Opinion

Trump’s climate change failure; housing catastrophe; Sacramento’s next police chief

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Jack Ohman: Gov. Jerry Brown says tanks but no tanks to Donald Trump’s climate change views. Read the cartoon here.

Our take

Editorial

Sacramento police need a reformer-in-chief: Seven people want to be Sacramento’s police chief. Some want an insider. Others want an outsider. But he or she must be a reformer.

Columns

Erika D. Smith: Housing crisis? What California has is a housing catastrophe. Los Angeles has 58,000 people living on the streets thanks to rising housing costs. The rest of California isn’t far behind.

Dan Walters: Most Californians like universal, single-payer medical care, but support drops to opposition if they have to pay higher taxes to get it.

Stuart Leavenworth: With President Donald Trump withdrawing from the Paris climate change agreement, Gov. Jerry Brown’s trip to China takes on added urgency.

Markos Kounalakis: Don’t cheer China’s climate progress until it’s for real. California Gov. Jerry Brown’s desire to enlist China on climate change is understandable and has precedent. But what’s in it for China? Three things.

Op-eds

Rob Turner: Sadly, when it comes to Sacramento bridge design in the 21st century, we’re in danger of being inextricably linked with the symbolism of the past.

Eric Guerra: Sacramento set aside $300,000 for legal aid for those facing deportation. The Legislature should do the same with Senate Bill 6.

Lisa Romero: Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s education secretary has been building a foundation for fundamental change that will impact every child in every school, but has not laid out a clear vision. Parents and students deserve to know.

Take a number: 139 percent

If you think Uber and Lyft cars are breeding like rabbits on Sacramento’s streets, you might be on to something. The Sacramento metro area’s increase in ridesharing drivers ranks sixth highest in the nation from 2014 to 2015, the Brookings Institution said Thursday. In 2015, there were nearly 3,600 employed in the ridesharing industry in the Sacramento region, up 359 percent from 2012.

Ridesharing is still booming, especially in tech-oriented cities in the West, but it’s also expanding into new areas, despite lawsuits and bad publicity for Uber, the study says. The new figures update a study from last year on the growth of the gig economy. – Foon Rhee, @foonrhee

Their take

Mercury News: Watching the video of a 10-year-old boy catapulted onto the concrete at one of Dublin’s new water slides less than 90 minutes after they first opened last weekend, it’s obvious this could have been much worse.

Orange County Register: As a key deadline looms for state bills to advance, California businesses are crossing their fingers and hoping for the best – or, more accurately, to avoid the worst.

Santa Rosa Press Democrat: The fine for running a red light is $100. Tack on the extra fees and the actual cost is $490. That would sting for most people. But for someone working a minimum-wage job, it’s more than a week’s pay.

Charlotte Observer: Shane Massey is a Republican and the Senate Majority Leader in South Carolina. He’s not exactly a flaming liberal. Yet he supports the creation of a state Earned Income Tax Credit to help 150,000 of South Carolina’s poorer residents. He knows the EITC is no giveaway to the shiftless. It is exactly the kind of tax cut conservatives should support because it encourages work.

Takes on Trump’s climate denial

Kansas City Star: President Donald Trump’s decision to end U.S. compliance with the Paris climate accord is a consequential mistake – a serious miscalculation that will harm our relations with other countries, endanger homes and businesses across the nation and make the world sicker.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Trump’s campaign trail pronouncements that climate change is a “hoax” and that the Paris accord is a “bad deal” were simple nonsense. And while pulling out of the agreement comes as no surprise, it still shows a failure to face up to the reality of what could be the planet’s most significant common threat.

Detroit Free Press: President Donald Trump has betrayed the future of our children, our grandchildren and our planet. His decision to exit the Paris climate accord is incomprehensible and inexcusable.

East Bay Times: Donald Trump purports to be an expert on business and how to best position the United States for its strongest competitive economic position. The president cannot hope to maintain any semblance of that reputation now that he has indicated the U.S. will pull out of the landmark Paris climate accord.

San Francisco Chronicle: As President Trump withdraws, this state must move ahead. His decision to dump a global agreement to curb climate change heightens the critical role that California plays in meeting the planet’s top environmental problem.

Los Angeles Times: With his announcement that he will pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, our petulant president has put the world on a path to irreversible catastrophe. While expected, the decision is stunning in its short-sightedness, and the clearest evidence yet that Trump is turning the U.S. into a force for bad in the world.

Sacramento Bee: As the Paris climate agreement now joins the litany of great American things that President Donald Trump has debased, there is this silver lining: More of the world is starting to think like Californians.

Syndicates’ take

Charles Krauthammer: Who believes that the United States would really go to war with Russia – and risk nuclear annihilation – over Estonia? Ah, but that’s precisely the point.

Michael Gerson: There is some unknown fact exerting influence on all the various parts of the Russian-influence scandal. Some pulling planet. Some missing key. If Trump’s tax returns and financial information are exculpatory, why not release them?

Eugene Robinson: The real-world impact of Donald Trump’s choice to withdraw from the Paris accord is more diplomatic than environmental.

Charles M. Blow: Former FBI director James Comey is simultaneously hero and villain, and presumably right where he likes to be: in the spotlight. He damned us to the reign of Donald Trump, and may be one of the only people who can save us from it.

Gail Collins: Who’s your favorite mini-Trump? I’m sort of attached to Eric, the one who compared waterboarding to a fraternity hazing.

Dana Milbank: In an astonishing interview, a 10-year House Republican lawmaker repeatedly demurred when asked whether Americans are entitled to the most basic human need – to eat.

Mailbag

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