Jack Ohman checks out potential White House communications director candidates. See the contestants here.
Forget Linda Katehi’s salary. That’s not the real faculty pay outrage: To obsess on the former UC Davis chancellor’s new salary is to miss a far more consequential faculty pay outrage.
The Fresno Bee: President Donald Trump had to do something to stabilize a White House crumbling under the rapid-fire comings. John Kelly is America’s best hope for saving the Trump presidency.
Dan Walters, CalMatters: The San Francisco Bay Area’s technology-centered economy is, by any measure, red-hot. It not only far surpasses the Los Angeles region’s lackluster economic performance but also, in effect, props up the entire state. How Los Angeles wound up eating the Bay Area’s dust, at least in economic terms, is a tale of civic and political decisions, demographic circumstance and even global politics.
Bill Whalen: The problem isn’t Josh Newman. It’s recalls. Recalls are a symptom of the political disease that ails this state and the nation – exaggerated outrage and inappropriate remedies. And in California, they don’t succeed very often.
Amber K. Stott and Debra Oto-Kent: A wellness policy before the Sacramento City Unified School District board aims to establish a school culture that eliminates junk food options and educates students about exercise and eating vegetables.
Erwin Chemerinsky: Donald Trump said he would be a ‘real friend’ to LGBT Americans. Here’s what he’s doing instead.
David Ulin: Which Beatle are you? How much do you know about baseball? Can you name the top reason online quizzes have taken over my life?
Lien Hoang: “My first thought: Nothing ever happens. I wonder if the Indonesian villagers are satisfied with this provincial life. My second thought: Is the California capital where I spent most of my life also just a village, once we peel away the decorations and props?” A city dweller from the capital of the sixth largest economy considers American values from a village on Borneo, where life is laid bare.
Take a number: $209,314
Not too many candidates who are front runners for governor endorse candidates in contested assembly campaigns, especially for an election that’s a year away. But Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom endorsed Buffy Wicks on Wednesday, knowing she’s no run-of-the mill assembly candidate. Wicks, a graduate of Placer High School in Auburn, was integral to Barack Obama’s political operation in 2008 and 2012, and was a policy adviser. The race to replace Tony Thurmond is hardly a slam dunk. Wicks faces Oakland City Councilman Dan Kalb and Richmond Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles, among others. But Wicks raised more than her opponents combined, $209,314, her first campaign finance report filed earlier this week shows. She tapped several Obama donors and White House alumni: Laurene Powell Jobs, Craig Newmark, Susie Tomkins Buell, Eleni Kounalakis (who has her own race), David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Bill Burton, Anita Dunn, Ben LaBolt, Jim Messina, Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, plus Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill. And so on.
Los Angeles Times: If the Trump administration really intends to examine discriminatory college-admission policies, it had best be prepared for what it will find: A lot of white people who benefit from admission preferences that have been around far longer than affirmative action.
San Francisco Chronicle: President Trump’s Justice Department is taking aim at college admissions policies that discriminate against white applicants. It’s difficult to imagine a more misdirected focus by the department’s civil rights division.
David French, National Review: There are many reasons that conservatives rallied so strongly around Jeff Sessions in his recent conflict with President Trump. Last night, we gained another reason to be glad that he runs the Department of Justice. ... And if you think white applicants would be the prime beneficiary of fair enforcement, you’re sadly mistaken. The true victims of affirmative action are our Asian-American citizens.
The Orange County Register: Los Angeles officials are declaring Olympic victory – with several laps to go in the race to make the 2028 Olympic Games a popular and financial success. While it certainly appears the L.A. area has succeeded in its efforts to bring the Summer Olympic Games here for the third time, leaders of the bid have work to do to assure residents that this will be good for the region.
The San Diego Union-Tribune: In 2013, the Los Angeles Times broke the story of an immense scandal involving the fraudulent opening of accounts in customers’ names at Wells Fargo, the giant San Francisco-based bank which operates in all 50 states and has more than a quarter-million employees. Now there is more evidence that Wells Fargo has a corrupt corporate culture.
The Mercury News: Despite the resolve of Republicans in Congress and President Trump to destroy the Affordable Care Act, California – with 11 insurers in its state exchange – continues to have a stable health care market that is far superior to what the state would have today without Obamacare in place. The bipartisan work by moderates in Congress to repair the ACA makes far more sense than Republicans’ flailing attempts to repeal and replace it with an alternative system that covers fewer people at higher cost.
The Kansas City Star: Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens continues to bestow political perks upon one of his benefactors, the St. Louis pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts. Ethics be darned.
Lexington Herald Leader: Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has asserted there is nothing so transparent as him talking to the public via social media like Facebook and Twitter. Actually, no. What Bevin is doing is more like speaking into a mirror from which he can choose the image reflected back.
E.J. Dionne Jr.: The president seems persuaded that he can survive whatever comes his way as long as he keeps his much celebrated political base with him. But this is not as easy as it sounds for either Trump or his party because his base is fundamentally divided.
Ross Douthat: Over the last decade, however, as American Christianity has weakened and American politics become ever-more-polarized, the Catholic position in the United States has become more difficult and perplexing.
Thomas L. Friedman: We are in the middle of a change in the climate, a change in the “climate” of globalization and a change in the “climate” of technology. Donald Trump doesn’t have a clue how to respond, and China does.
Dana Milbank: Retired four-star Gen. John F. Kelly, President Trump’s new chief of staff, is by all accounts an ideal fit. But he may not appreciate just how out of hand this president is, or how allergic he is to the sort of discipline Kelly aims to impose.
“How can we explain to Trump that health care is not about winning at all costs? It’s about helping people.” – Inna Tysoe, Sacramento
The Seattle Times: Look up the definition of innovation and one would not be surprised to see the smiling face of Jeff Brotman, co-founder and board chairman of Costco, which reinvented retailing. Brotman, 74, died early Tuesday in his sleep at his home in Medina.