Opponents of Delta tunnels deserve their day in court. A Southern California congressman is trying to clear the path for the $17 billion Delta tunnels project by stopping any environmental lawsuits. It’s an outrageous overreach on a slippery legal slope. Congress should reject it. Read more.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has been airing ads about John Cox, linking the leading Republican to the National Rifle Association. Newsom and his advisers know that if a Republican places second in the June 5 primary, it would make Newsom’s election a near-certainty. The anti-Cox ad is not truly aimed at dragging him down, but rather to build him up among Republican primary voters, who are likely to be more pro-NRA. Read more.
Britta Guerrero: Supporters of a drug discount program on Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget chopping block will be lobbying at the state Capitol on Wednesday to stop a decision that could have lasting negative impacts on the most fragile members of our community. Read more.
Curt Augustine and Rosemary Shahan: Assembly Bill 2107, which is headed to the Assembly floor as soon as Thursday, would limit choice, drive up new car prices and increase auto repair costs. Read more.
Camille Pannu: Low-income communities have an intimate understanding of the dangers they face, and they understand how the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund will improve their daily lives. Read more.
Karin Klein: Why the governor’s race is suddenly all about California’s schools. Read more.
Linda Darling-Hammond: Fix Caliifornia’s shortage of qualified teachers, or Brown’s school reforms will fail. Read more.
Kenneth S. Kosik and Andrew W. Lo: Alzheimer’s disease is about to become a crisis. Here’s how California could lead. Read more.
Takes on D.C. disarray
Frank Bruni, New York Times: Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation is the one test that President Trump must pass. What if he passes it? That won’t make him a successful president, a fit leader or even a decent human being. But it will permit a master of distraction to distract many Americans from his other misdeeds. Read more.
Andrew Malcolm, McClatchy D.C.: Polls and historical patterns point toward Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats taking back House control in November, not by anything they’re doing, but because the majority Republican caucus is behaving like schoolyard kids arguing over who gets to be pitcher until the recess bell ends the debate. President Trump’s frequent criticisms of his own party are self-destructive, enhancing the impression of a do-little Congress. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: The fear of the United States going totalitarian doesn’t feel quite right. This crowd is too clownish to be Stalinist. Rather, the United States is turning into a banana republic. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: Though California requires physicians who are placed on probation to inform their insurance companies and the hospitals and clinics where they practice, they don’t have to tell the people who may be harmed the most – their patients. This is outrageous. People have a right to know if their doctor is on probation for serious misconduct. Read more.
Orange County Register: When it comes to today’s students with discipline problems, our state’s schools are dealing with the real world day to day. Restorative justice, rather than just acknowledging that students bring their family and personal problems to campus and cutting them some slack, is actually a formal program with lengthy and in-depth training for facilitators. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: It’s now been a quarter-century since research firmly established how early school start times are awful for adolescents and teens. This backdrop is why the San Diego Unified School District deserves high praise for taking steps to have all its schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. by 2020. Read more.
San Francisco Chronicle: The communities living near the Cow Palace, the enormous state-owned exhibition hall in Daly City, overwhelmingly want the venue to stop hosting gun shows. The state Legislature has previously passed legislation designed to stop the shows. Yet the shows go on, five times a year. Read more.
San Jose Mercury News: Santa Clara County voters will decide which of two candidates will serve as a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge if Judge Aaron Persky is recalled on June 5. Two qualified candidates – San Jose civil attorney Angela Storey and prosecutor Cindy Hendrickson – are running for the seat. We recommend Storey. Read more.
Noah Feldman, Bloomberg: In a preview of a U.S. Supreme Court without Justice Anthony Kennedy of Sacramento, the court barred workers from bringing collective legal action against employers if their employment contracts require individual arbitration instead. Read more.
Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times: For Israelis and Palestinians, the third person in their marriage is Mother Nature – and she’ll batter both of them if they do not come to their senses. Read more.
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post: President Donald Trump labeled some illegal immigrants “animals.” His defenders made excuses for him, just as they did when he labeled Mexican immigrants drug traffickers and rapists. Read more.
Kathleen Parker, Washington Post: The city of Philadelphia is threatening to cut ties with Catholic Social Services because of the group’s policy against placing foster children in same-sex households. Given the immense good that CSS and other religious charities do, surely there is another way to resolve their differences. Read more.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: After the Sante Fe High shooting, along with the usual thoughts and prayers and candlelight vigils, there came a cabal of firearms-fetishizing public figures eager to blame anything, anything, anything except the most obvious thing: the ready availability of guns. Read more.
Virginia Postrel, Bloomberg: The trick to adding new housing, especially in expensive cities, is finding policies that appeal to homeowners. In 2016, the California Legislature enacted a law requiring cities to allow homeowners to build accessory dwelling units, otherwise known as granny flats, guest houses or garage apartments. Read more.
Tweets of the day
I could make a list of 50 people this plaque looks like and none of them are Brandi Chastain https://t.co/fiBp2kUj9A— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) May 22, 2018
Brandi Chastain has won a World Cup and gold medals but her greatest achievement is smiling graciously next to this whackass plaque pic.twitter.com/YzGda3g4vF— Ryan Mac (@RMac18) May 22, 2018
Exactly one year (to the day) after a #sinkhole opened up in front of Mar-a-Lago (aka "The Winter White House"), another sinkhole opens, this time at the ACTUAL White House. Clearly the first warning wasn't enough. pic.twitter.com/y0OJpK9O6q— Faronheit (@faronheit) May 22, 2018