Jack Ohman says that the Delta tunnel lawyers are running. Check out the migration here.
Shawn Hubler: Kathy Kneer made California a national leader on Planned Parenthood. Kneer has had as much as any politician to do with California’s national leadership on family planning. She’s also a testament to the way real change really happens – not overnight, but bit by bit, year by year, step by step.
Erika D. Smith: Better known as One Leg Chuck because, well, he only has one leg, Sacramento resident Chuck Taormina typically sings and plays guitar in San Francisco, where he is licensed to perform up to 22 days a month.
Bill Whalen: George Dunn, Pete Wilson’s chief of staff for his final two years as governor, was a fixture in California policy-making for the past 35 years both inside and outside of government. He was smart, sophisticated and kind, which is why many will turn out for his memorial service Thursday.
Rep. John Garamendi: The real environmental danger of the twin tunnels goes far beyond their construction and endangered salmon and smelt. The amount of water the tunnels are capable of conveying represents an existential threat to the Delta.
Father Gregory J. Boyle: Court fees punish the poor for being poor, worsening poverty without improving justice. That’s why Homeboy Industries and the East Bay Community Law Center are supporting Public Counsel in the case of Velia Dueñas, a mother of two with cerebral palsy who went to jail and got a suspended license because she couldn’t afford to pay her mounting court fees.
Todd Suntrapak: The cuts in the Senate health care bill will not only affect children on Medicaid. Because of the expertise involved, children with life-threatening, complex health conditions rely on the same specialists, regardless of who pays for their medical care.
Take a number: 18 percent
While 87 percent of Californians report having high-speed internet access at home, 18 percent say it’s only through a smartphone, more than double the number two years ago, according to a survey out this week. The Berkeley IGS poll found that broadband access is more widely available in coastal cities than in inland rural areas. There are also big gaps based on income, and for those without access, about 70 percent say it’s because of cost or because they don’t own a smart phone or a computer. The poll is being cited by supporters of Assembly Bill 1665, a bill by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella. The bill would authorize the California Public Utilities Commission to collect $330 million from telephone users to support broadband infrastructure in poor and rural communities. The bill has a hearing July 3 before the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications. – Foon Rhee, @foonrhee
East Bay Times: When police armed with a search warrant seek company records about a driver suspected of sexually battering a female passenger, one would think Uber would promptly comply. But the company’s institutional arrogance knows no bounds — even after sexual harassment complaints at the company led to the firing of 20 workers and the resignation last week of company CEO Travis Kalanick.
Los Angeles Times: Alphabet Inc.’s most successful product – the Google search engine – may now be its most problematic. On Tuesday, the European Commission’s top antitrust regulator levied a $2.7 billion fine against Alphabet and Google for the way the search engine handles requests for information about products.
Orange County Register: Asked to decide whether a band name using pejorative slang could be deprived of trademark protections, the U.S. Supreme Court correctly ruled in defense of the band – and of the First Amendment. Let’s hope the decision will herald the high-water mark of America’s speech-policing movement.
San Diego Union-Tribune: The San Diego Unified School board’s decision on Tuesday to delay Superintendent Cindy Marten’s plan to delete nearly all emails older than six months on July 1 is a welcome display of rationality. Nevertheless, this remains a baffling act by Marten. The state’s second-largest school district isn’t nearly as transparent as it should be.
Raleigh News & Observer: The Republicans in the General Assembly who’ve run that body like schoolyard bullies since 2011 will run over Gov. Roy Cooper’s right-minded veto of their budget. But the governor was right to do what he did.
Lexington Herald Leader: A lot of Kentuckians and West Virginians plaster their vehicles and bodies with “Friends of Coal.” But the friendship is not mutual, as an industry group is proving by trying to sabotage U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers’ RECLAIM Act.
E.J. Dionne Jr.: President Donald Trump and Congress have yet to address a single major problem the country faces. Everything is secondary to the GOP’s two opening legislative priorities: gutting Obamacare, and passing a tax cut.
Nicholas Kristof: Choose almost any modern country, and its people pay less for health care and its children are more likely to survive. Should we really be paying senators a base rate of $174,000 a year to preside over such bad results?
Ross Douthat: As Western politics has become more extreme and a generation raised on Hogwarts more politically engaged, the Harry Potter novels have been embraced ever more fervently as political allegories and moral manuals for our times.
Thomas L. Friedman: Asia-Pacific business and political leaders have taken President Donald Trump’s measure and concluded that he’s a sucker who’s shrinking U.S. influence in this region and helping make China great again.
“Yes, Sacramento policemen should move – move to a place where they are respected and appreciated for the difficult and dangerous job they do.” – Bill Jurkovich, Citrus Heights
Billionaires take sides
Fundraising for the 2018 campaign for California superintendent of public instruction is in full swing. Though the office has little direct power, the race will be fascinating to watch. Democrat Marshall Tuck, an advocate of charter public schools, raised $358,000 in June in donations of $1,000 or more. Tuck’s notable donors include billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who gave him $14,600. The teachers’ union choice seems to be Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond. The American Federation of Teachers gave him $7,000, and the California Federation of Teachers gave him $14,600. Billionaire Tom Steyer, a potential candidate for some office, is aligning himself with teachers union candidate, chipping $5,000 into Thurmond’s campaign.