Foster kids seek help; Eric Bauman fires back; Trump’s assault on sanctuary cities

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Our take


Adults have let these kids down. Now adults in the Legislature need to step up: Advocates for foster kids are urging that Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators spare $22 million to provide kids with lawyers. Those doubting the need should consider what has been happening at the Mary Graham Children’s Shelter in French Camp outside Stockton.

This latest dust-up is why California can’t trust Trump on immigration: California isn’t a sanctuary state yet. But the Trump administration is giving the Legislature every reason to take that last step.


Bill Whalen: A Hoover Institution Golden State Poll asked voters how they’d like to see their tax dollars paired with infrastructure repairs. Here are the winners:

Joe Mathews: The story of the Los Angeles State Historic Park, like so many other big projects in California, mixes miracles with missed opportunities.


Eric C. Bauman: While The Bee’s editorial chose to focus on a few colorful moments of the California Democratic Party Convention, the three-day event actually was incredibly productive for our party – and for California’s future.

Take a number: 7.7 percent

The report card from the League of American Bicyclists says the share of the transportation budget the city of Sacramento spends on bicycling falls far short of the 14 percent to reach gold status. In the latest Numbers Crunch, Foon Rhee says City Hall is starting to increase its investments in bicycling – $2.25 million for bike lanes and other projects across Sacramento and $2.3 million on public access easements for the bike trail on the long-delayed Sacramento River Parkway through the Pocket.

Their take

Billings Gazette: GOP House hopeful Greg Gianforte’s altercation with Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, eyewitness accounts, law enforcement investigations and records are all shocking, disturbing and without precedent. That’s why The Billings Gazette editorial board is also doing something without precedent: We’re rescinding our editorial endorsement of Greg Gianforte.

Charlotte Observer, North Carolina: The First Amendment was in critical condition Thursday after falling victim to a series of violent assaults, authorities said. Mr. Amendment’s condition was reported as unstable, and family members were asking members of the public to pray for his recovery, and also to demand that the perpetrators be brought to justice.

L.A. Times: David Bernhardt is a bad choice to be deputy Interior Secretary, a fact that should have become abundantly clear during last week’s Senate committee hearings. An attorney for partisans in California’s water battles, he comes laden with conflicts of interest.

Daniel Borenstein, East Bay Times: Should felons keep their public pensions?

Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Next to the state constitution, the California Public Records Act is the most critical document residents have to ensure their government operates in a transparent way. Two bills now working their way through the state Legislature would have a significant impact on this vital open-records law – one in a positive way and the other negative.

Orange County Register: California adopted some reforms last year to curb predatory disability lawsuits but, as evidenced by more proposals at both the state and federal levels, the problem remains. The Americans with Disabilities Act, adopted in 1990, was enacted to ensure access for the disabled to public accommodations, but too often it has been abused to shake down businesses.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Though the courage and dedication of Confederate fighters was admirable, their cause was not. It deserves to be taught, researched and analyzed as history – inside museums and libraries where the context of the Civil War and the Confederacy’s role in fighting to preserve slavery can be examined and dissected. Americans do not need plaques and monuments that hold Confederate leaders out as heroes.

Syndicates’ take

Michael Gerson: The conservative mind, in some very visible cases, has become diseased. The movement has been seized by a kind of discrediting madness, in which conspiracy delusions figure prominently.

Charles M. Blow: President Donald Trump’s attachment to Michael Flynn strikes me less as an act of fidelity and more as an exercise in fear. What does Flynn know that Trump doesn’t want the world to know?

Bret Stephens: Our intellectual understanding of terrorism will be stunted if we lack a visceral understanding of it. Reality, in Manchester, is Saffie Rose Roussos, gone at the age of 8. It is Marcin and Angelika Klis, a Polish couple killed while waiting for their two children, now orphans, to emerge from the Ariana Grande concert.

Charles Krauthammer: The American pursuit of Middle East peace is a perennial. It invariably fails, yet every administration feels compelled to give it a try.

Nicholas Kristof: Patriots like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have warned of the importance of ferreting out the truth and holding politicians accountable. Thank God for their insistence on truth-seeking!

Gail Collins: President Donald Trump’s spending plan was unveiled, like the magic show at a mismanaged gambling house, and there were a few, um, flaws. For one thing, the budget appeared to count the same $2 trillion twice.


“We have to change the mindset that you just go wherever and whenever you want. People are not dogs!” –Linda Claire Boyan, Woodland

And finally,

The Trump Shove, the Trump attack on Germany, news that Jared Kushner is a subject of the FBI’s Russia investigation, and a yahoo from Montanta faces voters after body slamming a reporter. Then there’s the Kim Dotcom mess. Just another news day.

“Dear Press: We have created a safe zone in our office. Reporters will (1) get the truth and (2) not get body slammed. #ThursdayThoughts.” Rep. Ted Lieu, @tedlieu