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.”
Joe Mathews: We’re a progressive check on Red-State power—but we unbalance the Constitutional system.
Joe Mathews: As big cities shed the NFL, only smaller, poorer cities are desperate enough to host teams.
Joe Mathews: The Golden State’s Major League Baseball is slow-paced and pricey, but out minor league beautifully binds us together.
Joe Mathews: To be a leader on national issues, we must leave our smug, protective cocoon.
Bobbi Murray: The measure to expand eligibility for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), a refundable credit available to low-income working people, can add hundreds of dollars to a family’s annual income.
Our state’s leaders understand the problem with underspending, but they haven’t been successful at explaining the problem, credibly, to the public.
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.