Hate Crimes Rise. Trump Did It

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Hate crimes are on the rise in California. There are strong hints the increase stems in part from President Trump’s habit of using racial slurs like the Pocahontas tag he likes to apply to Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the travel bans he has imposed on citizens of several Muslim countries. There were also Mr. Trump’s call for a … Read More

Prickly Academic Test at Cal State By Thomas Elias

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Mr. Elias

Every economic forecast shows California needs more college graduates. About 35 percent more than today’s total by 2030, on pain of losing hundreds of thousands of high-paying jobs to other states and countries. The state’s largest producer of college grads has gotten the message: The Cal State system last spring graduated 23 percent of all students who enrolled four years … Read More

Jerry, Baby. Why?

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“I’ve never seen a CEQA exemption I don’t like.” – Gov. Brown.  Mr. Brown made that observation shortly after starting his second go-‘round as  chief executive in early 2011, reacting wryly to his 1990s experience as mayor of Oakland, where the California Environmental Quality Act often forced him to battle for pet housing and school projects, including a military academy … Read More

Sweet Punch of Prop. 54

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There’s nothing politicians and lobbyists in this state hate more than the ballot initiative process to which they all pay hypocritical verbal homage every chance they get. It’s easy to see why they don’t like lawmaking by the public, the essence of initiatives: The process takes important issues out of their hands. It can alter their working conditions in ways … Read More

Wildfires Smell Like a Previous Disaster

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As disastrous and deadly wildfires raged through once-lovely residential areas in the Wine Country and other Northern California points this fall, there were signs that the aftermath could play out similarly to a scene that began almost 10 years earlier in Southern California. Loud claims were heard this time that negligent maintenance of power lines and poles, together with insufficient … Read More

Now PUC Wants to Clean up Mess

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The California Public Utilities Commission now says it wants closure on its most contentious, most questionable decision of the last few decades.   This comes more than four years after a clandestine meeting between the commission’s then-president Michael Peevey and officials of the Southern California Edison Co. set parameters for “settling” the division of costs for shutting down the San … Read More

Feinstein Critics Have a Flat Tire

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Ms. Feinstein

They see her as road-kill, the younger California Democrats hovering over longtime Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein just before and just after she announced her bid for election last week to a sixth term.   “She no longer reflects the experiences or core values of Californians…and she isn’t willing to step up and lead on resisting (President) Trump…” went one … Read More

No Need for State to Go Crook-Shopping

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Is Ms. Napolitano straight?

The well-documented corruption in various wings of California state government shows few signs of abating: Even though Gov. Brown’s latest questionable appointees to the state’s powerful Public Utilities Commission have been held up, no one has yet been penalized for several fix-is-in decisions there that are costing consumers billions of dollars. Energy Commission members who handed out many millions of … Read More

March Vote Never Had Chance – of Losing

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If any legislative bill was a no-brainer for easy passage and then approval by Gov. Brown, it was Senate Bill 568, sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Ricardo Lara of East Los Angeles. No one at all, in Sacramento or anywhere else, argues with the premise behind this new law: California has long had far less influence in choosing America’s presidents … Read More

No Place May Be Left for Donors to Hide

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Mr. Broad – will he be watched?

Most attention given putative new laws passed in the waning moments of this year’s legislative session in Sacramento has gone to items like a “sanctuary state” compromise. This would make California safer for non-criminal undocumented immigrants and measures to move the state’s next presidential primary up into early March. But the one bill with the most potential to improve this … Read More