Gov. Jerry Brown’s online community college idea would opens real doors for workers. Don’t let lobbyists strangle it. Brown’s attempt to create an online community college that would compete with for-profit colleges comes as the President Donald Trump’s education secretary, Betsy DeVos, rolls back Obama administration efforts to rein in for-profit colleges. Read more.
President Trump wants to cut food stamps, in part by delivering a box of food the White House compares to Blue Apron. Joe Sanberg, a founder says that’s Orwellian. Read more.
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Columns & op-eds
Mike Dunbar, Modesto Bee: Before you write off Tom Steyer as another Bay Area elitist parachuting in to rub elbows with the common folk, you need to know this wasn’t his first trip to Modesto. He was here in 2016 to open a branch of his Beneficial State Bank. His wife, Kat Taylor, runs the bank. All of his branches are in “under-served” communities. Read more.
Markos Kounalakis, McClatchy D.C.: American-made arms regularly face off against American defense doppelgangers. Design plans for U.S. drones, spacecraft, planes, ships – you name it – are all regularly targeted and frequently stolen, copied and deployed by America’s competitors and enemies. Read more.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: Well folks, it looks like we may have an old-fashioned, down-to-the-wire political race this year for governor, something Californians haven’t seen for quite a few years. Antonio Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles, has pulled into a virtual tie with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the longtime front-runner. Read more.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: President Trump’s personal lawyer is willing to go above and beyond the call of duty, willing to write a six-figure check even if a claim isn’t true if it could damage his client. Read more.
Kate Karpilow: Good roads, good broadband – good child care? Sacramento needs infrastructure for families and kids. Read more.
Jamie Court: As self-driving cars are deployed beyond the testing phase, the state must mandate more disclosure of collisions and other incidents. A hearing in the Assembly Transportation Committee on Tuesday offers an opportunity for such a discussion. Read more.
Wayne Harris: Fraud and abuse by Wall Street bankers led to the Great Recession and huge losses for CalPERS. It is unfair to criticize hard-working public employees and their pensions, while union critics give Wall Street a free pass. Read more.
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California’s massive public pension funds should not divest from holdings based on political winds, with notable exceptions. One involves investments in companies that make assault weapons that are illegal under California law. That effort gained traction after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Let’s connect some dots: Read more.
Kansas City Star: Was Twitter complicit in Russian efforts to spread misinformation about the KKK at Mizzou? It’s past time for companies such as Twitter and Facebook to stop pretending they don’t serve the same role as radio, television and yes, newspapers. They are conduits for news. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: Everyone knows we can’t arrest our way out of homelessness. So why is L.A. still trying? Read more.
Orange County Register: In what appears to be the very definition of an out-of-control government agency, the staff of the South Coast Air Quality Management District has decided to pursue its own plan for raising the sales tax in four counties by a quarter-percent. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Heavy public use of mass transit is far better for the environment, reduces congestion and can be much cheaper for individuals. But political leaders in California strongly overestimate the public’s willingness to use mass transit or otherwise stop using their cars. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: The horrific 10-vehicle accident at the base of Fountain Grove Parkway in Santa Rosa raises critical questions about truck safety. Read more.
Joe Nocera, Bloomberg View: Preventing people from shooting guns that they don't own would reduce all sorts of violence, from suicides to accidental shootings by children to gun crimes that rely on stolen weapons. Why is the NRA so opposed to smart guns? Read more.
Maureen Dowd, New York Times: If the sight of slaughtered angels did not dent the nation’s conscience, could anything? We knew that other countries could stem mass killings, homicides and suicides with gun control and gun buybacks. But we didn’t care. Read more.
David Brooks, New York Times: Millennials of diverse backgrounds are often the most vibrant ones in the room. They’re a social type, the Amphibians – people who can thrive in radically different environments. Read more.
Paul Krugman, New York Times: Professional centrists, both-sides pundits, and news organizations have spent years refusing to acknowledge that the modern GOP is what it so clearly is, a party for plutocrats. Read more.
E.J. Dionne, Washington Post: On gun violence, the U.S. is a failed and corrupt state. This is the only conclusion to draw from the endless enraging replays of the same political paralysis, no matter how many children are gunned down at our schools. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: The proliferation and intermingling of President Trump scandals reduce the impact that any one of them would have by itself. Read more.
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post: Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, went to the White House. Palomarez has been ousted from the country’s oldest Hispanic business group amid accusations of sexual harassment and financial impropriety. Read more.
Kathleen Parker, Washington Post: David Hogg, a 17-year-old senior and school news director, interviewed fellow students during the Florida school massacre and recorded their thoughts about gun policy. Hogg could be the change agent many in the reform movement have been waiting for. Read more.
The San Diego Union-Tribune came to the defense of an excellent craft brewery, Stone Brewing, in its fight with MillerCoors, ending with a line about the true calling for Keystone Light. Something about watering plants. Truer words were never written. Read more.