Steinberg promises police reform; we mark his words

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We heard promises about economic development from Barry Broome and Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg, and hope it all comes about, as we waited for the Tim Kaine-Mike Pence showdown. Jack Ohman, cartoonist extraordinaire and fly fishing aficionado, reacts to the $5.5 billion takeover of a big fishing chain swallowing a less-big fishing chain by offering an ode to bait and tackle shops. Think Broadway Bait Rod & Gun.

Taking a big bite

Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg, visiting our editorial board to talk about economic development, answered a few questions related to the Joseph Mann shooting.

“What I have read and what I have seen is terrible. Terrible,” he said.

In answer to a question from The Sacramento Bee’s Anita Chabria about how city staff withheld information about the Mann shooting: “There is way too much tail wagging the dog.”

And this: “We are not going to be afraid to have full public hearings on issues of policy. What is the training protocol for dealing with people with mental illness? Who gets the training? How many hours of the training? What is the quality of the training?”

And this: “We are first when it comes to quality and extent of training.”

Steinberg promised to “strengthen the police commission.” And he promised to do it all “without ever disparaging the police force in general.”

“The vast majority of officers I work with … these are great people. But we should not fear sunshine.”

Mark his words. We have.

Take a number: 35 years

That’s how long Hillary Clinton said was left in the presidential campaign during a news conference Tuesday. She misspoke, and quickly corrected herself to “35 days.” It only seems like years.

Our take

Editorial: No one expects Sacramento to supplant Silicon Valley, and it never will be San Francisco. But Sacramento has much to offer. Barry Broome goes down the list.

Jack Ohman: There is something else that the 13 law firms and banks that worked on the Bass Pro acquisition of Cabela’s won’t advise you about: what’s biting and where, or when the fall run begins.

Teacher David Nevarez and Proposition 227 author Ron Unz try to convince voters on Proposition 58, which would loosen the bilingual education law from Unz’s 1998 initiative.

Nevarez: Proposition 58 will give school districts and parents more choice.

Unz: Proposition 58 would undo an English learning system that’s working.

Their take

L.A. Times: The Taser killing of Reginald Thomas by Pasadena police shows the difficulty of less-than-lethal response.

San Diego Union-Tribune: America badly needs a tax code that is simpler and much more difficult to manipulate, not one where the 400 richest Americans pay a smaller effective income tax than those making $75,000.

Orange County Register: Perhaps the greatest lesson of the 2016 election is that populism is bred when the political class fails to listen and act.

Redding Record Searchlight: Gun owners may not like everything they get from Gov. Jerry Brown, but he wielded his veto pen sensibly this year.

Raleigh News & Observer: Donald Trump’s candidacy is built on fear and wrong impressions. The tide of immigrants is not hurting American workers and it’s helping the economy.

Kansas City Star: Kansas’ big budget problems were exposed in 24 hours of doom-and-gloom news. Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature will have to make bold, decisive moves that require adding more revenue sources to the budget in 2017.

Syndicates’ take

Ruben Navarrette: Why Latinos aren’t flocking to Clinton.

Megan McArdle: Trump’s tax return shows good policy at work.

David Brooks: Trump, taxes and citizenship.

Kathleen Parker: Whither, comma?


Something needs to be done before my well goes dry.Mike Nelson, Galt

And finally,

“There are five laws in Arizona, and two of them are you can have a gun.” – Barry Broome, CEO of the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council, and Arizona transplant, lamenting California’s regulatory structure to The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board.