Jeff Reisig is the right candidate for Yolo County DA. Longtime deputy public defender Dean Johansson is challenging the incumbent district attorney. While Reisig has made a name for himself leading an office that has aggressively prosecuted several high-profile cases, he also is behind several programs aimed at keeping more people out of the criminal justice system. Read more. And see all our recommendations so far for the June 5 primary.
Jack Ohman goes for a California drive with Scott Pruitt. See the stop here.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: For years, it’s grated on Sacramento Democrats that Republicans hold the county’s top two law enforcement offices, District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and Sheriff Scott Jones. While past efforts to dislodge them have failed, both face potentially viable challengers this year, and they face protests over the police killing of Stephon Clark. Read more.
Andrew Malcolm, McClatchy D.C.: The fascinating modern historic events seemingly underway on the Korean peninsula were instigated by an unorthodox president who may be about to accomplish what orthodox leaders never could. These times are a mere finger-snap in Korea’s timeline, but potentially as transformative long-term as the Berlin Wall’s fall in 1989 instigated by another celebrity president. Read more.
Judith Lamare and James P. Pachl: Environmental groups are urging the Sacramento County Local Agency Formation Commission to vote on May 2 to reverse its go-ahead for Elk Grove to plan development on 1,156 acres of farmland. Read more.
Lee Charles Gregory Neal: It’s time for California’s wine country to prepare for the next wildfire. Read more.
Shawn Hubler: As housing, lost and desired, fixates California, an artist paints the spirit of home. Read more.
Takes on journalism
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: Journalists are resistant to the role of advocate. But when Trump is leading a successful movement to discredit the free press at home, advocating the First Amendment isn’t a conflict of interest. And when the administration is helping autocrats undermine journalists around the world, campaigning for our jailed and murdered brethren doesn’t compromise journalistic independence. Read more.
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post: Members of the media should investigate whether some of them have picked up bad habits from the people they cover. Like how to lie. Read more.
Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Washington Post: Public-interest journalism that exposes corruption and abuse while lifting the voices of the powerless has never been more important. It has also, arguably, never been harder to do. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: The value of new, giant dams is extremely limited and costly without new giant rivers to fill them, and California has no such new rivers. That’s the gist of the situation that faces the California Water Commission, which meets for three days this week to consider how to spend billions of dollars in Proposition 1 bond funding on storage projects – including its staff’s recommendations against huge new dams. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: The next huge natural catastrophe to strike California might not be an earthquake. New research suggests that a major flood could inundate large swaths of California in the next few decades. The last “200-year flood” was more than 150 years ago, and climate change is jacking up the odds of a repeat sooner rather than later. In order to prepare, state water officials must rethink whether big, costly dams really are the best investment of limited resources. Read more.
San Francisco Chronicle: Legislation making swift progress in Sacramento would require the state’s utilities to take further steps to protect their infrastructure and customers from wildfires and other emergencies. But critics are rightly concerned that the bill would also protect the utilities’ bottom lines. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: President Donald Trump’s outraged reaction to some 200 Central American residents who have arrived in Tijuana to seek U.S. asylum after a five-week “caravan” across Mexico clearly plays to his base, whose opposition to both illegal and legal immigration may be their most defining characteristic. But his assertion that the caravan reflects lawlessness and anarchy at the border simply isn’t true. Read more.
Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg: President Donald Trump has been determined to confront the U.S.’s European allies on every issue of importance, from trade to climate change to the multilateral deal with Iran. Read more.
Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times: Five days of meetings in Beijing with Chinese, U.S. and European government officials and business leaders made it crystal clear to me that what’s going on right now is nothing less than a struggle to redefine the rules governing the economic and power relations of the United States and China. Read more.
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times: There’s already overwhelming evidence of the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia. But as details of Trump’s Russia connections have dribbled out over the last year and a half, each revelation has led to a familiar, numbing cycle of shock, impotent anger and, finally, resignation. Read more.
Paul Krugman, New York Times: To deliver on its backers’ promises, the tax cut would have to produce a huge surge in business investment – not in the long run, not five or 10 years from now, but more or less right away. And there’s no sign that anything like that is happening. Read more.
Kathleen Parker, Washington Post: Comedian Michelle Wolf’s sin wasn’t being mean; it was being not funny. Specifically, the girls’ club was upset that Wolf referred to Sanders’ makeup, which, they said, was crossing a line. Read more.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: Let’s say there were armies of people who were repelled by President Trump’s bigotry, but voted for him anyway. It returns us to my question. What is the functional difference between being a bigot and supporting one? Read more.
Tweets of the day
The states joining today’s lawsuit represent 140 million people who simply want cleaner and more efficient cars. This phalanx of states will defend the nation’s clean car standards to boost gas mileage and curb toxic air pollution. https://t.co/6t4sHygNT5— Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov) May 1, 2018
BREAKING: California and more than a dozen other states are suing EPA over Scott Pruitt’s recent decision to roll back greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars. https://t.co/Ys2JKmRWWj— March for Science (@ScienceMarchDC) May 1, 2018