Foon Rhee: For Stephon Clark protestors and the Trump resistance, Big Day of Giving is a big opportunity. The annual online donation blitz, which starts at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, is a chance to back up their signs and bumper stickers with some cash – and make a real difference in the lives of our neighbors at the same time. Read more.
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Jack Ohman visits the doctor with President Trump. See the diagnosis here.
Erin E. Trish and Dana P. Goldman: Assembly Bill 3087, which would regulate the prices that hospitals, physicians and prescription drug makers charge commercial insurers. But imposing uniform payment rates is dangerous and can have implications for quality, access and innovation. Read more.
Takes on EPA lawsuit
Dan Walters, CALMatters: It’s a game of three-cushion billiards, being played not in a dingy pool hall but in Donald Trump’s Washington, Jerry Brown’s Sacramento and in the executive suites of major automakers. On Tuesday, Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that California and 17 other states are suing to block Scott Pruitt, Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency administrator. Read more.
Los Angeles Times editorial board: World leaders may negotiate their climate change accords in foreign capitals, but the efforts to stem global warming may succeed or fail based on what happens in United States courtrooms, where the state of California is leading the charge to block the Trump administration’s anti-environment, anti-science agenda. On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that they have filed the state’s 10th, and potentially most consequential, lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read more.
Takes on Trump and Nobel Peace Prize
David Von Drehle, Washington Post: Arguably no four words are better calculated to explode the heads of liberals the world over than “Donald Trump’s Nobel Prize.” But if he pulls off a lasting peace deal with North Korea, he will deserve it. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: Imagining what President Trump would say if he won the Nobel Peace Prize: People tell me this is a big honor – the biggest, maybe. And I think this is very good for you, because your ratings are going through the roof right now. This crowd is much bigger than Obama’s was. Read more.
Fresno Bee: Atop Fresno State President Joseph Castro’s Facebook page is a photo carrying a message chiseled in granite: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Castro and the university will be measured in a big way this week during two forums to discuss the free speech controversy revolving around English professor Randa Jarrar. Read more.
Orange County Register: California, home to a quarter of the nation’s homeless population, “does a poor job of sheltering this vulnerable population,” reports the state auditor. One idea suggested by the auditor includes boosting the role of a recently created homelessness council and directing the council to “develop and implement a statewide strategic plan for addressing homelessness in California.” A coherent statewide approach is a start. But there’s a lot that has to be done at the local level. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: State regulators are bending over backwards to help the cannabis industry get up and running in California. Proposition 64, the 2016 measure which legalized recreational use of marijuana by adults in California, put the state into uncharted waters. A heavy regulatory hand may someday be appropriate, but that day has not yet arrived. Yet what doesn’t make sense is that so many authorities don’t grasp that their laissez-faire attitude toward illegal dispensaries makes it far more difficult for legal dispensaries to stay in business. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Keith Woods, executive director of the North Coast Builders’ Exchange, may have coined a second slogan for the recovery from the devastating wildfires. “There’s not only the theme of Sonoma Strong. We’re also Sonoma Uncertain.” Woods was specifically addressing the cloudy time frame for rebuilding the 5,283 housing units destroyed in the fires, but he could just as easily have been talking about the local economy. Read more.
E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post: A Trump administration proposal would jeopardize the immigration status of substantial numbers of legal immigrants by vastly expanding the list of benefits that could make them “public charges.” Read more.
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times: The #MeToo movement has had a stunning impact across America, eroding the impunity that allowed powerful men to get away with sexual assault and harassment. But we now need a global effort – by rich and poor nations alike – to make the #MeToo principles truly universal. Read more.
Bret Stephens, New York Times: The first was Iran’s declaration to the International Atomic Energy Agency, before the implementation of the deal, of the full extent of its past nuclear work. The second lie was the Obama administration’s promise that it was serious about getting answers from Tehran. Read more.
Paul Waldman, Washington Post: “Trump disseminated false medical records to fool the public about his health.” That is a headline you have never seen, though you should have. Read more.
Tweet of the day
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thursday is Sacramento's <a href="https://twitter.com/bigdayofgiving?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@bigdayofgiving</a>. There are nearly 600 non-profits to choose from. Please give generously. <a href="https://t.co/Svrw4XQIeE">pic.twitter.com/Svrw4XQIeE</a></p>— Darrell Steinberg (@Mayor_Steinberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/Mayor_Steinberg/status/991804285535965184?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 2, 2018</a></blockquote>
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