The California Democratic Party recently announced that it would no longer accept political contributions from Big Oil. Bravo. …

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The problems caused by California’s housing crisis are enormous and varied. Now, according to a new study by Urban Habitat, an Oakland nonprofit group, another problem can be been added to this long list: resegregation. After examining 2000-2014 data from 11 counties in the Bay Area region, researchers…

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One of the most common concepts in the business world is “best practices” — the idea that companies should routinely try to find the best way to execute a task, often by looking at other firms, so as to improve performance and efficiency. In government, this theory has borne fruit in law enforcement…

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AT&T Wireless recently offered its customers a compelling freebie: If they subscribe to DirecTV, the satellite TV service that AT&T acquired in 2015, or DirecTV’s new slimmed-down online offering, they can watch an unlimited amount of TV on their mobile devices without using up any of their monthly…

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A year after the San Bernardino terror attack, the healing process has barely begun for some victims and families. Dec. 2, 2015 is still too fresh in many hearts and minds. The community’s response, then and now, has been exemplary. But on the…

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Things are pretty good — much better than they used to be — but be careful. That in a nutshell is the message of the state Legislative Analyst Office’s annual “California’s Fiscal Outlook” report. The annual fiscal report provides the…

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The persistence of homelessness in California is a disgrace. Thankfully, our state’s leaders are taking bold steps to address the problem. Gov. …

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As a candidate, Donald Trump put off — even scared — many voters when he talked about the economy and closely related issues. On taxes, Trump offered what sounded like a dreary encore of past Republican tax plans that built off the discredited canard that tax cuts yield more revenue because they…

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President-elect Donald Trump has sounded more restrained on immigration than he did during the campaign, most notably in advocating a deportation policy targeting unauthorized immigrants with criminal and gang backgrounds that appears quite similar to one President Obama used from 2009 to 2014….

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Conflict over water allocations from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is the most intractable water management problem in California. The sources of contention are many, but three interrelated issues dominate the debate: whether to build two tunnels that divert water from the Sacramento River, how much water to allocate to endangered fish species, and what to do about the 1,100 miles of Delta levees that are essential to the local economy.All of these issues need to be addressed to reduce unproductive conflict and litigation and resolve our water problems. Here we outline a potential “grand compromise” for the Delta that meets the co-equal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem health prescribed by the 2009 Delta Reform Act. To this end, California should: ▪ Build one tunnel, not twoThe most commonly stated fear about the twin tunnels is that they will increase exports and significantly harm the Delta…

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Anti-abortion lawmakers and state officials across the country have gone to unusual lengths since the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe vs. Wade to deter women from exercising that particular constitutional right.

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Seven members of the Senate Intelligence Committee wrote to President Obama this week asking him to declassify and make public “additional information concerning the Russian government and the U.S. election” that committee members apparently have learned about in confidential briefings. The president…

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Terry Hendricks supports Hillary Clinton — up to a point. The Fullerton resident thinks that point was reached Nov. 8 when Clinton lost the presidential election to Donald Trump. Hendricks, 69, reckons that her recurring $10 monthly contributions to the Hillary Victory Fund should have come to…

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Terry Hendricks supports Hillary Clinton — up to a point. The Fullerton resident thinks that point was reached Nov. 8 when Clinton lost the presidential election to Donald Trump.

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Led by the United Teachers of Los Angeles, educators at four local schools have refused to accept a $3.75 million gift because it would come from Great Public Schools Now, “a pro-charter school organization.” The union’s president, Alex…

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Led by the United Teachers of Los Angeles, educators at four local schools have refused to accept a $3.75 million gift because it would come from Great Public Schools Now, “a pro-charter school organization.” The union’s president, Alex…

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When the 115th Congress convenes on January 3, labor reform should be at the top of the legislative agenda. If Election Day sent any message, it is that blue-collar employees want their elected officials — including labor leaders — to heed their…

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Donald Trump’s infrastructure improvement plan for America is under attack once again. The president-elect’s crime? Suggesting that private companies could play a role in rebuilding America’s water, transportation and energy systems. First, it…

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One of the primary reasons for building Friant Dam has been dropped from the discussion over time. Yes, it was constructed to send San Joaquin River water south for farm … »

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Thumbs up to the Pacific Gas and Electic linemen who rescued a black-and-white cat named Fat Boy from a power pole in southwest Fresno recently. He was perched there for … »

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Welcome back, Jeff Tedford! From our vantage point, the former Fresno State quarterback and assistant coach is a solid match for the university’s football program. Much has changed since Tedford … »

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In a perfect world, Joseph Mann’s death would have gotten a bolder answer than the police reforms passed in Sacramento this week. The videotaped fate of the homeless, mentally ill … Click to Continue »

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Gov. Jerry Brown’s choice of the highest-ranking Latino in the House — Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles — to fill the final two years of departing Attorney General Kamala Harris’ term surprised Sacramento insiders who expected a caretaker to get the job. Instead, Brown has shaken up the Sacramento…

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After campaigning on a platform long on platitudes and short on specifics, President-elect Donald Trump this week started to reveal what he has in store for the nation’s health care system – and many Californians aren’t going to like what they hear.Trump, who promised to replace Obamacare with “something terrific,” chose Rep. Tom Price, a tea party Republican from suburban Atlanta and one of Obamacare’s fiercest critics, as his nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.Unlike Trump, Price, a surgeon, doesn’t speak in generalities when it comes to dismembering the Affordable Care Act. In fact, he authored a 242-page bill that is even more draconian than the Obamacare repeal plan pushed by House Speaker Paul Ryan.Price would let insurance companies more than double rates on people with pre-existing conditions who have lost their insurance…

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A lawsuit has been filed in Orange County Superior Court over Laguna Beach’s recently imposed ban on short-term rentals in residential areas. BEACH Vacation Coalition (Backing Everyone’s Access to Coastal Housing), a citizens group, filed the…

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By selecting Rep. Xavier Becerra to be California’s next attorney general, Gov. Jerry Brown is making clear that he will stand up against whatever Donald Trump’s administration might fling at … Click to Continue »

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In a perfect world, after six young people died last year when a balcony collapsed at a Berkeley apartment, the Legislature would have passed legislation with teeth in an attempt to minimize the possibility of such a tragedy occurring again.But in politics, the world is largely shaped by money and political clout.In September, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure prompted by the collapse of a fifth-floor apartment balcony during a birthday party on June 16, 2015. …

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When Gov. Jerry Brown chose Los Angeles Congressman Xavier Becerra to succeed Kamala Harris as the state’s attorney general Thursday, he gave California politics a jolt of high-voltage electricity, to … Click to Continue »

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