Joe Mathews: Between severe drought and predictions of massive flooding, the forecast is bleak.
Brent Budowsky: Can Roberts and the other justices seriously believe that the Congress that enacted this law intended this draconian and destructive outcome, or that the Constitution demands it?
Joe Mathews: You could drop by the California Institution for Men in Chino—part of our state’s unconstitutionally overcrowded prison system—to wash prisoners’ feet, as you have done elsewhere.
Larry Wines: We hope your new government will pursue the policy your people say you want, and find a just, equitable and lasting peace with your countrymen who are Palestinian.
Joe Mathews: California, for all its wealth and advantages, looked to be in a precarious position in the second decade of the 21st century. The state’s government was broken, with its budget and tax systems unable to produce the kind of investments to make every child educated and healthy.
Bobbi Murray: Proposition 13 has been called the third rail of California politics—touch it as a political leader and your hair is likely to go on fire.
Joe Mathews: California might not stop parents from opting out of vaccinations, but everyone should know who they are.
Michael Wasserman MD: Today, the Medicare Trust Fund spends over $10 billion a year on graduate medical education. Remarkably, very little of this money is dedicated to teaching doctors how to care for older adults.
Michael Hertz: Most American doctors (the ENT doctor was an exception) are too busy except to give “shoot from the hip” diagnoses and they really won’t look at anything produced for the patient by other doctors. They don’t have time.
Joe Mathews: Lacking ambitious goals, the state seems content to drift, waste money, and keep doing the same old things.
Carole Bartolotto: What I don’t see people talking about is the potential for an increased risk of valley fever during construction of the rail line.
Mario Solis-Marich: News of the late night firing of a top Democratic staffer does not only have political watchers scratching their heads but, unfortunately for Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, it has them scratching below the surface as well.
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.