The threat of the state seizing power may be the last, best hope for pressuring the biggest obstacles to new housing — local governments — to get out of the way.
Yes, California as a whole takes a lot of critical blows. But can you imagine how more bloodied the rest of our state would be if we didn’t have you around to absorb so much abuse?
The Golden and Silver States share a certain moral flexibility, and a big enemy in Washington.
Joe Mathews: It’s not the Golden State’s fault that its diversity and success sparked a backlash.
Local Government Has Changed So Much That the Historic Brown Act Is Silencing Us, Not Protecting Us he Ralph M. Brown Act, first approved in 1953, is celebrated for its supposed guarantees that we citizens have a voice in the decisions of all our local governments. But today, it is little more than a gag […]
Sydney Robinson: This week, sources report that former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is mulling the idea of running for political office once again, this time with the near-sole intention of antagonizing President Trump.
Joe Mathews: We don’t believe Trump is legitimate, but we respect Republicans and Trump voters. To make this sell, California Democrats should hold their noses and deploy the words of California president—and “great communicator”—Ronald Reagan as weapons against the current president.
Bobbi Murray: When California first established EITC two years ago, he says, there was no state funding for outreach to inform those eligible that there was money on the table.
Arlene R. H. Pincus and Richard E. Pincus: Does America’s solution lie in creating two countries, one decidedly more conservative than the other, that can nevertheless live side by side harmoniously?
Lauren Steiner: I am skeptical about the party’s ability to change and am part of a new campaign started by former campaign staffers and super volunteers to recruit Bernie to start a new people’s party.
Joe Mathews: California needs lubrication. We must expedite the building of affordable housing, homeless housing, housing on lots already zoned for housing – even if it means paying off opposing interests and handing out exemptions to zoning and environmental laws like party favors.
Joe Mathews: From parks to housing to economic renewal, the Golden State’s former backwaters face a flood of expectations.
Joe Mathews: California may have the size and economy and independent spirit of a good-sized country. But California is not a nation. Which is precisely why it would be so self-destructive to seek to become one.