Sacramento County Office of Education: With two contested seats on the SCOE board, we endorse Richard Launey in Area 3 and Nate Pelczar in Area 2. Read more.
Twin Rivers Unified school board: For the third election in a row, Rebecca Sandoval and Roger Westrup are facing off for Twin Rivers board of trustees. Sandoval can bring both stability and the right priorities. Read more.
Jack Ohman sees Ivanka Trump’s new product line from Gaza. Buy it in three E-Z payments here.
Marek Warszawki, Fresno Bee: The Temperance Flat dam has died, a symbolic stake driven through its concrete heart. Hard as this might be for our elected representatives to accept, there’s really only one course of action left: Let it go. After that, get their collective heads together and come up with a solution for the central San Joaquin Valley’s water storage woes that makes sense in the 21st century – one that has an actual chance for statewide approval. Read more.
State Sen. Ben Allen: Despite a longstanding state law requiring California’s public schools to provide arts education, only 38 percent of students have access to music, dance, theatre or visual arts classes. Senate Bill 933 would begin to close the access gap. Read more.
Jared Call: The proposed farm bill in Congress would make it more difficult for millions of Californians, including working parents and many low-wage workers, to put food on the table by cutting their assistance through CalFresh. Read more.
Van Jones: If Anne Marie Schubert is so tough, why aren’t cops ever charged in cases like Stephon Clark’s? Read more.
John McGinness: Outsiders are trying to oust Anne Marie Schubert, who has kept Sacramento safe. Read more.
Erwin Chemerinsky: Mobs are going after the judiciary this election. Don’t let them corrupt democracy. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: Starting in 2020, California will be the first state in the nation to require newly constructed homes and low-rise apartment buildings to have solar panels to generate electricity. This mandate, adopted by the California Energy Commission, may be the simplest, most logical policy yet to help wean the Golden State off fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read more.
Orange County Register: When the people of California want to know what their government is doing, they shouldn’t be at risk of having to pay half a million dollars in attorney’s fees and court costs just for asking. But that’s what nearly happened to a woman in Newark, a small city in the Bay Area. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday kicked off what could be his most intense fight with fellow Democrats in his final year on the job. He unveiled his last spending plan – a $137.6 billion 2018-19 general fund budget with an $8.8 billion surplus. The termed-out governor wants the windfall to be mostly diverted to the state’s rainy-day fund. Read more.
San Francisco Chronicle: California’s housing crisis is centered in the Bay Area, and the region’s booming economy is increasingly inequitable and unsustainable. That’s the message of two recent studies by two very different organizations. State legislators and local officials shouldn’t need any more evidence to take urgent action. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: The historic Platform Bridge at the Point Reyes National Seashore isn’t safe. Built in 1927, over the decades it’s carried both people and automotive traffic, but today it’s a visible and troubling sign of how far America has fallen in protecting its investment in national parks. The National Park Service’s backlog of deferred maintenance and repairs is $11.6 billion, including $1.8 billion in California. Read more.
David Brooks, New York Times: Whigs, who seek to use limited but energetic government to enhance social mobility, are the most important political force in America today. It’s just that the people who are 21st century Whigs don’t call themselves that and they are all on the local level. Read more.
Michael Gerson, Washington Post: For President Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly, the defining characteristic of these migrants is their illegality, not their personhood or their dignity. This is the definition of dehumanization. Read more.
Paul Krugman, New York Times: If someone tries to convince you that President Trump really is getting tough on drug companies, there’s a simple response: If he were, his speech wouldn’t have sent drug stocks soaring. Read more.
David Leonhardt, New York Times: Over the past five years, the shortage of women’s voices in the media – and at public events – has started to get more attention. Meanwhile, hundreds of men in various fields have signed an online petition vowing not to appear on all-male panels. Read more.
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: Chilean President Sebastian Pinera deserves applause for his bill to impose a nationwide ban on single-use plastic bags. He wants to help save the world’s increasingly polluted oceans, and it’s a move that all countries should follow. Read more.
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: Republicans claim that “real Americans” elected and continue to support President Trump in defiance of snooty “coastal elites” who are hopelessly out of touch with the country. It’s a total crock, and shame on those using it for political gain. Read more.
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How often does the mainstream media talk about the the more than 40 million Americans who are living in poverty? Almost never. I’m glad that the #PoorPeoplesCampaign is shining light on the travesty of poverty in America.— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) May 14, 2018