Mayor Darrell Steinberg has a plan to build tiny houses, and lots of them, for the homeless. The mayor suggests the city and county use 750 to 1,000 rental vouchers to entice developers to build as many as 1,000 tiny homes to house the homeless. Read more.
Dan Walters, CALmatters: While authorizing union representation, the Dills Act did not require workers who didn’t belong to unions to pay dues, the brief by Attorney General Xavier Becerra notes, and state employees did not join. Five years later, just before leaving the governorship, Jerry Brown signed another bill requiring the agency fees now at issue. Read more.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: Democrats said they would not vote to fund the government until the GOP acted to save young immigrants brought illegally to this country as children – Dreamers – from deportation. Three days later, they folded like a baby stroller. Read more.
David Ulin: It’s not that I’m a Luddite, at least not exactly, although I don’t particularly trust technology. I do pay some bills (credit cards, school and housing fees for my children) by phone or internet, and I often receive payment via direct deposit, which is one of the great cultural innovations of our time. The act of writing checks, however – it is if not exactly soothing then grounding in a very active sense. Read more.
Surina Khan and Peter Long: #MeToo must also mean stopping domestic violence. Today, 40 percent of California women experience domestic violence in their lifetimes and 10 percent of homicides in 2015 were tied to domestic violence. Read more.
Lexington Herald-Leader: Tuesday morning, two families sent their young teens off to another day of high school in Marshall County. It turned out to be their last. Details are scarce, but about 8 a.m., within the space of 10 or 15 minutes, a 15-year-old student at the school apparently used a handgun to kill those two classmates and wound at least a dozen more. Read more.
Kansas City Star: Missourians who have followed Gov. Eric Greitens for the past year will not be surprised by the governor’s new budget. Greitens – who frequently reminds voters of his courage and his service as a Navy SEAL – has decided to slash at two of the most politically defenseless groups in the state, students and the poor. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: For the last year, California lawmakers have rightly made solving the housing crisis a top priority. They passed several bills during the last legislative session to streamline development permits for builders in order to ease the shortage of available residential units, and to fund low-income housing developments. Now Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has proposed perhaps the biggest bill of them all – SB 827 – empowering the state to override local zoning laws to let developers build taller and more densely around rail stations and bus lines. Wiener is right. Read more.
Orange County Register: The first phase of California’s high-speed rail project is estimated to cost $2.8 billion more than previously thought, according to the California High Speed Rail Authority. The revised price for the 119-mile Central Valley portion of the project is not the first time estimated costs have proven too optimistic. Read more.
San Jose Mercury News: When Californians overwhelmingly approved Proposition 1 in 2014, voters made clear their desire for additional water storage in anticipation of future droughts. Opportunities to build significant storage occur only once or twice in a century. The state must not let this one slip away. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Schumer Shutdown? Trump Shutdown? Honestly, it doesn’t matter. The brief U.S. government shutdown that started at midnight on Friday and ended on Monday won’t even rate an asterisk in history books, while the weekend’s other big story – the second annual wave of women’s marches that swept hundreds of thousands of women and men into city streets coast to coast – merits a mention in any chapter on our “Me Too” era of empowerment. Read more.
Bloomberg View: California is trying to come to grips with its housing crisis. It's unclear if Californians will allow it to succeed. In addition to a slew of bills intended to make housing more affordable signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last fall, various campaigns are under way to put affordability initiatives on the November ballot. Meanwhile, the legislature greeted the new year with the introduction of still more proposals. Read more.
Detroit Free Press: Although neither she nor the trustees she reports to appear prepared to acknowledge it, Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon’s tenure as leader of the institution she has presided over for 13 years has come to an effective end. Viewers around the world were transfixed by the sentencing hearing in which former MSU physician Larry Nassar’s victims confronted him and the university that enabled his reign of terror. Read more.
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times: If Donald Trump’s election taught us anything, it’s that passion matters, and that people respond when they see a leader who is willing to champion them even when it’s risky. That’s why it was so infuriating to see the Senate Democratic leadership sell the Dreamers out. Read more.
Paul Krugman, New York Times: The U.S. government shut down temporarily even though the same party controls both Congress and the White House. Why? Because when it comes to President Trump, a deal isn’t a deal – it’s just words he feels free to ignore a few days later. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: Twenty-five senators, from both parties, rediscovered their role as lawmakers. They crafted a deal over the weekend that offers a possible path forward on immigration and helped end the government shutdown. Read more.
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post: “Democrats.” “Murder.” “Illegal immigrants.” Those radioactive buzzwords in an ad released by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign likely brought the shutdown to a screeching halt. Read more.
Kathleen Parker, Washington Post: Donald Trump has spent a considerable amount of time and energy demonizing the media. If you’re a disturbed 19-year-old, then maybe you hear a call to arms from the commander in chief. Read more.