Sacramento County just found millions of extra dollars to spend on homelessness. Time to cash in: Homelessness has become a public health disaster that can’t be ignored any longer. Real collaboration backed by real money is needed.
Jack Ohman shares a cell with John McCain and Donald Trump. Get out of jail here.
Andrew Malcolm, McClatchyDC: Republicans are winning all the elections, but Republicans in Washington can’t seem to get anything done as a team. Every faction has its own “principled” plan to fix its own priorities, and when nothing happens amid such disunity, everybody loudly criticizes everybody.
Dan Walters, CalMatters: Democrats have three dozen U.S. Senate seats up next year, will be financially stretched to defend the most vulnerable and have been counting on big bucks from California’s wealthy liberals, particularly those in entertainment and high tech, to meet fundraising goals. Never mind. Kevin de León’s bold – or cheeky – challenge to Dianne Feinstein guarantees that heavy money will be raised and spent in California next year. And it could get even more expensive if billionaire Tom Steyer also jumps into the Senate race.
Amy Everitt: In his final act of this legislative session, Gov. Jerry Brown 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.
Jim Brown: The message from Amazon is unequivocal: The ability to travel conveniently by bicycle (and by walking and public transit) is a requirement for any city that wants to build a thriving creative-class economy.
Madeline Schwarz: Everyone cares about mass shootings. But firearms are the weapon of choice nearly half the time when adolescents commit suicide. Shouldn’t we do more to protect the 2,400 or so kids who take their own lives with guns each year?
Take a number: 147
The women are Democrats and Republicans, current and former legislators, lobbyists, consultants and staffers, and they are speaking out about the harassment and worse they have endured in and around California’s supposedly progressive Capitol.
The LA Times’ Melanie Mason broke the story, reporting that 147 women, plus the California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus, signed a declaration that they no longer will “tolerate the perpetrators or enablers.”
“As women leaders in politics, in a state that postures itself as a leader in justice and equality, you might assume our experience has been different. It has not,” they wrote in an op-ed, albeit not one that was published on an op-ed page as most op-eds are. “Each of us has endured, or witnessed or worked with women who have experienced some form of dehumanizing behavior by men with power in our workplaces. … They have leveraged their power and positions to treat us however they would like.”
They don’t name the names of the perpetrators. But we all know the story, if not the specifics. Every once in a while, the details spill into the public, like when the boastful Republican was caught on a hot mike and had to resign, or when then Assemblyman Roger Hernandez was finally stripped of his committee assignments. Casting a vote for a pay equity bill is one thing. But Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, or his successor, and Speaker Anthony Rendon must not minimize the allegations. They need to take care of their own houses, and that includes the Third House.
Dallas Morning News: The past few days have witnessed an online phenomenon that brings out the best in social media. Countless women from every walk of life have posted two simple words on their timelines: “Me, too.” Women are posting messages on social media to show how commonplace sexual assault and harassment are, using the hashtag #MeToo to express that they, too, have been victims of such misconduct. These women are saying publicly what for years has been reserved for quiet talks among friends.
Los Angeles Times: We don’t agree with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on much, but he was right when he warned last month that on college campuses “protesters are now routinely shutting down speeches and debates across the country in an effort to silence voices that insufficiently conform with their views.” And he was right to call for a “national recommitment to free speech on campus.”
San Diego Union-Tribune: The deadline for action on bills passed by the California Legislature has come and gone, and Gov. Jerry Brown is once again playing his role as the voice of mature wisdom in Sacramento. In Brown’s veto messages, common themes are evident. He doesn’t like bills that can be seen as posturing. He doesn’t like bills that could have unforeseen complications. And he really, really doesn’t like cluttering government code with new laws that address problems covered by existing laws.
San Jose Mercury News: It’s a race. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced last week that she will run for a sixth term in 2018, when she will be 85 years old. Then, on Sunday, California state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, 50, jumped in. It’s time. Not necessarily to oust Feinstein: While we haven’t always agreed with her, she has been a strong and widely respected leader for California. But an actual contest between or among qualified candidates that clarifies beliefs and offers voters a choice is a good thing.
Raleigh News & Observer: In a thankfully predictable continuation of his commitment to protect North Carolina consumers, state Attorney General Josh Stein is joining 18 other attorneys general in a federal lawsuit to block the foolish and purely political maneuver of President Trump to stop federal subsidies for those covered by health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Our take.
Charlotte Observer: The drug epidemic of the 1980s and ’90s was horrific. It led to draconian laws that helped break already vulnerable families, killed thousands of people and devastated communities. That period is no longer considered the worst drug epidemic in the nation’s history. The ongoing opioid crisis has, unfortunately, taken that title – because no one was lobbying Congress on behalf of crack cocaine dealers the way they have for large drug companies.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: As the nation’s opioid-addiction problem mushroomed into a full-blown epidemic, major drug manufacturers and distributors anticipated that a regulatory crackdown was coming. So they boosted campaign donations to key lawmakers and spent $106 million successfully lobbying Congress to limit enforcement powers that might have stemmed the epidemic.
Kathleen Parker: Skeptics may believe #MeToo shall pass softly into history because inevitably something else will come along to demand our attention. But if every woman has a story, then, statistically, sexual harassment in the workplace is a plague, a disaster and a psychological assault weapon.
Frank Bruni: There are far more significant villains. Still, lock the refrigerator, bolt the cupboards and barricade the pantry. Pumpkin spice is here. And there. And everywhere this fall.
Thomas L. Friedman: On nearly every major issue, President Donald Trump’s position is: “Obama built it. I broke it. You fix it.” And that cuts right to the core of what is the most frightening thing about the Trump presidency – his willingness to unravel so many long-standing policies and institutions at once.
Dana Milbank: President Donald Trump’s Cabinet includes a professional-wrestling executive, an education secretary foresighted enough to warn the country about the danger posed to schools by bears, and a secretary who proposed abolishing the very agency he runs. No matter how you measure it – billionaires, white men, oddballs – this Cabinet is extraordinary.
Ruben Navarrette Jr.: The “sanctuary state” bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown is a symbolic and worthless gesture intended to inflame both sides of the immigration debate without upsetting the apple cart. This law is about politics, not police work.
Paul Waldman: President Trump’s lie about fallen soldiers shows how he makes America dumber. He takes his own limited experience and characterizes it as unique, extraordinary, and unprecedented. No one has ever done this before, no one has accomplished so much, no one knows more than I do. There’s an element of the salesman’s puffery at work, but it also comes from a place of pure ignorance.
“We should all vote to have our legislators give us their pay and free medical benefits and let them try to live on our Social Security ‘benefits.’” – Leslee McDermott, Citrus Heights
Tweet of the day
“In dire need of a happy hour. #MeTooFatigue #WeSaidEnough” – Jennifer Fearing, @JenniferFearing