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Foon Rhee

This could complicate the push for economic justice in Sacramento after Stephon Clark

City leaders are talking about a sales tax increase to fund more investments in poor neighborhoods. But to make sure a measure on the November ballot is a “general tax” that needs only a simple majority to pass, it’s likely they’ll only pledge to prioritize struggling neighborhoods – not earmark money for specific projects in communities such as Meadowview, where Stephon Clark was shot.

Foon Rhee

Caregivers killed at Yountville veterans home are casualties of a hidden war

The Pathway Home in Yountville, California, is one of the nation’s most respected programs for combat veterans who are fighting post-traumatic stress disorder and other demons. One veteran killed three caregivers there on Friday, March 9, 2018. Too many veterans are not receiving the mental health care they need, and so far President Donald Trump isn’t responding.

Dan Morain

He used to take NRA money. Now, he leads efforts to pass gun control measures

Rep. Mike Thompson is a gun owner, hunter, and Vietnam veteran, and he recalls how in simpler times, the NRA made its name by teaching kids about gun safety. The Napa Valley Democrat is, in short, ideally cast to lead congressional Democrats’ efforts to push for gun control measures, a role he fully embraced after the slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.

The moment Tony Mendoza is no longer in the photo gallery of senators

An official portrait of Sen. Tony Mendoza is removed from a display of active Senators in a hallway outside the Senate chambers on Thursday. Mendoza resigned from office just as his colleagues considered whether to expel him.
Dan Morain The Sacramento Bee