A bit of shameful history repeated itself the other day, when the California Public Utilities Commission announced it was punishing the felonious, bankrupt Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for its conduct prior to the deadly fire seasons of 2017 and 2018.
California lawmakers moved the state’s 2020 presidential primary up to March 3 to give voters in the most populous state more influence over who will be running in the November general election. But millions of voters might be left out anyway unless they pay close attention to the rules for …
The final pages of the 2020-21 budget that Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed this month contain arguably its most important factor – an utter dependence on taxing a relative handful of high-income Californians.
Harry Truman, when elected president of the U.S., was well aware of the potential hazards of his job. He famously remarked, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Truman was a good judge of character and knew a dog would always provide him with unconditional loyalty, regardless of …
A new poll of California voters finds a virtual tie among Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden just a couple of weeks before mail voting begins for the March 3 Democratic presidential primary.
It should be an interesting primary election ... and not just on the national front. There are a number of contested seats that could be decided in the primary. There’s plenty of campaigning here on the home front for voters to contemplate.
The Appeal asks “What do you think?” questions – check our Facebook page mid-week to participate. Here’s what we heard from readers this past week:
One danger Iran presents to the world is ideological, but the greatest threat it poses is nuclear. If Iran, a regime with ties to terrorism, were to develop weapons of mass destruction, then global security would be imperiled.
From Madera to Mill Valley, Eureka to Encinitas, Coalinga to Claremont, local columns are among the most popular features in newspapers that still survive in this era of Craigslist and eBay taking away classified advertising and many display ads moving to Google and Facebook.
We’re small town people. We come from a town about the size of Marysville. We’ve lived in a couple towns less than half that population. We’ve seen how towns – especially small towns, we think – can develop more than just traits and customs.
California was not always the progressive state we know today, where political leaders praise diversity and file lawsuits defending immigrants. Its history is filled with clashes over race and identity, including a little-known episode just after its birth.
Yuba Community College District wants more of our tax dollars – this time $228.4 Million! They have a lot of nerve since we are currently paying on four Yuba College School Bonds as follows:
It looks like the Olivehurst Public Utility District will have the green light to add infrastructure to provide water and sewer service to the Sports and Entertainment Zone in Yuba County.
We’re not saying they might not have some valid points to make about how Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees are kept and treated.
During the first decade of the 21st century, demographers in California’s Department of Finance and those in the U.S. Census Bureau found themselves in a genteel conflict.
There’ve been a few asks now since last election. And people are a little freaked out about the looming monster issue of public employee retirement system liabilities. And it’s been a long time since a recession ...
Weekly, we ask Facebook friends what they think of current issues (if you’d like to participate in the commenting, visit our Appeal-Democrat Facebook page through the week).
Erik’s Law would limit the number of times a person sentenced as a juvenile to life imprisonment without parole can make a bid to have the sentence changed. It seems like a logical fix to California law.
Hopefully, we all remember the pictures from a few years ago: During the last check of the snowpack of the season, where officials should have been walking on snow ... they were walking on bare earth.
We recently asked our Facebook friends: “1. How important are the 2020 elections to you? 2. What should local candidates be addressing? 3. If you could tell presidential candidates one thing, what would it be?”
“The days run away like wild horses over the hills,” to borrow the title of a poem by Charles Bukowski. Never were these words truer than as a description of our most recently completed year. We have come so far at Yuba Sutter Arts at such a breakneck pace, and, yet, I feel we still have muc…
The Appeal-Democrat recently asked the Facebook crowd: “What’s the best part of living in Yuba-Sutter? Why do you like it here? What would you recommend to newcomers? What’s the worst part of living here? What would you tell people to avoid?”
It happens almost every winter: pundits from eastern news outlets make weeklong pilgrimages to California, interview top officials here and generally report back that there’s something rotten in the state of the Golden State, as Shakespeare might have put it.
The Yuba Water Agency is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Yuba County residents. YWA leadership rewrote their vision statement last year to reflect that. County residents and businesses should feel a little happier – YWA means what it says and has the means to do it.
Hippocrates, in 400 B.C., counseled that, “Sneezing will stop a hiccup.” But for centuries the hiccup also triggered laughter when it happens while talking to friends. But medical reports show there are occasions when a hiccup is no laughing matter.
We asked our Facebook friends, at Christmas time, “What, in the past year, has inspired you or impressed you? What’s the one or two things you would encourage the rest of us to think about?”
We saw a couple sets of statistics this past week that made us stop and think a bit about our communities. One was the latest county-by-county population estimates, which showed growth in our area. The other was a report on real gross domestic product, listed county by county, and more growth.
The front page of December 21 carried a comment of a 13-year-old young man about how he is handling the current social and political climate. Part of his response stated that teachers try to push their views on him.
There’s a very fine line between protection of people’s property rights and the rights of their neighbors to have what they believe to be a decent and enjoyable surrounding environment.
More than a year ago, beachgoers and surfers in the areas around four aged California natural-gas-burning power plants were promised they would be closed by this time. But they’re all still operating.