Gary Cohn: Day after day, non-English speaking patients are seeing doctors and nurses throughout California without the aid of medical interpreters, sometimes with tragic results
Rebecca Brand: From corporate tax breaks to immigration reform to environmental protections and health care, we’re working with hundreds unions across the state to move one of our most aggressive legislative campaigns in California history.
Randy Shaw: Expect a record percentage of absentee votes next week, which might lead to calls to make June contests vote by mail only.
Dick Price: Veterans who gathered last week in San Diego were eager to find out what California’s political leaders might do about the alarming rates of homelessness, unemployment, suicide, and disability among the state’s veterans.
Dick Price: “I’m ecstatic that the judge gave a decisive ruling on behalf of transparency and accountability,” Portantino said.
Faced with the unprecedented closure of the 44th State Assembly offices, Assemblymember Anthony Portantino’s staff has decided to turn a bad situation into a great opportunity.
Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: California State Assembly Speaker John Perez took another swipe at fellow Democratic Assemblymember Anthony Portantino, blocking a routine legislative procedure under the guise of prudent fiscal management, but that reeks of possibly illegal voting influence and intimidation.
Eliot Sekuler: The ultimate victim of Perez’ punishment will be the people who live and work in Assembly District 44. And the wall of secrecy surrounding the State Assembly’s operating budget certainly has no place in state government.
Diane Lefer: AB900 was a huge victory for the prison-industrial complex. “People are making a profit out of putting people in cages,” said Geri Silva.
Carl Matthes: Not to be missed is Peter Bratt’s “La Mission,” a film brimming with street and domestic violence, and laced with homophobia, search for ethnic identity and machismo. Starring the talented Benjamin Bratt, Peter’s younger brother, “La Mission” refers to the Mission District in San Francisco, the real-life, growing-up family neighborhood of the Bratt brothers.
Carl Matthes: Despite a lack of movement towards equal rights on the national political stage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Americans (Where are you Democratic Liberals and Progressives when we need you?), there are three important LGBT gains as we enter 2010.