A little-noticed special election in a “purple” Los Angeles city council district that suffered enormous utility-linked environmental damage over the last few years carries a major negative portent for the “Green New Deal” pushed avidly by some significant Democratic presidential candidates.…
The record of the 2019 legislative session –Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first –is still a work in progress, but his signature on Assembly Bill 392 this week makes it a success, no matter what else happens.
We live in volatile economic times, with global markets reacting moment by moment to the latest bits of data and the utterances of central bankers and politicians — even the tweets from the White House.
We’re impressed with some of the forward thinking by area officials when it comes to that area in Yuba County around the amphitheater and new Hard Rock Casino.
We ask our Facebook friends for their opinions on a variety of issues every week. This week, we focused on California being the first state in the nation to pass a law requiring presidential primary candidates to release their tax returns. If they don’t, the new law says, their names won’t b…
The City of Marysville will be considering sewer rate increases at their public hearing on September 17, 2019, at 6 p.m. The initial increases start at 33 percent for residential customers and between 41 percent and 93 percent for commercial customers, with a 3 percent annual increase for bo…
The Editorial Board of the Appeal-Democrat recently engaged in a bit of navel-gazing with its article about gun control arguments following the latest of America’s all-too-common mass shootings.
Desalination began to lose its urgency among Californians and their public officials two years ago, after the drought-busting winter of 2016-17, when heavy rain and snow ended dry conditions in most of the state.
Sponsors of a 2020 ballot measure to increase property taxes on factories, stores, warehouses, office buildings and other commercial real estate withdrew it this week and launched a revised version.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, an MIT-trained engineer, calls this state’s election system “the gold standard” for America, because it requires more openness than any other state’s. But there’s still work to be done.
Election season is approaching. Sometimes it feels like it’s coming on very slow; sometimes way too fast. Oops, it’s already here. We feel the need to pace ourselves and to remind candidates and supporters of some news and Open Forum rules and customs.
Thank you for your thoughtful inquiry in the August 7 Our View. You asked the question, “why someone would want to shoot a lot of people,” and you raise the question of how the shooters “feel about life.” We believe the answer is the killers do not value human life, theirs or anyone else’s.…
He would be incremental on healthcare, Gov. Gavin Newsom said back when he was just a lieutenant governor seeking the Democratic nomination for the office he now holds.
While we need commercial trucking to bring goods to our community, is it the responsibility of the taxpayers to pay for road improvements to accommodate commercial truck yards in Sutter County?
Find questions and comments exchanges weekly on our Appeal-Democrat Facebook page. This past week we asked readers about talking to kids about violence and about climate change. Here’s a selection of comments.
Maybe the current level of acceptance of the cannabis trade is as it should be: dependent on the values of the majority of constituents, as local politicians gauge it.
We’ve seen reports of a couple incidents where someone heard a sound that made them think there was an active shooter and soon a crowd of people is panicky. Unfortunately, one of the occurrences was here in Yuba-Sutter at our fairgrounds.
When the state Legislature returns to Sacramento this month after its summer vacation recess, it will have just four weeks to do something meaningful about California’s single most important issue –a housing shortage that takes a heavy economic and psychological toll on many Californians and…
Sooner or later, we need to put in as much effort addressing why someone would want to shoot a lot of people, as we do arguing about how they accomplish it.
Like Linda Fire Chief Rich Webb said in a recent story, it’s understandable how some people might be “lulled into a false sense of security” about this fire season.
California boasts the strongest “lemon laws” in the country. Another law helps Californians make decisions about avoiding chemicals that could cause cancer or birth defects. A third law requires manufacturers of cleaning products to disclose ingredients.
I’ve been struck recently by news coverage of humans’ degradation of the planet. Two opposing themes keep appearing. One is the sense that, as individuals, there’s little we can do; the forces are too large. The other – and many Americans would agree with this -– is that as citizens of the p…
Let’s pretend for a moment. What if? Do you have a choice? How are patriotic freedom loving citizens looked at in the media? How are Judeau-Christian values treated in the media? How are we treated in court? When are we not called vicious names?
Watching Gov. Gavin Newsom focus some of his youthful energy on the issue of aging is both refreshing and clearly required, especially given his observation that California is getting grayer in staggering numbers. Newsom noted in his State of the State address in February that California’s o…
This has been a long, hot summer for Ricardo Lara, a former state legislator from Los Angeles who was elected as California’s insurance commissioner nine months ago.
California and its governor, Gavin Newsom, scored a tactical win last week in the war with President Donald Trump over just about everything.
The homeless have rights that must be accommodated. So do local residents, though it sometimes feels like we forget those.
It’s been a normally warm summer so far. And this week, it appears, will start a stretch of weather just a little bit warmer, yet. You tend to forget what an extra 5 or 10 degrees can do. Please take care of yourself, your loved ones, your animals.
... So I shall stick by one thing in life that made me very proud: I was once a Boy Scout and the Scout Law is like the Magna Carta or the Ancient Knights. I shall not ever lie and how proud I am that I can say that I would rather be known as an honest, decent man, rather than the rich man in town.
Some Yuba City residents are upset that city officials decided to close the Gauche Aquatic Park pool five months of the year. They’re upset about not being able to use the pool during that time; about the perceived lack of opportunity for input; and the perceived way in which the decision wa…
Whether you agree with them on the need for widening Highway 70 from Marysville to inside the Butte County line, or whether you agree with them about the questionable safety of a continuous left-turn lane, we think the Keep 70 Safe Committee and others who oppose some aspects of a state proj…
With California’s March presidential primary less than eight months off, herds of candidates arrive in the state regularly, seeking both votes and campaign cash.
We want to join the many voices rightly celebrating one of the greatest moments in our history. How hard it must have been to even imagine that journey 50 years ago that saw America reach out and touch something so distant, mysterious and powerful.