Inform Your Opinion 10-30-19

Today lets take a look at a state that has been in the news all week – California.

On Sunday, 27th of October, Katie Hill a democratic congress woman from the 25th District of California announced her resignation over allegations of inappropriate sexual relations with a congressional staffer. The Wednesday before her resignation an investigation by the House Ethics Committee was opened into the allegations given that if true, the relationship would be in violation of House rules. Hill has denied the allegations in a letter to her supporters, but did admit to an inappropriate relationship with a campaign staffer. While inappropriate it would not be a violation of the House rules. Sense then however, nude photos of her have been leaked online which in the end lead to her resignation which many say she did not have to do.

USA Today article by Alia E. Dastagir.

Multiple wildfires have been scorching California. In southern California the conditions are extremely dangerous because of strong winds. On Wednesday morning northwest of Los Angeles the Easy Fire had burned more then 1,600 acres and was burning near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Thankfully the library was protected from the blaze. Meanwhile east of Los Angeles the Hill Fire broke out and burned through 628 acres on Wednesday.

In Northern California, a massive Kincade Fire has grown to more then 76,000 acres, and firefighters are fighting to contain it. Thankfully the winds have subsided a firefighters are reporting that they have the wildfire contained to about 45%. Thousands are still under evacuation orders and many more are without power as the electric company preemptively shut off power out of fear of starting new wildfires.

CBS News report with updates.

Uber, Lyft and DoorDash have kicked off a $90 million fight against a ballot measure in California that guarantees gig economy workers a 120% minimum wage. The ballot measure called Assembly Bill 5 which was signed into law on September 15th by California Governor Gavin Newsom enshrines the ABC test that determines whether someone is a contractor or employee.

The Verge in depth report by Andrew J. Hawkins.

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