Dean Kuipers: Tobacco companies have hurled themselves against this ballot initiative with force, pouring more than $71 million to date into a campaign funding radio and TV ads that have been decried as “supremely sleazy”.
Judith Lewis Mernit: Prop. 30 isn’t the only reason access to health care has improved overall in the past few years in California. But its contribution, however indirect, remains critical to the ongoing restoration of health and human services.
Joe Mathews: The most resilient communities are ones with the most diversity. They have people of different ages, levels of education, and backgrounds. Neighbors work in a wide variety of industries.
Ernest Canning: The Prop 61 proponents may have truth on their side, but as of Aug. 16 the $9.4 million they raised to convey that truth has been dwarfed by the $70.2 million PhRMA amassed to deceitfully defeat the measure.
Joe Mathews: As a Californian, Sherman would serve again and again as a stabilizing figure during great volatility—war, the Gold Rush, and financial and political crises.
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.