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?
Joe Mathews: With a weakling legislature and few checks on power, our chief executives are big-footing politics.
Bobbi Murray: Holly Mitchell, a leading legislative advocate for children and low-income Californians, says the state may return to the days of budget cutting if the current Congressional Republican tax plan becomes law.
Randy Shaw: Newsom could get the majority of progressive votes in the June statewide primary. Even though in San Francisco he remains a “moderate.”