Sasha Abramsky: Five years after the Affordable Care Act became law, upwards of three million Californians remain without health care coverage.
Joe Mathews: It’s the rich, now crowded next to the destitute in the housing-crunched state, who are driving politicians’ newfound attentiveness.
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.
Joe Mathews: Oceanside is exactly what Hollywood is looking for in California these days—and not just because a gangsters-by-the-sea story makes it so easy to mix TV’s favorite forms of titillation: attractive people wearing swimsuits and shooting guns.
Joe Mathews: The Banc of California bets big on the state’s small businesses and local communities.
Joe Mathews: When it comes to respecting Golden State institutions, the Windy City keeps blowing it. Chicago California Connection
Mary Fischer: California’s Assembly District 43 race is the latest battleground that pits a popular, homegrown candidate against the interests of wealthy, out of district corporate donors intent on controlling the direction of public education throughout the state.
Dan Farber: The idea that there are some problems that are shared by everyone, and some risks that have to be dealt with collectively, sits poorly with the Ayn Randian individualism so popular on the Right. Protecting Public Health
Roxana Tynan and Ron Herrera: Once a worker is stuck by a used syringe, they must undergo immediate medical testing, loss of work, and medical follow-up, sometimes lasting 6 months.
Marcy Winograd: Stay tuned for an epic political battle uniting progressive Jews with their Muslim and Christian brothers and sisters—organizing together to say “not in our name” as Bloom and the Israel lobby lean on lawmakers fearful of being branded anti-Semitic. Anti-Free Speech Bill
axxed, the controversial documentary alleging a direct causal relationship between vaccines and exponential increases in autism amongst children is a deeply disturbing and hence critically important piece of work that will cause many sleepless nights for parents of infants everywhere. I had the honor of both watching the film and participating in a discussion afterwards […]
Bill Meyer: The prime mover of the vaccine/autism debate and director of this new film that raises the possible connection, is Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a British gastroenterologist who has been vilified in the media and now considered to be one of the most despised doctors in the world.
Melissa Goodman: One step forward would be for California to add full job protection for people who work at small companies with 50 or fewer employees.