Bill Raden: A low-turnout Los Angeles election, which set a new record as the most expensive school board contest in U.S. history, resulted in a 57-43 percent victory margin for an affable defender of “school choice.”
The nominee came to the hearings with an ideological judicial rating well to the right of Antonin Scalia, the late conservative justice whose seat he would be filling, as well as with the blessings of the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society.
Bill Raden: A December report by the Southern Poverty Law Center had California leading the nation in post-election hate incidents, tallying 125 for the state in the month following November 8.
Bill Raden: The resolutions were both prompted and cheered by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the mutual funds industry, which had strenuously opposed Secure Choice because of longstanding industry concerns that state-sponsored programs could compete with their own products.
Bill Raden: St. John’s alone has enrolled over 18,000 previously uninsured Angelinos, nearly all of them black or Latino, and more than doubled its insured-patient base.
Bill Raden: As president, Trump has wasted little time in formalizing his stranglehold on artistic, journalistic and intellectual expression that doesn’t bend to a reality constructed of “alternative facts” and Orwellian doublespeak.
Bill Raden: Together, the two education measure wins—for Props 51 and 55—stand as a striking vote of confidence by Californian for their public school system and its teaching force.
Bill Raden: The paper’s news section turned its withering gaze on what many argue remains the one bright spot on California’s otherwise catastrophic retirement landscape — the state’s public-sector pensions.
Bill Raden: By raising income taxes on the wealthy and the sales tax on everyone, Prop. 30 dramatically stabilized school funding in the wake of the recession, averting thousands of new teacher layoffs while beginning the work of restoring the jobs and programs lost during the first years of the crisis.
Bill Raden: Throw a dart at a California Department of Education map and it will be impossible to hit a school and not hear similar stories. Until 2008 most California teachers believed teaching was recession-proof when they chose to enter the profession.
Bill Raden: At a time when the income chasm between California’s wealthiest and poorest residents continues to be one of the widest in the nation, 2016 might become a watershed year in California’s ongoing struggle to achieve income equity for the state’s nearly 4.8 million low-wage households.
Bill Raden: The bill, which was passed by the Senate three weeks ago, comes in the midst of a growing public furor over the pricing of pharmaceuticals that has seen retail prices on many lifesaving specialty drug regimens equivalent to that of a new Porsche Panamera.
Bill Raden: Top executive pay has ballooned by 997% over the past 36 years. Since 2010, the average pay ratio of CEOs to median worker pay has ranged between 354-to-1 to 204-to-1, with Discovery Communications CEO David M. Zaslav topping the charts with a pay ratio of 1,951-to-1. Exorbitant CEO Salaries