Hand-wringing over the plight of the working poor is a non-partisan activity. Everyone gets in on the act – Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and all the rest. Beyond the angst, hardly anything ever gets done. Until now.
Even people who have never smoked marijuana, people who hate the smell and will likely vote against Proposition 64 to legalize recreational use are wondering about this week’s decision that leaves weed on the list of the most dangerous drugs in America.
Fred Ruiz did great work on the UC Board of Regents for 12 years, voicing the viewpoints of San Joaquin Valley residents and educating fellow regents on the challenges that families face here. He wisely didn’t seek reappointment at age 73 because of the great demands of this service. But he parted with a message to Gov. Jerry Brown: There should be someone from the Valley “to be a voice to the regents.”
Rep. Tom McClintock brought ’em to their feet at the Kalahari resort in Sandusky, invoking Ronald Reagan’s name. Reflecting the tenor of the crowd, two-thirds of whom are new to national conventions, he proclaimed a new Republican Party.
For travelers from Sacramento to San Francisco, there’s a new aid to help alert motorists of slow-downs or crashes. Caltrans on Thursday activated 100 signs mounted on 11 overhead structures on westbound Interstate 80 between the Carquinez Bridge and the Bay Bridge. The signs remain dark unless there is a lane-blocking incident. When a lane is blocked ahead, a big red X will appear, tipping the motorist to move over a lane or two. A green arrow means the lane is clear. About 25 collisions or other lane-blocking incidents are reported on the corridor each day.
Commuters get help from new Caltrans signs on I-80