California Forum

Dan Morain

Christian colleges receive a baptism by legislation

In a Legislature controlled by Democrats, where the American Civil Liberties Union and gay rights organizations have clout, religious colleges in the state had good cause to worry they were heading to a slaughter, and they set out to find representation. They had difficulty finding takers.

Joyce Terhaar

They saved our soldiers; here’s how to help them

Sacramentans who have stepped up to help the Afghan refugee community in the wake of The Bee’s “No Safe Place” report detailing their struggles have another opportunity. Join a conversation Aug. 31 at the California Museum to become informed and search for solutions.

Soapbox

New parents deserve guaranteed parental leave

Senate Bill 654 would provide six weeks of job-protected parental leave for workers at companies with 20 or more employees. Current law provides 12 weeks of job-protected parental leave, but only for workers at companies with 50 or more employees. With these changes, the bill would affect just 6 percent of businesses in California, while extending job protection to 2.7 million workers.

California Forum

Memories and magic of Yosemite

Dozens of trips to Yosemite over a lifetime create a flow of good memories – from Camp Curry tents to the Wawona Hotel, from Tuolumne Meadows to Vernal Falls, from the scent of pines to the sun on granite walls.

Videos

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

Death row inmate Lawrence Bittaker, who in 1979 killed five teenage girls with accomplice Roy Norris, said he's getting afraid of death, and laments his "totally wasted life" during an interview in his cell.
Hector Amezcua The Sacramento Bee
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

Watch artist Stephanie Taylor draw the fire alarm bell in Dutch Flat 0:33

Watch artist Stephanie Taylor draw the fire alarm bell in Dutch Flat

Obama: It's time for the U.S. and Cuba to leave the past behind 1:34

Obama: It's time for the U.S. and Cuba to leave the past behind

Josiah's hat hangs on a lamppost, asking that we remember him 2:42

Josiah's hat hangs on a lamppost, asking that we remember him