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.
John MacMurray: What concerns those of us who were sitting on or near the recent 5.1 quake of March 28, 2014, or any of the 47 bazillion (by my unofficial count) pre-and-after shocks, is how big a part fracking might be playing in beating up our dwellings and frazzling our nerves, and what we might expect in the future.
Joe Mathews: In California, the trend runs even deeper: The state’s marriage rate has reached almost European lows. There are fewer than six marriages a year now for every 1,000 Californians, putting the state at or near the bottom of the nation.
Joe Mathews: Just when I’d given up all hope of seeing major league corruption in a California public official, along comes Leland Yee to save the day.
Tom Hayden: Let’s at least agree that “Happy Days Are Here Again” cannot be the Democratic theme song between now and 2016. We are beyond the brink, in the danger zone, in many ways.
Works Progress Administration: California should use its unexpected multi-billion dollar surplus to establish a California State Bank (CSB).
John Perez Unqualified: One glaring reason for roundly rejecting Speaker Gifty: handing the state over to health insurers and providers.
Joe Mathews: Choi probably comes closer than any living Californian to embodying the skills needed by our state today.
Ban the Bag Legislation — Last week’s about-face on SB 270 came in part because Latinos led local communities’ demand for the passage.
Fracking During Record Drought — Poor water management of rivers and reservoirs has exacerbated the impact of the drought.
Matt Barreto: A new poll challenges previous polls, showing David Alvarez with a commanding lead over Kevin Faulconer among Latino voters who represent 1 in 5 San Diego voters.