Judith Lewis Mernit: In the swank seaside hamlets of California Congressional District 48, people by custom and habit do not discuss politics. Many cannot name their congressman, Dana Rohrabacher.
Judith Lewis Mernit: How much damage a 30 percent tariff will inflict depends on who’s talking. The Solar Energy Industries Association says the impact will be devastating. Others speak less pessimistically.
Judith Lewis Mernit: While the sexual harassment stories of high-profile women capture headlines in the mainstream media, the everyday abuse suffered by low-wage workers in the service industry has largely gone unnoticed.
Judith Lewis Mernit: Are we putting too much pressure on autonomous electric vehicles to solve all of our problems, from pollution to congestion to traffic safety?
Judith Lewis Mernit: Graham-Cassidy’s repeal of the state’s Medicaid expansion alone would leave four million California adults living at or near the poverty line without the health coverage they’ve had since 2014.
Judith Mernit Lewis: The nuclear tests have long since ended, but the Mojave has also been diminished by sprawl, along with garbage dumping, mining, and renewable energy development projects that occupy several square miles each.
Judith Lewis Mernit: Rice farmers’ efforts are meaningful and dramatic in the fight against climate change — so much so that the farmers can sell their greenhouse-gas savings to polluting industries struggling to meet voluntary or state-imposed reduction targets.
Judith Lewis Mernit: When Trump announced he had chosen Rep. Tom Price to head up the Department of Health and Human Services, he sent a clear signal that most pieces of the health reform law will be dismantled.
Judith Lewis Mernit: If President Obama turns out to be the high-water mark of American engagement on climate policy, it won’t have been that high a mark, and it wouldn’t have been nearly enough to change the curve.
Judith Lewis Mernit: Even in states where marijuana has been legal several years running, the marijuana economy still occupies a shadowy place in the law enforcement landscape.
Judith Lewis Mernit: Sent to ordinary processing centers, plastic bags clog up sorting screens and have to be cut out with hook knives and saws. They don’t degrade, but disintegrate, turning ocean and freshwater into a diluted chemical soup.
Judith Lewis Mernit: California’s ability to attract big spenders on the initiatives, referenda and state constitutional amendments that confront an increasingly confused electorate is unparalleled.
Judith Lewis Mernit: Prop. 30 isn’t the only reason access to health care has improved overall in the past few years in California. But its contribution, however indirect, remains critical to the ongoing restoration of health and human services.