The buck doesn’t stop with bureaucrats. Here’s who is to blame for homelessness in Sacramento: Getting homeless people into care and housing comes down to leadership. We need more of it from Sacramento’s supervisors.
Jack Ohman flies in with Steve Bannon at the California GOP convention. Get a bird’s eye view here.
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Foon Rhee: Enough with Trump’s condolence call. What about the soldiers he’s sending to war? What hasn’t received nearly enough attention is how Trump is sending more U.S. soldiers into harm’s way – including a reported 4,000 to America’s longest war in Afghanistan and 300 California Army National Guard members in Jordan – and giving the military more freedom on rules for combat.
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: President Nicolas Maduro has shown that elections in Venezuela have become, much like in Cuba, irrelevant.
Ashley Snee Giovannettone: George W. Bush spoke the truth. So why did Steve Bannon have a problem with that?
Peter Tateishi: For 50 years, Sacramento International Airport has been a powerful economic engine. Its future growth and expansion is critical to meeting the demands of our growing population, tourism and business community.
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This should simple: people should not be able to buy a gun without going through a background check. If they have a history of mental illness, domestic violence or criminal convictions, the purchase should be denied.
And yet Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, a Republican who aspires to be that state’s governor, refused to enforce an initiative approved by Nevada voters last November to require background checks in private party sales. Attorneys for Nevadans for Background Checks, which sponsored the measure to close the so-called gun-show loophole, sued earlier this month to force the state to comply with the voters’ will.
We bring this up in light of an intriguing study by researchers led by Ellicott Matthay of UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, assisted by others including Garen Wintemute, of UC Davis’ Violence Prevention Research Program.
The study published online in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine looked at hundreds of gun shows between 2005 and 2013 in Nevada, with its lax gun laws, and California, which has strict background check requirements.
Firearm injury rates remained stable in regions near California gun shows in the two weeks after the California shows. But after Nevada gun shows, firearm injury rates increased by 70 percent on the California side of the state line, translating to 30 more firearm-related deaths. The researchers could not trace the firearms back to Nevada. However, the coincidence is striking.
Chicago Tribune: How does the $2 billion offer for Amazon stack up? Compared to Wisconsin’s cash-rich offer, the $2 billion offer to Amazon from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner — depending on how all the details shake out — seems reasonable. We’re still choking on the concept of Illinois giving money to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, one of the world’s richest guys, but some poker games are worth the high stakes.
San Francisco Chronicle: Confronted by two state investigations, a roiling stock price and circling lawyers, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is facing its deepest crisis ever. Its wind-whipped power lines, stretching through miles of North Bay backcountry, may be the cause of one of California’s worst wildfires, blamed for at least 42 deaths and 5,200 lost homes.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Before this fades into memory — and many will soon return to a comfortable state of denial — everyone should plan for the next disaster, whatever it is and whenever it occurs.
L.A. Times: The Times supports the full two-tunnel project as best able to provide the state what it needs, but if it can’t get built we need something that can. It’s now up to Jerry Brown — with his unparalleled political capital, but entering the final year of his uniquely long tenure as California’s leader — to decide how much less is still enough.
Charles M. Blow: There is no limit to the questioning of women in the Donald Trump universe, no matter how high those women have risen, no matter the merits of their claims, particularly if the women are black or brown or if they have directly challenged Trump.
David Brooks: You engage fanaticism with love, first, for your own sake. If you succumb to the natural temptation to greet this anger with your own anger, you’ll just spend your days consumed by bitterness and revenge. You’ll be a worse person in all ways.
Michael Gerson: The problem is not just the president’s constant lies. It is the dismissal of reason and objectivity as inherently elitist and partisan. It is the invitation to supporters to live entirely within Trump’s dark, divisive, dystopian version of reality.
Paul Krugman: We are ruled by men who never admit error, never apologize and, crucially, never learn from their mistakes. Needless to say, men who think admitting error makes you look weak just keep making bigger mistakes; delusions of infallibility eventually lead to disaster.
David Leonhardt: Driverless cars tap deep into the human psyche. We want to be in control, or at least to give control to trained professionals, like doctors. We don’t want computers to be in charge.
Eugene Robinson: Like most Americans, I had no idea that roughly 800 U.S. troops were deployed in the arid, landlocked West African nation, where four soldiers were killed in an ambush on Oct. 4. Much more troubling is the fact that many key members of Congress – including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. – were clueless as well.
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate had seven prior felony convictions and an outstanding felony warrant while he was in custody. No such person who was a citizen would ever be released by any law enforcement agency. – Paul Greisen, Sacramento
Quote of the day
California Republican Party Chair Jim Brulte tells The Take the GOP is “working” on recruiting a candidate to run against U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2018. Brulte’s assessment of the two main Democrats running so far: “Kevin de León is no Bernie Sanders and Dianne Feinstein is no Hillary Clinton.”