Editorials

Editorials

Democrats should find room in the car for Republicans

In this state so dominated by Democrats, a freshman Republican from Bakersfield might seem easy to ignore. But Assemblyman Vince Fong’s pedigree includes having worked for a decade for U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, also of Bakersfield. And in Republican-controlled Washington, McCarthy will have a say over federal money earmarked for roads and other infrastructure.

Editorials

How hiring spike chipped away at pension reform

Triple the usual number of local and state workers started the last week of 2012, just before a less generous pension formula kicked in. The hiring at one agency is already under investigation. Other agencies ought to also review the hiring spike to make sure all personnel policies were followed.

Editorials

As Oroville Dam threatens, people of goodwill step up

Today, people living downstream from Oroville Dam are in need of shelter. But the Department of Water Resources estimates in a 2013 report that one in five of us lives in areas threatened by floods, and that there are more than 1,500 dams and reservoirs. No one should believe that Oroville Dam, so fundamental to California’s water delivery system, is the only one at risk.

Editorials

Why Tesla is in driver’s seat of electric car industry

Model 3 sedan is due out soon. If it’s a hit, it will solidify Tesla – and California – as a leader in what’s likely to be a fast-growing industry for electric cars. Last week, the company announced it will pause production at its plant in Fremont, Calif., to add capacity for building the new sedan.

Editorials

Uber motors back to San Francisco

Other states may welcome fully autonomous vehicles with minimal regulation or thought. And certain companies may prefer to operate unfettered by nettlesome regulations. But while innovation is important to California’s future, there must be standards.

Editorials

Why Trump should start over on travel ban

A federal appeals court is the latest to repudiate the president on his haphazard and inhumane executive order. He should go back to the drawing board, go through the appropriate agencies and come up with a policy that addresses where the real terrorism danger comes from, that will be constitutional and that won’t cause chaos. In other words, the White House should do what it failed to do the first time.

Editorials

In Trump vs. McCain, trust the senator on national security

Though he needs Sen. John McCain’s support on defense policy, Donald Trump persists in picking fights with the Arizona Republican, this time for commenting on a commando raid in Yemen. Our thin-skinned president is absolutely wrong to seek to muzzle McCain, who has a duty to speak out as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Videos

Trump protesters pack big guns

Micah Naziri, right, and James Campbell, bring assault weapons to downtown Cleveland as part of a protest against Donald Trump.
Dan Morain The Sacramento Bee
Trump protesters pack big guns 1:11

Trump protesters pack big guns

Tax reform is 'profoundly difficult' in California, Gavin Newsom says 5:34

Tax reform is 'profoundly difficult' in California, Gavin Newsom says

Video: Gavin Newsom on financing marijuana dispensaries 2:42

Video: Gavin Newsom on financing marijuana dispensaries

'One thing we don't want is to make the mistakes' of Colorado, Oregon, Washington - Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on marijuana 5:13

'One thing we don't want is to make the mistakes' of Colorado, Oregon, Washington - Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on marijuana