Only the Legislature can save Californians from bad cops. Changing the rules may be the most effective way to make law enforcement more accountable to the public. Two bills introduced in the Legislature this week would do just that. Read more.
Jack Ohman checks out the White House for Presidents Trump and Putin. Hear what Putin said here.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: Sacramento has never experienced anything as emotionally powerful as the almost daily marches and rallies to condemn the city police shooting death of 22-year-old Stephon Clark. The vast majority of the men and women who patrol our streets are conscientious about the deadly force they are authorized to employ. But something went terribly wrong that night and someone must be held accountable. Read more.
Andrew Malcolm, McClatchy D.C.: The nation’s convulsion of conscience after each modern mass shooting has become eerily predictable. Thoughts and prayers. Flowers on the sidewalk. Teary memorial services. And cries – sometimes very loud, large ones, as followed the recent Florida school shooting – to do something about firearms. We don’t need new laws. We need a serious social, legal and education confrontation with the issue of mental health. Read more.
Amy W. Mains: Anti-immigrant ads at Bay Area BART stations are just parroting President Trump in D.C. Read more.
Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo: How to foster tolerance in California? Make ethnic studies a high school graduation requirement. Read more.
Modesto Bee: A familiar TV news anchor stares directly at the camera and begins to deliver a seemingly heartfelt message about the dangers of “fake news” and how much this station values “quality, balanced journalism.” “We’re concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country,” read the script. “This is extremely dangerous to our democracy.” Except it’s not just that one anchorperson making the statement. Instead, the anchorperson is reading precisely from a script, just like dozens of others from across the country – all working for Sinclair Broadcast Group. If this is “extremely dangerous to our democracy,” then it is Sinclair that represents that danger. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: The world is increasingly speeding toward a future of clean, zero-emissions cars. China – the largest auto market on the planet – plans to ban the sale of new vehicles powered by gasoline and diesel engines in the coming decades. But in the United States, President Trump and his anti-environmental protection sidekick, Scott Pruitt, are determined to head recklessly in the opposite direction. It’s up to California and other environmentally responsible states to stop them. Read more.
San Jose Mercury News: With the Trump administration’s announcement Monday that it will roll back the nation’s fuel-efficiency targets and might try to force California to do the same, car consumers who care about slowing global warming should prepare to vote with their pocketbooks. Bay Area Rep. Mark DeSaulnier has called for a boycott of companies that fail to meet the tougher Obama-era targets that the president is abandoning. Read more.
Orange County Register: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, is making another push for legalizing hemp as an agricultural commodity. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would exclude hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, thereby removing a key barrier to the lawful production of hemp throughout the country. Read more.
Charlotte Observer: A TV anchor stares at the camera and recites a seemingly-benign script about the dangers of fake news and why her station prides itself on “quality, balanced journalism.” But it’s not just that one anchor; it is dozens across the country, all working for Sinclair Broadcast Group, all literally reading off the same script. It’s what the anchors don’t say that’s so disturbing and, frankly, embarrassing to every journalist who participated in what many are comparing to hostage videos – that they were mandated to do those spots, which strongly resemble President Donald Trump’s words. Read more.
Miami Herald: After more than a year of first denouncing, then softening his stance on the Dreamers and even urging Congress to find a solution for them, on Easter Sunday President Trump lashed out and dashed their dreams with a tweet. There likely will not be a deal struck to spare them from eventual deportation orders, he said. What a shameful treatment of Dreamers. Read more.
Seattle Times: Come on, California, coffee won’t kill you. Don’t worry, coffee-addled Seattleites: You and your morning ritual are safe. Despite a Los Angeles judge’s ruling that in California coffee must carry a warning label, there’s little cause for concern. Read more.
Frank Bruni, New York Times: A leader articulates a clear vision and set of principles, which become a well-lighted path that well-intentioned people can tread. President Trump bellows, babbles and contradicts himself, achieving an incoherence that no level-headed person can follow. Read more.
Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times: Vladimir Putin has undertaken so many actions in recent years that contributed to the weakening of Russia’s economy and human capital base that you have to wonder whether he’s secretly on the CIA’s payroll. Read more.
Paul Krugman, New York Times: On the economic side, some parts of America, mainly big coastal cities, have been getting much richer, but other parts have been left behind. On the political side, the thriving regions by and large voted for Hillary Clinton, while the lagging regions voted for Donald Trump. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: I hereby offer myself to Amazon as a lobbyist. What’s more, I have a foolproof plan to put the entire Trump administration in Amazon’s pocket for a bargain basement price of $242.7 million – guaranteed! Read more.
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post: It is not a good look when conservatives refuse to take responsibility for their actions and instead play the victim. The latest right-wing victim is Laura Ingraham. The Fox News host is steadily bleeding advertisers from her primetime show after she messed with the wrong kid. Read more.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: There is a myth some of us cherish There used to be racism in this country, then Martin Luther King organized a boycott, led some marches and gave a speech about a dream. And ever since, equality has reigned. It’s a silly myth because it ignores the reams of evidence and towers of testimony proving that racism continues to stunt, blunt and take the lives of people of color. Read more.
Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post: Rather than pulling the plug on any Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals talks, President Trump should offer Democrats a simple deal: He would agree to codification of President Barack Obama’s DACA action in exchange for funding for the president’s border wall. Read more.
Tweets of the day
I don’t even know what to say anymore about shootings, but this one hits close to home. Praying that my friends over at YouTube HQ are okay— Jenn McAllister (@jennmcallister) April 3, 2018
All of us at Twitter are horrified by the shooting today at @YouTube HQ. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with our friends and colleagues in San Bruno.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) April 3, 2018