Joe Mathews: Why not take the debates away from the media companies and turn them over to universities or nonprofits with expertise in technology, communication, and civic engagement?
Steve Mikulan: In his policy initiatives it was clear Schwarzenegger’s elbow always rested heavily on the scales in favor of corporations and wealthy individuals. There was also a streak of mean-spiritedness.
Derek Cressman: While elites on both sides are preparing this proxy battle of issues for the fall elections at the federal level, the idea of voters directly weighing in about a specific issue is being threatened in California.
Joe Mathews: From aerospace to Hollywood bad guys, a new Cold War offers myriad opportunities for the state to prosper.
Joe Mathews: Why do novelists and screenwriters keep rehashing the same old stories of the end days?
Larry Wines: By carving-up California along the lines devised by the proposal’s chief advocate, a tech billionaire entrepreneur named Tim Draper, four of the six Californicated states would have Republican majorities.
Joe Mathews: From water shortages to high-speed rail, the state’s most overlooked region Is at the center of its most important debates.
Lynne Lyman: If approved by the governor, as expected, California will allow people with drug felonies on their record to be eligible for food stamps for the first time since 1996.
Joe Mathews: California’s Fiscal Backstop Breaks Its Silence to Lash Out at Special and Rainy Day Funds, Reforms, and Reports of Its Own Volatility.
Pilar De La Cruz-Reyes: California ranks 46th in the nation in RNs per capita. I teach nursing in Fresno, and I know why it’s an uphill battle.
Joe Mathews: Dude, there are signs that you are no longer the outsider. Indeed, no movie character better represents the 2014 California mainstream than Jeffrey Lebowski.
Joe Mathews: Instead of assigning each fourth grader a mission for his or her report, assign each a different public university campus. The university report would fill kids’ heads with history and facts worth remembering.
Brian Goldstein: Public safety issues are especially challenging given the state’s ongoing prison overcrowding crisis and the ever-evolving juvenile justice system. The state passed a number of successful reforms in 2013. Yet, 2014 already brings some exceptional juvenile justice legislation that is worthy of recognition and support.