The accumulation of military garb puts a greater distance between the police and the community – and makes everyone less safe.

He served his community well during a long public career.

Cities across California are going to have to pay up for needed fixes.

The waning days of the legislative session are the scariest time of all – when dead legislation rises from the grave and good bills are mutilated into monstrosities.

It requires psychologists, marriage and family counselors and social workers in California to take a one-time, six-hour course on suicide prevention. Seems reasonable.

There are larger questions that this country must confront that include not just the issue of race, which persists, but also the growing inequity between rich and poor, and its violent and often deadly intersection with law enforcement.

CalPERS proposal would step back from 2012 pension overhaul.

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

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.

A potential landmark compromise collapses in acrimony.

For one night, Republican and Democratic legislators agreed on a fundamental tenet – that California cannot progress without an updated water system.

Central Valley land is subsiding and wells are going dry. There is no need for another study.

This is the year for California’s leaders to lead on this important issue, and not leave Californians once again holding the bag.

Sacramento City Hall says a public subsidy is highly unlikely.

Republicans and Democrats should approve the new $7.545 billion water bond and give voters a chance to decide its fate.

The lessons: Mental illness is treatable; suicide is preventable; middle-aged white males are at the greatest risk for suicide; and, most importantly, there is help available even for those who aren’t rich and famous.

The Sacramento city manager’s new contract drops lucrative severance payment if the measure passes.

An agreement on a revised water bond for the November ballot seemed within reach on Monday, but only if no side gets too grabby. That includes legislators from both parties and from all regions, and it includes members of Congress.

President Barack Obama has promised that a long-awaited report on torture during the war on terror will be made public. He has yet to keep that pledge, and the latest signs are discouraging.

Gov. Jerry Brown has been frugal when it comes to saddling the state with more debt, even when it is for a good cause. It has taken an extreme drought to get him to consider a water bond for the November ballot. Even so, he’s been labeled a cheapskate by legislators and others who think his $6 billion water bond proposal is so low as to be laughable.

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