Why Gas Tax Won’t Hurt Brown

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Mr. Davis
Mr. Davis

There is no doubt that a 2003 car tax increase helped wreck Democrat Gray Davis’ career as governor of California. But a new batch of car taxes just passed by state legislators at the strong urging of Gov. Jerry Brown will not harm him or his legacy.   One reason for this is the timing: Mr. Davis was ousted in … Read More

Issa No Longer Stays Isolated

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Mr. Issa in trouble?
Mr. Issa in trouble?

Think of Congressman Darrel Issa, the former car alarm magnate who made a fortune off the Viper system, and you picture the ultimate Republican loyalist: The former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee bedeviled ex-President Obama over everything from his birth certificate to conduct of the Food and Drug Administration. These days, it is Mr. Issa who … Read More

It Was Time to Go Home

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Mike Hennessey
Mike Hennessey

Dateline Dayton – A final take on our Florida vacation: It was Friday and we were on our way home. Unlike past trips, we took two days instead of one to come home, and that doubled our enjoyment.   Leaving Lake City, FL, our second stop was for food.  With few choices, we picked a chain restaurant. Pauline and I … Read More

Traveling to Another Era

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Dateline Kotor, Montenegro — Among  the world’s millions of roads and highways, a very select few have themselves become destinations. There are western Canada’s magnificent Icefields Parkway, California’s own Highway 1 through Big Sur and Maui’s Hana Road, to name three. None has anything over the nameless road that winds its way through 13 miles and 27 hairpin turns up … Read More

Farmers Fear ICE Age

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Mr. Elias
Mr. Elias

The specter of peaches and oranges and apricots and artichokes rotting on the ground or on trees hangs over California agriculture this spring, in the wake of a series of immigration raids during the first months of President Trump’s administration. If you want to know why it’s not merely undocumented immigrants who fear the prospect of more and larger raids … Read More

Too Much Emphasis on Testing?

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Thomas D. Elias
Mr. Elias

Few questions about public education have been disputed more hotly than teacher evaluations – in a day when almost everyone agrees public schools need major improvement, how to tell which teachers are good, which are the best and which don’t deserve to be kept around. For some, the answer is in value-added ratings: How much do children improve or decline … Read More

They Don’t Deserve Increase

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Mr. Elias
Mr. Elias

At the very moment when California’s largest utility company was being assessed a $14 million fine for failing to report discovery of flawed records on its gas pipelines, that same company in 2014 began asking for well over $1 billion in rate increases to pay for repairs to the very same pipeline system. This is Pacific Gas & Electric, the … Read More

Could There Be a Gov. Chiang?

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Mr. Chiang
Mr. Chiang

Flamboyance is one quality shared by several of the leading candidates to succeed Jerry Brown as governor. No one ever accused Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco, or ex-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of being boring. Same for financier Tom Steyer, who has spent many millions pushing green, environmental causes, often centering cause-oriented commercials around himself. No … Read More

Are We Going to Secede?

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Thomas D. Elias
Mr. Elias

As recently as last July, just 22 percent of Californians favored the idea of California risking a new civil war by declaring its independence from the rest of America. But barely six months later, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found support for California exiting the Union peacefully had moved above 40 percent. That’s not a majority, by a long shot. But it … Read More

Blocking Anti-Pot Billboards

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Thomas D. Elias
Mr. Elias

A struggle has raged for decades across California and America to protect young people from negative aspects of drinking beer and hard liquor. The fight is spreading to newly legalized recreational marijuana. Several state legislators are trying to ban pot advertising along state highways. This is happening when no one is quite certain whether new U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, … Read More