In an op-ed piece in the New York Times today, Sen. Charles Schumer suggests that California-style top-two primary can save the country, or at least its political system. He very well could be right.

The U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco on Friday announced new charges against Sen. Leland Yee, accusing the San Francisco Democrat of racketeering for allegedly selling his vote on bills related to professional athletes’ ability to collect workers’ compensation payments, medical marijuana and whether to extend the California State Athletic Commission.

Recently, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., suggested that the California-style top-two primary can save the country, or at least its political system. He very well could be right.

A four-year analysis by scientists worldwide concluded for the first time that insecticides called neonicotinoids are “causing significant damage” to beneficial insects and are a “key factor in the decline of bees.”

Brown could do that by helping Americans see invisible line between Mexico and U.S. not as a liability, but as an amazing opportunity for economic growth and prosperity.

Residential high-rise towers need a full review.

The over-reliance on short-term chemical solutions often turns out to have unintended long-term costs.

Proposals from federal transportation officials are good, but need some work.

The Board of Equalization building has been plagued by a long list of problems, including plummeting sheets of glass and bats in the belfry.

It will pick public art at new downtown arena and is launching a long-range cultural plan.

Jerry Brown shapes the California Supreme Court with the nomination of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar.

Death penalty opponents might be heartened by a federal judge’s decision declaring California’s capital punishment unconstitutional. But the decision by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney last week is less a victory for abolitionists than it is a condemnation of California officials’ mishandling of capital punishment.

Assemblyman John A. Pérez deserves a thank-you from Californians for having the good sense to call off a recount Friday of the votes cast for state controller in the June primary. If it had gone on much longer, the spectacle could have had an impact on the outcome of the November election for controller.

The size of the water bond might be relatively easy to settle. Perhaps more complicated would be how to spend whatever money is earmarked to aid the Delta ecosystem.

California might no longer be suitable for the brown bear; it’s just not the same state as it was 100 years ago.

Six weeks after Obama called it a humanitarian crisis, the federal government still has no coordinated response.

No matter how talented a public official may be, building in a reward for getting fired is a troubling trend.

The loss of so many lives should prompt tougher action against Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

New rules make overwatering a crime – for everyone but the agriculture industry. That’s not fair.

Perhaps averting another standoff with Democrats, the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives took a small step earlier this week by allocating an additional $10 billion to continue to paying for freeway projects nationwide.

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