Several young adults in Ventura County tested positive for measles in the last few weeks. At least one of the cases is apparently linked to the outbreak that officials traced to December trips to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park in Orange County.

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The debate over same-sex marriage begins and ends with the question of whether it is a matter of equal rights and therefore protected under the Constitution.The U.S. Supreme Court should make a definitive ruling this June. …

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It took all of, oh, a couple of minutes for big water districts in the Central Valley to criticize last week’s U.S. Supreme Court for choosing fish over people.

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The money will come from an increase in the top tax rate on capital gains (the profit from the sale of stocks and similar investments) from 23.8 percent to 28 percent. Obama wants to impose a 0.07 percent fee on all liabilities for the biggest ($50 billion or more in assets) banks, to discourage that “too big to fail” problem. …

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America is overdue for new cybersecurity measures. How many examples do we need?

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A blogger in Saudi Arabia who was convicted of insulting Islam and sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes received his first 50 lashes by cane in a public square a little more than a week ago. His second round of lashing, scheduled for last Friday, was postponed after a doctor found…

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Although 70% of Californians support physician-assisted suicide, it remains illegal in this state. Despite a remarkably successful 20-year-old law in Oregon that set up a process for what that state calls “death with dignity,” the Legislature in California has not introduced a…

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President Obama’s first big tax proposal to the new Republican-controlled Congress would sharply increase the amounts paid by the heirs of wealthy Americans in order to fund more tax breaks and education programs for those with low and moderate incomes. It has about as much chance of becoming…

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Glib, false sound bites shouldn’t guide health-care decisions.

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Long-haul Mexican trucks finally get to make U.S. deliveries.

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Something must be done to address the $59 billion worth of maintenance needed for California’s roads, freeways and bridges, 30% of which do not meet today’s standards. Settling on the… »

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When global leaders toast the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week, one unusually prominent guest should be ready for sharp criticism — Premier Li Keqiang of China, the country’s highest-ranking attendee since 2009. Following a year of slowed growth and mounting accusations that it has been discriminating against foreign firms, China’s relationship with its international partners is seriously souring.Foreign businesses have long protested protectionist policies in China, but they have recently been alarmed by a new pattern: Chinese officials applying seemingly neutral corruption and antitrust laws to target foreign firms, including Eli Lilly, Volkswagen, Qualcomm, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft and Samsung.China’s leaders must realize that even the perception that they are targeting foreign businesses disproportionately can create great harm.- 7 In an environment of heightened fears, the European Chamber of Commerce in China recently counseled its members on how to avoid “a sudden knock at your door” from investigators, who have at times been notoriously crude. These companies’ concerns have been answered by quips that foreign companies should “hire the most famous lawyers in the world,” as Xu Kunlin, a Chinese economic official, told reporters. A change in tone is sorely needed.But if the Chinese leadership is going to continue targeting foreign companies in 2015, it must go beyond reassuring rhetoric and set out better and clearer standards for doing business in China. Li’s Davos appearance affords the perfect opportunity for China to announce concrete ideas about how it can replace its current scattershot approach with a balanced and credible system of enforcement.lRelated Op-EdChina is again slowly turning in on itselfSee all related8In ramping up use of its 2007 anti-monopoly law against foreign companies, while giving its huge state-owned enterprises free passes, China has greatly escalated tensions about the uneven playing field many global companies have long experienced there. …

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When President Obama presents his plan to level the playing field — just a bit — between the wealthy and not so wealthy in his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, he could point to the Bay Area as the perfect testing ground. Since 2008, the median income in the Bay Area has fallen by 9 percent. Over the previous two business expansions, in the 1990s and the one leading up to the financial crash, median incomes grew…

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In the wake of the terrorist attack on a kosher market in Paris, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked French Jews to come home.I don’t particularly like that advice. I think it would be a tragedy if centuries of Jewish French culture had to die out because Jews were chased out by Islamist thugs. The French government agrees — for now at least — and has posted armed soldiers everywhere Jews live and gather.According to ‘realists,’ Israel is a problem because the majority of nations — and many Muslims in the West — don’t like it.-   Still, what Netanyahu understands is that there is strength in numbers. …

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There’s a reason for committee jokes — about how the camel was created, and how, as Milton Berle said, committees are groups that create minutes and lose hours.But at the same time, an effective committee can bring a variety of perspectives to an issue and come up with creative solutions beyond the ken of any one individual.

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There’s a reason for committee jokes — about how the camel was created, and how, as Milton Berle said, committees are groups that create minutes and lose hours.But at the same time, an effective committee can bring a variety of perspectives to an issue and come up with creative solutions beyond the ken of any one individual.

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Respondents to Santa Rosa’s online survey on the city’s budget so far strongly favor putting away money for filling potholes, boosting park maintenance and getting …

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Bill targets questionable disability lawsuits

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Memo to U.S. attorneys in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego: It’s high time you investigate the former president and some current members and officials of the California Public Utilities Commission for things like conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.Evidence against current commissioners and former commission President Michael Peevey has mounted steadily over the last six months, but there has been no action against anyone.

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The shamefully low graduation rates for used-and-abused college athletes are getting an overdue answer from the University of California, one of the most culpable institutions. Under a plan up for approval, a coach’s salary will hinge on players hitting higher academic marks, not just games in the win column. The plan was hatched by UC President Janet Napolitano, who pledged a fresh look after UC Berkeley’s abysmal graduation rates for football and basketball players soured the campus’ high-attaining image. …

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Arizona last week became the first state in the nation to enact a law requiring students to pass a civics test in order to graduate from high school.And not just any civics test — tellingly, in this, yet another American era partially defined by immigration, it’s the 100-question test given to people seeking to become United States citizens.

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Arizona last week became the first state in the nation to enact a law requiring students to pass a civics test in order to graduate from high school.And not just any civics test — tellingly, in this, yet another American era partially defined by immigration, it’s the 100-question test given to people seeking to become United States citizens.

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Education in California has experienced a time of renovation and rejuvenation. We have new state standards — the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). We have a new funding formula for schools — the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

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Jennifer Andaluz and David Herrera argue that the configuration of the Hester School site, renovated specifically for DCP’s program, is essential to its mission, and a forced move will be a serious setback.

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It seems somehow fitting that the day we chose to celebrate the life and achievements of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is in January.

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It seems somehow fitting that the day we chose to celebrate the life and achievements of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is in January. Aside from being his birth month, it is also the time during which many Americans take a personal inventory of deficiencies and resolve to be better. It was King who forced the nation to take such a critical look at itself about half a century ago.

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First, the bad news, as laid out in a report by Los Angeles County Inspector General Max Huntsman and reported Friday in The Times: The Sheriff’s Department does a poor job of informing the public about shootings and discipline. That would be a big deal in any event, but especially at this…

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Having jumped into the U.S. Senate race “feet first,” state Attorney General Kamala Harris will be hitting the phones to score as much money and as many endorsements possible — all in the hope of keeping rival Democrats from jumping in as well. …

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Even some of those in power in our nation have long recognized the value of competition in most effectively providing goods and services. In January 1955, the Eisenhower administration asserted, “It is the general policy of the administration that…

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As both the federal and state government are closed today in observance of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., we are reminded of a speech the civil rights icon gave a half century ago to a New York City teachers union. “The walling off of…

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