It’s too bad that land-use planning has to be done at the ballot box, but that’s where Modesto is headed in November 2015. Ideally, cities staff – steeped in zoning rules, best practices, community desires and state law – follow the vision of duly elected leaders and develop plans that developers turn into beautiful communities. That’s the ideal. But it is never the reality.
There’s an adage about everyone deserving a second act in life. Gov. Jerry Brown is finishing Act 3 and about to embark on a curtain call. If the polls are any indication, his reviews are better now than they’ve ever been.
While the Giants players were in uniform getting ready for the 2011 season opener, Travis Ishikawa received his 2010 World Series ring wearing jeans and a jersey pulled over a long-sleeved shirt, unemployed having been released by the team. Thursday night, he hit the homer that propelled the Giants into their third World Series in five years.
California Supreme Court justices are appointed, not elected. Still, under the state’s system for maximizing oversight while minimizing political pressure, the voters get a yes-or-no vote every 12 years on whether a justice should be retained.
Only in hindsight will we truly know whether the global response to Ebola was rapid enough to stop it from spreading into a pandemic. Though there are sporadic cases in Europe and one death in the United States from the disease this week, it’s still, for the most part, a West African outbreak.