Sacramento families with lead contamination shouldn’t be victims of bureaucratic battle. The city of Sacramento and Sacramento County are fighting over who is to blame for the lead contaminating lawns in Mangan Park near a city-owned gun range. They need to figure out how to clean up the lead first and determine who pays later.
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Dan Walters, CalMatters: California Republicans have harbored thoughts – or fantasies – about eroding the Democrats’ two-thirds legislative “supermajorities” in next year’s elections. However, it appears that Democrats could do it to themselves by ousting legislators accused of sexual harassment.
Jordan Magill: Two children now sleep in my house, where once slept three. A locked medicine chest now sits beneath my sink. The price online was $48.99. Not having it earlier – that was the real cost. It is a price no parent should pay.
Chris Morrill: The president’s plans to reduce two national monuments in Utah is the clearest example yet of the Trump administration’s intent to offer our most treasured public lands to a handful of mining and fossil fuel companies.
Charlotte Observer: To understand just how disingenuous Republicans are when touting tax reform – and just how little they think of some Americans – you need to dig a little deeper into the bills the House and Senate have passed. There you’ll find small provisions, exemptions and carve-outs that show who Republicans have crafted this bill for – and who gets left out.
Detroit Free Press: The resignation of Congressman John Conyers, who served metro Detroit for 53 years in Washington, is a tragedy. A wasted end to a storied career, mostly spent fighting for justice and equality. And an ignominious collision of the congressman’s alleged inappropriate behavior with a culture that, finally, is waking to the horror of how prevalent and unacceptable are workplace sexual harassment and assault. But this is necessary – and overdue.
East Bay Times: If California utilities had a stronger sense of public responsibility, state lawmakers wouldn’t need to write legislation prohibiting them from passing fines, penalties and other costs on to ratepayers when power lines cause wildfires. But it’s clear consumers do need this protection.
L.A. Times: President Trump gushed after his election about bringing Israelis and Palestinians together in the “ultimate deal.” Yet now he seems poised to announce a change in U.S. policy that is likely to make such an agreement even more elusive: formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: It’s hard to disagree with Kate Steinle’s heartbroken father that justice was not served. It’s also hard to differ with the president when he says the outcome in the trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was a “travesty” – although it’s clear he seeks to use the term as a weapon to further a flawed immigration agenda. Indeed, the politicization of the Steinle killing is among the reasons this case has been a tragedy and a travesty from the beginning.
Bloomberg View: The U.S. decision to boycott United Nations talks on global migration is as irrational as it was inevitable. It was always going to be hard for President Donald Trump to resist an opportunity to snub both his predecessor and the U.N., but refusing to participate can only harm American interests.
David Brooks, New York Times: It’s just a cake. It’s not like they were being denied a home or a job, or a wedding. A cake looks good in magazines, but it’s not an important thing in a marriage.
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times: Given the increasingly oligarchic nature of our economy, it’s not surprising that for many young people, capitalism looks like the god that failed. Nowhere is that clearer than in the wretched tax bill passed by the Senate.
Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View: This tax bill is going to increase the deficit. Probably not by exactly the $1 trillion that the Joint Committee on Taxation predicted, but close enough.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: The White House retreated to another line of defense: President Trump himself didn’t collude. Now, with four Trump campaign officials indicted and two of them, including Trump’s former national security adviser, pleading guilty, even that distinction no longer seems safe.
Ruben Navarrette, Washington Post: Contrary to what they tell you on Fox News and conservative talk radio, the Kate Steinle tragedy had nothing to do with those fabled lands of make-believe known as sanctuary cities.
Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post: One can criticize the unapologetic manner in which Rep. John Conyers left and the cheesy effort to install his son, but the important point is that the Democratic Party forced him out. The contrast with the GOP, which stood behind President Donald Trump even after the “Access Hollywood” tape and now has thrown its full support behind an accused child molester, could not be greater – or more toxic – for the GOP.
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer: No U.S. president has ever recognized Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem because they knew it would block any prospect of an “ultimate peace deal” – the kind of deal that President Trump insists that he alone can produce.
“When the Democrats were in control, Republicans were obstructionists. Now the Democrats are obstructionists.” – Frank Isaac, Roseville