Sandy for Yolo County supervisor, yes on cannabis tax: Gary Sandy, a former mayor of Woodland, has the policy knowledge and experience to be a thoughtful leader for Yolo County. District 3 voters should pick him on June 5. They should also support Measure K, the cannabis cultivation tax. Read more.
Jack Ohman says Mark Zuckerberg was feeling lonely on Capitol Hill. See his friend request here.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: There was a bit of good news for California in the federal government’s latest round of academic test results: it’s one of seven states that registered four-point gains in reading comprehension among eighth-graders. But that positive morsel in the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress testing of fourth- and eighth-graders released this week was more than offset by stagnation in other overall trends and, even more unfortunately, by continuation of what educators call the “achievement gap.” Read more.
David N. Plank: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act requires each state to identify the bottom 5 percent of schools for interventions to improve student performance and close achievement gaps. This rule threatens to undermine the work that California has done to build a new and better accountability system.. The state Board of Education, which will discuss the bottom 5 percent of schools rule at its meeting Thursday, should seek a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education. Read more.
Barry Broome and Jim Wunderman: California’s economy isn’t just LA and Silicon Valley. We need a statewide strategy. Read more.
Joe Mathews, Zócalo Public Square: Development can’t happen in California? Truckee’s cool downtown shows how it’s done. Read more.
Takes on Facebook and Zuckerberg
Ben Shapiro: If Mark Zuckerberg is going to censor Facebook content, he’s just another newspaper editor. Read more.
Ben Boychuk: No, Mark Zuckerberg, AI won’t cleanse Facebook of hate speech – whatever that is. Read more.
Christine Emba, Washington Post: Rather than asking for support or intervention, Mark Zuckerberg’s message is that his social network is so systemically important that the government should just leave it alone. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: Mark Zuckerberg came prepared with one message to those who would regulate Facebook: Trust me. “I’m committed to getting this right,” he promised. Problem is, whenever the questioning got tough, Zuckerberg made clear that he could not be trusted to give an answer. Read more.
Shira Ovide, Bloomberg: The best news for Facebook the company was that Mark Zuckerberg ably deflected any challenges to the beating heart of its economic model: its hungry data collection and the fine-tuned targeted advertising based on that data. But it’s a loss for the rest of us. Read more.
Newsday editorial board: Some senators who grilled Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday apparently have never been on Facebook. Some might have yet to embrace the internet. But after the tsunami of revelations about Russian infiltration of Facebook’s platform in the 2016 presidential election and the misuse of user data by Cambridge Analytica, these members of Congress finally have woken up to the urgency to protect the personal information collected by giant social media platforms. Regulation is needed. Everyone knows it. Read more.
Takes on Paul Ryan
E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post: One is tempted to call House Speaker Paul Ryan’s journey tragic, the tale of a young, idealistic family man transformed into an enabler for the most morally indifferent and utterly selfish president in our nation’s history. Read more.
Paul Waldman, Washington Post: House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision not to seek reelection shows us just how hollow the conservative project in America has become. After fifteen months with total control of the government, Ryan and his colleagues achieved almost nothing, and he’s now decided that there’s nothing more to do. Read more.
Chicago Tribune editorial board: We know how to get most members of Congress and candidates to mumble uncomfortably: Ask for their plans to deal with the nation’s troubling debt load and unsustainable Medicare and Social Security burdens. Pols love to make lofty promises; they hate to be associated with responsible budget-cutting proposals. One high-profile exception to that rule is U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has been a favorite of ours because he isn’t afraid to talk about the trillions of dollars America doesn’t have for entitlements. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: Five years after President William McKinley was assassinated at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y., farmer George Zehnder presented the Northern California city of Arcata with a 8.5-foot-tall statue of the 25th president. Arcata gladly accepted the statue, which was placed in the city’s main square. Today, a debate rages over whether the statue should remain standing or, like so many Confederate statues around the country, be taken down and put in storage. The people of Arcata ought to think deeply about what criteria they follow in deciding that a statue of a former president is akin to a statue of a Confederate general. Read more.
Orange County Register: Across the country, state and local law enforcement agencies have acquired equipment that belongs on battlefields, not the streets of America. The unchecked militarization of local police is a disturbing trend that cannot be allowed to continue in a society predicated on limited government. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Faced with an either-or choice, Gov. Jerry Brown chose a smarter third option to de-escalate a feud between California and the federal government over immigration: He will send National Guard members to the southern border – but with restrictions. In so doing, Brown likely appeased President Donald Trump in a way that could seem reasonable to groups like the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Read more.
San Jose Mercury News: San Jose needs to improve its Asian ties, but sending half the City Council to Okayama on taxpayers’ dime isn’t the best way to go about it. Especially when it means five members missed Tuesday’s council meeting when the city is facing a budget shortfall. The situation demands a tightening of San Jose’s travel policy. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: When the class of 2018 graduates in June from Santa Rosa City Schools, we hope it reverses an alarming trend in college preparedness for local students. Between 2013 and 2016, the most recent available data, the percentage of Santa Rosa graduates who qualified to apply for admission to the University of California and California State University declined from 31.5 percent to 28.6 percent. Read more.
Miami Herald: It might be for the best that President Donald Trump isn’t going to the Summit of the Americas in Peru. His disdain for the region is clear. We doubt that the president is well-steeped in the pertinent issues in which he would have to be conversant. The good news is that, along with Vice President Mike Pence, Florida’s junior senator, Marco Rubio, will attend the Summit. He already knows many of the nations’ leaders. He’s committed to democracy in the Americas. There’ll be no American-made drama. He won’t embarrass us. Read more.
Ross Douthat, New York Times: The sudden investigatory focus on Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels might turn out to be a legal tempest in a D-cup. But still, for evangelicals concerned that their agenda is yoked so closely to the fortunes of that Hefnerian president, this seems like a good time to contemplate a simple question: Why not Mike Pence? Read more.
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times: At some point President Trump will fire Robert Mueller, directly or indirectly, or curb his investigation. Republicans and Democrats alike are pleading with Trump, begging, for the good of the country: Don’t go there. This is larger than Trump. It is a struggle for the idea of equality before the law. Read more.
“It is almost encouraging to read about Attorney General Becerra hinting at an investigation into Exxon for public (and shareholder) deception about climate change. Hints, though, are not enough.” – Janet Cox, Oakland
Tweets of the day
Paul Ryan absolutely succeeded in transferring hundreds of billions of dollars into the pockets of capital and for that he will be handsomely rewarded.— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 11, 2018
When Paul Ryan isn't stabbing President Trump in the back, he is trying to destroy Republican enthusiasm by claiming we'll lose the House.— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) April 11, 2018
Paul, honestly, can you just leave TODAY?