Let's just say we're relieved that an oversight committee for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge decided to delay the opening of the bridge's new span by several months.
Because of the horrible history of eugenics in California, any hint of forced sterilizations must be taken seriously. Allegations that doctors working for state prisons coerced female inmates into having tubal ligations need a complete and independent accounting.
Several of our local legislators played key roles in the passage of a tax policy overhaul that will encourage businesses by altering for the better the wasteful, $750 million-a-year enterprise zone tax breaks.
The 1960 California Master Plan for Higher Education created a landmark contract between the state and its citizens: Every Californian qualified for entry would have a seat in one of the Golden State's three higher education systems.
The real scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service is not about the overblown allegations that officials in a field office targeted tea party groups. The true scandal is that the Internal Revenue Service has been less than aggressive in enforcing reasonable laws against electioneering by tax-exempt, not-for-profit social welfare organizations.
The military coup in Egypt is a major setback for democracy only one year after the first presidential election.
On this day, 237 years ago, the 13 American colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence that ended their colonial status under Great Britain. Among the "repeated injuries and usurpations" the signers listed against the British government, which they saw as "a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism," was deliberate government secrecy and lack of citizen access to government proceedings and records.
The deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona on Sunday are a wrenching reminder of the dangers these crews face trying to protect lives and property in the arid, increasingly populated West.
The immigration bill that the United States Senate approved Thursday is far from perfect. It mandates over-the-top investments in border security, including 20,000 more border patrol agents, 700 miles of additional fencing on our border with Mexico and deployment of an expensive array of high-tech gadgetry at a cost of $40 billion over the next decade.
Think about where you work: A bigoted boss could make your life miserable, giving you the worst assignments and harassing you.
A developer wants to fill wetlands on his property to build a shopping center. He needs a permit. The local government agency tours the site and tries to negotiate a deal that would permit him to build, while offsetting the harm to the protected wetlands. In a narrow 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has now made such negotiations much less likely, making it easier for landowners to challenge these kinds of conditions and fees and leading to more litigation.
Five years after the passage of Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that banned gay marriage in California, it is clear the tide of history and public opinion is moving toward equal marriage rights, as it should. Same-sex marriages do not in any way threaten heterosexual marriages, which are and will remain far more common.
Some Californians think that state prison inmates are pampered. A federal judge didn't see it that way at all, and in 2006 ordered California to substantially improve the medical treatment provided to inmates and to reduce prison overcrowding.
Senate Bill 7, sponsored by the trades unions and other labor groups, challenges the independence of charter cities in ways that are heavy-handed and unfair, and violate the principle of local control.
It took way too long and was messy and embarrassing, but Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders are on the right track in protecting and enhancing public access to government records.