California’s End of Life Option Act was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015 to allow assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. Now a Riverside judge has overturned it. The Court of Appeals should reverse him, or the Legislature should restore it to law.
California’s prison population soared from about 20,000 in 1975 to 162,00 by 2011 and now is at about 129,000 due to a federal court order on overcrowding. But costs haven’t fallen with the decrease in inmates, and taxpayers still spend about as much on prisons as on education.
George Soros has funneled $400,000 to progressive deputy prosecutor Noah Phillips in the race to oust incumbent Anne Marie Schubert for Sacramento County District Attorney in the June primary. This is a test of California's appetite for more criminal justice reform.
Diseases spread by ticks, fleas and mosquitoes have tripled in the U.S., and California is at risk. To control the spread of West Nile, St. Louis encephalitis, chikungunya, dengue, and Zika, we must fund the California Surveillance Gateway, CalSurv.
California Republicans helped Jerry Brown pass a cap-and-trade extension. As a result, many have been rejected by the Republican Party. But Rocky Chavez has alsobeen hit with an attack ad paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
California and President Donald Trump already have a history, and his presidency isn’t even half over. From immigration to the economy to the environment to foreign investments, here are some predictions for May through December of 2018.
Opportunity Zones offer tax incentives that help low-income areas bring in private investors. California has 879, with 43 in Sacramento County, including Rancho Cordova, Meadowview and Florin Road. But the designation isn’t automatic, so local leaders need a plan.
President Donald Trump and Republican partisans think he deserves a Nobel for his talks with North Korea’s Kim Jung-Un. But he hasn’t been a force for peace. Instead he has bullied vulnerable immigrants, people with Temporary Protected Status, food stamp recipients, Muslims and Palestinians.
Superintendent of Public Instruction is non-partisan in California, but its elections always pit the California Teachers Association against charter school billionaires such as Eli Broad. The June 5, 2018, race between Marshall Tuck and Tony Thurmond will be the same.
The former sheriff of Sacramento County, John McGinness, points out that Schubert helped arrest the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer, and has worked with youth through the District Attorney’s #iSMART internet training, GIFT gun violence program, citizens academy and youth academy.
California must invest in prevention of sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and congenital syphilis, and in STD testing. Sen. Ed Hernandez’s SB 1023 would help Californians find testing through mobile phones.
Anne Marie Schubert acts tough. Sacramento County sends more people to state prison per capita than almost any other county in California. But when police shoot civilians such as Stephon Clark, Joseph Mann or Dazion Flenaugh, she doesn’t charge them.
From the Santa Clara County recall campaign against Brock Turner judge, Aaron Persky, to the four San Francisco judges challenged because Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed them, California’s attacks reflect national moves crippling the judicial branch.
George Deukmejian was not the favorite of California Republican elites when he ran for governor in 1982. Mike Curb, then lieutenant governor, was the pick of Southern California businessmen. Deukmejian ran with law enforcement and Armenian support and beat Tom Bradley.
It’s great that police and prosecutors made an arrest in the East Area Rapist case. But what about all the other unsolved homicides? Nearly eight years after Victor Hugo Perez Zavala was shot just after the Second Saturday art walk in Sacramento, there seems little hope for justice.
If North and South Korea can have a peace summit, so can California and Texas governors Jerry Brown and Greg Abbott. The Golden State may be Democratic and the Lone Star State Republican, but both are big, American and prone to suing the federal government.
California’s Gavin Newsom and Eric Garcetti are running, respectively, for governor and U.S. president. But both were arguably failures as mayors of San Francisco and Los Angeles, where homelessness has soared, potholes fill the roads and violent crime has risen.
In 2016, AT&T claimed that 85 percent of California households no longer used conventional landlines and the CDC reported 51 percent of American homes had only cell service. Still, corded house phones are reassuring and it’s hard to say goodbye.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom both had failing schools in their cities, but only Villaraigosa stepped in to turn around L.A.’s lowest performing schools and improve graduation rates.
Donald Trump’s junk food habit kindles hope among the president’s California critics. His favorite McDonald’s lunch has 2.400 calories, more than an average adult male should consume in a whole day. Shouldn’t he be just a Big Mac away from a heart attack?