Heavy lobbying aside, here are bills that might actually help kids and families: School start times, expanded family leave, sanctions against sexual harassment, and restrictions on child marriage are worth an aye vote.
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Shawn Hubler: With climate change upon us, where’s the safest place in California to live?
Joe Mathews: Forget mass deportation. Give California its own residency program.
Dan Walters, CalMatters: The Legislature began the final, furious days of its 2017 session with hundreds of bills still in limbo, including housing measures that everyone considers vitally important to the state’s future. Where is the governor during this uncertain period? He’s thousands of miles away, in Vladivostok.
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: Many ‘Dreamers’ are more American than President Trump. They pay taxes (we still don’t know to what extent Trump does). They serve in the Army (which Trump has never done). They haven’t attacked the dignity of other people because of their race or nationality.
Susan Talamantes Eggman and Michael D. Tubbs: CSU needs to put a campus in Stockton. Over the past 30 years, the state has built more than 20 prisons, but only four university campuses. Considering that Stockton is nearly three times farther from a CSU or UC campus than any other large city in California, it is no wonder we have a higher education gap.
Barry Moline: A plan would change the governing board of the California Independent System Operator, which runs the electric transmission grid for nearly 80 percent of California and keeps reliable power flowing to homes and businesses. It needs to be thoroughly vetted in public.
Jack Ohman goes to group therapy with Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump. Get the diagnosis here.
On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, your opinion-politics newsletter.
Take a number: 1.8 percent
If a new projection turns out to be accurate, the overall crime rate in the U.S. will decline by about 1.8 percent in 2017. That means the rate would be the second lowest since 1990, the Brennan Center for Justice said in a preliminary report released Wednesday. It also estimates that violent crime will decrease by 0.6 percent, thanks in part to numbers stabilizing in Chicago and Washington, D.C., which have been hit by homicide spikes recently. So much for the crime wave that President Trump and his allies stoke fear about, both to justify crackdowns on undocumented immigrants and also to attack Democratic mayors, like Rahm Emanuel in Chicago. There are local variations, of course, in crime and murder rates. California’s largest cities are projected to have mostly slight declines. – Foon Rhee, @foonrhee
San Francisco Chronicle: With a little more than a week of legislating left in the year, Sacramento’s belated answer to the housing crisis is taking shape with all the speed and certainty of a California apartment complex — that is, virtually none.
The Mercury News: AB 1250, perhaps the worst legislation this year, should have died months ago. Instead, it cleared another Senate committee on Friday as legislators race to finish business by Sept. 15.
Orange County Register: A bill that would allow local governments to impose fees for stormwater projects without voter approval passed the Assembly by one vote and is now on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. He should veto it.
San Diego Union-Tribune: The pillorying of Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein for suggesting last week that Donald Trump could “learn and change” and become “a good president” shows how invested many in the left are in the politics of outrage and umbrage. Trump may embody qualities that many progressives hate, but – as Feinstein said – he’s likely to remain president until 2021.
Chicago Sun Times: Since the mid-1970s, the number of hurricanes such as Irma that reach Category 4 and 5 in strength — the max — has roughly doubled. We deny that truth at our peril.
Frank Bruni: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is 40, but is still a high performer thanks to his diet and exercise regimen. But he has suffered concussions, which is a dark irony because his brain is probably the most crucial element of his record-breaking feats.
E.J. Dionne Jr.: The thing President Trump cares about is what others think of him. So he’ll adjust his views again and again to serve his ends as circumstances change. This is the most straightforward explanation for the fiasco created by the president’s mean-spirited decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Dana Milbank: Liberal activist Desiree Fairooz is now being put on trial a second time by the Justice Department because she laughed at Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his confirmation hearing. Specifically, she laughed at a line about Sessions “treating all Americans equally under the law.”
“Place monuments to Jefferson Davis and Southern congressmen in dust heaps, but leave monuments to fighting men, many conscripted, even if their country was the Confederacy.” – Jim Ramsey, Red Bluff