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.
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.