We cover news about the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, the continuing reaction to hate speech in Natomas, our troubled public schools, guns, and Donald Trump, always Trump.
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Harsch Investment Properties, landlord to Verity Baptist Church, has had enough of pastor Roger Jimenez, The Bee’s ace Bill Lindelof reports. Jimenez praised the slaughter of 49 people at an Orlando gay club as “a death sentence from God,” prompting protesters to picket the church last Sunday.
“While their lease does not expire until March 31, 2017,” Harsch said, “we have asked them to consider moving out … and we would immediately cancel their lease without any penalty to them.”
Harsch respects everyone’s right to free speech. So do we. But it’s hard to stand by anyone who says of the LGBT community: “I wish the government would round them all up, put them up against a firing wall, put a firing squad in front of them, and blow their brains out.” That’s hate speech. – Erika D. Smith @Erika_D_Smith
Take a number: $115,460
In the past 24 hours, much has been written about Donald Trump’s anemic fundraising; he had less than $1.3 million in the bank at the end of May. His claims of entrepreneurial prowess notwithstanding, he hasn’t figured out where the big political money is. In his fundraising report filed on Monday, Trump disclosed raising a mere $115,459.87 in donations from Californians in May. Hillary Clinton knows why we call it the Golden State for a reason. She raised $4.722 million here in May.
Wolves and sheep. Foxes and chickens. Oil and water. Certain creatures and elements do not mix. And yet PG&E executives Tony Earley and Geisha Williams were having a Kumbaya moment with Erich Pica of the Friends of Earth on a press call to announce plans to close the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. It’s a big deal, maybe a tipping.
The Sacramento Bee says PG&E makes a wise call to shutter Diablo Canyon.
Editorial: California Democrats urge national Democrats to become more democratic.
Marcos Breton: Even if authorities catch the East Area Rapist, he won’t be prosecuted for his Sacramento County assaults. District Attorney Anne-Marie Schubert explains why.
John Loudon: Sen. Bob Hertzberg’s SB 954 would freeze out nonunion workers.
Daniel Weintraub: A new tobacco tax could be a way to keep doctors on the list of Medi-Cal providers.
David Crane in Medium: California cannot deploy enough great public school teachers when so much money is being diverted to pensions.
L.A. Times: Traditional L.A. Unified schools and charter schools need to learn to share.
The Charlotte Observer: There’s probably only one way gun laws with teeth will ever become a reality: Voters need to elect different people to Congress.
William Kristol of the Weekly Standard: There is no compelling reason for Speaker Paul Ryan to tie himself to Donald Trump. And there are an increasing number of reasons for him not to.
Ruben Navarrette: In Orlando, the source of hate is elusive.
Kathleen Parker: Donald Trump pivots to Damascus.
Dana Milbank: Congress does nothing on guns, faster than ever.
Tweet of the day
Erick Erickson @EWErickson “At least it’s not Penthouse, right Jerry?”
This after Jerry Falwell Jr. tweeted a photo of himself and his wife, Becki Falwell, posing with Donald Trump in front of a Trump I-love-me wall. In the background is a framed 1990 Playboy cover in which Trump, ever so cool, poses with a, um, star.