California Forum

California Forum

Gerrymander reform opens up Florida politics

In January, Florida’s House delegation will include five new members whose road to victory was opened by a bold and bruising nine-year battle to throw out the partisan stacking of election districts by the Republican-led Legislature and replace it with more competitive, voter-friendly districts.

Editorials

Opioid treatment for the poor? That could die with Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act is far from perfect, but it has allowed millions of previously uninsured Americans to receive opioid addiction counseling and prescription detox drugs at a reasonable cost. If the plan is to gut Obamacare, what then for the people in the Central Valley who desperately need these services?

Soapbox

Use new tools to tackle homelessness

Seizing the opportunity that an influx of funding presents will require a commitment to 21st-century good governance – where decisions are based on data and best practices, and we scale what works and stop what doesn’t.

Soapbox

Trump’s immigration promises fraught with obstacles

In a recent interview on “60 Minutes,” President-elect Donald Trump promised to immediately deport 2 million to 3 million undocumented immigrants, with the initial plan to focus on criminals. But his administration may broaden the net to include those arrested for minor crimes.

Editorials

We can’t fix homelessness without regional strategy

To really make a dent in homelessness, the strategy must prize getting the most vulnerable people off the streets quickly, as well as getting them into permanent housing and preventing others from becoming homeless in the first place by building more housing. None of this can be accomplished in silos.

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