Want to safeguard California’s economic future? Vote for Fiona Ma for treasurer, incumbent Betty Yee for controller and David Evans for the District 1 seat on the California Board of Equalization in the June 5 primary. Read more.
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Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez and Catharine Baker: The California Department of Justice maintains a database to track people who illegally own guns. Although the department has cut the list in half over the last five years, progress has come to a grinding halt. Read more.
Joe Gershen: California is double taxing biodiesel when greater production of this clean-burning fuel is needed to achieve Gov. Jerry Brown’s ambitious climate change goals. Read more.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: Sales tax bonanza for towns with an Amazon warehouse has other cities eyeing a cut. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: Southern California isn’t faring so well these days in the war on smog. That’s why the South Coast Air Quality Management District is again considering new rules that would require warehouses, railroads and new residential and commercial developments to cut pollution from the diesel trucks, locomotives and construction equipment. Read more.
Modesto Bee: There are no do-overs for Stanislaus County sheriff. The winner of the June 5 election gets to pin four stars on his collar and we get to live with our choice for the next four years. It’s important we get it right. Unfortunately, the two candidates – Juan Alanis and Jeff Dirkse – aren’t making that easy. On policy, there are distinctions but few differences. Nothing disqualifies either candidate, but there are concerns about both. Read more.
Orange County Register: The DNA tracking of the potential Golden State Killer opens a potential Pandora’s box. More than three decades after his last known killing, one of the most prolific serial killers and rapists was caught by using online genealogical sites to find that DNA match. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Californians must feel like they’re in a real-life version of the movie “Groundhog Day” when they read stories about University of California officials resisting efforts to make their system’s finances more transparent. That is why it was no surprise to see the report that UC President Janet Napolitano and her staff had missed Monday’s deadline to comply with four recommendations by state Auditor Elaine Howle relating to dubious budget and salary practices. Read more.
San Francisco Chronicle: The controller is the state’s chief financial officer, so it’s important that the person who holds this office has a strong background in fiscal planning and accountability. The controller sits on 76 state boards and one commission, so it’s also tremendously helpful if the position holder Our choice for this position is the current officeholder, Betty Yee. Read more.
E.J. Dionne, Washington Post: To understand how so many now prefer nothing to something when it comes to religion, ponder the news over the last few days. The same newspapers and broadcasts that were reporting on how President Trump finally admitted that he had indirectly paid a porn star to keep quiet about an alleged affair also covered the controversy over who should be chaplain of the U.S. House. Read more.
Dahleen Glanton, Chicago Tribune: Kanye West certainly isn’t the first to broach the issue of slavery. But his recent suggestion that being enslaved for 400 years was a choice blacks made is particularly troubling coming from someone whose own ancestors likely were among them. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: President Trump confirmed to the world that he reimbursed Michael Cohen the $130,000 in hush money paid to Stormy Daniels. The same morning, Trump stood in the Rose Garden and heralded the National Day of Prayer. Read more.
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post: An arrogant, obnoxious and profane political appointee scolded a couple of police officers during a traffic stop in Tenafly, N.J. The cringe-worthy encounter occurred over Easter weekend, and the dashcam video has now been watched by more than 2 million people. Read more.
Kathleen Parker, Washington Post: Capitol is abuzz as people absorb the odd goings-on between House Speaker Paul Ryan, who pushed the chaplain to resign, and the Rev. Patrick Conroy himself, who later withdrew his resignation, and Ryan’s acceptance of what appears to be pastoral bullying. Read more.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: Under President Trump, American laws, news media and mores are under assault, to say nothing of American democracy itself. And I’m sorry, but I don’t think “understanding” Trump followers will ameliorate – or even address – any of that. Read more.
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer: Among the Russian intelligentsia, the meme “Bomb Voronezh” means Vladimir Putin’s reactions to sanctions are hurting ordinary Russians more than they do the West. Read more.
“It’s the downfall of society when criminals have more rights than victims.” – Kellie Randle, Sacramento