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This is not the bail reform California needs

After a year of legal wrangling between the governor’s office, the judicial branch and the Legislature, a bail reform bill has been gutted and watered down. The new version essentially replaces the evils of money bail with a worse evil known as pretrial detention.

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Older adults have mental health needs, too

California youths need more mental health services, but 25 percent of serious mental illness occurs after age 25. Don’t one-quarter of Californians with later onset mental illness deserve prevention and early intervention services?

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Legislature should put consumers first, not PG&E

PG&E is brandishing the threat of bankruptcy to demand a ratepayer bailout even before the extent of its responsibility for the deadly Tubbs fire in Santa Rosa last October is known. As a joint legislative committee meets on the issue, lawmakers should understand that we need solutions that put people, not corporations, first.

Homeless in Sacramento

Sacramento Bee photographers found a few people willing to tell us why they are homeless.