Judith Lewis Mernit: Growers poison wildlife with rodenticide, hire armed guards to shoot bear and deer, run noisy and polluting diesel generators to light their indoor grows. Weekly trips by 40-ton water trucks tear up old timber roads built for only a few trips a year.
Melissa Chadburn: Armed with the benefit of hindsight about how the legalization of marijuana is playing out in other states, California will have a better sense of what doesn’t work, even while getting a handle on what does work.
Marcy Winograd: While opponents of AB 2844 were disappointed in the legislature’s overwhelming approval of the bill, they take heart in the knowledge that their activism diluted a glaringly unconstitutional bill.
Joe Mathews: Growth restrictions have saved open space in California, but wealthy elites also use them to keep the middle class out.
Joe Mathews: In transition from prohibition to legalization, are we putting too many expectations on weed?
John M. Bachar, Jr.: If both states had fair, democratic election systems, Bernie Sanders would have had the majority of the pledged delegates and would have likely been declared the nominee for President at the Democratic National Convention.
Joe Mathews: Rather than engage with california, our humorless tech overlords hide behind a wall of jargon.
Joe Mathews: It’s the rich, now crowded next to the destitute in the housing-crunched state, who are driving politicians’ newfound attentiveness.
Joe Mathews: Oceanside is exactly what Hollywood is looking for in California these days—and not just because a gangsters-by-the-sea story makes it so easy to mix TV’s favorite forms of titillation: attractive people wearing swimsuits and shooting guns.
Joe Mathews: The Banc of California bets big on the state’s small businesses and local communities.
Joe Mathews: When it comes to respecting Golden State institutions, the Windy City keeps blowing it. Chicago California Connection
Mary Fischer: California’s Assembly District 43 race is the latest battleground that pits a popular, homegrown candidate against the interests of wealthy, out of district corporate donors intent on controlling the direction of public education throughout the state.
Marcy Winograd: Stay tuned for an epic political battle uniting progressive Jews with their Muslim and Christian brothers and sisters—organizing together to say “not in our name” as Bloom and the Israel lobby lean on lawmakers fearful of being branded anti-Semitic. Anti-Free Speech Bill