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Think big on Sacramento airport

For 50 years, Sacramento International Airport has been a powerful economic engine. Its future growth and expansion is critical to meeting the demands of our growing population, tourism and business community.

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The myth of food lawsuits in California

California is the nation’s most populous state and so bad corporate conduct hurts the most people here. Word of the Nutella settlement rippled across the country, ending this shameful advertising campaign nationwide. Had the case been filed in a smaller state, it would have had little effect.

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California companies have a gold mine in Asia

We believe this is a special moment for California businesses and our brand, seen especially by Asian consumers as one of quality, trust and open-mindedness. California is well positioned socially, geographically and historically to benefit from the economic power shifting to the Asia-Pacific.

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A ‘Dreamer’ wants to give back to the Central Valley

I am a third-year student at UC Davis and an intern at Clínia Tepati, a student-run clinic that provides health care and education to the undocumented and uninsured Latino population in Sacramento. It has affirmed my goal: to become a physician and work in the Central Valley. But my career plans and future are in jeopardy.

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Brown betrayed women with last-minute veto

In his final act of this legislative session, the governor killed a bill that would have ensured that a woman can’t be fired because she decided to get pregnant, use contraception or have an abortion. At a time of unparalleled threats to women’s rights by President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, the governor had a chance to stand up to protect California families. He failed.

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Lawyers running amok in California are suing over food

About 36 percent of all of the food-related class-action lawsuits in the nation are filed in California because the state’s laws are so biased the lawyers believe they can file meritless claims and get away with it – and sometimes they do. If the state doesn’t limit them, it will cost jobs.

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Why kids don’t belong on sex offender registry

A new law allowing children to petition to get off the registry is an important step, but California should keep them off in the first place. Placing kids on registries does not prevent future child sexual abuse and can diminish public safety.

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When is it a wetland? When a state board says so

The State Water Resources Control Board is engaged in a wholesale reclassification of millions of acres of public and private lands by choosing a new definition for the word “wetland.” The board is bucking the federal Clean Water Act, numerous court decisions and science itself.

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Why the world needs California’s farm exports

In California – and everywhere else in the world – it takes water to grow food. Growing food, fiber and fuel with California’s high safety, efficiency, nutrition and affordability standards combats poverty and hunger in the developing world.

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To cut traffic deaths, we have to tackle distracted driving

Even though distracted drivers, including those using cell phones, are the fastest-growing cause of deadly car crashes, surveys and anecdotal evidence show people don’t take it seriously. That is why there is a new campaign called “We Save Lives,” launched by the founder of MADD, Candace Lightner, to put a stop to distracted driving.

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Here’s how rice farmers prevent flooding and help wildlife

Flooding rice fields after harvest during the winter creates seasonal wetlands that are essential for the survival of the millions of birds that travel the Pacific flyway annually. This multibenefit approach to flood and water management is at the core of the new Central Valley Flood Protection Plan.

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