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Proposed tax on sugary drinks will do more harm than good

When the California Legislature voted two years ago to increase the gas tax by 12 cents per gallon to fund transportation projects, it triggered a successful recall campaign against a State Senator who supported it – and spurred a statewide initiative campaign, ultimately unsuccessful, to overturn it. Some would argue, given the state’s obvious transportation needs, that it was a fight worth having and a political risk worth taking. You can’t say the same about the latest tax being proposed. Las...
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McCain talk is undermining Trump’s success: Political Cartoons

Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world, and across the political spectrum, covering current issues and figures. Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world, and across the political spectrum, covering current issues and figures. Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world...
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On Beauty–Québec Day Three: By Bill McKibben

Johannes Høsflot Klæbo of Norway stringing out the men’s sprint final in Quebec City. (Photo: John Lazenby/lazenbyphoto.com) Beauty was the order of the day, beginning with the spectacle that spread out on the old battleground that shoulders up against the city of Québec . Nordic skiing usually proceeds against a backdrop of pine and birch, but there’s an undeniable thrill to see a race unfold beneath a bright blue sky, the action painted on a backdrop of buildings and streets. From the bottom...
Tags: News, Opinion, World Cup, Alexander Bolhusnov, Bill McKibben, Jessie Diggins, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, Quebec World Cup


LAUSD’s punishing parcel tax proposal

America’s most dysfunctional school district has stepped in it again. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), apparently coming to the shocking realization that there was no way they could pay for the horrible deal they just cut with the unions, has hurriedly placed on the ballot for June a new property tax that leaves no Los Angeles taxpayer unscathed. That grassroots taxpayer interests would be opposed to the new levy is no surprise. But several business organizations, usually more to...
Tags: Opinion, Opinion columns


Unpacking the effort to allow AQMD to raise SoCal taxes

There are rules when it comes to taxes. How high they can go, what they can be used for… and there are rules about which public agencies are allowed to levy tax increases. Because really, we don’t want just any government agency deciding they want to come after our money for any purpose, right? The California State Revenue and Tax Code and the Public Utilities Code give counties, cities, and transportation authorities the power to impose general taxes or taxes for a specific purpose in areas the...
Tags: Opinion, Guest Commentary


We’re just living in our own, strange worlds

It’s not uncommon to read this paper in the morning, watch the news at night or scroll our social media accounts at all times in between and wonder, “What world am I living in?” The shift from our binary past — male/female, black/white, rich/poor, good/evil — to the billion shades of grey of our digital present has so scrambled our sense of culture, community and continuity we’re left to wonder, are we crazy or has the world gone mad? • Exhibit A: Donald J. Trump. How is it possible that people ...
Tags: Opinion, Opinion columns


Gavin Newsom’s cynical game, explained

A toy company called Galoob once made a game called Mr. Gameshow. It featured a blue-eyed, slick-haired host, entirely plastic, with an oversized head and an arctic smile. As players pressed buttons to answer questions, Mr. Gameshow’s recorded voice would yell out the winners and losers with shouts of “Pick up your money!” or “AAH-eem sorry!” followed by a sarcastic insult. In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom is infringing on Mr. Gameshow’s territory. Every day brings another thrilling blitz of win...
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Understanding the appeal of democratic socialism key to defeating it

In their race to save an unpopular president and their lack of a positive agenda, many Republicans and conservatives increasingly identify the rise of “democratic socialism” as their ultimate, if you will, Trump card. Given the fact that most Americans, particularly older ones, still favor capitalism and are less than enthusiastic about expanding federal power, this approach might work. But conservatives, in or out of the White House, underestimate the intrinsic appeal of the resurgence of neo-M...
Tags: Opinion, Opinion columns


What healthy relationships look like

As a survivor of domestic violence, I know how it feels to be isolated, embarrassed and confused about what should be acceptable behavior from a partner. That is why, as state senator for the 22nd District, I am prioritizing policies and events that will educate and protect victims, both men and women. No one should feel as if they need to do this alone. They should know where they can turn for help. I’m also working on proposals alongside groups including the California Partnership to End Domes...
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California needs a strong alternative to the Democratic establishment. Look to the Libertarians.

The Republican Party is finally realizing what the Libertarian Party has known for decades: California is best when the voters have options. Jessica Millan Patterson, Chair of the California Republican Party, recently wrote, “Republicans have both an opportunity and a responsibility to stand up and offer a viable alternative to the Democrats and give voters a real choice.” However, other Republican leaders feel that the GOP isn’t the option Californians are looking for. Soon after last year’s ge...
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The guns and butter of Trump’s budget: Political Cartoons

Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world, and across the political spectrum, covering current issues and figures. Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world, and across the political spectrum, covering current issues and figures. Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world...
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Harvey on the Plains of Abraham: by Bill McKibben

Alex Harvey takes in the cheers after placing second in the men’s 15 k mass start classic in Québec City. (Photo: John Lazenby/lazenbyphoto.com) It’s remarkably sweet when an athletic career ends on a grace note:  Ted Williams lofting a home run in his final game at Fenway, say, or John Elway passing his Broncos to a Super Bowl victory. Or, earlier today, Alex Harvey taking second in front of a levitating crowd of supporters on the Plains of Abraham in the middle of Quebec City. Harvey’s career...
Tags: News, Opinion, Racing, World Cup, Alex Harvey, Bill McKibben, Quebec City


Reject efforts to make it easier for school districts to raise parcel taxes

For years, Democratic legislators have sought to chip away at  the state’s few taxpayer protections. Now, with a strong supermajority in the Legislature, and the bills coming due for profligate spending, legislation has been introduced to make it easier for school districts to ram through parcel tax increases. Senate Constitutional Amendment 5, introduced by Sens. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, and Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would lower the threshold for voter approval of parcel tax hikes or extension...
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Tariffs trickle throughout the shopping experience

Few people realize that the higher costs associated with the trade war ripple throughout their shopping experiences. Shoppers won’t find many of the items in my specialty gift stores on the list of items subject to tariffs, but those duties affect my day-to-day business in terms of pricing and sourcing products in my stores. Many customers still haven’t felt the sting of tariffs, because businesses like mine are doing everything they can to absorb what is effectively a 10 percent tax increase on...
Tags: Opinion, Guest Commentary


We live in a ‘Game of Thrones’ world

“Game of Thrones” is in the common vernacular whether or not you watch the HBO show. Our household made it through an episode and a half of the medieval, or whenever it’s supposed to be, gang rape and incestuous bloody weddings before switching over to some other dinnertime fiction. But we all know what someone using “Game of Thrones” as a contemporary political metaphor would be saying about still-extant feudalism and brutal power plays. And so last week when I had coffee with a group of visiti...
Tags: Opinion, Opinion columns


‘Sunshine’ will allay fears as cops try futuristic policies

SACRAMENTO – In Washington, D.C. in 2054, a Department of PreCrime determines who is going to commit a crime before it happens. The government uses three mutants, known as “precogs,” who have precise visions of future events. Police are sent in advance to arrest the not-quite-criminals and, voila, the crime rate drops to zero. That is the backdrop of the movie, “Minority Report,” based on a story from the late Orange County sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick. Dystopian stories take real-life trends an...
Tags: Opinion, Opinion columns


School accountability good for some, not others?

Last year, in his final budget as governor, Jerry Brown proudly proclaimed a new policy to encourage the state’s 114 community colleges to pay more attention to how their students are faring. “By funding colleges based primarily on enrollment, the current funding formula encourages districts to strictly prioritize student access without regard for student success—such as timely completion and better serving underrepresented students,” Brown’s budget contended. “The budget proposes a new funding ...
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To solve nursing shortage, first do no harm to California’s nursing schools

California is in the midst of a severe nursing shortage, but a little-known Sacramento agency seems determined to make the crisis worse. I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like it. I have been licensed to practice nursing in California for 35 years. In that time — as a clinician, educator, administrator and hospital board trustee — I have also held multiple executive-level positions in nursing service and education as well as serving in professional associations. I have been honored by ...
Tags: Opinion, Guest Commentary


2020 race amplifies shakeup in Democratic Party

2016 was the end of the GOP as we knew it. Now it’s the Democrats’ turn. Given the way things have worked out so far on the Right, the Left should be warier than its loudest voices seem to suggest. Although the mood among Democrats has modulated significantly over the past several years, as president Trump has failed both to induce disaster or succumb to it, their hopes of a smashing success in 2020 remain highly audacious. The sheer size and energy of the still-burgeoning field of White House c...
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March Madness: Political Cartoons

Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world, and across the political spectrum, covering current issues and figures. Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world, and across the political spectrum, covering current issues and figures. Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world...
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Lowering alcohol standard won’t make us safer, but it will ensnare casual drinkers

We like to say that the Nanny State isn’t a destination as much as a journey. In other words, politicians who promote laws to protect people from themselves might not have a particular end goal in mind, but will always come up with new ways to regulate behavior in the name of public safety. In a legislative session that’s already seen envelope-pushing proposals to ban the sale of flavored-tobacco products and Big-Gulp-style drinks, one particular Nanny State proposal has been garnering attention...
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Uncollected illegal guns put Californians at risk

In the aftermath of the horrific massacre of Muslim worshippers in New Zealand, the gun control debate has flared up yet again over how best to prevent gun violence. While it is not easy to find common ground on solutions, I hope we can agree that taking guns away from high-risk individuals with criminal histories and mental health challenges should be a top priority for government. In California, such a tool already exists to help the state government do its job, which is called the Armed & Pro...
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Assembly Bill 221 is bad for students, teachers and communities

During the LAUSD teachers’ strike, I stood with my colleagues for six days on the picket lines fighting for more funding and resources to improve our city’s public schools. All of us striking teachers were inspired by the outpouring of support from people in Los Angeles and across the country. After nine years in the profession, I never felt more inspired to be a teacher. Only weeks after the strike, some of my enthusiasm about the future of our public schools and the teaching profession has bee...
Tags: California, Opinion, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, TFA, Teach for America, Guest Commentary, Sacramento Assembly, America Teach For America, First Teach For America, Teach For America Being, Justin Bragg


Speaking ill of the dead: Political Cartoons

Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world, and across the political spectrum, covering current issues and figures. Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world, and across the political spectrum, covering current issues and figures. Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world...
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Reject proposal to allow bonds to be issued without voter approval

A bill working its way through the state Legislature would create yet another exception to Proposition 13’s requirement for voter approval of new taxes and debt, allowing local governments to issue some bonds without the need to put the debt proposal on a ballot. Senate Bill 128 by Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, would authorize Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts to issue bonds without voter approval. The bill was passed by a vote of 6-0 in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on Wed...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Editorials, Bill, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Office of Planning and Research, Legislative Analyst 's Office, Sen Jim Beall D San Jose, Senate Governance and Finance Committee


Governments shouldn’t be surveilling journalists

If the government wants to follow what journalists report on, great — open the newspaper. Turn on the radio or television. Punch up the website or the app. But don’t, thank you very much, put us into a secret database with personal information about us — the kinds of cars we drive, our mothers’ names, for instance — and then flag our passports with alerts so that we get extra inspections at international borders. Yet that’s just what the United States and Mexican governments did to journalists c...
Tags: Nbc, California, Opinion, Mexico, Sport, Joe Biden, Canada, Soccer, United States, Editorials, Mexico City, Homeland Security, Central America, Third World, Tijuana, Netanyahu


Guest Opinion: Losing the 7th Avenue greenway

This post from Kiel Johnson comes in response to news announced today that the Portland Bureau of Transportation has decided to route the Lloyd to Woodlawn Neighborhood Greenway on 9th Avenue. “9th Avenue will become the greenway.” The words put finality on years of advocacy, countless hours spent knocking on doors, talking with neighbors, making yard signs, and writing letters. This past Sunday my living room was overflowing with my fellow neighbors and their children who live on 7th. They h...
Tags: Opinion, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, North America, Jonathan, Lloyd, Greenway, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Nick Falbo, Better Naito, Kiel Johnson, Fremont Bridge, BP Headlines, Willamette Blvd


No, immigrant-owned small businesses won’t “do just fine” under California’s new privacy law

I was drawn in by the coverage of last month’s hearing in the State Capitol on California’s new privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).  One quote caught my attention. “All of these companies are going to do just fine. They’re going to make a lot of money,” the witness stated, referring to the tech companies concerned about the law. I don’t know if that’s true, and that’s not my concern. I’m more troubled about the impact on small businesses, and specifically, those owned by imm...
Tags: California, Opinion, America, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Netanyahu, State Capitol, Farmers Market, Kauffman Foundation, CCPA, Guest Commentary, Walter Fong, Yee Shee Fong, Pat Fong Kushida


Giving business a break with Medicare for all

After years of struggling to pay our health insurance premiums – which always go up, by the way – I am thrilled that Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington has introduced a new Medicare-for-All bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The United States has another chance to get health care right!  You can bet I’ll be contacting my legislators to express support for this bill. Why? Because like thousands of other Angelenos, my husband and I work in the entertainment industry. We own and operate a ...
Tags: Obamacare, California, Opinion, Washington, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, United States, Northridge, Netanyahu, Pramila Jayapal, U S House of Representatives, Jayapal, Guest Commentary, Betty Doumas Toto


Only as good as your name? You Beto believe it! 

When it comes to evaluating people we don’t know much about, typically the first thing we judge them by is their name. Fair or not, somebody’s name causes us to make certain assumptions about their age, gender, where they come from or even what their religion might be — as there generally aren’t too many Millie’s under the age of 80, women named Bob, or Mormons named Muhammad. The cues in a name can lead us to positive reactions, or make us skeptical and suspicious. This is human nature, and no ...
Tags: Texas, Minnesota, California, Opinion, Mexico, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Ted Cruz, House Of Representatives, Fox News, Associated Press, Bob, Usa Today, Lebanon, Cruz



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