Here’s how Jerry Brown can help protect vulnerable people in nursing homes. If nursing home operators alter evidence and are caught, they ought to be made to pay a price, and a bill on the governor’s desk would do that. Meanwhile, he should veto two bills that would undermine confidence in elections and ugly up cities to please AT&T.
Bill Whalen: If the left’s goal is to sway Nancy Pelosi, here’s how to do it.
David Ulin: What does it say that the most inspiring thing about the NFL is a player who’s not even in the league?
Jennifer Fearing: Helping a homeless dog? Easy. But what does one do to help a homeless person? Most Sacramentans have no idea what helps the homeless or where to direct vulnerable people. It shouldn’t be this hard.
Joe Mathews: This Sonoma County town is booming. And the reason has nothing to do with wine.
Mark Daniel Snyder: It said male on my birth certificate, and I was raised as a boy. However, for as far back as I can remember, I never imagined myself growing up to be a man or a woman.
Ted Gaines: California could attract Amazon, but only if it makes big changes. Amazon wants to start quickly, but the abused and manipulated California Environmental Quality Act can add years to a project, with endless, unpredictable lawsuits.
Take a number: $4.057 billion
Not to imply that President Donald Trump’s “massive tax cut” will be a latter day showdown at Gucci Gulch. It’s certainly not a Reaganesque tax overhaul, but President Ronald Reagan proposed the last major overhaul of the federal tax system in 1986. It was a huge deal, made more extraordinary because it raised taxes on corporations and the very rich, Reagan’s friends, unlike Trump’s which will benefit the uber-rich and corporations. But 1986 was a simpler time. The total cost of congressional campaigns was not quite $330 million in 1984, Bloomberg’s Albert R. Hunt noted in the introduction to “Showdown at Gucci Gultch,” the classic book about that battle, suggesting that money ruled the day. How quaint. The Center for Responsive Politics counted the cost of congressional races in 2016 at $4.057 billion, not counting the dark money that can never be fully tallied.
San Diego Union-Tribune: This may wind up as San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s Katrina, but it’s clear all five San Diego County supervisors were asleep at the switch, too. This month, after lacking it for months, city and county officials finally showed a sense of urgency – ramping up vaccination, sanitation and education – to fight the nation’s worst hepatitis A outbreak since a vaccine was rolled out in 1995. Now, San Diego officials have expanded sidewalk power-washing far beyond its downtown core – as cases crop up in Orange, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz counties as well as across San Diego County, from El Cajon to Chula Vista to Oceanside. One-third of our county’s 461 cases are neither homeless nor illicit drug users.
L.A. Times: The massive Newhall Ranch project in northern Los Angeles County may be one of the most environmentally friendly suburban developments ever planned in California.
Charlotte Observer: Perhaps what is most unsettling about Georgia’s possible execution of a black man despite blatant racial bias against him is how many people were so quick to wash their hands of the matter. Keith Tharpe was to be executed Tuesday night for the 1990 killing of his sister-in-law, Jackie Freeman, but the U.S. Supreme Court delayed it at the last minute.
Lexington Herald Leader: Liberty Counsel, the Florida-based litigators who championed Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ unconstitutional stand against marriage equality, has weighed in on the protests by National Football League players — a controversy that had all but died until President Donald Trump reignited it by rubbing salt in racial wounds and calling for the athletes to be fired.
Miami Herald: The results of Tuesday’s special election in Miami-Dade brings two new faces to the Florida Legislature — and reveals a hairline crack in the Republican stronghold on Tallahassee. Needless to say, Florida Democrats are thrilled.
Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg View: The Trump tax plan could alienate blue-state Republicans, could increase the deficit, and cut taxes for the rich too much. These obstacles could be overcome, but at a price.
Dana Milbank: Of course, Tom Price shouldn’t be forced to fly commercial. It is high time we held government to a lower standard.
Eugene Robinson: Most of the Cabinet officials I’ve known over the years saw their jobs as a sacred trust. They felt deeply responsible toward the American people and the dedicated personnel in their agencies. For Tom Price, Scott Pruitt and Steve Mnuchin, apparently, it’s more about living large.
Andres Oppenheimer: President Trump’s slow, unenthusiastic and – yes – mean response to the humanitarian crisis facing Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria is astonishing. He seems oblivious to the fact that the 3.4 million people living there are Americans, in many cases more patriotic than he is.
“By his deeds, Colin Kaepernick serves America’s causes and decency. Bowing one’s head in silence on bended knee is not disrespect.” Spencer P. Le Gate, Sacramento