After the Camp Fire near Paradise, Sacramento Bee reporter Ryan Sabalow recounts the trauma of seeing burned pets, such as cats and dogs, and wildlife in his years covering some of Northern California’s worst wildfires.
A natural disaster is bearing down on our country, one assured to take the lives of thousands and hospitalize tens of thousands more: the annual flu epidemic. Last year's strains were particularly virulent, with 900,000 Americans hospitalized and more than 80,000 people dying from the flu or its complications.
Close to 9,000 firefighters are on the ground battling the Butte County Camp Fire and the Woolsey Fire centered in Malibu. Californians should be profoundly grateful to them and other first responders.
In a nation where people seem divided in every way, it’s worth appreciating that in Sacramento, people don’t argue over what to do, but how to do it. That will certainly be true as the city tries to open more homeless shelters and tackles affordable housing.
Gavin Newsom will be only the second governor of the past half-century to be inaugurated without a severe budget crisis. But a recession could soon be on the horizon, and that would make keeping his costly campaign promises very difficult.
President Trump doesn’t seem to know – more likely, simply doesn’t care – that journalists ask questions, questions that are sometimes tough, pointed and skeptical. That’s how truth is learned. That’s how the people’s right to know is served.
The institutions of the European Union and NATO were meant to prevent the repeat of such uber-nationalist carnage, binding Germany together with its onetime enemies and providing a bulwark against the Soviet Union and now Russia. They did their job.
Democrats who will retake control of the U.S. House in January must stretch their powers to keep President Donald Trump from going completely off the rails. Democrats at the California Capitol must not abuse their power, or freeze out Republicans.
Mass shootings such as Thousand Oaks should not be the new normal. Background checks can stop many high-risk persons from buying firearms. Gun violence restraining orders can be temporarily seized from individuals in crisis.
Ventrua County authorities say former Marine Ian David Long killed 12 people at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday, November 11, 2018. At times like this, it’s a cold comfort that California the strictest gun control laws in the country.
Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman reveals how he will draw Gavin Newsom as California governor after illustrating Jerry Brown for several years. He also reveals something about Brown's dog.