Over the past two years, President Donald Trump gambled that a fundamentally new approach to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat would succeed where his three predecessors had failed. Strong military threats and increased sanctions were followed by proactive diplomacy, including three s…
We’re not enamored of Pacific Gas and Electric, that’s no secret.
As Gavin Newsom disposes of the last few bills from the 2019 legislative session, he more or less closes the book on his first year as governor and it’s an appropriate moment for a progress report.
It’s easy to find an obvious motive for President Trump’s well-documented and much-ballyhooed “war” on California. After all, this state in 2016 gave Hillary Clinton a margin of more than 3 million votes over Trump and he’s felt hurt and angry over it ever since.
County officials, code officers and law enforcement need to find a way to protect our levee system from degradation due to over-camping and sheltering.
“Meet the new boss; same as the old boss,” went the refrain in the 1971 hit record “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who. It’s also a pretty fair description of today’s situation at the California Public Utilities Commission, now staffed partly by new commissioners not present during most of t…
In their book, “Embrace the Sun,” Drs. William Grant and Marc Sorenson, experts on vitamin D, report that North Americans have been taught to believe excessive amounts of sun cause potentially fatal skin malignancies. The result? North Americans have developed sun phobia, and spent billions …
When Pacific Gas and Electric Co. first started talking about regularly using power shutoffs, there was some murmuring amongst consumers, but general agreement: the company has to do what it must to prevent devastating wildfires.
By happenstance, events in the final week of September perfectly framed what one might call the California Paradox —a thriving, world-class economy with stubbornly high levels of poverty and a widening divide between the haves and have-nots.
There were smiles all around and a lot of back-slapping the other day, when Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a package of bills he firmly believes will work quickly toward ending California’s undeniable housing problems of high prices and low availability.
I recently returned to the Yuba-Sutter area after living in the Fort Collins/Loveland area of Northern Colorado. This area of Colorado has been seeing huge growth over the last 10 years. During this time we where introduced to “roundabouts” and at first there was a lot of complaining regardi…
The Marysville City Council made the right decision in their 4-1 vote last week to deny a request to authorize the privately-funded repair and testing of the Yuba River/Ellis Lake pump facility.
There were few mysteries during the California Legislature’s just-concluded main session of 2019. With majorities topping two-thirds in both the Assembly and state Senate, the lawmakers fulfilled most of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s campaign promises from last year.
A good friend recently included me in one of those Facebook challenges ... you know the ones that are somewhat interesting, but fairly annoying?
“Oh no, please help” were the last words my daughter said as she lay dying on a sidewalk in a beautiful Washington, D.C., neighborhood. She was the victim of a random act of violence by a person who should not have been on the streets. The person who did this unthinkable deed to my darling d…
California’s longest-running single-issue political battle, over limits on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits, is about to heat up again.
Our take on the third bridge theme: It was a good idea decades ago, thought state officials, so they bought property on both sides of the river to be ready to build when the plans were made and the money put aside.
Do you have trouble getting to sleep? Are you counting sheep and getting nowhere? Today, for many people a good night’s sleep is an elusive dream. Now, a report from The Harvard Medical School says that anxiety and stress often cause insomnia. And it’s refreshing to read that its solution do…
We recently asked Facebook friends: “What do you think needs fixing around here? Whatever comes to mind is fine, but we’re most interested at this point in infrastructure. Are there certain streets that need fixing? A bridge? A park? A public facility or empty buildings? River access, recrea…
First I would like to thank Roberta Fletcher for defending the Constitution. I would also like to say to her that her party has bee hijacked by socialists, and that I hope that reasonable Democrats will put a stop to these fools that have taken control of a once great party.
Recently, I had the unfortunate experience of having the Sutter County Sheriff’s Dept. visit my home at 3:30 in the morning. My daughter had been violently murdered in Wash., D.C., and they came to my house to tell me personally, and to have me contact the detective in D.C. about the details…
It’s been one thing after another ... and another ... and another ... I have to confess that I’m a little behind the curve on the Hogs and Hulas event that’s happening today at Sycamore Ranch, but I’m looking forward to it instilling a little good, old commonness into this weird year.
In his letter of September 12, Mr. Cooper made a pathetically feeble attempt to equate the current Democratic Party with various fascist organizations of the 1930s, in particular the enforcement arm of the Nazi party, the SA.
There’s been a three-month hiatus in the growing phenomenon of anti-Semitism on California’s college and university campuses, but students and former students were nevertheless involved in some of the most blatant and violent of the spring and summer’s hate crimes against Jews.
Although the state is enjoying multibillion-dollar budget surpluses, thanks largely to a vibrant economy, California voters may face a bewildering array of tax increase proposals next year.
A decade ago, at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s request, I supervised a graduate student team that performed a comprehensive analysis of public pensions in California.
A political scandal that erupted in San Diego 16 years ago indirectly established a peculiar – and unseemly – ethical double standard regarding local ballot measures.
Chicago police Officer Paul Escamilla liked corny jokes. He had three children, coached his son’s little league team and played golf. A former supervisor called him “the guy that everybody could work with.” He earned more than 120 awards in 17 years of service, most recently in Rogers Park.
Elizabeth Warren, prominent antitrust academics and even a Facebook founder have all called for an antitrust suit to break up Facebook. Now state attorneys general have announced an investigation.
One thing that the voters of Yuba County have little comprehension of is voting for county supervisor is also voting for director of the Yuba Water Agency. The YWA is being to have a dominating effect on projects throughout Yuba County. Just note the POD committee agenda for Tuesday.
Circa of America got its start more than a half-century ago, during San Francisco’s Hippie heyday, when Ronaldo Cianciarulo began making and selling leather belts out of his van in the city’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.
This is the story of three bills that, while superficially distinct, reflect the expansive tenor of the Legislature’s Democratic majority – a belief that making government larger and/or more intrusive is beneficial.
When I took piano lessons many decades ago, I had a teacher whose favorite back to school advice was the well-worn adage, “Practice makes perfect.” My mother repeated that same phrase, and each evening after dinner, she would set the kitchen timer to 30 minutes and send me off to practice sc…
Since joining the State Assembly in 2014, I’ve watched the Legislature vote on bill after bill that raises the cost of living in California. Every year, my colleagues in the majority pile on more rules, regulations and taxes that burden California families and chase employers away.
As the California Legislature churned toward adjournment last week, its members received another reminder that the state’s most vexing — and shameful — socioeconomic malady persists.
Yuba County supervisors are appealing a Yuba County Superior Court judge’s ruling that Measure K, approved by rural county voters in 2018, should have been classified as a “special” tax.