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California’s School Crisis Gets Short Shrift

  California has no shortage of critical issues – pandemic, water, housing and chronic poverty to name a few. None, however, is more important to the state’s economic and societal future than shortcomings in its immense, 6 million-student public school system. California's Wide Learning Gaps Even before COVID-19 struck the...

Should State Provide Health Care to Everyone?

  On paper, having one state agency as the exclusive purveyor of health care for 40 million Californians would seem to make sense, replacing dozens of federal, state and private systems and their often bewildering financial and managerial peculiarities. Centralized health care seems to work fairly well in other developed...

Once Again, California Auditor Finds High-Tech Failures

  Elaine Howle retired the other day after more than two decades as the state’s auditor but left behind a few reports that cement her legacy as a fierce watchdog of inefficiency and malfeasance in state and local government. Capitol insiders are waiting for the Legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom...

California Can’t Isolate Itself, Try as It Might

  The first Europeans to visit California were Spanish explorers who assumed it was an island and named it for a fictional island in a 16th century Spanish novel, occupied by a band of woman warriors led by a queen named Calafia. Later, of course, it was understood that California...

Legislature Faces Difficult Politics of Plenty

  After a four-month sabbatical, state legislators returned to Sacramento Monday for a new session that will be dominated by several seemingly contradictory factors. On the negative side, California is once again dealing with a surge of COVID-19, this one caused by a particularly virulent variant called Omicron, that creates...

The Sorry Saga of ‘Job Killer’ Maxwell’s Treatment of Club One

Based on the precedent Fresno City Councilman Tyler "Job Killer" Maxwell set with Club One Casino, cannabis businesses in District 4 should do extensive community outreach before opening their doors. They'll also have to operate initially in 60% of their planned space, thus cutting the number of products offered and...

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