Sacramento can’t wait for Legislature to fix what’s broken after Stephon Clark. As much as California needs a tougher statewide law to discourage cops from shooting first and asking questions later, for the moment, the work of encouraging accountability might have to be done at the local level. It’s good then that the Sacramento City Council isn’t waiting around. Read more.
Andrew Malcolm, McClatchy D.C.: While we were sleeping, Russia, Iran and Turkey made an ominous deal. Last week Vladimir Putin, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and Turkey’s strongman Tayyip Erdogan completed a successful summit in Ankara by announcing their new partnership to establish a ceasefire in Syria and to start rebuilding the war-ravaged land that is ravaged in large part by their own forces. Read more.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: Reality may finally be catching up with the vision – or pipedream – of a 200-mile-per-hour train connecting California’s northern and southern regions. A few weeks ago, the High-Speed Rail Authority released its latest “business plan.” While it appears to be more realistic about cost and construction schedules than its predecessors, it’s still sorely deficient, as its official reviewers pointed out last week during a legislative hearing. Read more.
Margaret Fortune and Mike Walsh: The California Charter Schools Association and the California School Boards Association have put their difference aside in support of Assembly Bill 2635, which calls for equity in public school funding for the state’s lowest-performing student group. Now, it’s African-American students, a historically underserved population with the results to match. Read more.
Jane Braxton Little: California’s elk need protection. The state needs to try harder to bring them back. Read more.
(San Luis Obispo) Tribune: Ironic, isn’t it? The Cal Poly administration makes a major effort to attract a more diverse student body by, among other steps, working to create an opportunity grant program to make the university more affordable for low-income students. And in a single weekend, all those efforts are undermined by fraternity brothers who decide it would be fun to party in blackface and stereotypical gangster attire, making our community look like a haven for racist jackasses. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: Watching Orange County officials haplessly scramble to house hundreds of homeless people is like watching a rerun of everything the city and county of Los Angeles have gone through with homelessness in the last 10 years. As in L.A. a decade ago, Orange County authorities rousted homeless people from their encampments (on the Santa Ana River trail) without arranging a place for them to go – until a federal judge ordered them to stop. And as in L.A., elected officials threw together plans for housing – in this case, shelters – but then scotched them when faced with unstinting NIMBYism. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: A preliminary decision by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle – that coffee should carry a warning that it is potentially carcinogenic because it has trace amounts of acrylamide – should be maddening to those who care about public health. That’s not just because it’s a decision that runs counter to the bulk of known scientific evidence or could lead to fines of hundreds of millions of dollars against reputable companies. It’s because it seems that under Proposition 65, the judge had no choice. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Just a week ago, a leading China scholar described the saber-rattling in Washington and Beijing over trade and tariffs as little more than a slap-fight. But trade wars, like shooting wars, have a way of escalating. And the skirmish between the U.S. and China threatens to get out of hand if the pattern of tit-for-tat trade sanctions continues. Most experts say a full-scale trade war between the world’s two largest economies would punish American businesses, farms and workers. That may explain why U.S. stock markets have retreated each time trade tensions have ratcheted up. Read more.
Dallas Morning News: As of late, our neighbor to the south has come in for quite a drubbing. President Donald Trump accused it of allowing illegal drugs and migrants to flow up from Central America and into the United States. The truth is that our southern neighbor has long been at war with a violent drug industry that has bales of cash because the drug lords sell to Americans. Mexico also works to secure its southern border, just as the U.S. does, as violence in Central America propels people northward. Read more.
Frank Bruni, New York Times: President Trump called a lawful raid on his attorney’s office as “an attack on our country.” They’re a signal – make that a siren – of how cornered he feels, how monstrously large his belief in his own persecution has grown and what a dangerous situation America is in. Read more.
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times: Donald Trump’s election has spurred progressives to search for ways to exert power in the face of terrifying powerlessness. They have flooded into down-ballot races, bringing them unprecedented attention. Read more.
Paul Krugman, New York Times: If Republicans retain control of both houses of Congress, we can safely predict that they’ll make another try at repealing Obamacare, taking health insurance away from 25 million or 30 million Americans. Why? Because their attempts to sabotage the program keep falling short, and time is running out. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has a 20-person, $3 million security detail and does not need more bad press after the $50-a-night condo, the $43,000 phone booth and the first-class airfare. Read more.
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post: We lost an opportunity to offer legal status and eventual citizenship not only to roughly 700,000 DACA recipients but also – under a generous proposal from the White House in January – another 1.1 million Dreamers not enrolled in the program. Read more.
Kathleen Parker, Washington Post: President Trump is caught in a double bind on Syria. To not take military action, as he has said he would, risks being seen as weak or indecisive. Closer to home, Trump risks the plausible perception that he would strike to create a distraction from the personal chaos surrounding him. Read more.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: As an activist and journalist, Shaun King has been prominent in the Black Lives Matter movement, defended the Palestinians and attacked the Republican Party. On Monday, apparently as a result of his politics, King was briefly detained at JFK airport while returning home from Egypt. Read more.
Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post: Democrats and Republicans did something big together. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump will sign into law the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, a bill designed to crack down on websites that knowingly facilitate the online sex trafficking of vulnerable persons, including underage boys and girls. Read more.