The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot for the March 2 primary election is 5 p.m. today.

Absentee ballot applications are on the back page of the voter information pamphlets mailed to registered voters last month.

The completed applications can be faxed or delivered in person today to the Elections Office, 10433 Willow Valley Road in Nevada City.

Registered voters may also vote in the lobby of the Elections Office from now until Election Day. For more information, call 265-1298.

– The Union staff

San Francisco raises minimum wage to $8.50 an hour

SAN FRANCISCO – The city’s minimum wage hike went into effect Monday, bringing the hourly rate to $8.50 from $6.75.

Attorney Jeffrey Tanenbaum, who represents employers in employment and labor relations litigation, said businesses can shift schedules to reduce overtime pay or reclassify employees so they qualify for less pay.

Restaurants also have made preparations for the change. Some have said they will raise menu prices to offset their own costs. Others plan to reduce pay for busboys and dishwashers who now earn more than the minimum wage.

– The Associated Press

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