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Foon Rhee: Will civic forums come up with jobs magic for Sacramento? Mayor Darrell Steinberg hopes so. The city is hosting public workshops as part of Project Prosper. Its goal: Come up with the right jobs strategy that boosts all neighborhoods, especially those with high unemployment and high poverty. Read more.
Marcos Bretón: President Donald Trump believes arming teachers could prevent shooting massacres on school campuses, and he has found a fellow believer in Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones. They’re wrong. Read more.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: Last Thursday, Tony Mendoza became the third state legislator and the first senator to resign after being accused of sexual harassment in the scandal that has enveloped the Capitol. There are other cases out there that have not yet been made public, so no one can say with certainty how many legislators will eventually be forced out in this election year. Read more.
James T. Minor: The California State University is helping students with changes to remedial classes. Assigning students to remedial courses is a well-known contributor to dropout rates and is also ineffective at closing skills gaps in the first year of college. Read more.
Will Kempton: No local transportation project is more uniquely fit to address the Sacramento region’s needs than the Capital SouthEast Connector. Read more.
East Bay Times: In the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla., school massacre, the nation should look past President Trump and the gun lobby’s false narrative of competing alternatives. Making the country safer doesn’t require keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill rather than banning assault weapons. It requires doing both, and recognizing the latter is a much bigger issue. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: A proposal to publicly release video of Los Angeles police shootings and other serious uses of force within 45 days is still too restrictive – but it represents a welcome departure from the existing practice of never releasing their video. The Police Commission is expected to decide in early March whether to adopt the proposal. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Thursday’s decision by state Sen. Tony Mendoza to resign abruptly rather than face expulsion by his Senate colleagues followed nearly three months of denials that he’d acted inappropriately with a series of staffers and other women in the Capitol. He said he intends to pursue a lawsuit against the Senate. We'll see if he does, but it doesn’t end due-process questions. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Among the harsh realities that have come into view since the fires of October, one stands clear: Sonoma County failed in its obligation to warn those living in the path of this rapidly advancing inferno. Read more.
Dallas Morning News: If ever there was a time when this bone-weary country needed the empowering “Black Panther” movie, this is it. We realize this Disney/Marvel tale is all fantasy entertainment based on a comic book superhero, but this film cuts against the negative cultural forces we often feel so powerless to combat. And who couldn’t use a little uplifting these days? Read more.
Kansas City Star: Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens now faces the biggest crisis of his short political career. Missourians have a tougher task – figuring out who is running their state. In the charges handed up late Thursday, grand jurors found probable cause that Greitens “knowingly photographed” a person “in a state of full or partial nudity” without the person’s consent in 2015. Read more.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Missourians have every reason to be shocked and horrified that their seemingly upstanding governor, a former Navy SEAL, is now under felony criminal indictment. Missourians have every right to demand a full-time governor who is here to serve our state’s best interests. Eric Greitens cannot effectively represent Missouri as governor while defending himself against the serious charges that caused him to be led away by sheriff’s deputies Thursday. He should resign. Read more.
E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post: After years of drifting steadily toward extreme positions, conservatism is dead, replaced by a far right that has the Republican Party under its thumb. Read more.
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times: It’s impossible, in real time, to keep up with every new Trumpian advance in corruption and self-dealing, and Republicans in Congress aren’t even trying. If we expect America to ever again be more than a squalid kleptocracy, we’re going to need a comprehensive plan. Read more.
Paul Krugman, New York Times: Donald Trump proposed arming schoolteachers. It says something about the state of our national discourse that this wasn’t even among the vilest, stupidest reactions to the atrocity. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: To see National Rifle Association boss Wayne LaPierre speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference was to see a man in urgent need of mental-health intervention. He turned a conventional speech about guns into a paranoid fantasy about a socialist takeover of the United States. Read more.
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post: The evidence is depressingly clear that it was Americans who divided America. And much of the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of two Americans in particular: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Read more.
Kathleen Parker, Washington Post: Funerals for the 17 students and faculty were barely begun before rhetoric on the right descended into indecency. Much of it came from the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, where politicians and officials from the National Rifle Association went ballistic over recent talk of gun control. Read more.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: Four out of 10 Republicans said they always regard as “fake news” accurate news stories that cast a favored politician or group in a negative light. They concede it to be true, but they regard it as “fake” if they don’t like what it says. Read more.
“What makes you think the Democrats would come out of their swamp to pass a Republican bill on gun control? That chance is zero.” – Leslie H Brown, Sacramento