The mayor pledges to parlay his new post at the U.S. Conference of Mayors into more federal aid and private investment for his hometown.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s water legislation needs work.

A tax system that asks the lowest-income families to contribute the most would be unfair in any case.

Such a move would demonstrate to all Californians that our water comes not from a tap, but from real communities.

Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman: Rainy day fund

Does it make sense to spend millions on a limited renovation instead of seeking private money for a new arts venue?

Obama and congressional Democrats and Republicans need to craft a realistic immigration policy that accounts for the country’s real labor needs.

Given the privacy breaches of Google and Facebook, and their collusion with NSA spying, we can be forgiven for some skepticism about what happens when the tech behemoths acquire the extra-judicial killing machines.

People are shocked to learn that it is legal to kill wildlife as part of a tournament for prizes.

Recommendations to manage groundwater in California.

Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman: Saturn's new moon

It is striking that during what many had hoped would be a post-racial America, racial division has been amplified.

Recommendations from safety officials sit on the shelf for decades, while deaths pile up.

Sometimes, we in the news business get a chance to make a significant difference. I saw it happen at The Bee during the past year. Readers of these pages know the story. But it’s worth retelling.

The five teenagers who died in the fiery bus crash on Interstate 5 near Orland on Thursday had more in common than just their destination of Arcata. These were the cream of the crop of their working-class communities, the shining lights of neighborhoods that see too many of their youngsters matriculate into state prison rather than state university.

The crowded coffee shop where I planned to spend a half-hour on the computer had one lone table with no chairs. It happens. Often, groups sitting together will borrow chairs where they can find them. Next to me at this empty table were two tables with one person sitting at each. At the first table, a gentleman had three chairs: the one he was sitting in, one empty and one on which he had set some magazines. The other gentleman had two chairs and was expecting a friend.

The Sacramento Community Center Theater is the Sleep Train Arena of performing arts centers – a hulking, gray, concrete bunker that is woefully inadequate for patrons and performers, and a high-profile architectural embarrassment for our city.

Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman: The Sebelius Rollout

The dynamic in the 4th Assembly District, traditionally a seat held by a Davis Democrat, has changed dramatically. Between redistricting and the top-two primary, the race to replace termed-out Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, a Davis Democrat, is wide open.

The Bee’s editorial board met with the three leading candidates seeking to replace termed-out Controller John Chiang. State controllers sit on the boards of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System and California Public Employees’ Retirement System, and have the authority to audit state and local spending.

We’re giving huge sums to the financial industry while receiving little or nothing in return. Four years ago Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, abruptly canceled America’s biggest and arguably most important infrastructure project, a desperately needed new rail tunnel under the Hudson River. Count me among those who blame his presidential ambitions and believe that he was trying to curry favor with the government- and public-transit-hating Republican base.

Much of the middle class finds itself in an anxiety-inducing squeeze while the nation’s top 1 percent garner more and more of the income pie.

California is the only state in the western United States that does not govern its groundwater at the state level. Now the San Joaquin Valley is sinking.

Mike Ramos delivered a hard-nosed law-and-order stemwinder, exactly the sort of speech his audience had come to hear.

Re “Does wealth = health?” (Forum, April 6): As a physician, I was surprised to read Daniel Weintraub’s belief that “health care can patch us up, but it can’t really keep us healthy.”

Betty Yee, Ashley Swearegin are best choices for state controller.

Programs have widespread political support and substantial funding, but have limited success helping laid-off workers find jobs.

Powerful interests remain all too eager to kick the can down the road and push our pension problems onto future generations.

One thing that both the workers and the growers have in common is a shared disillusion with the current immigration legal system and the lame attempts to address this perennial challenge.

Ethics, schmethics. Politically, we’ve operated in a ethical free-fire zone in California since they found gold at Sutter’s Mill. Periodically, someone will lightly adjust the rules, but the essential problem is always there:

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