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Erika D. Smith: In California, we know how dangerous Donald Trump is. We know his weaknesses as a president, and so many of us wish he would just go away. But be careful what you wish for.
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: Hurricane Irma is why we need a national conversation on climate change – now. Tomas Regalado, Miami’s mayor since 2009, says that he does not buy the claim by climate change skeptics that the unprecedented water rise in downtown Miami was an exceptional event. Too many weird climate events have been happening in the city in recent years.
Bill Boyce: Swordfish can be caught without killing other fish. It’s important that the Pacific Fishery Management Council take definitive action this week to help transition the commercial swordfish fleet from drift gillnets to deep-set buoy gear.
On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, your opinion-politics newsletter.
Take a number: 25.6 percent
California’s poverty rate last year was down from 2015, but it’s still higher than in 2007, before the recession. And as the California Budget & Policy Center pointed out Thursday, there’s a wide difference among the 53 counties. While the statewide rate for 2016 was 14.3 percent, poverty ranged from 6.5 percent to 25.6 percent. The rate was higher than 20 percent in nine counties, mostly in the Central Valley. The gap is even bigger for child poverty. The statewide rate last year was 19.9 percent, but ranged from 5.2 percent to 37.9 percent. The divide is mostly the wealthier coast vs. the poorer inland, a persistent gap that even determines the odds that a child will make it to the middle class. And we can’t lose sight of the actual people behind the numbers – more than 5.5 million Californians, including nearly 1.8 million children, lived in poverty last year. –Foon Rhee, @foonrhee
Miami Herald: There is little doubt that Irma turned the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills into a living hell — and now it seems clear that no one did enough to save those trapped inside without air conditioning — or called for help in time.
San Francisco Chronicle: From a bill to divulge state data to union organizers to an effort to bar nonprofits from any work that could conceivably go to a government employee, it’s been a banner year for California Democrats’ kowtowing to their labor underwriters — which, given their history of doing so, is saying a lot. The latest episode has the Legislature taking a shot across the hood of Tesla. We agree.
Mercury News: The House of Representatives’ bill governing self-driving vehicles has a hole in it big enough to drive an autopilot Mack truck through.
Los Angeles Times: With support from Caltech, UCLA, philanthropist Eli Broad and others, the California STEM school proposed in AB 1217 Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra and Sen. Anthony Portantino promises to be outstanding, the kind of well-funded, heavily enriched institution that affluent people would pay big money to send their kids to but that remains beyond the grasp of poor families.
Orange County Register: A bill to cut red tape for Olympics projects in Los Angeles and a new Clippers’ arena in Inglewood has been shelved, but political favoritism in development is not going away.
East Bay Times: While we very much appreciate Oakland A’s Team President Dave Kaval’s commitment to build a new ballpark in the city, he has chosen to do it the hard way because, he says, the revenue potential is greater. That’s his business decision. He shouldn’t expect taxpayers to subsidize it.
Kansas City Star: Yes, there’s something unseemly about the enticements that Amazon apparently expects from the city that will become home to Amazon’s “HQ2.”
Charles M. Blow: Trump enthusiasts and accommodators say that the time for outrage is term-limited, that at a point, complete opposition registers as unfair and unpatriotic. How is it, precisely, that right becomes less right and wrong less wrong simply by the passage of time and the weariness of repetition?
Gail Collins: On Tuesday President Trump had dinner with a few moderate Democrats and completely retooled his tax policy before dessert. On Wednesday Trump not only ditched his tax-cuts-for-the-wealthy plans, he claimed the rich might take a hit. But the only actual written-down Trump tax plan is a one-pager.
Michael Gerson: Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee mistreated Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at Notre Dame who is being considered for a position on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They displayed a confusion of the intellect so profound, a disregard for constitutional values so reckless, that it amounts to anti-religious bigotry.
Dana Milbank: The Democrats have become socialists. This became official, more or less, Wednesday afternoon, when Bernie Sanders rolled out his socialized health-care plan, Medicare for All, and he was supported by 16 of his Senate Democratic colleagues who signed on as co-sponsors.
Eugene Robinson: The question now is whether Democrats will continue to settle for half-measures or finally demand what the party has claimed to want for decades: fully universal health care as a right, not as a privilege.
“As the “father” of true high-speed rail, I regret its “horizon” isn’t now bright, unless the governor and Dan Richard restore 2008 promises to taxpayers.” – Quentin Kopp, San Francisco