Antonio Villaraigosa’s decision to run for governor in 2018 could be a footnote to the former L.A. mayor and Assembly speaker’s career. Maybe his time has come and gone. I wouldn’t count him out, however.
In 1995, in his earliest days in the Assembly, Villaraigosa would stand at the back of the chambers and flash his wide smile as he worked those of us in the press, which was fine with me.
He was on the rise and making news as Republicans controlled the Assembly after voters approved Proposition 187, the 1994 initiative aimed at illegal immigrants, a precursor to what President-elect Donald Trump talked about on the campaign trail.
Villaraigosa’s first bill in 1995 sought to make permanent an income tax surcharge on high earners, 10 percent on people who made $100,000 or more, and 11 percent on people who earned $200,000 – when $100,000 and $200,000 was big money.
There were the bills to make clear that women could breast-feed in public, impose an oil severance tax, speed health coverage for people with AIDS, give tax credits for low-emission vehicles, require trigger locks for guns and tax bullets.
Not many of them became law in that first term. There was a time for that, when he became speaker. Who knows how Villaraigosa will play in 2018? But in 1995 and 1996, Villaraigosa was a guy to watch.
Take a number: 49.8 percent
It seems so long ago that Darrell Steinberg was elected mayor of Sacramento. So much has happened in politics since June. But when he takes the oath on Dec. 13, he will know that voters care about his election. Foon Rhee notes in the Numbers Crunch that the turnout of 49.8 percent would have placed the city second-highest to Portland, Ore., in voter interest in mayoral races among large cities.
Editorial: California to Donald Trump: America can’t afford for us to fail. Though it is unclear how far Trump will go – some recent statements imply his more extreme pledges may be more like negotiating postures – it is reasonable to assume he meant at least some of what he promised during the campaign. When it comes to damaging California, however, he should think twice – and leave well enough alone.
Erika D. Smith: Ever the professional, Barack Obama looked straight into the cameras and gamely adopted a casual but serious tone. This was Obama, the country’s first black president, welcoming to the White House a man who was endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan.
Dan Morain: Hindsight always is clear. But perhaps the election would have turned out differently, if only Hillary Clinton had followed the memo attached to the email sent the night before Thanksgiving 2014. If only.
Jack Ohman: Hillary Clinton never quite got around to visiting a lot of places like Galesburg, Ill. Or Racine, Wis., or Detroit either, until it was too late. When a Democrat goes to Wayne County, Mich., in November, something is terribly, terribly wrong.
Andrew Acosta: The joint you smoked in the 1960s or even the one in 1989 has nowhere near the potency of today’s product. The marijuana industry is a very sophisticated industry. The big players use data-driven research to market and brand products, push for high potency, and they have Silicon Valley venture capital behind them.
Marcos Breton: This is how a Donald Trump hater made peace with a Trump presidency.
Mindy Romero: By failing to vote, we ended up with Donald Trump.
John M. Hein: Sussing out artificial intelligence’s impact on your job.
Gregory Favre: Together we can spark a revolution of serving and caring to provide hope for those in need. We all need hope.
David Mas Masumoto: By a twist of history, my father was a Cubs fan. We’ve always had a place in our home for those loveable losers, checking the scores, anticipating the worst and never disappointed because they met expectations: They usually lost.
Dorothy Korber: A grandmother’s wisdom on the morning after Trump’s election.
Ryan Sabalow: Stepping and stumbling with feet in two Americas.
Angela F. Luna: A teacher sees Donald Trump through a child’s innocent eyes.
Jim Brulte: California GOP urges unity.
Flagg Miller: Suspending disbelief in the voting booth.
Hartford Courant: Attention, haters: The election of Donald Trump did not grant anyone license to bully, belittle, assault, abuse or otherwise demonize women, African Americans, Hispanics, gays, lesbians, Muslims or anyone else.
Modesto Bee: State, counties and cities must get real on weed. Like it or not, the Green Rush has started.
L.A. Times: Some hopeful observers have suggested that Donald Trump can be educated out of some of his more absurd assertions about foreign policy, particularly if he appoints seasoned experts to advise him. We hope so, but some of the positions Trump staked out in the campaign will be easier to reverse or finesse than others.
Miami Herald: Donald Trump’s first words after winning the presidential election expressed a desire to bring the country together. So here’s Job 1: Prove it, Mr. Trump.
Charlotte Observer: Donald Trump’s dealings with the banks will reveal whether he’s really for the common man, or if he’s just yet another promise-breaking politician – this time camouflaged in a private businessman’s suit.
Dallas Morning News: Hillary Clinton won the popular vote; Donald Trump the electoral count. Republicans have a mandate for change, but not for partisan governing that leaves half of America on the sidelines.
Chicago Tribune: Donald Trump needs to earn the respect of all Americans. He’ll make no progress uniting the country unless he speaks and acts more responsibly. We were tempted to write: He’ll make no progress uniting the country unless he speaks and acts like an adult.
Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker: If Donald Trump is truly the deal-maker he makes himself out to be, he should learn soon enough that bullying China does not serve long-term U.S. interests.
Ross Douthat: You must serve Donald Trump.
Timothy Egan: Resist Donald Trump.
Dana Milbank: Will Donald Trump bring out the ghosts of Richard Nixon and Herbert Hoover?
Clive Crook: Dumb elites face revenge of the deplorables.
Timothy L. O’Brien: Trump, the conflicts-of-interest president.
Debra J. Saunders: How did the national polls, which overwhelmingly predicted a Hillary Clinton victory, get the presidential election so wrong?
Leonid Bershidsky: Putin knows working with Trump won’t be fun.
Charles M. Blow: America elects a bigot.
Paul Krugman: Thoughts for the horrified.
David Brooks: The view from Trump Tower.
President-elect Trump’s Twitter feed
Wow, the @nytimes is losing thousands of subscribers because of their very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the “Trump phenomena”
The @nytimes sent a letter to their subscribers apologizing for their BAD coverage of me. I wonder if it will change — doubt it? — Donald J. Trump, @realDonaldTrump
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