Judith Lewis Mernit: The price for nonparticipation could be high for communities of color, which could lose representation in the state legislature or in Congress.
Judith Lewis Mernit: Nowhere is the risk of undercounting immigrant residents higher than in California, whose immigrant population is nearly twice the national average.
Judith Lewis Mernit: Love and energy aren’t always enough to provide what Allensworth, a historic African-American town, needs most: clean water, accessible to all.
Judith Lewis Mernit: So far, Gavin Newsom has only affirmed his support for a ban on hydrofracturing, although activists are hopeful he will be more aggressive on environmental issues than Jerry Brown.
Judith Lewis Mernit: Safe injection facilities represent the highest ideal of harm reduction services for people who inject drugs, yet in the United States remain almost prohibitively controversial.
Judith Lewis Mernit: The Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction is more than a syringe exchange. It’s a place where people who use drugs also find community, treatment for their psychic and physical wounds, and advice to help them stay alive and disease-free while they continue to use drugs.
Judith Lewis Mernit: Much of the recent gathering in San Francisco involved corporate and government backslapping — noble but too easily mocked.
Judith Mernit Lewis: There’s something hinky about the governor’s climate leadership, an inconsistency that environmentalists warn will threaten his legacy.
Judith Lewis Mernit: The Trump administration wants to argue that California has no special right to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks. But their case, experts say, is weak.
Judith Lewis Mernit: One problem with itinerant people’s eating habits isn’t the lack of nutrition education. It is a lack of access to healthy foods.
Judith Lewis Mernit: Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in CA-45, a sign that at least some of its conservative voters might be more loyal to ideals of diversity and tolerance than they are to their party.
Judith Lewis Mernit: Built atop an earthquake fault on an idyllic California sea cliff, the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant has hardly gone a day in its history without stirring controversy.
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.