On the eve of the 13th anniversary of that terrible tragedy, it’s a good time for a re-evaluation of whether we want Officer Friendly with a clipboard and pen or a GI Joe with camo and riot helmets a patrolling our communities and neighborhoods.

Many bills should die; here’s a start.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s portrait, unveiled on Monday in the Capitol rotunda, is about as far from caricature as it could be, which is, we assume, its point. The guy who became rich by playing cartoonish characters in the movies and an over-the-top governor in the Capitol looks oh-so-dignified for posterity.

The fear of taking action, even the right action, has doomed any attempt at immigration reform in recent years. And, sadly, President Barack Obama has succumbed to the same scaremongering, reversing his plan for action by the end of the summer in an evident appeasement to Senate Democrats worried about losing seats on Nov. 4.

There are a handful of races in which a candidate who received our endorsement in the June primary advanced to the general election. We don’t switch endorsements unless something untoward or unusual happens between a primary election. Below are the recaps of our original endorsement in those five races.

California lacks a clear policy on gambling expansion, so voters should reject Proposition 48.

Some scientists and environmentalists have been contending that water quality would suffer, pollution would increase and aquatic life would be harmed if California goes forward with plans to build twin tunnels in the Delta. Now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has strongly reinforced those concerns and called for changes in the multibillion-dollar plan.

Just one more debate, that’s all we’re asking. One with time for both to expand on their plans and ideas. Neel Kashkari is up for it.

If it takes a congressional hearing to get straight answers from the NRC, we strongly support that step.

Elon Musk jilts California, after all the state has done for him.

When the revolving door between the moneyed class and Capitol Hill spins this fast, it only increases voter cynicism about who has their interests at heart.

No surprise: Torlakson may well lose his re-election campaign to Marshall Tuck, the reformer from L.A., in November without the support of the well-funded teacher unions.

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald is the latest NFL player to be arrested for domestic violence, but won’t be the last.

Finally, California Public Utilities Commission-appointed judges ruled that PG&E should pay a record $1.4 billion for the horrific natural gas explosion that destroyed a San Bruno neighborhood four years ago next week.

Jennifer Nutting might ride a wave of voter revenge to the polls, but in this case, she deserves it.

Union lobbyists and attorneys contended SB 52 would have imposed untenable burdens on labor donors, and drove the final spike into the bill.

Appeal to an assemblyman, hire a good lobbyist, get an exemption.

On this, the first Monday in September, the United States celebrates Labor Day, a tribute to American workers. It’s a traditional demarcation for the end of summer and millions of working Americans get the day off. They may even contemplate the state of the worker in the United States while doing so.

Proposition 46 raises important issues about drug-using doctors and patients who are addicts, but is not a good solution.

Thank you, President Lyndon B. Johnson – for signing the Wilderness Act on Sept. 3, 1964

Elk Grove puts in a bid to compete with Sacramento for MLS.

Sacramento’s finance director is best positioned to keep the pension system sustainable.

Some legislation would be better off dead.

Yet nearly 7 million California workers, many of them on the bottom economic rungs, don’t have access to it. Assembly Bill 1522 by Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, would fix that.

Fast-food chain’s purchase of Tim Hortons and move to Canada make the case for closing corporate tax loopholes.

The mayor and police chief know the department must reflect the community.

Former Assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh observed that legislators inexplicably considered themselves invisible. They’re not.

Earthquakes are an inescapable fact of California life. So are calls for vigilance once the shaking stops.

Bills to create a system for managing groundwater are being undermined before they come up for final votes as early as today in the Senate and Assembly. The legislation would establish a framework to assess, manage and protect groundwater through local agencies.

Attorney General Kamala Harris almost certainly will lead California’s Department of Justice for the next four years, appropriately so. The weakened California Republican Party failed to recruit a candidate to seriously challenge Harris’ re-election to the most important statewide office that is not governor or Supreme Court justice.

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