Joe Mathews: My wife suggested the trip because Asilomar is that rare location where I, an annoyingly energetic person who works all the time, can actually shut down and relax.
Eric A. Gordon: That total includes hotel, restaurant and bar tabs the former congressman laid out for his five mistresses—at least one of them at Washington, D.C.’s appropriately named Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel.
Joe Mathews: I have to be stable and dependable because you Californians are so crazy and volatile. Your incomes, your business receipts, and your investment earnings go up like rockets and down like, mmm, bad rockets, which then open up giant holes in the state budget.
Joe Mathews: It provides undeniable evidence that in California, you really can defy the laws of chemistry: Here, oil and water really do mix, and all too well.
Mimi Kennedy and Harvey Wasserman: Can we really trust the operation of these immensely complex machines over the coming 60 months to a company we don’t trust to safely deliver electricity in a light breeze?
Marissa Saretsky: The California wildfires are already diminishing the ability of state residents to maintain an adequate standard of living, their right to work, and most significantly their right to life and security.
Joe Mathews: While the Golden State made excuses, the poorer, smaller island country transformed its national transit system.
Harvey Wasserman: During a recent wind storm it blacked out much of its service territory rather than risk another huge fire. In other words: this multi-billion-dollar mega-utility can’t be trusted to deliver electricity in a moderate breeze.
David Bacon: As the number of H-2A guest workers mushrooms, California labor contractors and growers are packing farmworkers into motels and houses in working class neighborhoods.
Joe Mathews: How could our state not resist when faced with a federal monster led by such a deranged and dishonest person? But in so doing, we are turning our already powerful state into a one-party-controlled Leviathan of its own. Power corrupts, and it’s inevitable that our state leaders will eventually turn this creation against us.
Sluggo Wasserman: Had Friday’s 7.1 earthquake and other ongoing seismic shocks hit less than 200 miles northwest of Ridgecrest/China Lake, ten million people in Los Angeles would now be under an apocalyptic cloud
Frank Fear: For years, the myth propagated to the public is that football and basketball (the primary revenue-producing sports) pay the bills for non-revenue sports. The reality is quite different. At most public schools, football and basketball also need subsidies to stay in the black.
Joe Mathews: As it accommodates millions of visitors a year, California’s signature national park feels less like an escape.