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We can prevent mass shootings. Here’s how

Mass shootings such as Thousand Oaks should not be the new normal. Background checks can stop many high-risk persons from buying firearms. Gun violence restraining orders can be temporarily seized from individuals in crisis.

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The state must do better on San Joaquin water plan

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, the State Water Resources Control Board will consider adopting a plan that would require 40 percent of flows in the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers to remain in the rivers to benefit native fish. This will further deplete groundwater aquifers, devastate rural communities and result in water rationing for residents, businesses and industries in the Bay Area.

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San Joaquin water plan is good for the Delta and Valley

The San Francisco Bay Delta is on the brink of ecological collapse and problems extend into the rivers that feed it. The Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan, which goes before the State Water Resources Control Board on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, offers our last best hope to revive the estuary that defines our region.

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LGBT voters can make a huge difference. Here’s why

On Nov. 6, 2018, Sacramento’s diverse community has an opportunity to vote out hate during one of the most divisive times in our history. LGBTQ people are in all racial, ethnic, gender, religious and socio-economic backgrounds, so are uniquely positioned to make a difference.

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Don’t buy the make-believe promises on Measure U

Can we trust city politicians’ seemingly endless and vague promises of how our higher taxes would be spent? Is it fair to hit Sacramento residents with a sales tax hike? Does city government really need $100 million? The answer to these questions is no, no and no.

Homeless in Sacramento

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