If Facebook won’t protect privacy, Congress must step in. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress on Tuesday. He’ll admit his company failed to protect users and promise to do better, but can we still trust Facebook? Read more.
Jack Ohman sees John Bolton’s new office furniture. Sit in it here.
Erika D. Smith: Reforming the Sacramento Police Department is a good idea after the shooting of Stephon Clark. But the City Council shouldn't stop there, as this is about moe than just cops shooting black people at disproportionate rates. It's also about the way Sacramento and supposedly progressive California use public policy to disenfranchise black people at disproportionate rates. Read more.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: Eight weeks out, the June 5 primary election’s biggest uncertainty is whether Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will have an unobstructed pathway to becoming California’s next governor or will have to fight for it. Read more.
State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson and Jessica Stender: Equal Pay Day is Tuesday. California has made progress but pay gaps persist, especially when they go undetected. Read more.
Doug Kaplan: Don’t let California lawmakers use the housing crisis to bring back redevelopment. Read more.
Erwin Chemerinsky: What would Martin Luther King, Jr., think of Stephon Clark and all that hasn’t changed? Read more.
Karin Klein: Rising graduation rates are good news for California high schools – or are they? Read more.
Modesto Bee: A million people live in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. If Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to siphon water to Los Angeles is completed, all of us are going to suffer. In building two tunnels under Brown’s California WaterFix, the state will be forced to confiscate ever more of the Tuolumne, Merced and Stanislaus rivers. We are resolutely opposed to this plan and have been since it was first hatched. Read more.
East Bay Times: No state official – outside of the governor – touches the lives of the average Californian more than the insurance commissioner. The person stepping into the office of outgoing Commissioner Dave Jones for the next four years will have a big voice on the future of health, auto and homeowner insurance rates. Steve Poizner, who would be the first independent to serve in a statewide office, is the best choice for voters on June 5. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: There is no dispute that the nation’s immigration court system is drowning in its own caseload. It began under the Obama administration’s ramped-up efforts to deport people in the country illegally who had recently crossed the border or who had criminal histories, and accelerated under President Trump’s campaign to roust as many undocumented people as he can. Now Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pushing immigration judges to speed things up. Starting in October, the department will measure judges’ performance by a new standard that requires each of them to clear 700 cases a year. That’s an assembly line, not a judicial system. Read more.
Orange County Register: Amazon’s second headquarters, a shiny object dangled in front of revenue-hungry government officials across the country, appears to be headed for someplace other than California. One California bid made Amazon’s list of 20 finalists, something that probably would not have happened if Gov. Jerry Brown had not written a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos promising a long list of incentives, breaks and assistance. It reads like a confession of everything California is doing to kill businesses. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Mexico and the United States share a border that is nearly 2,000 miles long. California, with about 140 miles, has the fewest of the four U.S. border states. To hear President Donald Trump tell it, the southern border is a dangerous place, at “a point of crisis,” marked by “lawlessness.” To hear San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Jerry Sanders tell it, Trump’s rhetoric is what’s dangerous. Read more.
(San Luis Obispo) Tribune: Right now, one of the biggest controversies in football is playing out not on the field, but in the California Legislature, and it involves the youngest of athletes. A bill proposed in the state Assembly would prohibit kids under 12 from playing organized tackle football. The proposal aims to prevent children from sustaining the repetitive hits that can lead to serious brain injuries, including the chronic traumatic encephalopathy that’s been the focus of so much concern in the NFL. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: On a Sunday night exactly six months ago, wildfires raced across the North Bay, propelled by strong Diablo winds blowing from the east, as thousands of people raced for their lives. The firestorm, one of the worst natural disasters in state history, caused almost incomprehensible damage, left thousands of people in need of new homes and exposed alarming gaps in Sonoma County’s emergency operations. Half a year later, there are promising signs of recovery – and regular reminders of the myriad challenges still to come. Read more.
Charles M. Blow, New York Times: This show, with its kindergarten-level intellectual capacity, moved from parroting conservative policies to constructing presidential priorities. “Fox & Friends” has essentially become Donald Trump’s daily briefing. Read more.
Max Boot, Washington Post: The suspected poison gas attack in Syria reveals as hollow much of the praise for President Donald Trump’s 2017 strike. Since taking a victory lap for his cruise-missile strike, Trump has left Assad, along with his Russian and Iranian backers, undisturbed to continue their meticulous work of mass murder. Read more.
Michael Gerson, Washington Post: President Trump’s extremism has encouraged ideological ambition in his opponents. His vulnerability is taken – not as an opportunity to build a broad political coalition against Trumpism – but as a chance to win without compromise. A chance to bury conservatism itself. Read more.
David Leonhardt, New York Times: James Comey helped elect the most dangerous, unfit American president of our lifetimes. No matter how brave Comey has since been, no matter how honorable his full career, he can never undo that damage. Read more.
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: White House officials don’t want a Trump-Castro picture to steal the show at the Summit, as the picture of former President Obama and Castro did at the previous summit three years ago. U.S. officials fear that a Trump-Castro picture would send the wrong signal on U.S.-Cuba relations. Read more.
Tweets of the day
The search warrant for Michael Cohen’s office was sought by a US Attorney appointed by the President and approved by a judge. That’s no witch hunt. That’s the rule of law.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 10, 2018
As Trump floats firing Mueller, all Members must speak out — or stop feigning devotion to the Constitution. https://t.co/BKInKAlflO
It appears that Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein may have conspired to target Michael Cohen in order to seize attorney-client communications between Trump and his personal lawyer.— Mark Pantano (@TheMarkPantano) April 9, 2018
If so, we have entered uncharted territory.