Sacramento has a bicycle master plan, but while it is slowly being updated, more cyclists must choose disconnected bike routes or sidewalks.

When it comes to civilians dying at the hands of police, what information does exist is spotty and of dubious accuracy.

As Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto visits California this week, it’s time for Californians, indeed for all Americans, to take a fresh look at Mexico.

Buried in the small print of the California Water Resources Control Board’s emergency regulations is an alternative that has gone largely unnoticed. Instead of imposing restrictions on outdoor water use, a supplier may obtain board approval for “allocation-based rate structures.” Water suppliers could use a system of increasing block rates to encourage conservation.

Over the next 30 years, the state will gain 8.3 million residents eligible to vote – 8 million of whom will be nonwhite.

As we bring the California Legislature in for a landing, the frenzy to pass, kill or turn legislation into creative special interest taxidermy is at a fever pitch. Let’s look at some pending bills and their prospects.

A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo.

The Founders explicitly avoided creating a country based on one faith (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”). Moreover, the Constitution also doesn’t directly mention “Christ, Jesus, Christianity, Bible, God,” etc.

Hilary Abramson’s recent commentary in The Sacramento Bee (“On a mission to get bikes of sidewalks”; Forum, Aug. 17) about being struck and injured by a bicyclist on a downtown sidewalk illustrates some potentially deadly disconnects in our street network.

Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman: The Davis armored vehicle

There’s no harm in “honest discussion” about fuels, as The Sacramento Bee says in its editorial, “Pump prices will rise, and Senate should air details” (Aug. 17). But honesty involves getting the premise right – and honesty isn’t what the oil industry is offering. The question isn’t one of how much gas prices are going to go up. In fact, Assembly Bill 32 is written so that oil companies need not increase prices at all. If they do, that is something they are choosing to do.

Last week’s Conversation asked two questions: Does Sacramento need protected bicycle lanes? And should there be fines for riding a bike on a city sidewalk?

Protected bike lanes reduce sidewalk biking, resulting in fewer clashes.

After being injured, I was on a mission to find out how the law deals with bicycles on sidewalks and to make it safer for pedestrians.

Sunday’s Conversation tackled in The Sacramento Bee’s Opinion section focused on how bicycling fits into Sacramento’s traffic scene.

In a Capitol where contentious lobbying battles are de rigueur, the $14 billion hedge fund that goes by the name Pershing Square Capital Management has picked a most unusual fight.

Since Michael Weinstein and AHF launched a campaign to force the state’s $6 billion porn industry to use condoms in production, he’s won some big battles. But he’s not done yet.

There is little no doubt that there will be increased pump prices in 2015 when fuels come under the cap. The question is how much.

Airfield should spur economic development for Sacramento County, but not too much at the expense of residents under flight path.

Lest one believe these separatist movements are old-world artifacts and rarified reactions to globalization, young and dynamic California is also on the independence bandwagon.

Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman: The name is Bond. Water Bond.

There is a growing body of evidence on how trees significantly impact our health and well-being.

Last Sunday’s Conversation and editorial “How to save teenagers from misery and death” asked the question: Should HPV vaccinations be required of all school-age children in the U.S.?

“Apparently, in America, in 2014, police can manhandle you, take you into custody, put you in cell and then open the door like it didn’t happen.”

The two-hour documentary is beautifully crafted and overflowing with earned respect for the man in the starring role, Roger Ebert.

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