California Forum

Erika D. Smith

She’s no longer homeless, but does that make her a success story?

Desiree Salazar, once homeless, lost her infant son, Sivam Lekh, to SIDS. She’s stable now but can’t find a job or housing.

California Forum

Why do Trump supporters stick with this guy?

Donald Trump’s supporters are so dissatisfied with standard politicians of both parties that they look past crude, boorish, self-centered behavior because he promised to drain the swamp. The fact that Trump is a self-proclaimed rookie politician untethered to core ideological beliefs is a good thing. He is the anti-pol, which is good enough for many for now.

Erika D. Smith

Racial profiling is real, and this is the only way to stop it

Sacramento police stop black pedestrians and drivers at a disproportionate rate. The department says there’s no racial profiling going on. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is putting the finishing touches on regulations that would require cops to collect more information about the people they stop, potentially ferreting out the truth once and for all.

Videos

Lobbyist Amy Jenkins represents cannabis clients

"No regrets," she tells naysayers who tried to steer her away from this particular career path.
Dan Morain dmorain@sacbee.com
Lobbyist Amy Jenkins represents cannabis clients 1:42

Lobbyist Amy Jenkins represents cannabis clients

Watch world's oldest pro bodybuilder 1:59

Watch world's oldest pro bodybuilder

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Faces of the homeless and a poem: a video essay

Death row inmate Lawrence Bittaker said he's getting afraid of death 1:56

Death row inmate Lawrence Bittaker said he's getting afraid of death