This News May Cause You to Choke

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Mr. Pruitt

Californians interested in keeping this state’s toughest-in-the-world standards for automotive pollution heaved a sigh of relief when the federal Environmental Protection Agency in early August reversed an earlier decision to delay imposition of new national ozone standards for at least a year. That move came after California and 15 other states sued to force EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to back … Read More

No Paroles for Any Manson Criminal

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Charles Manson

Buried in the back pages of newspapers, not even making it onto many television and radio news programs this summer, was the news that Gov. Brown again refused parole a member of the murderous Manson Family gang. This, while a parole board denied freedom to another. These actions raised more questions than they answered. Should heinous killers like Charles Manson … Read More

5 U.C. Campuses in Top 10 of Anti-Semites

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There no longer doubt is about whether anti-Semitism exists in America and on California college campuses. Even before the racist, white supremacist violence of mid-August in Charlottesville, regents of the University of California recognized this, declaring unanimously last year that “Anti-Semitism, anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination have no place at (U.C.).” It’s possible that statement and … Read More

STATE SENATE SHOULD LOOK HARD AT NEW UTILITY REGULATOR

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Mr. Elias

Depending on how things go in a scheduled Aug. 23 state Senate confirmation hearing on Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest choice for a seat on the powerful state Public Utilities Commission, many millions of consumers could face both health risks and higher-than-necessary electric, gas and water bills for the next six years. That’s the length of the term to which Brown … Read More

U.C.’s Student Failure

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Janet Napolitano

As a new school year gets set to open on the nine campuses of the University of California, it’s fair for parents of prospective students to ask once again, as many have for at least the last eight years, whose U.C. will it be? The question first arose during the Great Recession that began nine years ago, just when U.C. … Read More

Leader Newsome Spurns Polls

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Mr. Newsom

Gavin Newsom has a reported net worth of more than $10 million, an ownership interest in more than a dozen businesses from wineries to hotels and a steadfast, almost lifelong friendship with plutocrat Gordon Getty. Yet he is running for governor (and has led the polls since he declared for the office well over a year ago) as an advocate … Read More

Latest Inequality: Bail

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Mr. Elias

There are plenty of problems with the kind of one-party government California now has, with every statewide office in the hands of Democrats, who also hold two-thirds majorities in both houses of the Legislature. It’s easier to pass taxes this way and budget discipline can be hard to find, to name just two. The one-party dominance also allows for addressing … Read More

Brown’s Email Problem

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Mr. Brown

As Gov. Brown travels the nation and world posing grandly as the Anti-Trump and the ultimate champion of the battle against climate change, he’s plainly very conscious of the legacy he will leave behind when he’s termed out for good after next year. An email controversy that has dogged him for almost two years remains and it may sully the … Read More

Trump Chasing Revenge?

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President Trump

Is it political vengeance or merely a Republican President trying to make budget cuts on everything that’s not military? That’s the real question about President Trump’s first budget as it moves through congressional committees en route to becoming reality. It’s a question that reverberates especially on the West Coast, where not just California, but Oregon and Washington, too, voted heavily … Read More

Test for Big Labor

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Mr. Elias

There’s a good chance that using union dues for politics will become harder within a year or two. One thing for sure: Big labor will not easily accept that kind of new reality. Three times in the past 15 years, ballot initiative campaigns led by conservative Republicans tried unsuccessfully to truncate the power and influence of California’s labor unions, both … Read More