such coverage. Therefore, the provisions of Prop 72 could be challenged in court. Any employee who worked more than 100 hours per month for the same employer for three months would qualify for health coverage according to the Official Voter Information Guide. “Health insurance is astronomical; itʼs unbelievable what it costs to run a business. Most people think that if you own a business youʼre automatically rich, especially if youʼre a doctor, and thatʼs just not true,” Frazee said. Employees who only make twice the federal poverty guidelines would be considered “low-income” and their contributions could only reach up to 5 percent of their total wages. Prop 72 also stipulates that employers with 20 to 49 employees would be subject to the provisions only if a tax credit was enacted that would cover 20 percent of that employers fees to the state. No such legislation currently exists so small employers would still be exempt until that happens. The Voters Guide explains that, if passed, Prop 72 will create the State Health Purchasing Program to purchase health care coverage for PROP 72 4
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Thursday Juliette and the Licks in the TSU Pub. Actor Juliette Lewis brings her particular brand of rock to CSUF at noon.
The best talents in the West face off in the Air Hockey Tournament in the TSU Underground starting at 2 p.m.
Iraq wants more elections help from UN BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqʼs interim government complained Wednesday that the United Nations isnʼt doing enough to help prepare for January elections, saying the organization has sent fewer electoral workers than it did when tiny East Timor voted to secede from Indonesia. U.S. aircraft, meanwhile, mounted four strikes in Fallujah on what the U.S. military said were safehouses used by Abu Musab al-Zarqawiʼs terror network. A Sunni Muslim clerical group demanded that the Iraqi government prevent any fullscale U.S. attack on Fallujah, hoping to muster the same public anger that forced the Marines to abandon a siege of the city last spring.
Free Bowling Thursdays in TSU Games & Recreation from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Try striking out with balls instead of the opposite sex. “Saved!,” a critically acclaimed film, will show in the Titan Theatre at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Starring Mandy Moore. Awesome.
Soldier pleads guilty in Iraq abuse case
Beginning today, the College of Business and Economics, the Center for Economic Education and the Department of Economics present the West Coast Conference on Teaching Economics.
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The highest-ranking soldier charged with abusing Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison pleaded guilty Wednesday, telling a military court that prisoners were forced to submit to public nudity and degrading treatment “for military intelligence purposes.” Army reservist Ivan “Chip” Frederick, 38, of Buckingham, Va., confessed to eight counts of conspiracy, dereliction of duty, maltreatment of detainees, assault and committing an indecent act. He was expected to be sentenced Thursday and could receive 11 years in prison.
Election 2004: How Will You Vote? At noon in UH 205, a team of political scientists will present partisan interpretations of candidates and propositions.
National Bush, Kerry spar over leadership in Iowa WATERLOO, Iowa – President Bush and challenger John Kerry accused each other of misjudging the stakes and lacking the leadership to deal with Iraq and terrorism as they campaigned 60 miles apart Wednesday in Iowa, a state Bush narrowly lost four years ago. “The next commander in chief must lead us to victory in this war and you cannot win a war when you donʼt believe youʼre fighting one,” Bush said in Mason City, a northern Iowa farming community.
Study: Pill cuts cancer, coronary risks PHILADELPHIA – The same huge federal study that led millions of women to abandon use of hormones after menopause now provides reassurance that another hormone concoction – the birth control pill – is safe. In fact, women on the pill had surprisingly lower risks of heart disease and stroke and no increased risk of breast cancer, contrary to what many previous studies have found.
State Man arrested in nude sunbatherʼs death SAN FRANCISCO - A 49-year-old San Francisco man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the killing of a man who was sunbathing nude on the terrace of a Castro District bar last month. Joel Dickerson faces a manslaughter charge in the death of Jay Carbone, 52. Dickersonʼs bail was set at $100,000, according to the San Francisco Police Department. Carbone died last month after hitting his head during a scuffle at the Pendulum bar, police said. Carbone ordered drinks and disrobed. After about an hour, another man complained and asked Carbone to put his clothes on. “If you donʼt like it, get out,” Carbone told the offended man, according to police. Compiled from The Associated Press
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“The truth of that matter is, if you listen carefully, Saddam would still be in power if [Kerry] were the president of the United States, and the world would be a lot better off.” George W. Bush, St. Louis, Missouri, October 2004 from Rolling Stone Magazine
A young Thai man lost his penis to his knife-wielding wife, then forgot to bring the severed appendage with him to hospital, delaying the re-attachment on Monday, ultimately paying a grave price for his oversight. Sornlam Yotbanya had a heated argument with his wife on Sunday night about his mistress. He then went to bed only to be rudely awoken hours later. Thai hospitals, especially Bangkokʼs Police Hospital, have achieved some fame for their high success rate with penis reattachment operations, providing they are carried out swiftly with all the parts in place.
“You know whatʼs fascinating about this? Youʼve got Bill Bennett gambling, Rush Limbaugh on drugs and Bill OʼReilly being sued for sexual harassment. Apparently, being conservative is more fun than it used to be.” Jay Leno, from his late-night show last week
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Sewage problems persist in Southland Faculty concert 24 beaches have closed down this year because of contaminants By RAQUEL S-SABOOR For the Daily Titan
The rain provides much-needed relief for Southern Californians, but it can also impair swimmers and surfers. During storms, the rain sets in motion urban runoff and sewage via the overflowing sewer manholes and pipes, which flow directly into the ocean. “People really need to be careful with their trash,” said Allison Wittwer, Cal State Fullerton faculty member and surfing instructor. The first 72 hours after a storm are especially critical. “In most places, and especially in Southern California, ocean water quality after a rain typically has high concentrations of bacteria and may also have high concentrations of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, heavy metals and petroleum products,” according to the Surfrider Foundationʼs Web site.
However, rain storms arenʼt the only reason coastal waters become contaminated. There have been 24 beach closures this year in Orange County caused by sewage spills, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. The latest major sewage spill closed about 2.5 miles of beach when a sewage treatment plant overflowed. In response, the beaches were closed up and down the coast of the Santa Ana River mouth from Magnolia Street in Huntington State Beach to Orange Street in Newport Beach. Although many communities dump sewage into the ocean, itʼs large amounts of untreated sewage that causes problems. “There are no long-term effects if you fix the problem,” said Douglas Eernisse, a CSUF professor of biological science. Eernisse said that although sewage contains bacteria that can give humans diseases like hepatitis, the impact may not be as bad for marine animals and plants. Depending on the type of sewage, marine life can use the nutrients and some types of plants will thrive.
But marine life is affected by the treatment used to process the raw sewage before itʼs dumped into the ocean. For example, the chlorine used to kill the bacteria in order to protect humans can hurt the marine life. Eernisse agrees that urban runoffs like oil, fossil fuels and chemicals that go into the sewage drains will eventually drain into the ocean and cause problems. He also advises people not to go into the water after it rains because everything is flushed out into the ocean. Eernisse stressed that itʼs important to worry about little things and be active in protecting the ocean. “Everyone needs to cooperate to keep the beaches clean,” Eernisse said. He also said Huntington and Seal Beach have a reputation for their problems and should think about long-term sewage facilities. “[Spills keep] happening again and again,” Eernisse said. Jason Kehler, a CSUF communications major, said while school is in session he usually surfs about twice a week at Bolsa Chica but the closures in Huntington Beach are
getting old. “I think for how often it happens they should be able to do something by now,” Kehler said. Kehler said he waits about three to four days before he goes into the water after it rains and he waits about two weeks after a sewage spill. Wittwer, who is also the assistant director of programs for rec sports and a part-time kinesiology professor at CSUF, agreed that Huntington Beach needs to improve its waste treatment process in order to do a better job at preventing spills. “Other places donʼt have the problems we have in California,” Wittwer said. Wittwer surfs at least two to four days a week and said one of her favorite places to go is the Santa Ana River jetty. But she said she stays away from the jetty after it rains. Wittwer said no matter where people live, whether itʼs inland as far as Riverside or closer to the ocean in Irvine, everyone needs to be aware that their actions affect the ocean. In small amounts the ocean can clean itself but it can only do so much so fast, she said.
benefits students Recital proceeds will raise money for voice majors By VIRGINA TERZIAN Daily Titan Staff
With the fall semester in midswing, the Music Department is offering several concerts this semester for students to check out. The next performance will feature Cal State Fullerton faculty Patricia Prunty, a soprano and vocal professor, and Rob Watson, a pianist and piano instructor. Both will take part in a recital this Saturday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on campus. The concert is part of a series orchestrated by Professor Gerald Seminatore of the Music Department, entitled “The Celebration of Voices on Stage.” The series has already brought such well-known performers to campus as renowned-soprano Barbara Kilduff, while also highlighting some of the performers who make
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immediately released. Northeast of Los Angeles, in the foothill town of Altadena, firefighters commandeered wheelchairs to lug sandbags to keep a nursing home from being flooded. In northern Los Angeles County, residents of 150 mobile homes in the Newhall area were stranded overnight until a bulldozer showed up to move 3 feet of mud from their access road. The area is not far from foothills that burned in a summer wildfire. “It was a flash flood, really,” county fire Capt. Mark Savage told KABC-TV. “All the water that came from the burn area ... all that water had no place to go.” In Agua Dulce, Colette Smith said a man with a tree branch saved her from being swept away when a small hotel was flooded.
up the faculty of CSUF. “The series is intended to offer students and the public a local opportunity to see an accomplished artist in performance,” Seminatore said. Proceeds from the concert will go toward a scholarship fund for voice majors, he said. The duo will perform songs from several different composers, ranging from the early 1800s to relatively new American composers. “We will be performing four pieces by Richard Person Thomas, including a piece set in a tango form called ‘Damaged.’ It’s very tongue and cheek and makes fun of tangos,” Watson said. The duo will also perform pieces from such well-known composers as Franz Schubert, Manuel de Falla and Charles Ives. Prunty, who has been a professor of music at CSUF since last year, is looking forward to the concert. “There is a growing interest in classical music and a lot of people are checking it out,” she said. “And it’s right here on your own campus.” “He threw out a ... stick and I just grabbed on” and managed to get out of the surging, muddy flow, Colette Smith told KABC-TV. “I didnʼt have time to think about what had just happened.” Farther inland, Interstate 15, the main highway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, was shut down for hours after at least 27 vehicles collided in afternoon dense fog in the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County. No major injuries were reported. Morning Metrolink commuter service from Riverside and San Bernardino to Los Angeles was halted after water covered the tracks. Commuters were instead shuttled on buses. Some people had to be rescued after their cars and trucks were submerged to the door handles along a flooded road in Rancho Cucamonga, where soggy ground collapsed at a mobile home park, opening up a widening sinkhole under a trailer.
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Award winner Benicio Del Toro. Although Guevara lived in a different era, some say that he discovered a boyhood idealism that many young adults seem to identify with still today. “[When youʼre young] itʼs a time when youʼre questioning things,” said Barbara Miller, Chicano Resource Center librarian, on why she thinks young people have identified with him. Ray Reyes, a Chicano Studies faculty member, said it was during Cheʼs youth when he unexpectedly found meaning in his life. “He realized that his energy should not just be spent on medical care,” Reyes said, adding that Guevara believed it was more of a political fight. “At this time of his life, he believed it could be done without arms struggle,” Reyes said. The fact that Guevara gave up a
fairly good upper-middle class lifestyle to fight for what he believed in is one reason why he is still admired, Miller said. “Heʼs an extraordinary guy,” Miller said. “We all try to find ourselves. His journey to find himself is what fascinated so many people.” “Young people who dare to inform themselves about the many problems of our 21st century societies might see him an inspirational figure,” Zacair said. Years later in 1955, Guevara met Fidel Castro in Mexico City in the beginning of the Cuban Revolution, where together, they tried to overthrow Fulgencio Batista and his dictatorial regime, which eventually collapsed in 1959. “He played a prominent role as a strategist and commander of men in the guerrilla warfare launched against Batistaʼs army,” Zacair said. After leaving Cuba, Guevara attempted to start revolutions elsewhere and traveled to Bolivia where he was subsequently captured with
firstname.lastname@example.org • (714) 278-4415 the help of the CIA and executed by the Bolivian army on Oct. 9, 1967. Miller said that like other prominent figures, such as Elvis or Jimmy Hendrix, Guevara left an impact on the world, and the fact that they are dead contributes to the continued idolization. “Because they died so young theyʼve become bigger than life. We forget about their flaws,” Miller said. She said that we tend to focus on the fact that Guevara had an “idealistic bend,” but overlook his radical side. The famous photograph, which is perhaps how he is better known, is hard to escape. Cheʼs face can be found on everything from T-shirts to backpacks. Danny Gamez, owner of the Chicano Style store at the Main Place Mall, said that he sells numerous accessories bearing Gueveraʼs image. Gamez said that many people have entered his store to learn about Che and what he stands for. Celebrities such as actress
Elizabeth Hurley, supermodel Gisele Buendchen, and rapper Jay-Z have all been seen wearing Che, as did actress Lindsay Lohan in the movie “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.” “I donʼt think itʼs cool when people are wearing [Cheʼs image] when they donʼt even know who he is,” Gamez said. In a New York Times article published this month, Aleida Guevara, Cheʼs daughter said her family is happy that her fatherʼs image is inspiring but finds the commercialization disrespectful. “I believe that the vast majority of those who wear this T-shirt have a vague, if not non-existent notion of the life of Che Guevara,” Zacair said. “Gueveraʼs Christ-like picture has become another marketing object that is good for business.” Still, Gamez said that different people are interested in Che for different reasons. “To me he represents hope and a love for his people.”
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in society, the organizationʼs Web site said. There are approximately 50 temporary shelters located in central and north Orange County. These shelters are able to sleep 2,197 of the 34,998 who are currently homeless. The Salvation Army provides emergency housing for those who are homeless and out of work. The Hospitality House, located in Santa Ana, provides people in need with meals and a place to worship.
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eligible California employees whose employers opt out of providing their own insurance and instead pay the state to do it. The coverage would be required to cover major medical, preventive care and prescription drugs. One benefit to the plan is that it requires that health plans or insurers donʼt charge different rates depending on the employer. Another expected effect could be expanded economic activity in the health care sector. The state would receive revenues from those businesses that decide to pay the state to provide healthcare. Those revenues, in addition to those from the employees of such businesses, would offset the costs of the State Health Purchasing Program. The proportion of employers who would choose to pay the fee to the state, thereby obtaining health coverage from the State Health Purchasing Program, rather than to play by arranging health coverage on their own, is a major unknown factor. An argument in support of the proposition is that by providing insurance people would be more likely to see their regular doctor for minor illnesses rather than go to already over-crowded emergency rooms. Memorial Care Medical Centers,
“In a typical one-month period, the Hospitality House in Santa Ana serves 3,720 sit-down meals and 1,800 brown bag meals,” said Doug Freeman, services coordinator for the shelter. “Last month 90 families including 270 children ages 0-16 were assisted.” Greg still continues to stand outside the Brea Mall asking for donations. He said he believes God will bless each and every person who helps him. “Weʼre all in the same category,” Greg said. “God teaches us not to judge. My job is keeping my faith and compassion alive.” including Anaheim Memorial and Long Beach Memorial hospitals, have no official position on the issue. Opponents of the proposition argue that it could drive employers out of California. The bill does however impose penalties on any employer who reduces an employeeʼs hours or takes other steps to avoid compliance. “Itʼs a social agenda the state is putting together to force businesses to bear the burden. If you start imposing these kinds of laws then businesses will close, move elsewhere or lay people off, then what happens?” said Thomas Apke, a Cal State Fullerton professor of business law. In regards to the resulting punishments Apke said, “Theyʼre squeezing the businesses at both ends. Where are the incentives to stay in California?” In addition, some businesses would face increased operating costs to pay for employeesʼ health insurance. According to a report by the Employment Policies Institute published last month, the proposition could destroy between 67,000 and 150,000 jobs and cost between 12.4 and 12.9 billion a year. “It is not clear at this time whether it would ultimately result in a net cost or savings to the state for statesupported health benefits” reports the Voters Guide.
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