Sacramento County doesn’t need more sprawl. Is Elk Grove listening? There’s already plenty of land in Sacramento County where developers can build. To improve air quality and address climate change, officials should be encouraging more infill housing, not more suburban subdivisions. Sprawl is not the answer to California’s affordable housing crisis. And officials should be protecting farmland and open space, and preserving water supply. Sacramento County’s Local Agency Formation Commission should reject a proposal to add 1,165 acres south of Elk Grove to the city’s planning area. Read more.
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Columns & op-eds
Foon Rhee: SpaceX had a big launch. California is taxing it. California is the only state with such a tax on space transportation companies. Assemblyman Tom Lackey, a Palmdale Republican whose district is a center of California’s $62 billion aerospace industry, is trying to block the “space tax.” Read more.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: “I hate guns,” 7-year-old Ava Rose Olsen explained to the president in her little girl’s scrawl. “One ruined my life and took my best friend. I don’t want that to ever happen again. Are you going to keep kids safe?” Read more.
Dan Walters, CALmatters: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died of a heart attack in December and predictably, in a city where politics are a blood sport, politicians have been waging guerrilla war over his successor. Meanwhile, 382 miles to the southeast, Los Angeles’ police chief and superintendent of schools announced their resignations this month, igniting sharp maneuvering over who will fill two high-profile positions affecting the daily lives of millions. Read more.
Miyoko Sakashita: Sacramento is where Californians will make our stand to protect the Pacific and other oceans from the Trump administration’s dangerous offshore oil drilling plans. The only federal hearing in our state is on Thursday, and we intend to make it count. We must protect not just the Pacific coast from oil drilling, but the entire U.S. coastline by rolling back this extreme proposal and the carbon bomb it would trigger. Read more.
Jose A. Gomez: I write this as the first flurry of acceptances have begun to reach hopeful applicants to our California State University campuses. These admission notifications represent the aspirations of thousands of prospective students who recognize the transformative power of a CSU degree. We’re eager to welcome our new students in the fall. But there are still too many areas where students aren’t getting the support they need, early on, to take advantage of higher education. This is the case not only in parts of Los Angeles, where I work, but in underserved regions throughout California, which is why an initiative we’re trying might be of interest elsewhere in the state. Cal State and the YMCA want that to change. Read more.
Dan Lungren: If you live in Oakland, brace yourself. In the city’s lawsuit with six other California municipalities and counties against petroleum companies, Oakland states that man-made global warming is an ongoing threat that will culminate in 66 inches of sea level rise by century’s end, threatening the local economy with as much as $38 billion in property damage. In lawsuits, they demand that petroleum companies pay for climate-change-induced rising sea levels. But if you are an investor looking to buy Oakland’s municipal bonds, the outlook is sunnier. California cities can’t have it both ways. Read more.
Lexington Herald-Leader: All eyes are on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as the deadline approaches for his promised debate on the fate of young undocumented immigrants, including up to 5,459 in Kentucky, who were brought to this country as children. More is needed from McConnell than just keeping his promise to allow a vote, however. McConnell also must lead, even though it means clashing with the Trump White House. Read more.
San Luis Obispo Tribune: For a moment, swallow your outrage over the “Lady Doritos” controversy and ponder this: How does PepsiCo. plan to make crispy chips sound less crunchy? If it involves making them a little less crisp, then not only is that a really sexist, stupid and regressive idea – hello, 1950s! – it’s also a sacrilege to do that to a food as tasty as the Dorito. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: Marijuana is now legal under California law, but hundreds of thousands of Californians have criminal records for possessing or selling the drug when it was still banned. Those records can make it harder for people to get a job, obtain a loan, go to college, rent an apartment or otherwise become productive. Proposition 64 created a process to have certain pot convictions reduced or expunged entirely. Yet only about 4,900 have filed petitions in the first year. Some prosecutors in California aren’t waiting for petitions. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: On Monday, state lawmakers guaranteed job protections to legislative employees who report sexual harassment or other legal or ethical transgressions by fellow employees or lawmakers. The unanimous votes illustrate the Legislature knows far it needs to go to repair its tarnished image – a problem whose scope still remains unclear. Read more.
Philadelphia Inquirer: It’s been been a topsy-turvy time in Philadelphia since the Super Bowl LII clock ran down to zero Sunday night and the Eagles secured a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots. Thousands of fans took to the streets in mostly orderly fashion, though the kidnapping of mannequins and more than one light pole were reported. And we haven’t even had the parade yet. Read more.
David Brooks, New York Times: Britain was roiled by economic and demographic changes between 1820 and 1848, but political leaders responded. We Americans have not mobilized as the 19th-century Britons did in their moment of crisis. Read more.
Frank Bruni, New York Times: I did not clap during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, not because I’m rooting against America. It’s because I’m rooting for it – and believe that we deserve better than a leader who uses language as sloppily and poisonously as Trump does. Read more.
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times: Katie Roiphe’s new essay in Harper’s Magazine, “The Other Whisper Network: How Twitter Feminism Is Bad for Women,” faults parts of the #MeToo movement for excessive hostility toward men, and for accepting all accusations at face value. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: Stocks rise and fall, but the recent sell-off shows the ultimate folly of the president’s fact-free existence. For a year, he took credit for stock market gains that were the continuation of a nine-year bull market. Now, the market is, arguably, beginning to react to Trump’s actual policies. Read more.
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post: For some restrictionists, anything that allows illegal immigrants to lawfully remain in the United States – by giving them permanent legal status, with or without a path to citizenship – amounts to amnesty. Read more.
Kathleen Parker, Washington Post: Glee over Tom Brady’s humiliation in the Super Bowl was widespread across social media. No matter what else he does, he will always be a cheater in the minds of many football fans. Read more.
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