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.
Joe Mathews: Regular California-Texas summits would remind us that, while we will never be the most cohesive country, we are a collection of states that requires some unity.
Alison Salazar: Investment in Los Angeles transportation infrastructure cannot wait any longer. The city’s streets and highways have reached a critical point as the majority of infrastructure has passed the age of its intended usefulness.
Joe Mathews: After providing a century of service and a new in-law, the Golden State should be adopted by the House of Windsor
Joe Mathews: Protecting its own immigrants and providing housing for its own people shouldn’t be a heavy lift for a wealthy county with 3.2 million people—more than the population of 21 states.
Randy Shaw: Had Villaraigosa succeeded after becoming Los Angeles’s first Latino mayor of the modern era in 2005, he would have easily won this governor’s race. But his mayoralty ran aground over issues both personal and political.
Joe Mathews: If all of this seems like news to you, it’s because train deniers—who insist that Californians don’t care for train travel—have dominated the public conversation in the state, especially when it comes to high-speed rail.
Joe Mathews: Snowbirds Have Saved SoCal’s Desert Economy. Why Not Just Deed Them the Land?
Dan Bacher: Big Oil’s big coup last year was its writing of Jerry Brown’s “cap-and-trade” (pollution trading) bill, AB 398, “so full of loopholes that it remains cheaper for companies to pay chump change to pollute than invest real money into reducing carbon emissions”
Joe Mathews: Rich old homeowners are California’s future, so why shouldn’t we take our subsidies to the grave?