Jack Ohman looks at International Press Freedom Day as envisioned by Donald Trump. See the full cartoon here.
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California stoops to Donald Trump’s level with this bill to block border wall: Sen. Ricardo Lara is flailing at President Donald Trump’s wall at the Mexican border with terrible legislation that would force the state to stop doing business with any contractors that help build the wall. It’s a bully tactic that Trump would appreciate.
Looking for another way to resist President Trump? Give to local nonprofits: With the president putting social programs on the chopping block, the Big Day of Giving is even more important for nonprofits in the Sacramento region.
Jim Wunderman: Under a single-payer system, health care would be financed through taxing people to support a government-run program rather than having them or their employers pay for insurance coverage.
Mike Bober: Sacramento City Council should reconsider the proposed ban on retail sale of pets.
Simone Lagomarsino: Senate Bill 33, which aims to curb predatory practices of banks, seeks to promote class action lawsuits where trial attorneys, not consumers, are the winners.
Take a number: 560,000
Those undocumented workers are the backbone of California’s $54 billion agriculture industry. So Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris of California joined three other Democrats to introduce a bill Wednesday to protect them from deportation. Under the bill, farmworkers with at least 100 days on the job in each of the past two years could get legal “blue card” status. If they keep that status for three or five years, depending on how many hours they work, they would be eligible to apply for a green card.
In a statement, Feinstein said the bill would ensure “hardworking immigrants don’t live in fear and California's agriculture industry has the workforce it needs to thrive.” Western Growers praised the bill for raising “an issue often overlooked in the immigration reform debate.”
President Donald Trump says that gang members and criminals are at the top of his priority list for deportation, and has said that Dreamers – the undocumented who were brought to America as children – should “rest easy.” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said last week that Trump won’t focus on farmworkers, either.
But given his past rhetoric and actions on deportation, and since this president changes his mind at the drop of a hat, it sure wouldn’t hurt to have a law on the books to shield agricultural workers. – Foon Rhee, @foonrhee
East Bay Times: California voters still have a voice in local pension reform, thanks to an appeals court decision blocking a rogue state agency’s efforts to undermine the initiative process.
San Jose Mercury News: It shouldn’t take a lawsuit for Santa Clara to look at electing City Council members by district rather than citywide. But apparently it has. A city that is 37 percent Asian, 36 percent white and 19 percent Latino should be embarrassed that it has elected only one non-white City Council member in nearly 40 years.
Mariel Garza, Los Angeles Times: My horror grew as I realized that all the little white things littering the beach around me were pieces of polystyrene. There was plastic foam bobbing in the tide as well.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: The cannabis industry has a keen interest in Santa Rosa, situated as it is near the famous Emerald Triangle and on the northern edge of a nine-county metropolitan area with more than 7 million residents. So the City Council proposed Measure D, authorizing local taxation of marijuana-related business. It will appear on the June 6 ballot, and The Press Democrat recommends a yes vote.
Orange County Register: California has been a national leader in school choice with regard to charter schools, but it has a long way to go on vouchers. In 1992, California became the second state in the nation (behind Minnesota) to pass a charter schools law. Since then, charters have exploded to 1,253 schools that educate more than 600,000 students statewide, according to the California Charter Schools Association. But California is seriously lagging in other aspects of school choice, namely school vouchers.
Raleigh News & Observer: Chief Justice Mark Martin is backing legislation that will put an end to North Carolina’s cruel – and almost unique – practice of trying nonviolent teenage defendants as adults in criminal courts.
Baltimore Sun: President Donald Trump says a lot of things, sometimes contradictory, often ill-considered. But every once in a while, Trump stumbles upon something quite worthwhile – as happened Monday when he told a Bloomberg News reporter that he would “certainly consider” raising the federal gas tax to pay for infrastructure improvements if the money was earmarked for highways.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Donald Trump is putting his personal stamp on history by making a mockery of it. In an interview Monday on Sirius XM radio, Trump stated that President Andrew Jackson had been “really angry” about the Civil War and questioned why the opposing sides couldn’t work out their differences to avert disaster. Like many things Trump says, the facts have a way of making him look worse than silly.
Dana Milbank: Airlines are caught abusing passengers in graphic ways, and the top lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives overseeing the industry responds by proposing a crackdown – on passengers.
Thomas L. Friedman: As for the next 100 days, who will protect us from President Donald Trump? Myself, I am not counting on the Democratic Party. It’s too weak. On the issues I care about most, I’m actually counting on California.
E.J. Dionne: Here’s hoping that Jimmy Kimmel wins some humanitarian acclaim for his 13-minute monologue about the recent birth of his son Billy, and how emergency surgery for a heart defect when the child was a day old saved his very new life. And after Kimmel’s intervention, we have to face the fact that either we pay the public cost of covering everyone, or kids like his son will die when they could have lived.
“(Trump) does excel in one area in which he is peerless: having told over 400 lies in his first 100 days. That’s a record.” – Nora J. Coryell, Jackson