What specious arguments Southern California school districts have concocted as they reschedule their academic years to begin five weeks or more before summer is over. There must be some internal logic to the moves, which have been catching on for…

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It has been a long, costly, frustrating road for the Cadiz Water Project — and now the trip has gotten even stranger. The project has already had to navigate burdensome, byzantine regulations at the state and federal levels and a number of legal…

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Without making a single mean-spirited decision, but with a series of well-intended and popular decisions over time, it is possible to create a racial dynamic on our university campuses that is repugnant to our societal goals. This appears to be how…

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As a former social worker, I believe in giving people second chances. But allowing felons to vote while still behind bars?

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Everyone in Fresno Unified School District has reason to be proud. School test scores – one of the most visible barometers of academic performance and student knowledge – are on … »

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The opening lyrics of a popular song during the 1940s advised listeners, “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative (and) don’t mess with … Click to Continue »

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The Sacramento Bee’s special June report, “No Safe Place,” showed that Sacramento’s Afghan refugee community – targeted for death because they helped the U.S. military – live in poverty as they struggle to break out of unskilled jobs and bug-ridden housing.Bee reporter Stephen Magagnini and visual journalists Renée C. …

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A bill that was supposed to lift the veil on laundered campaign contributions has ironically become a victim of stealth backroom manipulation. As a result, the agency that must enforce it now opposes it.

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“Well-run charter schools have been a lifeline for many families.” That ought to have been the thesis for a recent editorial in the Los Angeles Times. Instead, it was just a sentence buried within a lengthy, misleading portrayal of California…

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Secret recordings cause all kinds of problems for all kinds of people. President Richard Nixon was caught by his own Oval Office taping system, which he installed to make secret recordings of people who might later deny saying what they said….

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In the past decade, California’s charter school sector has doubled in size, and now serves nearly one in 10 of the state’s public school students. Yet, despite massive technological and educational changes, the state’s charter school governance…

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There is great news on the California pension front, for once.

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In the legislative bazaar that is California’s Capitol, anyone can get a lobbyist, or so you would think. Tobacco, gambling and alcohol have had representation for as long as … Click to Continue »

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Consider two people arrested within hours of each other by police who say the suspects look just like a couple of prowlers who were seen recently creeping around homes that suffered break-ins. Both men are taken to the station, both are booked for first-degree burglary and both are held in jail…

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Consider two people arrested within hours of each other by police who say the suspects look just like a couple of prowlers who were seen recently creeping around homes that suffered break-ins. Both men are taken to the station, both are booked for first-degree burglary and both are held in jail…

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The exploitation of farm labor is one of California’s oldest and most regrettable stories. And it persists, despite hard-won change. The poorly paid, mostly immigrant workers who pick your lettuce … Click to Continue »

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Jack Ohman: Crop Failure…

August 26, 2016

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Jack Ohman: Crop Failure… | The Sacramento Bee Sign In Subscribe Jack Ohman August 26, 2016 5:11 PM Jack Ohman: Crop Failure… i Jack Ohman: Crop Failure… Jack Ohman: Tear down this wall… …

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The state auditor released its own audit of the Irvine Great Park audit this month that was highly critical of the methods and practices the city and its auditor employed, arguing they “compromised the review’s credibility.” Yet, what the audit…

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California has regularly placed among the very worst states in the nation – oftentimes dead last – in terms of its business climate. Now a new study ranks it near the bottom of the barrel in freedom, particularly economic freedom, and these twin…

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Two bills written in the wake of Brock Turner’s light sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman have moved out of committee, and one has passed the full Assembly. Both need to be sent to Gov. …

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A devastating report by the California State Auditor’s Office on the abysmal oversight of psychotropic medications prescribed to foster children should be required reading for the governor and Legislature as they consider a package of reforms to fix the system.The state has a moral and legal obligation to ensure that foster children receive the most appropriate care possible and not be given unnecessary or excessive medication. The audit confirms the reporting in the Bay Area News Group’s ongoing series, "Drugging Our Kids," that California is failing miserably at this.The Legislature should approve three bills designed to give California some of the strongest foster youth protection laws in the nation, and Gov. Jerry Brown should sign them into law.Carmel Sen. Bill Monning’s SB 253 would create a more rigorous court process for the prescribing of potentially harmful psychotropic drugs to foster children. …

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A devastating report by the California State Auditor’s Office on the abysmal oversight of psychotropic medications prescribed to foster children should be required reading for the governor and Legislature as they consider a package of reforms to fix the system.The state has a moral and legal obligation to ensure that foster children receive the most appropriate care possible and not be given unnecessary or excessive medication. The audit confirms the reporting in the Bay Area News Group’s ongoing series, "Drugging Our Kids," that California is failing miserably at this.The Legislature should approve three bills designed to give California some of the strongest foster youth protection laws in the nation, and Gov. Jerry Brown should sign them into law.Carmel Sen…

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As this interminable horror show of an election drags on (only 71 days to go!), journalists are under fire from Donald Trump and his supporters. “In the tank for the Clintons” is a common phrase used to describe the reporting and commentary about this sewer of a campaign.As I read yet another of the thousands of news stories about Secretary Hillary Clinton’s emails, the Clinton Foundation, Benghazi and the endless reporting of Trump’s ranting slurs, I am hard-pressed to find anything other than piranhas in the national reporting tank.In my case, I get lots of emails accusing me of bias toward Trump. I usually respond by pointing out that A) I am an opinion journalist and B) the writers themselves are inherently biased.However, while I am happy to cite my columns and cartoons on the subject showing lack of tank presence, it forced me to go back to my cartoons drawn for The Oregonian, when Bill Clinton was president, and later for The Bee.And these cartoons were not in the tank the Clintons might prefer I was swimming in.I chose 1998, the peak moment of Monica, the blue dress, impeachment. I was genuinely intellectually curious about how I had handled President Clinton and the first lady.Oh, here’s one: Bill sitting at a desk, a disheveled woman walking away, dazed, as Bill grins. An aide observes, “Er … let’s go over again what ‘executive privilege’ means, sir.”Here’s another: Panel one: Clinton wagging his finger saying, “I didn’t have sex with that woman.” Panel two: “I didn’t have sex with that woman very often.”And another: Panel one: A female aide says to Clinton, “Mr. …

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Opponents of California’s death penalty have been highly successful at thwarting executions since the state resumed executions in 1992 after a 20-year hiatus. Measure sponsors argue that capital punishment presents the risk of executing an innocent person, but also state California’s death penalty is “simply unworkable.” Over the years, appellate attorneys have introduced endless time-sucking, frivolous appeals that have jammed the courts, largely on technical grounds that have nothing to do with guilt or innocence, e.g., the trial lawyer wasn’t top drawer; the defendant’s parents were abusive; lethal injection may not be 100 percent painless. In 2006, lawyers argued that convicted torture-murderer Michael Morales might feel pain in his last moments because of the state’s three-drug lethal-injection protocol…

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Opponents of California’s death penalty have been highly successful at thwarting executions since the state resumed executions in 1992 after a 20-year hiatus. Measure sponsors argue that capital punishment presents the risk of executing an innocent person, but also state California’s death penalty is “simply unworkable.” Over the years, appellate attorneys have introduced endless time-sucking, frivolous appeals that have jammed the courts, largely on technical grounds that have nothing to do with guilt or innocence, e.g., the trial lawyer wasn’t top drawer; the defendant’s parents were abusive; lethal injection may not be 100 percent painless. …

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Sam Quinones makes an impassioned plea for state regulation of legal cannabis potency levels to safeguard children and to protect responsible adult cannabis users in his story, “Regulate potency in pot before legalizing it” (Forum, Aug. 21).I agree, and it is exactly why I, along with a bipartisan coalition of legislators, authored the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year and provides California’s first comprehensive regulations for medical cannabis to protect patients, promote public safety and preserve the environment. Under this legislation, California regulators, including the new Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation and the Department of Public Health, will require full disclosure of medical cannabis potency and have the authority to impose scientifically appropriate limits on the potency levels of medical cannabis and medical cannabis products. It is also one reason why I support Proposition 64, which creates a safe and legal regulatory framework for nonmedical cannabis and is directly modeled after the medical cannabis safety law – and which provides maximum authority for public health and regulatory officials to govern the safety and potency of cannabis…

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It’s time to try a new way to reduce drunken driving.

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With the session ending Wednesday, state lawmakers have a busy few days ahead. Before they go, here are some bills that they really need to get to the governor. SB … Click to Continue »

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With the closing ceremonies of the Olympics, Brazil showcased itself on the world stage, as have past hosts from China to Russia. Many nations competed for medals in Rio de Janeiro, and Vietnam brought home the gold. With their first ever gold medal, Vietnamese began to think, at last, maybe their country could start being known for something other than the Vietnam War. For a moment in Rio, they were recognized for the accomplishment of one competitive shooter in the 10-meter air pistol event, rather than for winning a shooting war 40 years ago.Hoang Xuan Vinh responded humbly to the triumph, calling himself “lucky.” But his compatriots were exuberant and spent days cheering about the victory in coffee shops and online comments.To me the Rio Games were one of the latest signs that Vietnam has been trying to make a name for itself on the world stage. …

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With the closing ceremonies of the Olympics, Brazil showcased itself on the world stage, as have past hosts from China to Russia. Many nations competed for medals in Rio de Janeiro, and Vietnam brought home the gold. With their first ever gold medal, Vietnamese began to think, at last, maybe their country could start being known for something other than the Vietnam War. For a moment in Rio, they were recognized for the accomplishment of one competitive shooter in the 10-meter air pistol event, rather than for winning a shooting war 40 years ago.Hoang Xuan Vinh responded humbly to the triumph, calling himself “lucky.” But his compatriots were exuberant and spent days cheering about the victory in coffee shops and online comments.To me the Rio Games were one of the latest signs that Vietnam has been trying to make a name for itself on the world stage. …

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