In 2004, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger outlined his vision of creating “hydrogen highways all over the state of California by the year 2010” – primarily subsidized by state taxpayers, of course. But despite tens of millions of dollars of…

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In 2004, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger outlined his vision of creating “hydrogen highways all over the state of California by the year 2010” – primarily subsidized by state taxpayers, of course. But despite tens of millions of dollars of…

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In 2004, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger outlined his vision of creating “hydrogen highways all over the state of California by the year 2010” – primarily subsidized by state taxpayers, of course. But despite tens of millions of dollars of…

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Thanks to pioneering programs in San Diego and Los Angeles, California has been leading the way on the use of body cameras to improve neighborhood relationships with police. The logic is straightfoward: Residents can be sure their word won’t be put…

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Thanks to pioneering programs in San Diego and Los Angeles, California has been leading the way on the use of body cameras to improve neighborhood relationships with police. The logic is straightfoward: Residents can be sure their word won’t be put…

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Today marks the third occasion that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress. But unlike his uncontroversial appearances in 2011 and 1996, Mr. Netanyahu’s speech today has fomented much sound and fury in…

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For those who have had family members, friends and their country taken by communists, the Cold War isn’t over. The Vietnamese Diaspora knows this painfully well. But while those old hatreds understandably die hard, the recent insinuations that…

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For those who have had family members, friends and their country taken by communists, the Cold War isn’t over. The Vietnamese Diaspora knows this painfully well.

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For those who have had family members, friends and their country taken by communists, the Cold War isn’t over. The Vietnamese Diaspora knows this painfully well. But while those old hatreds understandably die hard, the recent insinuations that…

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As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday addressed a joint meeting of Congress, 4,090 miles away in Montreux, Switzerland, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed as “unacceptable” President Obama’s proposal that…

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A recent survey has confirmed what everyone seems to think is true. Not only are younger voters way more likely than older ones to support a path to legalization for marijuana, but that trend holds true for young Republicans, too. In the same Pew…

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A recent survey has confirmed what everyone seems to think is true. Not only are younger voters way more likely than older ones to support a path to legalization for marijuana, but that trend holds true for young Republicans, too. In the same Pew…

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The John Locke Foundation has released a new study on the levels of freedom in the states, and – as with similar indexes of freedom, business climate, tax burden or legal environment – California ranks near the very bottom. California’s overall…

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The John Locke Foundation has released a new study on the levels of freedom in the states, and – as with similar indexes of freedom, business climate, tax burden or legal environment – California ranks near the very bottom. California’s overall…

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Costa Mesa’s Pension Oversight Committee brought a report to the City Council in late September, citing a very large number: $228 million. That, according to a 2012 estimate from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, was the…

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The vast and varied California state parks system boasts abundant natural beauty, but is extremely light on cash and has been beset with problems for years. Now under new management, and guided by a report from the Legislature-created Parks Forward…

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A modest economic recovery finally seems to be underway in the United States, but this comes as little comfort to many still struggling to get by, particularly in California. Nearly one in four people in the state – 23.4 percent – are in poverty,…

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The nutrition panel advising the federal government is going green with its new federal dietary guidelines, and that has the meat industry seeing red.The committee’s aggressive approach couldn’t be more welcome. California has a huge interest in keeping its health care costs under control and in encouraging agricultural practices that reduce water use and greenhouse gas emissions.Congress should embrace the panel’s effort to encourage Americans to eat a healthier diet and develop more sustainable agricultural practices. Lawmakers will need to take a hard look at the science behind the report. Billions of dollars are at stake…

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California law currently requires that bicycle riders under 18 years old wear helmets. Sen. Carol Liu’s SB 192 would expand that to adults. It’s about time. Many in the cycling community agree…

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California needs to get serious about protecting the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, one of Silicon Valley’s most valuable water sources. The short-term needs of Central Valley farmers are significant. …

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One of the biggest issues confronting Silicon Valley is privacy concerns over the tech industry’s most innovative and revenue-generating products. The future of Apple’s iPhone, Google’s search engines, Facebook’s posts and a multitude of other applications hinges on the public’s trust that their rights will not be abused.Santa Clara County should therefore be among the first to explore the efficacy of new tools for law enforcement and craft intelligent policies and ordinances for their use in the most transparent manner possible.The Sheriff Office’s effort to obtain a portable cellphone tracking system failed that test in practically every way possible.Supervisor Joe Simitian summed it up best Tuesday before being the only dissenting vote on the board’s decision to go ahead with the purchase:"Just to be clear," he said, "we’re being asked to spend $500,000 of taxpayers’ money, plus $40,000 a year for a product the brand name of which you are not sure, the specs you don’t know, a demonstration for which you haven’t seen for which there is no policy in place, for which you have a nondisclosure agreement."The only thing Sheriff Laurie Smith was able to articulate well at Tuesday’s board meeting was the potential benefits of the device (the video of the board discussion is available at the 36th minute on the county website: http://sccgov.iqm2.com/Citizens/SplitView.aspx?Mode=Video&MeetingID=6051&Format=Agenda).The sheriff’s office could use the cellphone tracker to locate missing persons — including children and seniors with some form of dementia — human trafficking victims and high-level felons. Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup pointed to several high-profile cases in recent years in which the device could possibly have saved lives. …

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One of the biggest issues confronting Silicon Valley is privacy concerns over the tech industry’s most innovative and revenue-generating products. The future of Apple’s iPhone, Google’s search engines, Facebook’s posts and a multitude of other applications hinges on the public’s trust that their rights will not be abused.Santa Clara County should therefore be among the first to explore the efficacy of new tools for law enforcement and craft intelligent policies and ordinances for their use in the most transparent manner possible.The Sheriff Office’s effort to obtain a portable cellphone tracking system failed that test in practically every way possible.Supervisor Joe Simitian summed it up best Tuesday before being the only dissenting vote on the board’s decision to go ahead with the purchase:"Just to be clear," he said, "we’re being asked to spend $500,000 of taxpayers’ money, plus $40,000 a year for a product the brand name of which you are not sure, the specs you don’t know, a demonstration for which you haven’t seen for which there is no policy in place, for which you have a nondisclosure agreement."The only thing Sheriff Laurie Smith was able to articulate well at Tuesday’s board meeting was the potential benefits of the device (the video of the board discussion is available at the 36th minute on the county website: http://sccgov.iqm2.com/Citizens/SplitView.aspx?Mode=Video&MeetingID=6051&Format=Agenda).The sheriff’s office could use the cellphone tracker to locate missing persons — including children and seniors with some form of dementia — human trafficking victims and high-level felons. …

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Oakland loves the Raiders, but the city would be crazy to put up more public money to keep the team. It would be like paying an abusive partner not to leave you. Again.The financial deal Oakland and Alameda County made to bring the team back from Southern California after it left in 1982 was a disaster…

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No region appreciates better than Silicon Valley the benefits that a diverse group of well-educated immigrant families brings to our economy and culture. For years the rule against spouses of H-1B visa holders obtaining work permits has deprived the nation of talented workers. …

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George Shirakawa Jr. is fresh from a seven-month jail term after his conviction on corruption charges last year. But the former Santa Clara County supervisor should get more than a slap on the wrist for producing a malicious campaign mailer that helped his crony Xavier Campos win a San Jose City Council election in 2010.Superior Court Judge Ron Del Pozzo indicated last week that he would sentence Shirakawa to community service after the defendant agreed to plead no contest to the felony charge of false impersonation. Del Pozzo routinely tries to settle cases to avoid the cost of a trial, and normally that’s fine. …

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The latest and perhaps most serious construction problem discovered in the $6.5 billion eastern span of the Bay Bridge has implications beyond the thousands of Bay Area residents who use the bridge every day. Caltrans, the state agency that oversaw the work, is responsible for infrastructure projects throughout California including roads, tunnels and all kinds of bridges.The bolt debacle in 2013 that threatened the span’s scheduled opening and undermined trust in Caltrans is still fresh in memory. In that case, the officials in charge had ignored warnings from inside and outside the agency.Caltrans officials say it will be different this time — that there will be full disclosure and they will listen to experts with divergent views. That would be refreshing. We’ll believe it when we see it…

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Break out the Champagne. The tech-fueled Nasdaq closed at 5,000 Monday for the first time since 2000. Despite a small drop Tuesday, it’s within range of breaking the all-time high closing of 5,048.62.When the tech bubble burst in 2000, naysayers declared that Silicon Valley’s best days were behind it, and Rust Belt denizens took a perverse joy in seeing the industry (Pets.com? Really?) get its comeuppance. But today the success of Apple, Google and Facebook, hardly flashes in the pan, are fueling a boom…

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Friday night’s assassination of Boris Nemtsov in the shadows of the Kremlin is the most significant political killing to occur in the 15 years Russian President and Thug-in-Chief Vladimir Putin has been in power. Not because Nemtsov had any realistic hope of challenging Putin for power. He didn’t. But rather because of what Nemtsov represented. He was the rarest of all creatures in Russia’s political constellation — a true reformer whose ethical compass pointed due north…

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Friday night’s assassination of Boris Nemtsov in the shadows of the Kremlin is the most significant political killing to occur in the 15 years Russian President and Thug-in-Chief Vladimir Putin has been in power. Not because Nemtsov had any realistic hope of challenging Putin for power. He didn’t. …

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Friday night’s assassination of Boris Nemtsov in the shadows of the Kremlin is the most significant political killing to occur in the 15 years Russian President and Thug-in-Chief Vladimir Putin has been in power. Not because Nemtsov had any realistic hope of challenging Putin for power. …

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