Wall Street Journal: Fear of Automation’s Dark Side Leads to Calls for Action

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Some investors back policy or private-industry moves to head off a dystopian future By TOMIO GERON Matt Ocko is a venture capitalist placing big bets on the latest in artificial intelligence and big data. But he also expects that leaps forward in related automation technology will put many people out of work, and he’s one of several Silicon Valley investors who think it’s unfair to expect society ...

E&E News: Dems mount legislative opposition to executive order

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As promised, Democrats in Congress are pushing against President Trump's executive order that wipes out much of the Obama administration's effort to address climate change. Today, 36 House Democrats led by Reps. Brad Schneider of Illinois, Doris Matsui of California, Paul Tonko of New York and Charlie Crist of Florida introduced a bill to overturn the "Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Gr...

Sacramento Bee: GOP health plan withdrawal offers reprieve to some California consumers

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By Claudia Buck and Sammy Caiola After months of angry town halls, contentious debate and last-minute White House lobbying, Obamacare got a reprieve Friday, as House Republicans pulled their replacement health care proposal before it went to a vote. For now that means the Affordable Care Act remains intact. While health care advocates in California say consumers “dodged a bullet,” it remains uncle...

Bloomberg BNA: HOUSE DEM BILLS TARGET POST-AUTOMATION WORKFORCE TRAINING, DIGITAL DIVIDE

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by Lydia Beyoud House Democrats introduced a handful of bills March 16 to address future socio-economic disruption caused by job automation and help close the persistent divide in broadband access between rural and low-income communities and more affluent, urban and suburban ones. The likelihood of job loss in the U.S. driven by tech innovation in robotics and automation is increasing. Researchers...

Sacramento Bee: Sacramento-area residents make the guest list for Trump’s speech

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BY TARYN LUNA The guest list isn’t limited to lawmakers for President Donald Trump’s first address before a joint Congress Tuesday night in Washington. It’s a tradition for members of Congress to extend a special invitation to someone of their choosing. The guests typically embody issues that are important to each politician. Trump, who promised to secure the nation’s borders on the campaign trail...

Sacramento Bee: Restored Sacramento train depot offers glimpse of past and future

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By Anita Chabria A few years ago, pigeons roosted inside on the decrepit rafters of the Sacramento Valley Station. Train passengers waited outside in the elements to retrieve their bags. On Thursday, the doors officially opened on the rehabbed building that city and state leaders said they hope will serve as a “front door” to Sacramento and highlight both the history and future of the region. And ...

Sacramento Bee: Rep. Doris Matsui discusses Trump’s orders, her history of internment and Democrats’ future

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By Robin Opsahl Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, spoke about her experience in the House, her family’s history of internment and politics in the Trump era Thursday to a crowd of more than 100 at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento as a part of the “She Shares” series that features prominent women leaders. Matsui answered questions from moderator Karen Breslau, a former Newsweek correspondent, and the ...

Capital Public Radio: At Matsui Health Care Town Hall, A Lot Of Preaching To The Choir

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By Ben Adler With Congress on recess this week, voters who support or oppose President Trump have the chance to get some face time with their local representatives. Sacramento Democrat Doris Matsui held a town hall meeting on health care Monday. The crowd at Sutter Middle School in East Sacramento was largely liberal, supportive – and white, which was noteworthy for a congressional district as div...

AP: Two dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs

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By Michael R. Blood Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California to remake a 1950s-era dam by constructing a massive steel-and-concrete gutter that would manage surging waters in times of torrential storms. The nearly $1 billion auxiliary spillway at Folsom Dam, scheduled to be completed later this ...

Business, civic leaders push for driverless-car testing in Sacramento

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Fully driverless cars could be rolling down Sacramento streets in just more than a year, following a push by Mayor Darrell Steinberg, U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui and state Sen. Richard Pan to gain federal approval for automated-vehicle testing, the three lawmakers announced Thursday. “It’s about knocking on the doors of all these car companies and saying, ‘We want you here. Come to Sacramento,'” Steinb...