Building a Sacramento convention center; Silicon Valley housing prices; attacking journalists

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Our take


Here’s why slimmed-down Sacramento Convention Center expansion is smarter: The new plan championed by Mayor Darrell Steinberg would fix some of the biggest flaws, add a public plaza and leave money for other tourism projects.


Foon Rhee: If you wished that Trump would magically transform his policies and personality on his first overseas trip as president, you were sorely disappointed. He was all about terrorism, scolded NATO allies and had some truly bizarre moments.

Dan Walters: California’s top-two primary system will affect next year’s statewide elections, giving also-rans a second chance at placing first.


David Freed: I hold a top-secret federal security clearance. And Jared Kushner ‘forgot’ that Russian contact? Don’t even joke.

Michael T. Ault: It’s time to expand Sacramento’s convention center. Business and civic leaders have come together to support a plan before the City Council because it would elevate a civic asset while helping lay the foundation for continued economic health.

Take a number: 70

The median home price in the Silicon Valley is $935,000, two and a half times more than in Seattle and four times the cost in Austin, according to an op-ed in the Mercury News by Brian Brennan of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Erica Wood of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. They wrote that the housing stock increased just 2.6 percent between 2010 and 2015 in Silicon Valley, a tenth of the region’s job growth. And so it is no wonder that the average commute time in Silicon Valley is 70 minutes a day. Maybe some of those tech jobs ought to come to Sacramento where the median home price is a mere $310,500. Such a deal.

Their take

Baltimore Sun: Whether a government-funded guaranteed basic income is workable or not – and even supporters have to concede it’s mostly in the experimental stage at the moment – it would be a huge mistake to ignore the basis of Mark Zuckerberg’s appeal for a fundamental change in the social contract.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: The Texas Legislature gavels out and goes home Monday, but this session won’t be over for years. Short-sighted and politicized decisions on a brace of issues will plunge Texas into perpetual federal cases. Call it the “See You In Court” session.

Philadelphia Daily News: Add a new name to the list of groups coming hat-in-hand looking for financial help from Harrisburg: the nuclear power industry.

Denver Post: President Donald Trump’s claim that his administration would focus its massive deportation efforts on removing criminals isn’t proving all that reliable.

Seattle Times: A proposal by the Trump administration to sell off Bonneville Power Administration’s transmission system should shake the region awake from complacency. If President Donald Trump gets his way, goodbye cheap public power, hello Wall Street power overlords.

San Francisco Chronicle: Until California takes its investments in mental health seriously, the state’s mentally ill will have to settle for the housing and treatment they can get. The fact that this housing and treatment is increasingly in the state prison system shames all of us.

Mercury News: Patent trolls are almost as plentiful and harder to kill than cockroaches. Give the Supreme Court credit for taking a big step last week to put them in their place.

Syndicates’ take

Charles M. Blow: The assault of a reporter in Montana by new Congressman Greg Gianforte is a glaring display of toxic masculinity in an environment made particularly toxic by the man in the White House and his media bullying.

Eugene Robinson: Jared Kushner was the only one of President Donald Trump’s close advisers who couldn’t be fired, but Kushner’s father-in-law would be smart to jettison him.

Paul Krugman: President Donald Trump has a dangerous false belief that lifting environmental restrictions – ending the supposed “war on coal” – will bring back the days when the coal-mining industry employed hundreds of thousands of blue-collar Americans.


“I can think of several members of the media who deserve a good shove. Since I am a grandmother, I would just be able to smack them in their mean mouths.” Sue Whitehorn, Carmichael

And finally,

Richard W. Painter‏ @RWPUSA, formerly an attorney for President George W. Bush, tweeted: “The most powerful weapon in our arsenal against subversion terrified Hitler, Stalin and many other aggressors. Its called the newspaper.”

Donald Trump rants about “fake news.”

Republican Greg Gianforte gets elected to Congress after attacking a reporter who asked him a question.

Someone shoots out windows at The Lexington Herald Leader.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott jokes about shooting reporters. Why does he think that’s funny?