Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and handful of other states are salivating over Sriracha – or rather, the prospect of luring the hot-sauce maker, its hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue to their states.

The mayor pledges to parlay his new post at the U.S. Conference of Mayors into more federal aid and private investment for his hometown.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s water legislation needs work.

Does it make sense to spend millions on a limited renovation instead of seeking private money for a new arts venue?

Obama and congressional Democrats and Republicans need to craft a realistic immigration policy that accounts for the country’s real labor needs.

Recommendations from safety officials sit on the shelf for decades, while deaths pile up.

The five teenagers who died in the fiery bus crash on Interstate 5 near Orland on Thursday had more in common than just their destination of Arcata. These were the cream of the crop of their working-class communities, the shining lights of neighborhoods that see too many of their youngsters matriculate into state prison rather than state university.

The dynamic in the 4th Assembly District, traditionally a seat held by a Davis Democrat, has changed dramatically. Between redistricting and the top-two primary, the race to replace termed-out Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, a Davis Democrat, is wide open.

California is the only state in the western United States that does not govern its groundwater at the state level. Now the San Joaquin Valley is sinking.

Betty Yee, Ashley Swearegin are best choices for state controller.

The state of Central California would have the lowest in per capita income in the U.S., replacing current bottom placeholder Mississippi. It wouldn’t even get to keep Sacramento.

A sculpture on the public plaza would be a welcome bonus.

Sacramento streets are not quite chaos. But it can get downright dangerous out there.

A supplemental parcel tax on the June 3 ballot is a small price to pay.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District had many challenges to the proposed assessment.

Districts will be able to more readily fire teachers for egregious misconduct.

According to the White House, full-time working women earn 77 cents to every dollar earned by men. According to the American Enterprise Institute, the White House pays women 88 cents to every dollar earned by men.

If the animal advocacy groups supporting proposed legislation to ban orcas in captivity have their way, orca shows at SeaWorld would be shut down permanently. But don’t believe that it will be a “Free Willy” ending; a ban could do real harm to the very animals it seeks to protect.

Afghans voted in droves Saturday for a new president in an election remarkably free of violence or widespread cheating – the most encouraging sign in a long time that America’s investment of blood and treasure will lead to a semblance of democracy.

California is right to include wireless phone service in the Lifeline program for lower-income Californians, but should vet wireless companies carefully.

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