Sierra College bond issue is a good investment. On June 5, voters in parts of Placer, Sacramento and El Dorado counties will decide on Measure E, a $350 bond issue for Sierra College. The needs are clear. Read more.
Jack Ohman gets in on Scott Pruitt’s sweet condo deal. See what the rent is here.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: When governments seek permission to borrow money through bonds, telling voters how much and for how long taxes will be increased to repay those loans is just common sense. In fact, the Legislature last year passed such a law that applies to the June primary election. However, many of the 40 local school bond measures, totaling about $3 billion, don’t contain the required tax disclosures and are full of pro-passage phrases. Read more.
Kathryn Lybarger: The University of California is the state’s third largest employer and is supported by more than $3 billion in taxpayer dollars a year. But a study released this week by the UC’s largest employee union has revealed staggering levels of income, racial and gender inequality within the workforce. Read more.
Ryan Sabalow: I killed the Colorado River – and so did you. Read more.
David A. Carrillo and Stephen M. Duvernay: Can we please have a new California Supreme Court justice, Gov. Brown? Read more.
Nat Colley: Fear alone shouldn’t justify lethal police force. Post-Stephon Clark, what must change. Read more.
Takes on Roseanne
Will Bunch, Philadelphia Inquirer: The TV show is back to tell us why the white working class in Rust Belt America is now voting for Donald Trump. It’s a timely mission with an added twist: Roseanne Barr doesn’t just play a Trump supporter for the cameras, she voted for the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in real life. Read more.
Ross Douthat, New York Times: The sky-high ratings for the rebooted “Roseanne” probably owe something to Roseanne’s political views and blue-collar goddess reputation, but above all they are a case study in the power the baby boom generation still wields, even as it begins to enter old age. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: President Donald Trump has spent part of the last three days issuing blustery tweets over an annual caravan of mostly Central American migrants moving northward through Mexico, many of them heading for the U.S. border. He has incoherently savaged Mexico and Honduras, threatened aid programs and, again, vowed to end the North American Free Trade Agreement. Read more.
San Francisco Chronicle: It’s a chance to change the channel from personal scandal and a narrowing Russia investigation. It’s also another bout of President Trump’s whirling, untethered thinking. Either way, his suggestion of posting troops along the Mexican border is a new low in his anti-immigrant push. Read more.
Philadelphia Inquirer: It’s been a while since we could count on the comments of the president of the United States as factual, even if the facts were strategically selected. And now come President Trump’s misleading statements on immigration and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Read more.
E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post: The new teacher activism – born in West Virginia and spreading to Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona – is not a flash in the pan. And it’s about more than the demand for higher wages and benefits. It is a revolt against decades of policies that gutted public institutions. Read more.
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times: Polls show that nine out of 10 Americans favor basic steps like universal background checks before gun purchases, but the exceptions are the president and a majority in Congress. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: The special counsel had already racked up guilty pleas from top advisers to President Donald Trump and indictments of Russian trolls and the president’s former campaign chairman. But events of this week show that Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, long a theoretical threat to the Trump presidency, is getting real, and possibly more visible. Read more.
Tweets of the day
Trump: We're sending the National Guard to the Mexican Border.— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) April 4, 2018
Puerto Rico: We still don't have power and clean water. A little help for us citizens down here, maybe?