Jack Ohman sees Thomas Jefferson’s tweets. Read 140 characters of 1776 fun here.
This is what Sacramento needs from its new police chief: Only a reformer will do, and the path before Daniel Hahn, the next chief of the Sacramento Police Department, is daunting to say the least.
Sacramento’s teen ‘killing zone’ isn’t just tragic. It’s a call to action. We should be outraged – and more than a little ashamed – that 114 teens have been killed by violence in Sacramento since 2007 and 42 killings remain unsolved. It should renew a call to action for law enforcement, community leaders and elected officials – everyone who cares about Sacramento.
Erika D. Smith: Welcome to California’s new normal. Thanks to climate change, the list of activities I can’t – or really shouldn’t – do this summer has suddenly gotten very long.
Sergio Lopez: In the music of Springsteen, Dylan, Elvis and the Beatles, the son of Mexican immigrants finds a version of America he can call his own.
David Freed: For those unfortunate enough to live in states more vulnerable to Donald Trump’s presidential disaster, a Californian sends condolences, via postcard.
Joe Mathews: California used to be proud to be part of the United States, but these days, the rest of the country seems to celebrate not just different values, but a different reality. America, it’s you, not me.
Anders Gyllenhaal: After a century of building free speech rights into our laws and culture, Americans are backing away from one of the country’s defining principles.
John Berthelsen: The words of the First Amendment may be 45 of the the most important ever written. Those who doubt the value of those freedoms of religion, speech, the press, assembly and petitioning for redress of grievances might look to Asia, where I work, and where tragic things take place in the absence of an effective Bill of Rights.
Michael Eggman: Protesting isn’t enough for California Democrats. Those who oppose President Donald Trump need to work to flip seven U.S. House seats held by Republicans in districts that Hillary Clinton won.
Ben Boychuk: The chief claim for the $15 an hour minimum wage is that it would raise living standards for millions of workers in the retail and food-service industries. But that may not be true. The market may not be able to bear it.
Mercury News: Stop the Delta tunnel folly. California can meet its water needs and save the Delta with more conservation, recycling and underground and above-ground storage, where it is environmentally and economically sound.
San Francisco Chronicle: Legislators who voted for Assembly Bill 1250, and the unions backing it, don’t really want counties to hire private contractors. Introduced by Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, passed by the Assembly largely along party lines, and scheduled for state Senate consideration next week, the legislation might as well be called the “Government Payroll Protection Act.”
LA Times: What’s the right minimum wage? We still don’t have the answer.
Orange County Register: Occupational licensing laws increase costs to consumers, restrict employment opportunities and make it difficult for people to work in other states. While little has been done to curb even the excesses of licensing laws in California, momentum appears to be building across the country to undo licensing schemes which do little to benefit the public.
Charlotte Observer: A Republican lawmaker wanted to take the first step toward impeaching Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, a Democrat. North Carolinians, regardless of their political persuasion, should be outraged at the depths to which political acrimony has sunk in their state legislature. It’s poisonous and it’s dangerous, and it is not limited to an action against the secretary of state.
Eugene Robinson: We are fortunate, in a sense, that President Donald Trump’s lack of focus and his anger-management issues keep getting in the way of his policy agenda, given that the agenda is so wrongheaded. But that is an awfully thin silver lining in a very thick cloud.
Charles M. Blow: One of the primary motivators for President Donald Trump is the absolute erasure of Barack Obama – were it possible – not only from the political landscape but also from the history books.
Gail Collins: While the president is floundering in the health care crisis, there’s Energy Week, and what passes in this administration for a feel-good theme – “energy dominance.” Energy Secretary Rick Perry is very happy.
Michael Gerson: Winners trusted with the highest office are rude and belittling. They always insist on getting their way. And they are the angriest, neediest people in the room.
Charles Krauthammer: In sports, the pleasure of winning is less than the pain of losing. Any parent can attest to that. What surprises is how often it applies to battle-hardened professionals making millions.
Trudy Rubin: It was necessary to warn the Assad regime off any further use of chemical weapons in order to avoid a massive U.S. military retaliation. But without a clear plan for what comes after the fall of Raqqa, the United States could get drawn deeper into the Syrian civil war.
Letters to the editor
“Yvonne Walker’s op-ed trivializes CalPERS’ colossal debt by comparing 17 years of systemic failure to the weather. In 1999, CalPERS had a $33 billion surplus. In 2016, it had $111 billion in debt. There’s no end in sight.” – Chuck Reed, former San Jose mayor
Tweet of the day
“This is not a president. This is a patient.” – Howard Weaver, @howardweaver, reacting to Trump’s latest tweet fit.