Steinberg vows to stand up to Trump on sanctuary city status

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Our take


Beaches are a public trust, not reserved solely for billionaires: Tech billionaire Vinod Khosla may win his fight to keep the public away from Martins Beach. But does he truly want to be that guy?

One way to balance Sacramento parks funding: Sacramento parks funding needs more balance and flexibility so that regional parks don’t get starved. Sacramento bills itself as a city of trees. It’s also a city of parks, but it needs a better balance between neighborhood and regional ones. Fixing the funding would be a big help.


Erika D. Smith writes that mourning the Ghost Ship fire and angrily demanding answers isn’t enough. Rapidly gentrifying areas must do more to prevent people from feeling like they have no choice but to live in an unsafe place, while also finding a way to preserve urban artist colonies and make them safer.


Ed Ring: Private investment can break gridlock on California infrastructure.

Joe Mathews: ‘Seasteading’ could be one solution to California’s housing crisis.

Their take

Seattle Times: How does canceling Boeing contract save U.S. jobs? President-elect Donald Trump’s scrutiny of defense-procurement costs is welcome. Less welcome is Trump abruptly blurting out that he’ll cancel a contract affecting thousands of American manufacturing jobs in Washington state.

The Washington Times: Donald Trump has a unique opportunity to go after waste at the Pentagon with his pick of Gen. James Mattis as defense secretary.

San Diego Union-Tribune: Sen. Dianne Feinstein gets it right in California water fight, finally.

Los Angeles Times: Internet giants’ deal to block terrorists’ imagery is a double-edged sword.

East Bay Times: Contra Costa District Attorney Mark Peterson should resign over illegal use of campaign funds.

Miami Herald: Gitmo is still open, and it’s to our shame.

Syndicates’ take

E.J. Dionne Jr.: The disempowered majority under Donald Trump.

Trudy Rubin: U.S. must keep promises to Iraqi, Afghan interpreters.

Dana Milbank: Trump’s one consistent policy is chaos.

Frank Bruni: Paul Ryan’s dangerous silence.

Thomas L. Friedman: Al Gore meeting only a first step for Trump on climate change.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: It’s a challenge to keep hope.

Letters to the editor

“The election is lost for Hillary Clinton, but it is not yet lost for the nation.”Tom Bowman, Long Beach

President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter feed

Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!” Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump, responding in an oh-so-presidential manner to Jones’ criticism of Trump’s photo-op deal to retain jobs at the Carrier factory in Indiana, in which Jones said Trump lied about the benefits of the deal.

Taking a stand

Hizzoner-elect Darrell Steinberg, preparing to be sworn in next week, is holding out out hope that President-elect Donald Trump will spend billions on public works projects and that some of that will fall California’s way.

But there’s the question of Trump’s pledge to deny federal funding to sanctuary cities such as Sacramento, where local officials decline to help deport undocumented immigrants. Steinberg isn’t about to stand down on that issue.

“We will work with him where we can and fight him when we must,” Steinberg said over coffee at the Café a Cote in the Ban Roll-On building. And while Steinberg said he is willing to find common ground on many issues, “there is no compromise on civil rights. We stand with our people.”