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Newsom should sign bill granting civilian oversight of sheriff’s departments

The recent legislative session in Sacramento was not kind to a number of policing reforms. One bill that attracted little notice passed both houses and can make a significant impact on the civilian oversight of sheriff departments.  The governor should sign it. Assembly Bill 1185 authorizes each of the 58 California counties to create civilian oversight bodies over their elected sheriffs and to vest them with the power of subpoena. Authored by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, a Democrat from Sacram...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, California Supreme Court, San Diego County, Capitol, Assembly, County of San Diego, Newsom, VILLANUEVA, San Diego Los Angeles


California’s job numbers aren’t good

At first glance, California’s monthly employment numbers, released last Friday, appear to indicate steady recovery from the very severe pandemic-spawned recession. California’s unemployment rate declined from 13.5 percent in July to 11.4 percent in August, reflecting a nearly 300,000 gain in employment. A closer look at the data tells another story. Much of the gain was governmental and seasonal, such as thousands of temporary federal workers to conduct the decennial census and school and colleg...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, DMV, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Capitol, Department of Motor Vehicles, Dan Walters, Newsom, Edd, Mount Wilson, Beacon Economics, Guest Commentary


Working families should not subsidize renewable energy

Behind the current wildfires are record temperatures driven by climate change. The highest temperature ever recorded anywhere in the world was 130 degrees last month in Death Valley. Recent rolling blackouts remind us of California’s wrenching energy crisis 20 years ago. Are we better prepared today to avoid a repeat of such a debacle? Unfortunately, the answer is: probably not. The California Independent System Operator, which operates the electrical grid for the western United States, warned u...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, Elk Grove, Central Valley, Golden State, California Air Resources Board, Jim Cooper, California Independent System Operator, U S Energy Information Agency, Mount Wilson, Guest Commentary, Related Articles Police


Police reform is too important to be held up by politics

Late last month, Los Angeles protesters lined up outside City Hall and marched along the 101 Freeway to protest police brutality. “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!” they chanted. As similar cries reverberate across the country, the call for reform has finally reached Washington. This summer, Republicans and Democrats introduced their own separate police reform bills. Yet neither side seems willing to hash things out and agree on compromise legislation. Many Democrats want to re...
Tags: California, Opinion, Washington, Senate, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Democrats, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Black, City Hall, Don, Senate Judiciary Committee, Scott


Forty-two years later, another California property tax battle

It’s been 42 years since California voters sharply altered the state’s political dynamics by overwhelmingly passing Proposition 13 to slash property taxes, ignoring virtually unanimous opposition from leaders of both political parties. It’s also been 42 years since Proposition 13’s opponents — public employee unions and others with stakes in government spending — first began plotting how to overturn it. They assumed, or hoped, that the state Supreme Court would invalidate it. But a generally lib...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Jerry Brown, Donald Trump, Gavin Newsom, Brown, Capitol, Legislature, Dan Walters, Public Policy Institute of California, Guest Commentary


Proposition 15 will hurt homeowners, too

Of the many propositions that voters must decide this November, one of the most contentious is Proposition 15, also known as the split roll initiative. One of the arguments advanced by the proponents is that it won’t have any impact on homeowners because it just raises property taxes on commercial and industrial properties. Can the proponents be believed? Not likely. On its face, Proposition 15 appears to exempt property that is used for “residential” purposes. But homeowners have good reason to...
Tags: California, Opinion, Kentucky, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Hawaii, Benjamin Franklin, Donald Trump, UC Berkeley, Don, Sacramento Bee, Tax Foundation, Walter Williams, Jon Coupal


High housing costs keep Californians poor

Congratulations California, you’ve done it again. The Census Bureau has once again found that California has the highest real-world poverty rate of any state, 17.2 percent over the previous three years and much higher than the national rate. The “supplemental” poverty rate includes factors ignored by the outdated “official” poverty rate, such as living costs. And our sky-high living costs, particularly for housing, impoverish at least 7 million Californians. We topped the poverty charts even as ...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, The Times, San Diego, Times, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, University Of California, San Francisco Bay, Los Angeles Times, Don, Capitol, Alameda


Donald Trump versus the military-industrial complex

President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us. In a farewell address on January 17, 1961, days before John F. Kennedy would be inaugurated, Eisenhower spoke about what he called the “military-industrial complex,” something that he said was a threat to democratic government. The former general warned that “the immense military establishment” had joined with “a large arms industry” and was capable of acquiring “unwarranted influence” on United States policy. “The potential for the disastrous rise of mi...
Tags: Isis, Opinion, North Korea, France, White House, Berlin, Israel, America, Sport, Iran, Syria, Atlantic, Soccer, United States, Paris, Serbia


Don’t lose sight of the progress made, problems ahead: Walter Williams

In matters of race and other social phenomena, there is a tendency to believe that what is seen today has always been. For Black people, the socioeconomic progress achieved during my lifetime, which started in 1936, exceeded anyone’s wildest dreams. In 1936, most Black people lived in gross material poverty and racial discrimination. Such poverty and discrimination is all but nonexistent today. Government data, assembled by Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation, shows that “the average Americ...
Tags: Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Tom Campbell, Heritage Foundation, Census Bureau, Walter Williams, Robert Rector, Walter E Williams, Opinion columns


‘Body Politic’ profiles the people making democracy work

This is the time of year – in a presidential election year, that is – where any reporting on politics can’t help but lean toward that fast-approaching special Tuesday after the first Monday of November. You know the one I mean. In any other year, it would be commanding ALL the headlines, whereas this year, presidential politics have taken a backseat to the pandemic, protests and wildfires. OK, maybe that’s not quite right, given that our politics these days are like a black hole consuming the ga...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Republican Party, Los Angeles County, Body Politic, Adam Probolsky, Jessica Millan Patterson, County Democratic, Leo Briones


Papering over the stream of bad news

Every day I read the newspaper cover to cover. It’s a lifetime habit I hope not to break. This doesn’t mean I like everything I read. For starters, there’s all that news. I can’t begin my day with Washington, Sacramento, Spring Street or someplace overseas I couldn’t find with two maps, a globe and Rick Steves on Zoom. So, I slide into my day with a large coffee and the Sports section, which goes down easy unless you’re a Clippers fan. Then I turn to the comics but always skip “Marmaduke,” who’s...
Tags: California, Opinion, White House, Israel, Sport, Soccer, United Arab Emirates, Sophia Loren, Hitler, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bahrain, Dante, Rick Steves, Doug Mcintyre, Clippers


Hold off on Ruth Bader Ginsburg replacement: Tom Campbell

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg deserves all the tributes she has been receiving. Her record of perseverance in overcoming many obstacles placed in her path just because she was a woman is an inspiration to all Americans. Her judicial record is a testament to a consistently liberal jurisprudence, well reasoned within the traditional rules of legal argument. She served America well. Much more should be said about Justice Ginsburg, by many far more qualified than I; but there is an immediate issue tha...
Tags: Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, California, Opinion, Stanford, Senate, Court, US, America, Sport, Soccer, Democrats, Republican Party, Biden, Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Not all Californians are sold on split roll, affirmative action

While 60 percent of likely California voters say they’ll be voting for Joe Biden this November, they’re not nearly as convinced by split roll or bringing back affirmative action, according to a recent survey by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California. It’s not at all surprising that a solid majority of California voters will be supporting the Democratic nominee for president, or that 94 percent of self-identified Democrats say they’ll be voting for Biden. But the survey does make c...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Editorials, Biden, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Democratic, Democratic Party, Legislature, PPIC, California Democratic Party, Public Policy Institute of California It, Tom Campbell Anti


‘Environmental justice’ starts by providing more water

SACRAMENTO >> Environmentalists have won the latest battle in California’s water wars, as California American Water just announced it is temporarily withdrawing its application to build a desalination plant on an old sand mine in the largely low-income town of Marina near Monterey. The proposal faced a tough approval process at the California Coastal Commission after local activists complained about its effects on their community. In a recent article, the Los Angeles Times asked this loaded ques...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, America, Sport, Soccer, Times, Monterey, Rhode Island, Los Angeles Times, Marina, California Coastal Commission, Cal Am, Mojave Desert, Oroville Dam, Steven Greenhut


Gig workers like and want flexibility, that’s why they became gig workers

Are gig workers ⁠— think Uber drivers or Door Dashers ⁠— seeking to trade their flexible occupations for a full-time, 40-hour-week job? Two recent surveys suggest they’re not interested. A survey of 1,000 on-demand drivers, commissioned by Uber and conducted by a duo of polling firms representing clients on the political left and right, finds that 85 percent prefer some version of their current flexible arrangement. Another survey ⁠— this one of 1,000 independent contractors, and commissioned by...
Tags: Labor, California, Opinion, America, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Don, Washington Free Beacon, Newsom, Mike Garcia, Dubal, Guest Commentary, Veena Dubal, Jeff Joseph, University of California Hastings In


Mixed messages and conflicting ideas in our pandemic age

Our politics may be paranoid, our society paralyzed by pandemic, and our skies ablaze, but don’t fear! We Californians receive an avalanche of advice about how to behave in crisis. All we have to do is follow it. Easy-peasy, no? For starters, go outside. Avoid the indoors, because COVID spreads best in enclosed areas. The outdoors is good for your health. Also, don’t go outside. Don’t you know there’s a pandemic on? Plus, with so many fires burning, you’ll just be breathing smoke. The outdoors n...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Joe Mathews, Guest Commentary


California needs a new energy plan

The blackouts that rolled through California in August were the direct result of what happens when we plan based on wishful thinking and not science. Our planning and policies did not hold up to a real-world challenge and millions of Californians lost power during the hottest days of summer. As our state’s energy regulators and leaders plan for how to prevent blackouts in the future, our top priority should be to plan for a warming planet and more frequent and intense extreme weather events such...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Cpuc, LA County, Newsom, California Independent System Operator, California Public Utilities Commission CPUC, Diablo Canyon, Bob Foster, Mike Garcia, Guest Commentary, Cal ISO


Celebrating America’s great Constitution

America today marks the 233rd anniversary of when Americans in those hallowed halls in Philadelphia unleashed the Constitution onto the world. Celebrating our Declaration of Independence is important, but it was the Constitution that gave form to the republican form of government that endures to this day. While it may not be at the heart of the political debate, the Constitution remains in our hearts and, especially, on our minds as we contemplate the challenges facing California and America. As...
Tags: California, Opinion, Washington, America, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Ben Franklin, Philadelphia, Republican, Alexander Hamilton, Orange County Register, Franklin, LA County, Calvin Coolidge, Newsom


Re-elect Mike Garcia to represent 25th Congressional District

Mike Garcia was elected to Congress last May in a special election to fill the remainder of the term of former Rep. Katie Hill, who resigned in October 2019. Garcia decisively defeated Assemblywoman Christy Smith, whose district overlaps almost two-thirds of the 25th congressional district. CD 25 includes Palmdale, Porter Ranch, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley and part of Lancaster. Now Garcia, a former Navy pilot and defense industry executive, is facing off against Smith again for a full term in th...
Tags: Congress, Navy, California, Opinion, White House, Sport, Soccer, House, Nancy Pelosi, Smith, Endorsements, Garcia, Assembly, LA County, Palmdale, Newsom


Newsom’s foolish endorsement of split roll reveals his priorities

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s image-building efforts of late make him appear wizened and independent-minded, but his recent backing of the split-roll initiative reveals the shopworn tendencies we’ve come to expect from the establishment. To be clear: Proposition 15 is no more about addressing unfair benefits for wealthy corporations than it is about helping to educate little kids. This is a straight confiscation bankrolled by Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, his wife Priscilla Chan and the California Teachers...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, California, Opinion, Politico, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Gavin Newsom, Priscilla Chan, California Teachers Association, LA County, Newsom, Lao, Legislative Analyst 's Office, East Gov Newsom


Is it science or politics guiding the COVID-19 response in LA County?

The California Department of Public Health has hired actors to play Californians who are hospitalized with COVID-19. The DPH posted a video, a professionally produced 15-second commercial, on its Twitter account. The ad begins with three 20-something couples smiling, laughing and enjoying a meal at an outdoor table in a leafy back yard. The narrator is a young woman who sounds near tears. “It was just a get-together,” she says as poignant notes of music play softly, “Everybody felt fine. But now...
Tags: California, Opinion, Politico, Sport, Soccer, John, Ken, Sun Valley, John MacArthur, Ferrer, LA County, Grace Community Church, KFI, California Department of Public Health, Susan Shelley, Public Health Department


Memories of El Monte in the groundbreaking history ‘East of East’

Why wasn’t there a deep-diving cultural, economic and political history of the city at the heart of the San Gabriel Valley before the just-published “East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte”? Perhaps the need for such a volume is only apparent when it finally is in hand. Like a work of art, which this book is, if partly in a scholarly way, rather than the mostly rah-rah photo-heavy annals of local worthies many of the cities in the SGV and Whittier areas are treated to by volunteer historic...
Tags: Congress, Opinion, Virginia, Uncategorized, America, Sport, Soccer, West Coast, Frank Zappa, Los Angeles Times, Arcadia, South Carolina, White, Southern California, Ku Klux Klan, Whittier


California must do more to allow ex-offenders find work

Amid catastrophic wildfires, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will finally expand economic opportunity for some of the state’s inmate firefighters. For decades, California has trained thousands of prisoners to fight fires. Today, those working in a penal fire camp earn just $2-5 a day, plus an extra $1 per hour when on the fire line. But in a cruel irony, once they’re released from prison, many ex-offenders find themselves barred from working as firefighters. Almost all of the state’s 900-pl...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Gavin Newsom, Institute for Justice, Newsom, Nick Sibilla, Guest Commentary, Assembly Bill 2147, AB2147


Gov. Newsom should sign SB629 to protect journalists from the police

In tumultuous times such as these, it is vital that the press is able to gather information in order to help better inform the public of what is going on. Members of the press, in any society, and certainly in the United States, should never find themselves attacked, manhandled or unduly interfered with in the course of doing their jobs. In covering the countless protests that have broken out across the nation, reporters have found themselves tear-gassed, hit with rubber bullets, zip-tied, detai...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sport, Soccer, United States, Editorials, Gavin Newsom, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, California Legislature, Healdsburg, Ron Hart, Mike McGuire, Newsom, KPCC, Josie Huang


Most California ‘job killer’ bills bite the dust again

As COVID-19 slammed into California a half-year ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a partial shutdown of what had been a high-flying economy to combat the deadly virus, plunging the state into its worst recession since the Great Depression. In turn, the pandemic and the recession spawned a flurry of legislative bills aimed, their sponsors said, at ameliorating the effects on the lives of ordinary Californians, especially those who suddenly saw their jobs vanish. They included expansions of support p...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sport, Soccer, Chamber of Commerce, Gavin Newsom, Capitol, Legislature, Dan Walters, Ron Hart, Newsom, Guest Commentary, Ron Paul NFL


Wildfires and California policymaking

The influence of climate change on wildfire seasons can’t be ignored, but California’s leaders need to focus on more practical, near-term solutions to contain future wildfire outbreaks. As he surveyed the wreckage of a wildfire that has spread around the Northern California town of Oroville last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom warned the nation about the threat of global warming. “Observe it with your own eyes,” he said. “The debate is over, around climate change. This is a climate damn emergency.” Clim...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Oroville, Los Angeles Times, Forest Service, Gavin Newsom, Northern California, Legislature, Creek, Ron Hart, Elizabeth Weil, Newsom, Sierra National Forest, Boxall


COVID-19, summer melt a one-two punch to colleges and students alike

Real-life stories of the extreme challenges and anxiety COVID-19 has brought upon our state’s college students ring frighteningly loud and true: most have lost all or most of their income sources, many have changed their college plans and uprooted their living arrangements, and some have had their college aspirations completely derailed over worries about family and money. “I am trying to find the time to do my classes solely online on top of taking care of children that were also enrolled in sc...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Michelle Obama, Black Brown, Redlands, Ron Hart, Newsom, Cal Grant, Guest Commentary, Riverside County Office of Education, California Student Aid Commission, Ron Paul NFL, Catalina Cifuentes, College and Career Readiness


How Newsom’s war on climate change stacks up against reality

While visiting the scene of one of California’s many horrendous wildfires last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared that climate change is the culprit and promised to step up the state’s already vigorous effort to reduce greenhouse gases. “This is a climate damn emergency,” Newsom said while standing among some burned out trees near Oroville. “This is real, and it’s happening.” “Mother Nature is physics, biology and chemistry,” Newsom continued. “She bats last and she bats 1,000. That’s the reality....
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Oroville, Split, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Trump, Capitol, Legislature, Dan Walters, Newsom, High Speed Rail Authority, Betty Yee, Guest Commentary


Debt is the real pandemic: Ron Paul

According to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) latest “Update on the Budget Outlook,” this year’s $3.3 trillion federal deficit is not just three times larger than last year: it is the largest federal deficit in history. The CBO update also predicts that the federal debt will equal 104 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) next year and will reach 108 percent of GDP by 2030. The CBO update also shows that the Social Security, Medicare, and highway trust funds will all be bankrupt by ...
Tags: Obamacare, Obama, Congress, California, Opinion, Senate, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, House Of Representatives, Ron Paul, Federal Reserve, Biden, Split, Trump, Oval Office


NFL, if you kneel for anything, you stand for nothing: Ron Hart

The NFL has somehow opened its season and at the same time tied itself to the muddled message of professional malcontent Colin Kaepernick and the BLM movement. We are not sure what they are mad about or asking for, and we are tired of being preached to by hypocrites who do not understand their own sermon. Thus, many of us tuned out. TV ratings for the NFL opener were down 16 percent. The few fans in Kansas City booed the maudlin message that players are good while white fans are racist and in ne...
Tags: Nbc, California, Opinion, New York City, Cleveland Browns, NFL, Colin Kaepernick, America, Dnc, Sport, Joe Biden, Chicago, Soccer, Nba, Michelle Obama, Lebron James



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