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A new approach to protecting rivers

The way California manages water for environmental purposes isn’t working for anyone. We propose an approach that integrates environmental uses into the existing water rights system. The goals of this reform are to increase efficiency and flexibility and enhance certainty for all water users.

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We don’t need more awareness on homeless. We need solutions

Many cities are responding with quick fixes – erecting large shelter tents, setting aside land for encampments and providing temporary toilets on the streets. While these moves will help alleviate street homelessness in the short term, they are not long-term solutions and do not address the root causes.

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Gov. Jerry Brown is no climate action hero

Many are desperately holding onto hope that Brown will fill the Trump-sized hole in the nation’s climate leadership. But the truth is that his rhetoric on global warming hides his support for aggressive oil and gas extraction in our state. California should not be held up as a shining example for other states and countries.

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Why pay good and bad teachers the same?

The recent labor spat in Sacramento Unified School District reveals a fundamental problem that prevents our public schools from creating a culture of excellence: Teachers are paid based on their time on the job instead of the value they bring to the classroom.

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One tunnel would still devastate Delta

Any compromise must provide benefits to all. And any version of WaterFix – whether one tunnel or two – will sacrifice the health and safety of communities and wildlife in the Delta, the San Francisco Bay and Southern California.

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Secrecy lets sex harassers escape justice

Proposed legislation would ban confidentiality provisions in settlements in sexual assault, sexual harassment and sex discrimination cases. The recent alarming disclosures about the culture of sexual harassment at the Capitol only reinforce the need to make this legislation apply across the board.

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GOP tax cuts would hammer California’s poor

Inevitably these tax cuts would drive up the federal deficit, leading to cuts in programs that many Californians need to survive. In our state, nearly 500,000 low-income households depend on federal rental assistance. Housing vouchers provide a lifeline for more than 300,000 California households.

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Tesla is a great place to work

The automaker reopened the shuttered Fremont factory, creating 14,000 jobs building electric vehicles with zero tailpipe emissions. Tesla’s average starting hourly pay is higher than that at Ford, GM and Fiat-Chrysler.

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Earlier primary could backfire on California

A primary in March instead of June moves up the enormous cost of reaching the state’s 25 million eligible voters, while candidates lose the exposure of campaigning in other states first. That will increase the need for early big money, and potentially eliminate candidates prematurely. Is that really in the interest of most Californians?

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