Randy Shaw: Had Villaraigosa succeeded after becoming Los Angeles’s first Latino mayor of the modern era in 2005, he would have easily won this governor’s race. But his mayoralty ran aground over issues both personal and political.
Joe Mathews: If all of this seems like news to you, it’s because train deniers—who insist that Californians don’t care for train travel—have dominated the public conversation in the state, especially when it comes to high-speed rail.
Joe Mathews: Snowbirds Have Saved SoCal’s Desert Economy. Why Not Just Deed Them the Land?
Dan Bacher: Big Oil’s big coup last year was its writing of Jerry Brown’s “cap-and-trade” (pollution trading) bill, AB 398, “so full of loopholes that it remains cheaper for companies to pay chump change to pollute than invest real money into reducing carbon emissions”
Joe Mathews: Rich old homeowners are California’s future, so why shouldn’t we take our subsidies to the grave?
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.