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Is America still first on this July 4th? Question of the Week

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Rendon right to halt hollow single-player health care bill

The single-payer health proposal carelessly forced through the state Senate earlier this month was rightly put on hold Friday. Calling the bill “woefully incomplete,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, shelved Senate Bill 562 &...

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    Greening of L.A., Long Beach ports moves ahead

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, calling themselves the “climate mayors,” got it right this week when they pledged to aim for zero emissions at their cities’ megaports by 2035. Their plan is aggressive and certain to run into some obstacles, but it also is necessary in reducing pollution harming the health of residents in surrounding communities in the region. Garcetti, calling the plan “brave new territory,”...

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    Reject legislation to stymie recall elections

    How would you like to sign a petition to recall an elected official and then get a knock on the door from a supporter of that official, asking if you’d like to reconsider? That’s what could happen if Sacramento Democrats succeed in their effort to quickly pass changes to the state’s long-standing procedures for recall elections. State Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, is facing a recall effort for his April 6 vote in favor of the tax increase on gasoline and...

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    Close legal loophole that denies public access to government records

    There’s an insidious technique that some elected officials and government employees have used to subvert the public’s right to know what they’ve been up to. It’s known as a “reverse California Public Records Act” lawsuit. Now, on the theory that it takes a good lawsuit to stop a bunch of bad lawsuits, the First Amendment Coalition has filed suit to challenge one such reverse lawsuit filed by the city manager of Milpitas. Fans of the...

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    Prison costs rise as population shrinks

    Despite a dwindling prison population, California has found a way to spend more on its prison system than ever before. With Gov. Jerry Brown proposing a state corrections budget of more than $11 billion, California will soon have the dubious distinction of spending more than $75,000 per inmate in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. That’s up from the $71,000 per inmate California spends now and roughly $26,000 more than the state spent per inmate in 2010-11, according to...

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    Charter legislation a distraction, not a solution

    For the past several years, California lawmakers have sought to prohibit for-profit companies from operating or managing charter schools. The latest effort comes in the form of Assembly Bill 406, introduced by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, which was approved by the Assembly on May 31 on a 50-24 vote. “The privatization of public education must end,” McCarty said afterwards. “Passage of AB406 puts student success ahead of corporate profits and affirms...

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    Is NFL sending right message if it shuts out Colin Kaepernick? Question of the Week

    A month before National Football League teams begin preseason training, one of the league’s best-known players has yet to find a team willing to employ him. That may be because this player, Colin Kaepernick, is known lately as much for his political positions as for his performance on the field. Are NFL teams sending the right message if they keep Colin Kaepernick sidelined? That’s our Question of the Week for readers. Kaepernick, a quarterback for the...

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    Comey’s testimony produced no winners in a sorry situation

    Fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to a congressional committee raised the stakes in the ongoing political war over the Trump administration’s relationship with Russia. But it was a battle nobody won, however many troubling questions it raised and answers it brought to light. This is a process the American people must prepare to watch unfold at a pace set by the legal and political institutions and procedures put in place to complete it in careful and orderly...

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    Long Beach should consider tossing out its trash-hauling system

    It’s about time that Long Beach takes a good, hard look at how trash is picked up at local businesses and larger apartment buildings. New state environmental mandates and complaints from residents about too many bulky trash-hauling trucks crisscrossing their neighborhoods warrant a study to see if changes should be made. Led by Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, the Long Beach City Council has put the city’s 15 trash haulers on notice that the current system could be...

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    Confronting shared threats with an unsavory ally

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is not a nice man. His war on drugs has taken the lives of thousands upon thousands in extrajudicial killings. He jokes publicly about rape — telling troops in Mindanao, where he recently imposed martial law, that he’d go to the mat for them if they employed serial rape in the course of enforcing the crackdown. President Donald Trump has received a barrage of criticism for inviting Duterte to a personal meeting at the White...

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    Restore quake alert funding to federal budget: Editorial

    Politics sometimes gets personal, but there’s no telling if President Trump was thinking of the majorities of people who didn’t vote for him in the West Coast states of California, Oregon and Washington when he made a recent budget decision affecting earthquake warnings. Whatever the reason — the administration didn’t explain — when the proposed federal budget from the Trump administration eliminated ongoing funding for ShakeAlert, a cost-efficient...

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