Joe Mathews: A state once famous for offering escape and lucky breaks is now just a place where people aspire to stick around and settle in.
Randy Shaw: After doing what many thought impossible in winning election to the Attorney General as a woman of color, her statewide political strength is clear. Harris either decides to become the state’s next governor, or wins Boxer’s seat hands down.
Joe Mathews: If you want to be a California saint, prolific winning—a philosophy even Charlie Sheen could understand—can mask your sins.
Joe Mathews: The state’s greatest public event delivers every year–which is more than you can say for Sacramento.
Joe Mathews: Its flights are more expensive and less reliable. Is travel across this big state destined to be miserable?
Keith Griffith: It has the Silicon Valley, Hollywood and Napa Valley wineries. It has something else, according to the Census Bureau. It’s the poorest state in the world’s largest economy.
Joe Mathews: In the High Desert, he lived like a cowboy, hauled Sand and Milk, and kept our family together.
Nicole Ochi and Jessica Price: California law requires school districts to send parents of English learners a notice at the beginning of each school year that would indicate that their child is an English learner.
Natasha Minsker: California had the chance to be a leader in requiring police to get a warrant to use surveillance technology. But Gov. Brown vetoed a bill that would have done just that for police drones.
Hector Villagra: We think it’s clear that because California has no stop identify and statute — and, therefore, in the words of the Supreme Court, has not created a legal obligation requiring a suspect to answer questions — you cannot be arrested for failing to provide identification when detained by a police officer.
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.