Posted Feb. 8, 2016, 1:41 pm
OpEd: There’s probably no hope of stopping the revolving door in Washington, D.C. anytime soon. The constant cycle of longtime Congress members and senators moving downtown from the Capitol to take high-paying jobs as lobbyists can only be ended by Congress itself.
Posted Feb. 6, 2016, 1:24 pm
OpEd: There is a threat to the safety of Americans so elusive it often cannot be anticipated, and even when it is anticipated there is often no reaction against it… you know, without spending money or changing things. When it strikes, chaos ensues and the dangers can be deadly.
Posted Feb. 3, 2016, 11:32 am
The polls don’t look super-strong for Dianne Feinstein today. True, she has a very good approval rating in the latest surveys, the Field Poll showing 44 percent of California voters think she’s doing a good job and only 29 percent disapproving of her work.
Posted Feb. 2, 2016, 10:21 am
Opinion: Years ago, the late singer-songwriter Richie Havens got a gig writing a tune for Amtrak commercials. His husky voice had a wonderful quality of instant credibility and it was effective in relaying a simple idea regarding rail transportation: “There’s something about a train…”
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Posted Jan. 25, 2016, 4:44 pm
Opinion: There has been little more than dithering from the University of California and its top officials in the year or so since anti-Semitic episodes on several of its best-known and highest-ranked campuses became well known.
Posted Jan. 25, 2016, 4:31 pm
My best friend and I walk every day, twice a day for at least an hour. She’s ready to go at 7:30am, and then again at 6:30pm. We’ll walk in the cold, in the rain, in the heat, in the sunshine, in the dark. We walk whether I want to or not.
Posted Jan. 17, 2016, 8:00 am
Awards of some kind would probably exist in our society whether the giving and getting of them involved seeking them out or not.
Posted Jan. 16, 2016, 6:00 am
Many of America’s worst traffic bottlenecks are holding up commuters for hours each week even where there’s plenty of mass transit nearby.
Posted Jan. 3, 2015, 7:47 am
A flood of lawsuits began within weeks after a huge, still-ongoing leak of natural gas arose in late October from a Southern California Gas Co. storage facility 1,200 feet above the Porter Ranch area in the northern reaches of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley.
Posted Jan. 2, 2015, 9:01 am
California’s new “motor voter” law has now taken effect, even if it’s not yet in massive use, and so far the sky has not fallen.
Posted Dec. 27, 2015, 9:53 am
There’s a simple answer to the question of why the seemingly constant lying of presidential candidate Donald Trump has not cost him much, if any, of his standing among Republicans likely to vote in this spring’s primary elections.
Posted Dec. 26, 2015, 7:50 am
It surely looked like reefer madness was back the other day, when the state began advertising for a new medical marijuana czar. The timing of the listing, coming while a dozen proposed ballot initiatives to legalize recreational pot are pending, appeared to suggest an assumption by Gov. Jerry Brown and his administration that at least one will pass.
Posted Dec. 20, 2015, 7:00 am
For many years, California’s powerful Public Utilities Commission has conducted Kabuki-style dances with the multi-billion-dollar corporations it regulates. But the latest significant commission decision amounts to a descent into comic opera.
Posted Dec. 19, 2015, 8:48 am
It will be too easy for writers and columnists to formulate their Worst Moments of 2015 lists this year because, once again, gun events—terrorist and otherwise—will dominate those lists.
Posted Dec. 19, 2015, 8:41 am
It will be no surprise if Californians don’t see many needed highway repairs getting underway in the next year. For the Jerry Brown administration says it will take $59 billion to repair state roads and another $78 billion to fix those maintained by cities and counties.
Posted Dec. 16, 2015, 9:38 am
We the executive board of the Santa Monica Democratic Club wish to convey our appreciation for your calm and courageous response to the fear and fear-mongering over the issue of Syrian refugees.
Posted Dec. 13, 2015, 9:08 am
Ballot initiative campaigns don’t usually center around definitions, but the question of what’s a pension and what’s not is one battle over definitions that’s very likely to face voters this fall.
Posted Dec. 12, 2015, 9:17 am
Rarely has a political party flailed in as many futile ways as California’s branch of the Republican Party.
Posted Dec. 7, 2015, 8:57 am
Anyone looking for a roadmap showing which of California’s 53 congressional district elections will be tight next year need look no farther than how the state’s House Democrats voted last month on a bill that would essentially halt a federal plan to take in tens of thousands of refugees from Syria and Iraq.
Posted Dec. 5, 2015, 9:37 am
After more than three years of steadfastly denying the increased enrollment of foreign and out-of-state students could endanger the very California identity of the University of California, it's stunning and encouraging to see the 10-campus system do an about face.
Posted Nov. 29, 2015, 8:58 am
There is no doubt Gov. Jerry Brown has tolerated corruption in his administration. But now there are hints that he might be personally involved in some of it.
Posted Nov. 28, 2015, 9:24 am
We are in the “holiday season” now which the Grinch-ier among us might call the “Shopping Season” and those looking for a fight over the last few years might call, “The Season of the War on Christmas.” ‘Tis true that this season began with a fiery national debate over what a paper Christmas coffee cup should look like.
Posted Nov. 28, 2015, 9:20 am
There was good news and bad news – and in other ways no news at all – in the latest results of standardized tests given each year to California public school students.
Posted Nov. 22, 2015, 9:29 am
At about 8:05 p.m. Nov. 3, anyone in San Mateo County who cared knew that its (almost) all-mail election was a resounding success.
Posted Nov. 21, 2015, 10:25 am
Critics call California’s three-year-old top two primary election system a “jungle primary” because it tosses candidates of all stripes into the same pot, forcing them to speak to all voters since only the two leading vote-getters can make it into November runoff elections.