President Donald Trump’s war on immigrants has been escalating for weeks, and now he wants California to send the National Guard to the border. But California doesn’t need troops doing the job of Border Patrol agents any more than we need our police officers doing the job of Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents. Plus, it’s wholly unnecessary. Read more.
Jack Ohman checks out the new Oroville Dam spillway. See if it holds here.
Magdalena Yesil: A bill before Legislature offers a fast path to get more female leaders in Silicon Valley. Assembly Bill 2041 urges the University of California’s office of the chief investment adviser to hire from a diverse pool and encourage diversity among the venture capital firms that fuel Silicon Valley’s startups. Read more.
Toni Atkins and Anthony Rendon: Two houses, one promise: a Capitol with more dignity. Read more.
Joe Mathews: Why can’t Orange County leaders stop doing such ugly things? Read more.
Alice A. Huffman: Will Stephon Clark’s death pick up where Joseph Mann’s left off? Read more.
James Shelby: The best job training for the Stephon Clarks of Sacramento begins in the community. Read more.
Takes on EPA
Alberto Ayala: The Sacramento region has made substantial progress toward cleaner air, but the decision announced by the Environmental Protection Agency on fuel efficiency standards will set back those efforts. Read more.
Chicago Tribune editorial board: Climate change is a real, perilous phenomenon, but the vexing question has always been, how do we sensibly protect our environment without manacling our energy-driven economy? This country has gravitated toward fuel economy standards for vehicles, but they are an inefficient means to reach a good end: less gasoline consumption. President Trump instead would be smart to embrace a carbon tax imposed on fuel production. Read more.
Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board: President Donald Trump’s ill-advised rollback of tailpipe emissions standards will choke progress toward cleaning the air and cutting the costs to drive a car or truck. The EPA, headed by the heavily conflicted Scott Pruitt, announced plans Monday to reduce air quality standards without saying by how much. Read more.
Takes on Syria
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer: Who’d have thought President Donald Trump would be so eager to imitate one of President Barack Obama’s worst mistakes in the Middle East? In 2011, Obama nearly snatched defeat out of the jaws of U.S. military victory over al-Qaida in Iraq – by pulling the last 10,000 U.S. troops out too soon. Al-Qaida resurfaced as ISIS, seizing massive chunks of Iraq and Syria, and threatening the West. Now, Trump wants to pull an Obama in Syria. Read more.
Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post: Donald Trump was right during the 2016 campaign. President Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq did create a vacuum the Islamic State quickly filled. So why is Trump now threatening to repeat Obama’s mistakes by withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria? Read more.
Los Angeles Times: A California lawmaker is trying to set a higher standard for when police may use deadly force, and that’s a welcome effort – not because it necessarily would have averted the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark or because it would allow more criminal prosecutions of police officers, but because it could accelerate the pace of improvement in police tactics and training that should, in turn, result in fewer unnecessary uses of force. Read more.
Orange County Register: In a shock to those who grew up with the internet from the early days, last month marked the sudden disappearance of Craigslist personal ads. Similar online bulletin boards are following suit. What brought on this dark and ominous development is a new federal law called the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. As is too often the case with sweeping legislation, however well-intentioned, it’s badly overbroad and underthought. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: One reason California’s housing crisis is so daunting is that local and state governments’ response to housing needs often involves dense rules that complicate what seem like common-sense decisions. This problem is plain when it comes to the San Diego City Council’s approval last month of plans to demolish the 322-unit Peñasquitos Village affordable housing complex. The decision seems unusual, even if it eventually will lead to construction of a 600-unit complex with market-rate rents. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: California often leads the nation on the environment, consumer protection, social equality and more. Usually the rest of the country eventually catches up, but sometimes other states just laugh, and rightly so. They’re laughing now at news that a judge ordered health safety labels on coffee. A good idea has gone awry, and lawmakers ought to take a serious look at fixing it. Read more.
Charles M. Blow, New York Times: Donald Trump seems to have become shaken by fear that his base might abandon him because of his inability to deliver on the border wall between this country and Mexico. So he has been on a tear, resurrecting the even more nationalist, isolationist Trump of the campaign. Read more.
Michael Gerson, Washington Post: Jobs in the executive branch are hard enough without an added layer of stress caused by constant humiliation. But President Trump emphasizes his own importance by diminishing those around him. The result is fear, distrust and resentment – hardly a situation conducive to deliberation. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: It’s a signature President Trump move: Don’t just deny the charge but declare yourself to be the polar opposite. He can’t be a racist, or soft on Russia, or anything bad -- because he’s the furthest possible thing from that. Read more.
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: President Trump’s hotels have become a magnet for all kinds of people seeking influence within his administration. Trump International Hotel in Washington is so coveted by foreign countries for their conventions that some have moved events from other hotels to the property. Read more.
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: We already have evidence that President Trump at least tried his best to obstruct justice; and despite the president’s frequent all-caps tweets to the contrary, collusion is still very much an open question. For more definitive answers, however, we have to await special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings. And a Democratic Congress is the only ironclad guarantee we will see them all. Read more.
“If a single-payer system is a pipe dream, give us what the rest of the civilized world is smoking.” – Patty Harvey, Willow Creek
Tweets of the day
Today's little #earthquake off the coast of L.A. is a reminder of why we need to fund science. Little quakes are good, and release strain built up in the rocks. Big quakes are devastating, & we need warning systems & good infrastructure to handle them. #science #Jess2018— Jess Phoenix (@jessphoenix2018) April 5, 2018
That #earthquake was big enough that everyone in this restaurant waiting on food looked up from their phones and acknowledged each other.— Joe Starr (@joestarr187) April 5, 2018