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GUEST COLUMNS

Thursday, June 13, 2024

The jury in New York made clear that no one, not even a former president, is above the law.
In "1984," George Orwell's novel about a dystopian future, he describes "newspeak," a propagandistic language of euphemisms and inversions used by officialdom to mask the reality of their meaning.
California has a rich and complex history. With that, comes a responsibility to acknowledge and address the painful legacy of slavery.
Uber on Monday lost its long-running attempt to overturn a California law that would require it to provide employment rights to its drivers and delivery workers.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Imagine growing up in a home where tap water consistently runs a stomach-churning brown, sometimes with an odor.
One year after Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed changing the U.S. Constitution to place new restrictions on gun ownership, no other states have joined his campaign for a 28th amendment.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Students at Sacramento's McClatchy High School learned last month that if officialdom feels uncomfortable, it will trample on free speech.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Many adults in California are missing out on financial aid for college — and for years, the state declined to help.

Friday, June 7, 2024

It's the billion-dollar question. That's how much cities and other local governments have been receiving from the state each year to deal with California's ever-increasing population of homeless people.
As Dr. Rishi Patel's street medicine van bounces over dirt roads and empty fields in rural Kern County, he's looking for a particular patient he knows is overdue for her shot.
President Biden's long-predicted executive actions restricting asylum claims at the U.S.-Mexico border were expected to take effect at midnight Tuesday in remote parts of California where some migrants gather in open-air camps to await federal processing.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

The average age of active attorneys in California is 50, and more than 16% are over 65. This "silver tsunami" of baby boomer lawyers will increase the risk of age-related impairment and insufficient preparation for transitioning away from practice.
The man who would finally break up California is a real estate developer from Rancho Cucamonga.
Nearly 3.7 million students and 667,000 newborns in California have money invested in a savings account to help pay for college. But most families don't know the money is there.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

California's utilities regulator on Thursday adopted new rules for community solar projects, despite warnings from clean energy advocates that the move will actually undercut efforts to expand solar power options for low-income customers.
Self-regulation is a messy business. In politics, it can seem elusive.

Monday, June 3, 2024

Self-regulation is a messy business. In politics, it can seem elusive.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Seven years ago, California's Supreme Court declared broad support for the historic right of voters to make law through the initiative process.
In March 2023, Gov. Gavin Newsom stood before a crowd in Sacramento's Cal Expo event center and made a promise: He'd send 1,200 tiny homes to shelter homeless residents in the capital city and three other places throughout the state.

Friday, May 24, 2024

When Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a much-revised 2024-25 state budget this month, he became visibly irritated when reporters pressed him about raising taxes to cover a $44.9 billion deficit, particularly the corporate tax hikes that left-leaning groups have suggested to avoid spending cuts in health, welfare and education programs.
Based on their line of questioning, California Supreme Court justices seemed to be reaching for a compromise as they heard oral arguments Tuesday in the long-running legal saga over whether gig workers should be considered independent contractors or employees.
Special interest groups spent more than $114 million to lobby California officials and legislators in the first quarter of this year, matching the pace last year when a record $480 million was spent to influence state policy decisions.
Few places in California are as unforgiving for driving an electric car as the remote and sparsely populated Imperial Valley.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Homelessness gets top billing in a measure likely to make it onto your November ballot. Whether the measure has anything to do with homelessness is debatable.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

As Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislators spend the next few weeks fashioning a state budget that's plagued by a multibillion-dollar deficit, they can't count on a booming economy to make their task easier.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a huge deficit this spring, and he has one especially big money-saving option that he's not using.
In January, the University of California Board of Regents broke the hearts of undocumented students by halting a proposal to allow them to work on campus. A few days later, David Alvarez had a plan. The Democratic assemblymember from Chula Vista huddled with student organizers and decided to draft a bill to compel the UC, as well as the community colleges and California State University, to do what the UC regents would not.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Just minutes after Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a revised state budget with billions of dollars in spending reductions on Friday, advocates for affected programs began showering reporters with statements of dismay.
Desperate for a way to help the tens of thousands of people living in tents, cars and RVs on California's streets, lawmakers are attempting to upend a key tenet of the state's homelessness policy.
For students struggling with the cost of college, Gov. Gavin Newsom has some bad news: there may be less financial aid this fall.
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