Bad cops shouldn’t get to operate in secret. Lawmakers, it’s time for transparency. California law blocks the public from seeing the records of police who shoot people, and hides law enforcement misconduct. It erodes public trust. Sen. Nancy Skinner’s Senate Bill 1421, scheduled to be heard Tuesday, would make them public record. Read more.
Jack Ohman hears more thoughts and prayers from the NRA. Listen for yourself here.
Mayor Darrell Steinberg: Half of California’s homeless live in the state’s 11 largest cities, and they are in the best position to find solutions that work. But they need more funding from the state for those solutions to work. Read more.
George Cook: A bipartisan bill that the U.S. Senate could vote on as soon as Tuesday will allow community banks in California to better serve customers, and not spend so much time and money complying with rules that don’t make sense for smaller banks. Read more.
Erwin Chemerinsky: We each deserve the right to die with dignity. Reinstate the End of Life Option Act. Read more.
Takes on school shootings
Charles M. Blow, New York Times: Sheltering in place, ducking for cover, running for your life have become a routine part of our children’s educational experience. This is not normal and must never be accepted as such. Neither are these shootings normal. This is all insanity. Read more.
Dallas Morning News editorial board: “I didn’t look. I just ran.” So spoke a 14-year-old student at Santa Fe High School after the latest school shooting rocked her campus on Friday. The tragedy is that at least 10 people are dead. The tragedy is also something much larger: School shootings have become so commonplace that they no longer surprise. Read more.
Houston Chronicle editorial board: It was just a matter of time, wasn’t it? A matter of time before the mass-shooting scourge paid its lethal visit to the Houston area. On a balmy Friday morning, Santa Fe High School students walked into their handsome red-brick building on Highway 6, no doubt thinking about end-of-year finals and post-graduation plans. They encountered a 17-year-old with guns who began firing. Read more.
Takes on Mueller investigation
Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post: President Donald Trump’s TV lawyer Rudy Giuliani declared on Sunday that the special counsel plans to wrap up the obstruction-of-justice inquiry into his client by Sept. 1. The deadline appears made up. Read more.
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: President Trump demanded that the Justice Department concoct a transparently political investigation. Trump’s only rational goal is casting doubt on the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller, which appears to be closing in. Read more.
Greg Sargent, Washington Post: The Justice Department’s inspector general will examine whether the FBI acted out of political motivation in its investigation into links between Russia and the Trump campaign. It is meant to temporarily mollify President Trump during a dramatic escalation of his effort to delegitimize special counsel Robert Mueller. Read more.
Modesto Bee: California’s governor is important so it matters whom we choose to lead our great state. It matters even more here in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. That’s because our region is under attack by the State Water Resources Control Board. That’s why we’re recommending Gavin Newsom for governor. On the issue most important to us, he is the only candidate who provides even a glimmer of hope. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: Women reporting a rape are often encouraged to undergo a grueling and invasive examination to collect DNA and other physical evidence. Yet for years many law enforcement agencies have struggled with enormous backlogs in the processing of those rape kits. Two proposed laws in Sacramento would help create a better understanding of the scope of the backlog in California and require local law enforcement and crime labs to process the kits and submit valid DNA samples to a state database. Both bills deserve support. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Proposition 68, which was placed on the ballot by the California Legislature, would authorize the sale of $4 billion in bonds to establish and rehabilitate state and local parks and to pay for environmental, water infrastructure and flood protection projects. A reassuring Legislative Analyst’s Office study of the measure cites its solid oversight provisions and its requirement that local governments share in the costs of some of the projects it would fund. Read more.
David Brooks, New York Times: Moral heroes spend their lives fighting poverty, caring for the young or the sick, or are single-mindedly dedicated to some cause. They don’t have a lofty sense of themselves. They don’t have a sense that they are doing anything extraordinary. Read more.
Michael Gerson, Washington Post: In a remote region of Congo, government agencies and international institutions identified by sterile acronyms are working to prevent the spread of Ebola, a disease that could result in the swift globalization of panic. Read more.
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times: Due to President Trump’s ignorance and vanity, South Korea’s dovish leader, Moon Jae-in, has been able to manipulate him into a position where he might make concessions to North Korea that no other president would dare. Read more.
Paul Krugman, New York Times: While democracy is under siege on both sides of the Atlantic, the collapse of freedom, if it comes, will probably happen here first. But it’s worth taking a break from our own Trumpian nightmare to look at Europe’s woes, some but not all of which parallel ours. Read more.
David Leonhardt, New York Times: Curtis Flowers has been put on trial six separate times – even though no gun, fingerprints or other physical evidence ties Flowers to the crime and no witness even puts him at the store that day. He sits in solitary confinement, on death row, in Mississippi’s Parchman Prison. Read more.
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: Trump administration officials have made thinly veiled calls for a military coup that would topple the Venezuelan dictatorship and pave the way for democracy. But some well-respected academics warn that the result would more likely be a Russia- or China-backed anti-American dictatorship. Read more.
Tweets of the day
Trump praises Devin Nunes during the top of his remarks at Gina Haspel's swearing-in, calling him "a very courageous man." Adding: "Thank you very much, Devin, for being here, appreciate it."— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 21, 2018
President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features.— Netflix US (@netflix) May 21, 2018
With the Barack and Michelle Obama news, conservatives are saying they will boycott Netflix— Jonathan Jewel (@jonathanjewel) May 21, 2018
Conservatives also boycotted The Force Awakens and Hamilton
You know how that turned out
So congrats Netflix!!