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Henry T. Perea

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  • EDD makes big improvements in phone service

    SACRAMENTO — They're finally answering phones at California's beleaguered unemployment benefits agency. Four months ago, 9 out of 10 callers couldn't reach a live staffer at the Employment Development Department, according to official call logs....
  • Republicans, Democrats agree billions need to be spent on fixing Calif. water system

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. As California's drought drags on, more farmers are being forced to fallow fields and a growing number of small towns run out of water. So Republicans and Democrats here finally agree on something: They need to spend billions of...
  • New chief of California employment department is appointed

    SACRAMENTO — A member of Gov. Jerry Brown's inner circle and a veteran labor union lobbyist has been recruited to run California's troubled Employment Development Department. Patrick William Henning has been serving as the governor's chief...
  • Audit blasts California unemployment program's costly gaffe

    SACRAMENTO — California's deficit-plagued unemployment insurance program missed out on more than half a billion dollars in federal money in recent years when state officials failed to take advantage of a new federal program. The California state...
  • Audit of EDD ordered over thousands of denied unemployment claims

    SACRAMENTO — State lawmakers on Wednesday ordered a formal audit of the troubled Employment Development Department and how it may have botched the handling of thousands of unemployment insurance claims. By a unanimous vote, a legislative committee...
  • Jobless benefits wrongly denied

    Jobless benefits wrongly denied
    SACRAMENTO — Hundreds of thousands of jobless Californians last year appealed decisions of the troubled Employment Development Department, adding to months of delays in getting unemployment benefits. After holding hearings, administrative law...
  • For the record

    Calderon investigation: An article in the June 6 Section A about an FBI investigation into Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) said that the senator's brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, received $140,000 per year from the company Water2Save, which was...
  • EDD is ordered to take steps to improve service

    SACRAMENTO — California has announced a sweeping overhaul of its troubled Employment Development Department, following months of turmoil that left thousands of Californians struggling to get their unemployment benefits. A top aide to Gov. Jerry...
  • Jerry Brown seeks to shore up unemployment insurance program

    Jerry Brown seeks to shore up unemployment insurance program
    Gov. Jerry Brown is taking steps to boost the state’s unemployment insurance program, which has been paralyzed by backlogs and funding shortages that have kept thousands of Californians from receiving jobless benefits.   In a letter to...
  • Gov. Brown's staff orders EDD to fix unemployment insurance problems

    Gov. Brown's staff orders EDD to fix unemployment insurance problems
    Citing "unacceptable levels of of payment delays and unanswered calls," Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has ordered the Employment Development Department to hire additional staff, overhaul its phone system and add IT staff to fix problems with its...
  • A jobless disconnect in Sacramento

    Imagine you've lost your job, which doesn't take a lot of imagination in a state with 1.3 million people out of work. Now imagine your unemployment checks have stopped and you can't decipher the explanation from the state Employment Development...