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Crowd goes wild on Kaepernick, docs back vax law and Assembly passes farmworker OT

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Critics pile on Colin Kaepernick and Donald Trump heads to the quarterback’s youthful stomping ground, the Central Valley. Local opinion pages think Trump’s take, both on Kaepernick and Central Valley water policy, are all wet. Foon Rhee asks, reasonably, what we’re going to do with all those legal weed greenbacks if the banks can’t take them. Sen. Richard Pan, author of SB 277, gets welcome backup on vaccinations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. And Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendón works some si, se puede consensus magic and wrangles the votes to pass Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s AB 1066, giving California farmworkers a shot at the same overtime rules as most other workers, at last.

Take a knee

You can add Colin Kaepernick to the list of people who Donald Trump wants to leave the country. A day after the 49ers quarterback doubled down on his practice of staying seated during the national anthem, the Republican nominee weighed in on the controversy.

“I have followed it and I think personally it’s a terrible thing,” Trump said Monday on the Dori Monson radio show, The Bee’s Matt Barrows reported. “And, you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him; let him try, it’s not going to happen.”

Sure, the execution of Kaepernick’s one-man protest against police brutality has been a bit weird, but it’s not un-American, as Trump would have it. In fact, as we see it, Kaepernick is exercising his First Amendment rights (and not violating any NFL rules in the process), which makes what he’s doing very American. But we all know Trump is a little hazy on the details of the U.S. Constitution. – Erika D. Smith, @Erika_D_Smith

If you can’t take the heat

Meanwhile, California editorial pages are rallying around Kaepernick, never mind his being in the doghouse for assorted other reasons.

The Sacramento Bee’s editorial page sees the uproar more as a failure to communicate than a troubling gesture.

The San Diego Union-Tribune urges fans not to demonize him for his protest.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s John Diaz says Kaepernick’s concerns are righteous, but targeting the flag is off-base.

And his hometown-area Modesto Bee asks: So, are we outraged the former Pitman High star showed disrespect for the song and, by extension, America? No, just disappointed.

Our Sacramento Bee letter writers were a little more harsh, with one saying: “Our country is not perfect and we do still have issues to address, but that is no reason to disrespect the flag that represents all people, especially those who are trying to make our country better.”

Take a number: $10,000

Once you go over that amount in cash to pay California state taxes, you get hit by a 10 percent penalty. A bill before Gov. Jerry Brown would lift that penalty for marijuana businesses, but Foon Rhee writes that Proposition 64, the ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana, doesn’t really address the issue of all the cash generated by pot.

Our take

Editorial: On Colin Kaepernick’s weird one-man sit-in.

Editorial: Sen. Richard Pan gets national backup for California’s hard line on vaccines.

Foon Rhee: What to do with a bumper crop of cash if California voters legalize marijuana?

Karin Klein: Coddled students could use a big dose of reality at college, not Stanford’s NameCoach.

Andrew Grant: American River Parkway needs help from the state.

Wesley Smith: Unnecessary union bill would hurt students.

Peter J. Pitts: Rising drug prices are the fault of insurers, not drug companies.

Their take

Fresno Bee: Donald Trump is coming back to the Central Valley for the second time in three months. But his water promises to Valley farmers are fool’s gold.

Modesto Bee: State fights itself over fish, but we could be the real losers.

San Luis Obispo Tribune: Wildfire evacuations aren’t mandatory, but people should be held accountable.

Syndicates take

Michael Gerson: Does Trump know what it means to preach law and order?

Eugene Robinson: Hillary Clinton must learn from her own mistakes.

Paul Krugman: States of cruelty.

Tweet of the day

“Can some[one] call my father and tell him it doesn’t matter how many times he calls, I can’t answer the phone right now.” – @LorenaSGonzalez, daughter of an immigrant farmworker, as the Assembly finally and emotionally passes her #AB1066 on Monday, granting farmworkers overtime after a 40-hour workweek.

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