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.
Sara Roos: Opposition to the Repeal is an interesting amalgam of engineering, labour and construction interests, with a smattering of environmental groups for good measure. Gone are the individual employees and retirees.
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 Mernit Lewis: There’s something hinky about the governor’s climate leadership, an inconsistency that environmentalists warn will threaten his legacy.
Governor Jerry Brown, fossil energy tycoon Warren Buffett, and monopoly utilities collude to bring us coal pollution, fire tornadoes, and Donald Trump in charge of our power grid.
Marcy Winograd: If it were up to the California Democratic Party, the choice would be obvious: reduce the influence of the unpledged or super delegates.
Joe Mathews: As a whole, California—while maintaining that it’s a global leader—is actually No. 2 in some important measures.