People sleep in dirt, Utah assaults California and Trump talks of ‘milk people’

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Our take


A single speeding ticket shouldn’t be a ticket to bankruptcy: Senate Bill 185, by Sen. Robert Hertzberg, is a welcome reform to California’s overly punitive system for traffic violations.

People are sleeping in dirt. Will Sacramento County ignore millions in free money for homelessness?: Sacramento County could get millions more dollars for homeless services. All it has to do is work with the City Council.

San Luis Obispo Tribune: Can you imagine 46 hours in that seat? Now think about being strapped in, naked, unable to get up and use the restroom, unable to shift to try to find a more comfortable position, unable to even scratch your nose. We wouldn’t treat an animal in such a manner, let alone a human being. Yet that’s what Andrew Holland suffered through at the San Luis Obispo County jail.


Dan Morain: In the Capitol, Joe Lang is a lobbyist’s lobbyist. But with the discovery that his daughter suffers from a rare genetic mutation, Lang has been fighting for the biggest cause of his career.

Dan Walters, CalMatters: The business, civic and political elites of Los Angeles are understandably stoked that their city was chosen last week to host the 2028 Olympic Games. But Los Angeles – and perhaps all California taxpayers – are running a substantial financial risk.


Cynthia Buiza: The federal government’s relentless push to involve local law enforcement with deportations is further undermining confidence in law enforcement across California.

Christina Mansfield: Immigrant workers have traditionally been viewed both as a threat to white labor and as expendable and undeserving of rights.

Jennifer Eagan: There’s no connection between CSU tuition hikes and faculty salary increases.

Take a number: 209,000

The number of jobs added to the U.S. economy in July, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, brings the monthly average for 2017 to 184,000. That’s on par with the 187,000 monthly payroll increases last year. That was enough for President Donald Trump to brag on Twitter: “Excellent Jobs Numbers just released – and I have only just begun.” But the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute points out that the rate needs to reach 223,000 a month to the lower the unemployment rate to 4 percent – what economists consider full employment. The official jobless rate dropped to 4.3 percent in July, but it’s misleading because it doesn’t count those who have stopped looking for work or part-time workers who want a full-time job. That rate remains above 8 percent. It’s funny how Trump, who complained during the campaign that the official rate understated how bad the jobless situation was, is now trumpeting it as proof of his success. Foon Rhee, @foonrhee

Their take

Salt Lake City Tribune: It’s April Fools’ Day at the Utah Legislature. At least Rep. Paul Ray thinks it is. Ray has started drafting a resolution for the 2018 legislative session in support of California seceding from the union.

Denver Post: There are many reasons to oppose two applications in Colorado to expand existing coal mining operations, but one of those reasons is not the mounting climate change “social cost” of burning coal and releasing methane. Starving coal power plants to save the environment is misguided.

Kansas City Star: Whatever your perspective, the $7.70 minimum in Missouri is too low. So it is incumbent upon voters to say yes Tuesday to raising Kansas City’s minimum wage to $10 per hour initially and eventually to $15 by 2022.

San Jose Mercury News: Let’s be clear. The Google plan is a tremendous opportunity for San Jose – not just for downtown but for all neighborhoods, which ultimately will see millions in increased revenue for public safety and other services.

East Bay Times: Gov. Jerry Brown’s cheerleading squad was in high spirits recently with the latest news that his twin tunnels project in the Delta inched a step closer to reality. The governor is not swayed by the $17 billion price tag or public opinion. In fact, he’s doing all he can to avoid a public vote on the topic.

Orange County Register: Misconduct by prosecutors in Southern California has led to dozens of criminal convictions being overturned on appeal – that’s the finding from a new study by Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project, which looked at court rulings on prosecutorial misconduct across the country. These are not cases of errors, but of willful and serious misconduct.

LA Times: AB 1250, sponsored by the Service Employees International Union and authored by Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), would effectively compel supervisors to pad county payrolls and limit their options to contract with experts in particular fields.

Modesto Bee: Just because Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a federal grand jury, we must not conclude that his investigation has suddenly found evidence that President Donald Trump and his family are guilty of anything.

Seattle Times: Trump’s disinterest in solving the big problems of health care — including cost and access — is remarkable because it is so callous. Instead of merely working to score political points off the Obama legacy, Trump and the GOP-led Congress need to work with Democrats and fix, not toss, the Affordable Care Act.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Philadelphia’s ambitious holistic approach to opioid addiction, pulling together social workers, health experts, and police to reinforce a neighborhood and treat addicts, is a less traveled course.

Miami Herald: President Trump says accelerating the United States’ economic growth is one of his administration’s most cherished goals. But on Wednesday, he embraced a legislative overhaul to the immigration system that, if enacted, would make that goal unattainable.

Lexington Herald Leader: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Most Americans probably know these words, which are inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty. The etched-in-stone words have long represented America’s welcoming of immigrants. Until Stephen Miller downplayed the poem’s significance.

Syndicates’ take

Kathleen Parker: CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta verbally dueled with White House senior adviser Stephen Miller on an immigration bill backed by President Donald Trump. Acosta’s accosting of Miller is why so many Americans believe the media is biased.

David Brooks: Two men who clashed during racial tensions in Shreveport, Louisiana, are now both involved with Community Renewal, one of the nation’s the most impressive community-building groups.

Gail Collins: The connection between Trump’s Wall and transgender people in the military.

Ross Douthat: How the left and the right damage the immigration debate.

Maureen Dowd: Trump vs. Mueller: Epic clash of septuagenarians who came from New York wealth.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: The ways we arrange ourselves, even within big metro areas, reduce the likelihood that we will encounter people we disagree with but nonetheless like or, at the least, have reason to work with on common problems.

Paul Krugman: In 2009 and 2010, people screamed at their congressional representatives in town halls about Obamacare. But people with pre-existing medical conditions are among the ACA’s biggest beneficiaries, and very few people other than wealthy taxpayers were hurt by health reform.

Dana Milbank: The number of Obama-to-Trump voters turns out to be smaller than thought. And those Obama voters who did switch to Trump were largely Republican voters to start with. The aberration wasn’t their votes for Trump but their votes for Obama.

Ruben Navarrette: The Trump administration opposes affirmative action for some Americans but supports it for others. It frowns on preferential treatment in college admissions because of the fairy tale that white males are being kept out of universities, but advocates giving a helping hand to working-class Americans who feel they can’t compete with low-skilled immigrants.


“We were appalled at the litter along Business 80 and 99. Shame on the Department of of Transportation. Our beautiful city deserves better.” – Gloria Rolak, Elk Grove

And finally,

Jack Ohman: “Everyone wondered what Trump meant. Just who were these local milk people,’ anyway?”