At times during this fall’s still simmering fire season, rookie Gov. Gavin Newsom looked a little like a scared rabbit as he ping-ponged for weeks from blaze to blaze, from Los Angeles to Santa Rosa and many points in between.
This year about 700,000 appendectomies will be performed in North America. And although the lowly appendix does not get the attention associated with other problems, each year nearly 3,000 people will die of appendicitis. But do all cases require surgery?
Build 3.5 million new dwelling units across California by 2025 and this state’s housing shortage will be solved, Gov. Gavin Newsom prescribed during his campaign last year and many times since.
North state farmers feed the world. Valued at the farm gate, they produce food worth $4.4 billion, making our region among the most productive agriculture regions in the world.
It can be confusing for climate-conscious consumers to sort through all of the carbon-reduction options out there in search of the ones that can truly make a difference. Even with a background in carbon footprint analysis, I still find it tricky to separate the good ideas from the bad.
A half-decade ago, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature overhauled California’s school finance system with the avowed goal of closing the “achievement gap” separating poor and English learner students from their more privileged classmates.
There is no public polling on this issue, but anyone who travels around California can sense that many, if not most, electric customers would like to be rid of big utility companies like Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison, yet they fear possible consequences if those f…
It’s been aptly said, “They preach patience who never felt pain.” Chronic severe pain can be soul destroying, particularly when the diagnosis is not known. One of the most troublesome categories is back and neck pain. It can render people immobile, making even the simplest activity a challen…
Having declared “I own it,” Gov. Gavin Newsom is stepping up his personal involvement and political investment in the disaster-tinged bankruptcy of Pacific Gas and Electric Co., wagering his still-new governorship on reforming– or dissolving– the nation’s largest investor-owned utility.
(Editor’s note: Local Jeff Magill is the father of Margery Magill, who was randomly targeted and murdered in Washington, D.C., earlier this year by a man with mental health issues.)
It would be difficult to name an issue of more fundamental, far-reaching importance than how we earn our livings – and a titanic political battle is about to erupt.
The careers of political executives –presidents, governors and big-city mayors – are often defined, fairly or not, by how they respond to crises.
I guess it should be no surprise that the same week Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law that allows California residents to eat like a Third World country (you’re now legally allowed to eat road kill), that they should be forced to live like Third World refugees.
If you are looking for a holiday tradition that has lost any semblance of common sense, look no further than Halloween. Today, it has few redeeming qualities.
Have I been leading readers astray? For years this column has stressed that we’re all consuming too many calories, and in particular, too much sugar. I’ve always practiced what I write, so for years I’ve made sure it is a sugar-free cola that I add to my rum before dinner. But are these alte…
Last year, state officials changed the law to allow power companies to be more aggressive shutting down electrical lines in areas where strong, dry winds were predicted so that even if they were downed, they wouldn’t spark a fire.
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…
California’s longest-running single-issue political battle, over limits on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits, is about to heat up again.
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 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.
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.
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.
The delivery of your newspaper is still a go this week, but please contact your lawmaker before Friday night to ensure that your carrier can continue to bring you the news.
I watched the Twin Towers collapse on a tiny television in my English classroom at The Park School in Baltimore County. I was 17. I called military recruiters that week.
Twelve million children in America went to bed hungry last night. But you wouldn’t know it from the last two Democratic primary debates, where the issue of poverty barely crossed the lips of the 20 candidates and was completely ignored by the media moderators.
A recent California Supreme Court decision combined with inaction by the Legislature could spell disaster for the newspaper industry and the communities newspapers serve.
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…
After a sexual assault, survivors undergo an incredibly invasive procedure, typically involving being examined, swabbed and photographed for several hours. The specific purpose is to collect DNA and other evidence used to identify the perpetrator.
Elections have consequences – often beneficial ones for those on the winning side and detrimental to the losers.
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.”
On Friday, Yuba Water Agency joined hydropower facilities all around the country in recognizing National Hydropower Day. Did we get the day off work? Kids get out of school? Sorry to disappoint. It wasn’t that kind of day. But for us, it was a day to take a moment and celebrate the wonderful…
It gets awfully warm around here. It seems like the smart thing to do would to be to go jump in the water ... a lake or one of our rivers. But earlier this year we were warned constantly to be wary of the water because, from all the snowpack we had over the winter, the runoff was keeping wat…
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.