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Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of India’s independence movement, popularized the expression, “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” Any doctor would agree that cleanliness is on the pathway to health nirvana. But are we going too far in keeping young children isolated from common germs? Are some pa…

“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 …

“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…

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…

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 political scandal that erupted in San Diego 16 years ago indirectly established a peculiar – and unseemly – ethical double standard regarding local ballot measures.

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.

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.

Sept. 11, 2001, will always be recognized as a day of tribulation in the United States. Some 3,000 people lost their lives in multiple terrorist attacks, the largest one being the fall of the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York City. Thousands of first responders and civilians riske…

The UC Davis Medical School this week released a report on the state’s new “red flag” law aimed at seizing guns from dangerous persons, saying the data “suggest that this urgent, individualized intervention can play a role in efforts to prevent mass shooting.”

Marysville council members and staff have been grappling with the issue of making Ellis Lake and the parkland around it more useable. Ideas for cleaning up the water have been floated by the council ... but so far, there’s been no catch-free proposal.

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.

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.

... 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.

As the elected leader of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, which represents approximately 12,000 frontline utility workers at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., I have paid careful attention both to legislative activity in Sacramento and to PG&E’s bankruptcy pr…

Last month I had the honor of attending the Defense Communities National Summit in Washington, D.C., with my fellow Yuba County Supervisor, Andy Vasquez. We joined more than 800 of our country’s leaders, defense experts and decision makers to discuss what we, as a community with a military b…

The state budget package that Democratic legislators and Gov. Gavin Newsom just enacted is sprinkled with billions of dollars in extra goodies for their most important political constituency, labor unions.