Puerto Rico requires relief and rebuilding |Sep 26, 2017

Puerto Rico is in crisis. Hurricane Maria wiped out the U.S. territory’s agriculture, its infrastructure and its power. Medical care and even food is running out in some areas. Although FEMA’s response to date has been laudable, much more is needed — not just in goods and services, but in key legal reforms.

Sadly, patriotism becomes a political football |Sep 26, 2017

Can we get any more divided? Now we have Trump-vs.-NFL players sucking up more psychic oxygen across the land than Trump-vs.-Kim Jong Un, which might be just a tad more important. But our president relishes inserting himself boldly into all kinds of controversies, even when there’s no good reason for the leader of the United States to get involved.

Are you confident in Trump’s handling of North Korea? Question of the Week |Sep 25, 2017

Amid a growing nuclear threat from North Korea, President Donald Trump has responded with threats of his own, and personal insults, against the country’s leader. The unusual war of words is the subject of our Question of the Week for readers.

Long Beach takes good step on immigrant policy |Sep 22, 2017

Stories of fear and anxiety from immigrants punctuated the hush in the Long Beach City Council chamber after midnight last Tuesday. One undocumented woman told stories of Long Beach children who don’t want to go to school because they are afraid one or both of their parents could get deported while they are away.

Latest health care bill is too hasty, risky |Sep 21, 2017

Republicans in Congress have not given up on altering our health care system, and the White House is prepared to go along for the ride. Unfortunately, the new bill, led by Reps. Bill Cassidy, R.-La.

Mr. President, please knock off the juvenile tweets |Sep 21, 2017

Even after eight months in the most important job in the world, President Trump can’t resist being a ridiculous juvenile with some of his tweets. A recent example — we can’t say the latest example, because we can’t predict what he might tweet between when we write this and when you read it — was his retweet of a doctored video of him hitting a golf ball into Hillary Clinton’s back, knocking her down.

Weigh other options on LB hotel-workers ordinance |Sep 20, 2017

After almost four hours of emotional discussion Tuesday, the Long Beach City Council made the right decision on a proposal to regulate working conditions for housekeepers at local hotels. By a 5-4 vote, council members rejected the proposed ordinance and replaced it with a call for a less stringent resolution to protect worker safety.

Not so fast with plan to add L.A. County supervisors |Sep 19, 2017

Last month, we warned Los Angeles County residents about a proposal zooming down Interstate 5 from Sacramento, a county government reform measure of dubious merit and motivation. The proposed Senate Constitutional Amendment 12, by Sen.

Should Manson follower Van Houten be paroled? Question of the Week |Sep 18, 2017

Leslie Van Houten, convicted of murder as a member of the Charles Manson “family” cult, has been recommended for parole by a state panel.

Congress needs to pass new war authorizations |Sep 18, 2017

As Americans observed the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. military action continued across the greater Mideast under the same old authorizations that lawmakers passed into law in 2001 and 2002.

How L.A. sheriff’s bodycam policies can be improved |Sep 15, 2017

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has developed a plan to equip nearly 6,000 deputies with body cameras and policies for their use, according to Southern California Public Radio. Under the plan, the first year would be devoted to identifying a body camera vendor and get necessary infrastructure in place.

Rent control defies basic economics |Sep 15, 2017

Despite all the housing-related proposals in Sacramento, lawmakers have apparently yet to learn that more government involvement, making housing more expensive and less profitable, is never going to solve the state’s housing affordability problems.

No easy cures for Long Beach Freeway woes |Sep 13, 2017

The Long Beach Freeway has had many names in its storied history. It started out as the Los Angeles River Freeway decades ago before finally being designated as the 710 and Long Beach Freeway. But the clogged freeway also has more notorious names, like “Diesel Death Zone” and “Asthma Alley.

Patience rewarded with Long Beach eastside plan |Sep 12, 2017

After years of controversy and frustration, it looks as if Long Beach has finally come up with a plan to revitalize a prime piece of property on the city’s eastside. An area that some critics have called an eyesore would be transformed into an appealing, high-end retail shopping center.

Equifax profits by selling your personal data to marketers |Sep 12, 2017

The House Financial Services Committee will hold hearings into the massive data security breach at Equifax, but some lawmakers are not waiting to demand answers. The credit-reporting company disclosed last week that “criminals exploited a U.

California’s high cost of living hampers the state’s growth |Sep 11, 2017

On paper, California has done well during the economic recovery, but the high cost of living still makes it a difficult place in which to live and work. The Golden State’s economy is poised to surpass the United Kingdom’s as the fifth-largest in the world, but that prosperity is tenuous and rather unevenly distributed.

Congress needs to step up, do its work |Sep 9, 2017

In one of our era’s most dramatic moments on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Sen. John McCain — fresh from brain surgery — delivered his colleagues a stark warning. Without a willingness to get their hands dirty, they’ll fail to do their duty as legislators, over and over again.

Solutions are needed for pollution from aircraft |Sep 8, 2017

As if we didn’t have enough air pollution from trucks, cars, ships and oil refineries, now pollution by planes in the sky is getting more attention. Often overlooked in the continuing battle against air pollution are planes ranging from commercial jets to piston-driven general aviation aircraft.

Wildfires are different here — and now |Sep 7, 2017

It’s not that all Southern California fire seasons are the same, exactly. It’s more that all seasons are now fire seasons. This was especially true during the five long years of our state’s most recent drought, broken by welcome rains last winter and spring.

Prop. 66 could turn out to slow death penalty cases |Sep 5, 2017

The California Supreme Court has upheld most of Proposition 66, the initiative to speed up the death penalty, but in doing so may have made an even more tangled mess of it. Associate Justice Carol Corrigan, writing for the majority, said voters were presented with ballot materials promising a five-year time limit on death penalty appeals in state courts, but there is “no workable means of enforcing the five-year review limit.

Gov. Brown should block stormwater-fee bill |Sep 5, 2017

A bill that would allow local governments to impose fees for stormwater projects without voter approval passed the Assembly by one vote and is now on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. He should veto it.

Congress must act to replace DACA program |Sep 5, 2017

The Trump administration’s announcement that the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program will be rescinded should prompt needed congressional action to protect young immigrants whose sole offense was being brought here by their parents.

Long Beach hotels, workers take fight to City Council |Sep 1, 2017

The fight involving some hotel workers and the Long Beach hospitality industry is heating up again. Although it never really cooled off. It appears the controversy is headed to the Long Beach City Council for more hot debate.

Operation Choke Point is finally suffocated |Sep 1, 2017

The Trump administration deserves great praise for ending Operation Choke Point, the controversial, and often tyrannical, program that harmed many legitimate businesses. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation set the stage for the discriminatory treatment of businesses when it declared certain industries to be engaged in “high-risk” activities, sending a strong signal to the banks it regulates that they should steer clear of doing business with these entities.

Long Beach scandal calls for answers, not Pearce recall |Aug 31, 2017

A group of Long Beach residents has every right to being angry and frustrated by the recent behavior of Long Beach Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce. But the announcement by some about a recall effort against Pearce is premature.

Unions’ anti-charter-school rhetoric is wrong but effective |Aug 30, 2017

Amid a concerted campaign by teachers unions to undermine school choice, national support for charter schools has taken a hit. According to the results of an annual survey by the K-12 education journal Education Next, only

We all can help Houston storm victims — here’s how |Aug 30, 2017

In times of crisis, Americans must set aside geographic and political differences and unite to help their fellow human beings. Hurricane Harvey, the first Category 4 hurricane to hit the United States in more than a decade, has devastated communities across southeast Texas.

Was President Trump right to pardon Joe Arpaio? Question of the Week |Aug 29, 2017

President Trump granted a pardon on Friday to Joe Arpaio, the former and longtime sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz. It wasn’t much of a surprise. The president had signaled his intent to pardon the controversial 85-year-old lawman in a campaign rally three days earlier in Phoenix, the seat of Maricopa County.

Porn producers should be heard by L.A. County officials |Aug 29, 2017

By The Editorial Board Five years ago, Los Angeles County voters decided it was necessary to require the use of condoms in adult film productions by passing Measure B. The only real winners since the passage of Measure B have been lawyers and moralists.

Remilitarizing police is not the way to be tough on crime |Aug 29, 2017

On Monday, President Trump lifted Obama-era restrictions on the federal 1033 Program that distributes surplus military equipment to local police departments. Trump’s executive order speciously characterizes the move as merely “restoring state, tribal, and local law enforcement’s access to life-saving equipment and resources.

Trump’s infrastructure council crumbles; we need a new approach |Aug 28, 2017

The one thing most everyone expected from the White House this year — a big new infrastructure deal — now looks dead in the water. How bad a setback is it? “Infrastructure Week” wrapped up with President Donald Trump pulling the plug on his own Advisory Council on Infrastructure.

Long Beach’s land-use plan needs more public input |Aug 25, 2017

It’s never easy when governments start talking about changes that will affect a person’s home or residential community. Long Beach is finding that out as it goes through the process of updating its General Plan Land Use Element, which will guide development and building across the city for years to come.

Long Beach City College board facing tough challenges |Aug 23, 2017

In its 90-year history, Long Beach City College has experienced many ups and downs and has emerged as one of the premier city colleges in California. But even with that success, LBCC is at another crossroads and facing serious challenges as another semester begins.

Democrats changing rules to help recall target |Aug 23, 2017

Refusing to take “no” for an answer, Sacramento Democrats are trying again to change the rules for recall elections, just in time to help state Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, defend against one.

Law enforcement not enough to fight terror in Europe |Aug 22, 2017

The latest terror attack perpetrated by the Islamic State — this time against the civilians of Barcelona — makes two harsh facts painfully clear. First, the strategy of confronting international terrorism as a global policing problem just isn’t working well enough.

Afghanistan timeline extends further for U.S. |Aug 22, 2017

After a long review of America’s disappointing military strategy in Afghanistan, President Trump announced a new plan that’s light on details and heavy on familiar messaging. It’s a far cry from the big change many in the administration — and many Americans — had been pulling for.

State senators must ask tough question of PUC nominees |Aug 21, 2017

There are some indications that Clifford Rechtschaffen, one of Gov. Jerry Brown’s two latest appointments to the state Public Utilities Commission, would be more of an advocate for utilities than for consumers, ratepayers and those adversely affected by environmental issues.

Long Beach police finally get headscarf policy right |Aug 18, 2017

It took longer than it should have, but a settlement has been reached in an unfortunate incident in which a Long Beach police officer forcibly removed a religious headscarf from a Muslim woman in custody.

Trump fails test of leadership, chance to unite nation |Aug 18, 2017

It would be an understatement to describe President Trump’s comments this past week in the aftermath of racist rallies and ensuing violence in Charlottesville as tone deaf. His initial response gave enough reason to shudder but on Thursday, in an all-too-familiar barrage of tweets, he sadly accented his already troubling response to a volatile situation by lamenting the loss of “beautiful statues and monuments.

Dodgers are hot; fans should be too, four years into TV blackout |Aug 17, 2017

The Dodgers are having one of the greatest seasons baseball fans have ever seen. Unfortunately, for many in Los Angeles, it’s the greatest season they’ve never seen. This is the fourth year since the Dodgers sold their local television rights for $8.

Airlines must reduce Long Beach curfew violations |Aug 17, 2017

Long Beach wants to get tougher with airlines violating the city’s late-night noise ordinance at Long Beach Airport. We support, with one asterisk, moves by airport officials that would penalize more strongly those airlines violating that curfew.

Sites Reservoir a water-storage plan worth funding |Aug 16, 2017

An innovative, off-stream water storage proposal northeast of Sacramento should be one of the top priorities for the state’s spending of Proposition 1 water-bond money. The Sites Reservoir project would, in wet years, divert “excess” water from the Sacramento River into what would be the seventh-largest reservoir in California.

Public-private space ventures need oversight |Aug 15, 2017

Public-private partnerships in space travel hold much promise, and greater cost-efficiency, but government should be transparent about the risks and inevitable failures. On Monday, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, better known as SpaceX, conducted a successful launch of a resupply mission to the International Space Station, or ISS, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with the company’s reusable Falcon 9 rocket returning safely to SpaceX’s landing zone at Cape Canaveral.

L.A. starts a long run to the 2028 Olympics |Aug 15, 2017

The Olympics could use a temporary new motto for 2028, to replace their traditional “Citius, Altius, Fortius” — “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” What’s Latin for “hurry up and wait”? On Friday, the

Should Assembly GOP leader Mayes resign?: Question of the Week |Aug 14, 2017

The California Assembly’s Republican leader has been under fire from conservatives since he and seven other party members voted with Democrats last month to extend a major environmental program.

Time to choose path forward in Afghanistan |Aug 14, 2017

One thing all Americans should be able to agree on is that it’s time for a change of course in Afghanistan. Our current path is untenable. The Obama administration didn’t deliver the seeming victory that propelled him to a second term in office.

Adding supervisors, executive is wrong for L.A. County |Aug 11, 2017

The proposal to expand the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is back — and no better than ever. Senate Constitutional Amendment 12, moving through the California Legislature, is a little different from previous plans that were rejected by state lawmakers and L.

SCE penalty funds for Long Beach outages should go to city |Aug 10, 2017

It was a nightmarish nine days in the summer of 2015 when power outages plagued parts of downtown Long Beach. Fires in Southern California Edison’s underground structures resulted in explosions that rocked the neighborhood.

Occupational licensing reform a bipartisan goal |Aug 10, 2017

Something the Trump and Obama administrations agree on: occupational licensing laws need to be reformed. In a speech delivered July 21, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta called on state legislators to reform occupational licensing laws which, he argues, are too often used “to limit competition, bar entry, or create a privileged class.

Don’t weaken constitutional press freedom |Aug 9, 2017

All who support journalism’s constitutional check on the government should push back against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threat to make it easier to subpoena reporters. After being excoriated by President Trump for being “very weak” on executive branch leaks, Sessions pledged Friday to rein in unauthorized disclosures of information by government officials.