Joe Mathews: Another state budget, accompanied by an eight-month-long controversy over the University of California, demonstrated once again that we Californians don’t have a clue about what our public universities mean to the state.
Joe Mathews: There are plenty of guilty parties during this dry spell—even the cows are mooches.
Joe Mathews: Even this jaded journalist was shaken by the cynicism in Hollywood’s latest disaster movie.
Steve Mikulan: There’s some early evidence that even in this bluest of states, the will of the electorate and its representatives is being thwarted, with or without ALEC’s direct involvement.
Joe Mathews: While our race- and ethnicity-obsessed media prefer to emphasize that Harris is black and South Asian, and that Sanchez is Latina, the heart of the difference between the candidates, and the two regions, is class.
Annette Bernhardt: The inequality debate often focuses on globalization and new technology, but we know that the decline of unions and the falling real value of the minimum wage have also played critical roles.
Leighton Woodhouse: Drought-stricken growers, deprived of surface water for irrigation, are pumping ancient aquifers at a rate that will eventually extinguish them forever, should the water shortage persist.
Joe Mathews: Instances of misconduct will just get worse if the statewide shortage in officers continues to grow.
Jack Lahey: We are moving back to the days of shantytowns and tenement buildings, but now it is more subtle, it’s moving into your uncle’s condo, two families sharing a bungalow or couch surfing.
Joe Mathews: Sure, the 5 and the 101 are efficient. But if you want to find beauty and danger on the roads of California, head east or west.
Joe Mathews: Don’t tell the Coast haters, but Riverside and San Bernardino Counties are driving California’s comeback.
Joe Mathews: Let’s transform the Golden State into a global destination for retirees in their golden years.
Joe Mathews: Thanks to Xi Jinping, Chinese millionaires have propped up the state’s sagging real estate market, universities, and companies.