Justice for Stephon Clark must start with righting injustice in Sacramento: Now that Stephon Clark’s family has laid him to rest, many will want a return to normalcy in Sacramento. It’s time to move on with our lives, they’ll say, and put this dark chapter behind us. That would be an injustice, and a civic mistake. Read more.
Jack Ohman looks in on what the Trump Justice Department is saying about Stephon Clark. Take a peek here.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: Calfornia’s economy booms. But when will it bust again? Read more.
Ben Boychuk: We have a loneliness epidemic. And Facebook and Twitter don’t help. Read more.
Markos Kounalakis, McClatchy D.C.: Vladimir Putin has spent years trying to divide the West by undermining elections, invading neighbors and aggressively using Russian oil and gas as a ham-handed bargaining tool. Despite his best efforts and plans, he’s become a uniter, not a divider of the West. Read more.
Erwin Chemerinsky: Remembering Judge Stephen Reinhardt, the Ninth Circuit’s ‘liberal lion,’ and my friend. Read more.
Brian P. Kelly: The key to delivering high speed rail? Do it one building block at a time. Read more.
Takes on Stephon Clark
Ken Barnes: I am Stephon Clark. Just like him, I’ve stared down the barrel of an officer’s gun. I’ve been pulled over or detained more than two dozen times in Sacramento. This is how black men have been policed in Sacramento for several decades. Read more.
Ed Obayashi: Brace yourself. Investigating the officers who shot Stephon Clark could take months. Read more.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: The district attorney will decline to seek an indictment. Or the jury return an acquittal. And the family of Stephon Clark will be asked to stand before a microphone, put aside their grief and betrayal and save the city’s collective backside. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: In the grim calculus of homelessness, having a vehicle is what passes for being lucky. It means you can avoid spending the night on a sidewalk or in a creepy emergency shelter. But with an L.A. city ordinance against overnight parking in residential neighborhoods and an increasing number of block-by-block restrictions in commercial areas, there are fewer and fewer places for vehicle dwellers to stop for the night. Read more.
Orange County Register: Pacific Gas & Electric, the investor-owned utility that supplies electricity to nearly 16 million customers in Northern and Central California, says it will shut off electricity to some communities during dry and windy conditions to reduce the risk of wildfires. Until now, PG&E has maintained that turning off the power presented too great a risk to public safety. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: The present polarization feels like it’s extreme and getting worse. There’s an increasing sense from partisans on both sides that not only are they never wrong on policy and legal questions, they’re also morally superior to their opponents. A case can be made that this is just what’s on display with immigration. Read more.
San Jose Mercury News: It’s hard to figure why anyone would oppose Proposition 69. Placed on the June 5 ballot by state lawmakers, the measure was designed to assuage public concern that money from California’s new fuel tax and vehicle fee increases would be misspent. It would require that all funds collected go for transportation purposes. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Partisanship twists the truth, and when people cannot agree on what the facts are, what hope is there that they can find solutions to the challenges the nation faces? Congress finally ended decades of secrecy surrounding the Congressional Research Service, which produces some of the best, nonpartisan, just-the-facts reports on myriad topics. Read more.
Bloomberg View: The firing of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin may seem like just another in the recent spate of executive-branch departures. But for his efforts to reform a vast bureaucracy and to better serve America's 20 million veterans, Shulkin will be sorely missed. Read more.
Miami Herald: First, President Trump targeted Mexicans, then Muslims, refugees and undocumented immigrants and kneeling black athletes. The latest group in his sights? Transgender Americans who want to serve their country in the military. If the courts don’t come to their defense, they will be banned from service. Read more.
E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post: We want a Big Idea that will explain why we disagree so passionately – on gun control, abortion, taxes and lots of other things – and also why we seem to loathe those whose beliefs diverge from our own. Read more.
Timothy Egan, New York Times: Civics class has come to America’s students, in the form of a hail of bullets from a weapon of war that is legal because of a broken political system. They’ve been forced, by triage, to learn how to use the tools of democracy that were largely denied them by passive educators. Read more.
Kathleen Parker, Washington Post: Timber titan Sierra Pacific is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court over the Moonlight Fire. An environmental whodunit spelled catastrophe for 65,000 acres of timber and wildlife and created a legal mess that began more than a decade ago in northern California. Read more.
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer: President Trump has repeatedly demonstrated his desire to rid himself of the restraints imposed by constitutional checks and balances - and has frequently praised autocrats who don’t have to worry about such limits. Read more.
The staff of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat won the American Society of News Editors award for breaking news for its coverage of the wine country fires last October. From the judges: “A small newsroom sprang into action with its entire staff to cover wind-driven fires threatening their community. Everyone was involved, all 14 people, even though the fires blew into town late at night.”