For a 6-year-old, Love Modesto sure has gotten big. More than 56,000 people have been involved in projects in 50 cities throughout the region and state. The 26th annual Earth Day celebration at Graceada Park is Saturday.
Fixing the broken parts of any community is hard. Here, in the Northern San Joaquin Valley, we lag the rest of the state in jobs, educational attainment and income; we’re near the top in respiratory illness, obesity, substance abuse and crimes of economic desperation.
The drought forces lawmakers to focus on antiquated notions about water. One such law might have made sense 64 years ago when there were 10 million Californians. With almost 40 million of us, it no longer does.
Should we have the right to protect ourselves from vicious dogs? Or do we just roll over, play dead and refuse to speak up because the misguided pit bull lobby makes a lot of noise? It’s time for our county supervisors and City Council members to join their counterparts in Ripon and Manteca and pass laws to provide at least a modicum of protection from dangerous dogs.
PG&E paid a record fine for the 2010 gas explosion in San Bruno. But the utility is so big that the penalty barely registered. The PUC needs more staff and better technology, but maybe its new head is right, and PG&E should be broken up.