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.
Joe Mathews: During the last 23 years—a period in which Newsom launched his political career, got married, was elected mayor, got divorced, got remarried, was elected lieutenant governor, had four kids, and got elected governor—a rail project of just 1.3 miles has gone exactly nowhere. The best-case scenario is that the DTX would open in 2027—a year after Newsom would leave office if he serves two terms.
Joe Mathews: I’d argue that within California, the best city when it comes to infrastructure for participation is Los Angeles, despite its hard-won reputation for apathy and low voter turnouts.
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.
Ralph E. Shaffer: If other private utility companies are unwilling or unable to assume the responsibility of maintaining the power lines, then there is only one other realistic option.
Jessica Goodheart: Phillips 66, one of Gikovich’s clients, has paid her $937,500 in fees and retainers to lobby the governor’s office and state regulatory boards since 2012.
Robert Koehler: Gunfire and wildfire. This is a country at war with itself in multiple ways.
Randy Shaw: There’s a reason Mayor Garcetti, the Los Angeles City Council, and even the historically more conservative LA Board of Supervisors all endorsed Prop 10: pressure from the city’s tenants movement made it happen.