Freeways need help, motorists need assurances: The transportation deal announced by Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday warrants support. But there are cautionary notes. Money from a tax hike cannot be wasted.
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The case against casing Planned Parenthood: California’s decision to throw the book at David Daleiden may be as political, in its way, as crackdowns against undercover animal rights “stings” in farm states. And critics may find it excessive. But people died because of Daleiden’s hit job.
Erika D. Smith: President Donald Trump has ruined any chance for a calm, rational debate about immigration policy and sanctuary cities. His rants about creating a “deportation force,” and about Mexican immigrants being “rapists” and “criminals” have completely undercut the credibility of ICE.
Joe Mathews: The president’s opponents and allies have pointed to California as the place that produced Trumpism. They have a point but ...
Stephanie Luty Piazza: Key provisions of Assembly Bill 1220 would change the minimum amount of time for teachers to be considered for tenure from two years to three years, with the possibility of two additional years for teachers who are still developing their craft.
Jane Braxton Little: While the nation is facing a divisive assault on the environment, the Mount Shasta region is experiencing a surge of surprising grass-roots agreements that combine conservation measures while preserving and creating jobs.
Take a number: 73 percent
That’s the proportion of U.S. voters who want President Donald Trump to follow through on tax reform this year. But the Fox News poll released Wednesday finds that only 36 percent believe their taxes will go down in the new GOP administration, while 49 percent expect their taxes to increase. And for most Americans, they may be right, based on the tax cut plans put forward so far by the White House and House Republican leaders. – Foon Rhee, @foonrhee
San Francisco Chronicle: Internet privacy, at least what remains of it, is facing its severest test in years. On President Trump’s desk is a law giving major telecoms such as Verizon and Comcast the right to sell consumer browsing habits to the highest bidder.
San Jose Mercury News: The California Air Resources Board needs to put the brakes on Volkswagen’s plan for spending the $800 million settlement of its diesel emissions scandal.
San Diego Union Tribune: The state of California has staggering financial obligations. Its two largest pension systems have more than $170 billion in unfunded liabilities, a sum that is based on generous assumptions about future returns. Against this backdrop, it is stunning to see state lawmakers continue to propose new spending obligations.
Orange County Register: It is a sad indictment on the decline of discourse in this country when a rally in support of the president of the United States devolves into a brawl.
Los Angeles Times: Make no mistake, President Trump’s order Tuesday rolling back key Obama administration policies to combat global warming is a very bad step for the country, and for the world. As it is, U.S. efforts to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions need to be stronger if the planet is to avoid the worst effects of catastrophic climate change. Trump is taking an ignorant, head-in-the-sand approach.
Victorville Daily Press: Los Angeles Pierce College student Kevin Shaw filed a lawsuit against the college and the Los Angeles Community College District on Tuesday challenging Pierce and district policies that restrict free speech to tiny zones on campus. Good for you, Kevin. It’s about time somebody challenged these preposterous limitations on free speech on college campuses that are popping up across the country.
Raleigh News & Observer: That Devin Nunes is a hard-right conservative Republican is not the problem with his chairmanship of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee as it conducts an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Rather, the California congressman is demonstrating bad judgment.
Dana Milbank: President Donald Trump gave Speaker Paul Ryan little help in the House GOP’s effort to replace Obamacare. And now, Ryan finds himself shielding Trump from an investigation into Trump’s and his top advisers’ ties to Russia.
E.J. Dionne: President Donald Trump has no coherent approach to lifting up working-class Americans. But Democrats need to do more than just embarrass him about the tilt of his policies toward the best-off. They need to put serious thought and energy into pushing a comprehensive program to relieve economic insecurity across racial lines.
Frank Bruni: As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, is a principal sleuth in the paramount inquiry into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, and from all appearances, he either doesn’t want to know the answer or has determined it already – in President Donald Trump’s favor.
Thomas L. Friedman: Donald Trump is clearly out to make China great again. Just look at the facts.
Taking a peek
By a narrow 215-205 margin, the House approved legislation that if signed by President Donald Trump would roll back an Obama administration privacy rule and allow Comcast, Verizon and AT&T and the handful of internet providers see every website we visit, and use that information for marketing purposes.
It was a near-party-line vote. Republicans sided with the big Internet Service Providers, and Democrats opposed the measure, as do privacy advocates. Thirteen of California’s 14 congressional Republicans voted for it. The one hold-out: Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove.
We at The Take don’t often agree with McClintock. But he’s right on this one.