A first-of-its-kind coalition, called Behavioral Health Action, will launch at the state Capitol on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. More than 50 statewide organizations will seek to elevate mental health issues and urge statewide candidates to address them this year.
A June 13, 2018, panel on police use of excessive force in San Francisco had to be canceled when hecklers refused to stop screaming and chanting, even for District Attorney George Gascon and Assemblywoman Shirley Weber who back AB 931 and their cause.
California has been vocal in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, but few new laws so far have come of the movement against sexual harassment. Some two dozen bills have been introduced by state lawmakers. A number of them must pass to get cultural change.
In the June 5, 2018, California primary, Republicans falsely accused Fullerton Democratic Sen. Josh Newman of being a swing vote on the state gas tax, and Democrats tarred Assemblyman Rocky Chavez as a big spender after he’d crossed party lines to help extend cap and trade.
There is nowhere in the United States where someone working a minimum wage job full time can afford to rent a decent two-bedroom apartment. Certainly not California, where you have to make $32.68 an hour.
California’s broken promises on universal preschool demonstrate the gap between progressive rhetoric and reactionary reality. Maybe Gavin Newsom, the likely next governor who has four kids younger than 9, will finally follow through.
Forty years ago, Jerry Brown, the product of Vietnam and Watergate, embodied a new politics of austerity. In 2018, Gavin Newsom, the product of anti-Trump discord, wants to expand government programs for health care, housing and more.
For a year, Sacramento has been debating a cannabis equity program that would help minority entrepreneurs from neighborhoods that were targeted during the drug war. After another delay at the Sacramento City Council meeting, it will take even longer.
Kim Jong Un just got one of the most coveted invitations for any foreign leader — a White House visit. That would make Kim the latest in a string of despots and dictators who over the years get to pose for an Oval Office grip and grin.
Venture capitalist Tim Draper’s latest plan to break up California is on the November 2018 ballot. This time he wants to split the Golden State into Three Californias. The plan hinges on the canard that this state can’t be governed. It also has huge legal obstacles.
San Joaquin County supervisors were right to establish an independent medical examiner’s office, which takes effect on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Ending the sheriff-coroner system is a reform that other California counties and other parts of the nation should embrace.