California’s Dreamers are safe for now, but ICE raids target immigrants. It seems that Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to make a show that California isn’t off limits just because it has declared itself a sanctuary state. But proving a point is coming at a cost – unnecessarily frightening families and threatening entire communities. Read more.
Jack Ohman watches Donald Trump confront a gunman. See the bravery here, believe me.
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Andrew Malcolm, McClatchy D.C.: Forget sanctions and red lines. Fight cyber attacks with cyber retaliation. While we spend so much time properly worrying about North Korean ICBMs incinerating U.S. cities, we have other less lethal but quite crippling threats to worry about. Read more.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: One should never – repeat never – judge the true tenor of a political party by what happens at its convention, and last weekend’s Democratic gabfest was a case in point. It appears that rather than being representative of the party, convention goers are out of touch with their own voters, by huge margins. Read more.
Liz Bergeron: Rep. Tom McClintock’s Trojan horse of a mountain bike bill would put ‘wheels over wilderness.’ Read more.
Kurt Gensheimer: Don’t panic. This mountain biking bill by Tom McClintock is great for the wilderness. Read more.
Rick Frank: What California needs besides lawsuits to protect national monuments from Trump. Read more.
Takes on affordable housing
Former Mayor Heather Fargo: The city of Sacramento should borrow solutions from the past to build more affordable housing now. The city needs to grasp every opportunity to provide housing for low- and middle-income people throughout Sacramento. If it’s really a crisis, then require every new project to include some smaller or less expensive units. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board: Sen. Scott Weiner, D-San Francisco, is once again pushing bold housing legislation meant to end the shortage of shelter that has turned California into the poster child for American poverty. The howls that have met it from politicians in Los Angeles and San Francisco have amounted to the same old parochial not-in-my-back-yard arguments that have driven California’s housing shortage for decades. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat editorial board: Talk to local government officials about the shortage of affordable housing, and before long the conversation inevitably turns to redevelopment. The idea was to allow cities, and sometimes counties, to harness property tax dollars to upgrade blighted neighborhoods and commercial and industrial areas with an eye toward economic development. By law, one-fifth of the money was set aside for affordable housing. Read more.
In our most recent editorial on affordable housing in Sacramento, we supported Mayor Darrell Steinberg seeking proposals from developers to build 1,000 tiny homes. Read more.
Takes on Florida school shooting
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post: It’s been two weeks since the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead, and we’ve learned that much of what went wrong in that case had nothing to do with guns. Read more.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: In America, blacks and Muslims are automatically dangerous. People outside those demographic boxes are innocent until proven otherwise. Consider the carnage in Parkland, Fla. Read more.
Miami Herald editorial board: Arming teachers with guns will backfire. There are groups out there, some of whom President Trump claims to respect, who, like we do, think giving teachers guns to subdue a killer in the chaos of a mass shooting is a dangerous idea. Maybe they can make a persuasive case to the president. Read more.
(Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Sun-Sentinel editorial board: While there’s significant cause for concern over how the Broward Sheriff’s Office handled the case of accused school shooter Nikolas Cruz, the question of the moment is not whether Sheriff Scott Israel should resign or be removed from office by Gov. Rick Scott, as some suggest. Read more.
Baltimore Sun editorial board: As expected, late-night comedians like Stephen Colbert were out in full force Monday mocking President Donald Trump after he told the nation’s governors who were meeting at the White House that he would have rushed into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to save students during the shooting had he been there “even if I didn’t have a weapon.” If he wants to run toward danger, he should take on the NRA. Read more.
In our most recent editorial following the massacre in Parkland, Fla, we hoped that the students and other teenagers around the country will change the gun control debate. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court was asked – again – to engage in some union-busting in the name of the 1st Amendment. Specifically, the justices were asked to rule that public employee unions may not require non-members to pay a fee to defray the cost of collective bargaining and other services from which they benefit. Ominously, several justices indicated in their comments at oral argument that they’re willing to do just that, overruling a 41-year-old precedent. Read more.
Orange County Register: On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the Trump administration’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling blocking the planned March 5 termination of the DACA program. With that decision, the fate of litigation over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals will remain with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal, in a process that could take months. Even with the March 5 deadline removed, Congress should not continue kicking a DACA fix down the road. Read more.
Charlotte Observer: The NCAA makes billions. The conferences and the colleges make billions. The coaches make millions. The agents make millions. The players producing all this money? They get squat, and their eligibility is in danger if they – or their mother – gets so much as a meal at Longhorn Steakhouse. So who really comes out looking bad in the Yahoo report Friday giving a glimpse into money flowing under the table to college basketball players throughout the country? Read more.
Frank Bruni, New York Times: No president over the past half century was as perversely insistent on his manhood, as narrow in his definition of it and as superficially fixated on brute strength as Donald Trump. What a shame, because we’re struggling right now to forge a healthier sexual dynamic between men and women and to stop young men from exploding violently. Read more.
Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times: The decision Sunday by China’s Communist Party to abolish the country’s presidential term limit will enable Xi Jinping to remain in power indefinitely. It’s springtime for strongmen – and nobody has to worry what America thinks about that. Read more.
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times: Despite the White House’s insistence otherwise, the felonies that Paul Manafort is accused of, and the two that Rick Gates pleaded guilty to on Friday, bear directly on the question of Russian collusion. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: The fruits of the Koch brothers’ labors – Janus v. AFSCME – came before the Supreme Court, the brothers were front and center: The anti-union demonstrators outside the Supreme Court held signs prominently displaying the emblem of the Koch-funded group Americans for Prosperity. Read more.
Tweets of the day
If this article is accurate, Jared Kushner should be fired. He should be nowhere near the White House, even with a downgraded security clearance. https://t.co/6ZDj8Q7hN0— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) February 27, 2018
Now how is Jared Kushner going to bring peace to the Middle East?— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) February 27, 2018