A family affair? Talk about putting the ‘eek’ in Board of Equalization: State government cannot be run like some big city machine or yore in which patronage jobs are handed out to family members and loyalists.
California officials make clear: The state has Dreamers’ backs: Californians should be proud that top state officials are making it clear that California will protect DACA kids.
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Jack Ohman sees a family resemblance at the Board of Equalization. See the org chart here.
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: Climate deniers like President Trump, citing fake news reports and pseudo-scientific studies, say the world has always had warmer and colder periods, and the current wave of global warming is just one more. But the earth is getting warmer, which makes oceans get warmer, which in turn makes hurricanes stronger.
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer: Unlike Donald Trump, George W. Bush had wide and deep experience overseas. But, despite that background, the mammoth global changes Bush confronted during his presidency could have proved overwhelming.
Kevin R. Johnson: Undocumented immigrants should not have to risk deportation for talking to police.
Richard Pan and Gary S. May: The need for improvement in science education is acute in the Sacramento region, where science test results are some of the lowest in the country. The Powerhouse Science Center can leverage public and private resources while saving taxpayers significant dollars – if we act quickly.
Joshua Pechthalt and Dianna MacDonald: Assembly Bill 1217 seeks to establish a new STEM school in Los Angeles that would siphon scarce local public education resources, and would be answerable only to a corporate governing board, with little accountability to parents or taxpayers.
Good morning. On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, your opinion-politics newsletter.
Take a number: 3
Some people worry about the 1 percent. Here’s reason to worry about The Very Big 3. “If one takes Amazon, Google, and Facebook revenues out of the Fortune 500 total, the remaining 497 companies’ revenues actually declined by 0.81% over the last four years. It is no coincidence that from 2012 to 2016, Amazon, Google and Facebook’s revenues increased by $137 billion and the remaining Fortune 497 revenues contracted by $97 billion.” So writes Scott Cleland, a former official in President George W. Bush’s administration, president of Precursor LLC, and author of a book critical of Google, in a provocative new op-ed for Buzzfeed. He argues that prospects for “bipartisan antitrust reform are increasing because the current unfair playing field is depressing economic growth and the bottleneck market power of Amazon, Google, and Facebook is unaccountable to competition and antitrust enforcement.” Here’s another number: $56.75 million. That’s how much The Very Big 3 have spent on lobbying in Washington since the start of 2016, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Lexington Herald Leader: Republicans may have deluded themselves that they are protecting U.S. economic interests by ignoring the climate threat. But, as U.S. military leaders warned a decade ago, their inaction puts Americans at risk.
Kansas City Star: Nine U.S. House members from Kansas and Missouri, all Republicans, voted against providing federal funds to help Houston residents recover from Hurricane Harvey. One senator — Jerry Moran of Kansas, also a Republican — joined them. It’s hard to overstate the anger and shame their constituents should feel about those votes. California’s own Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, also voted against the package.
Los Angeles Times: As Hurricane Irma was bearing down on Florida on Friday, Scott Pruitt, who runs the federal Environmental Protection Agency, told a television interviewer that the moment was inappropriate for discussing climate change because, well, there were other things to discuss.
San Francisco Chronicle: The Trump administration may want to make American carnage great again. But the nation’s penchant for violence and disorder simply isn’t what it used to be.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Six years ago next month, Gov. Jerry Brown launched a new era in California education. In his veto of a bill involving standardized testing and student evaluations, Brown denounced the “siren song” of data-driven school reform. He followed that up with the Local Control Funding Formula, a law that removed many state education mandates and freed up local districts to focus on what they saw as their priorities. But now there’s a new report that gives mixed reviews of the local control provisions.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Washington is apparently considering the possibility of providing lethal military aid to Ukraine, an action that Russia would consider to be provocative. Notably, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, a retired Marine general, has suggested that measure and presented it as a possible response to Russian intervention in America’s 2016 elections. There are a number of problems with that action. One of them is that it potentially moves the United States and possibly NATO, if it agreed to go along, one step closer to war with Russia.
Charles M. Blow: Donald Trump’s America is the Ninth Circle of hell. And while I know that a president is limited to two terms, and I highly doubt that Trump could be re-elected to a second term and think that Robert Mueller’s investigation may curtail the first, I am still struggling to maintain optimism and perseverance.
Michael Gerson: GOP leaders have lost their wager on Donald Trump on health care and tax reform. In the process, Republican leaders have been made to look hapless and pathetic, not least because Trump has taken to taunting them.
Paul Krugman: In a way, we should be grateful to Rush Limbaugh for at least raising the subject of climate change and its relationship to hurricanes, if only because it’s a topic the Trump administration is trying desperately to avoid.
Eugene Robinson: No rational U.S administration would look at the devastation from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and seek to deny climate change. But because the GOP cynically positioned itself as anti-science, times of trial can never be the right time to talk about climate change.
“We need more funding for better bus service. It is up to us to champion a ballot measure that does this.” – Benjamin Etgen, Sacramento