Even with a black power structure, Baltimore couldn’t stop its black neighborhoods from rioting over the death of a black man in police custody. The violence underscores the entrenched distrust between police and low-income communities.
Once Speaker Toni Atkins’ pet bills had been heard; once the people who want emissions limits on fracking had finished; once the manufacturers of recycled plastics had wrapped up, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee took up the concerns of some 120 people who had been waiting two hours in the hallway.
It was despicable that fair and sensible legislation to protect small businesses from being blackmailed by unscrupulous lawyers suing under the guise of helping the disabled was gutted in a state Assembly committee on Wednesday.
California’s high school exit exam has helped kids succeed and focused school districts. But some want to throw it out with the adoption of Common Core. Updating the test and continuing to use it would be a better approach.
Permission to walk around with a gun isn’t something that Californians view lightly. Elected officials, who control concealed carry permits, have abused their power in the past. Now a Modesto Democrat and gun rights groups want to make it harder to find out who is getting these permits, and the effort should be stopped in its tracks.
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.
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.
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.