Commentary: California Voices
CommentaryThe blue barrels that offer a lifeline to migrants lost in California’s harsh desert
In the Imperial County desert, a volunteer group routinely maintains large barrels filled with water to help migrants traversing the California desert. As rescues increase, the longstanding immigration policies that funneled migrants to such harsh terrain deserve scrutiny.
CommentaryHas California’s much-dreaded ‘job killer’ list lost some of its bite?
For more than a quarter-century, legislative bills on the California Chamber of Commerce's "job killer" list have mostly died, but it was a bit different this year.
CommentaryCalifornia will fail to address poverty as long as false narratives shape the policies
After Congress did not extend a pandemic-era tax credit, California's poverty rate for children rose from 7.5% to nearly 17% in one year. The false narratives that describe people in poverty often don't reflect research or reality, and further harm them by stalling policy solutions.
CommentaryNewsom adopts Jerry Brown’s ‘canoe theory’ of political shifting
Gov. Gavin Newsom appears to be following predecessor Jerry Brown's "canoe theory" of politics, paddling alternatively on the left and right with his vetoes and bill signings.
CommentaryStriking workers in California are at a disadvantage. They deserve the jobless benefits they earned
A bill that would extend unemployment benefits to workers on a strike exceeding two weeks is awaiting a signature from Gov. Gavin Newsom. A Hollywood writer argues that striking workers deserve benefits from a fund their labor helps support.
CommentaryCalifornia’s EDD has enough problems. Giving jobless benefits to striking workers is the last thing it needs
California's beleaguered Employment Development Department could be asked to dole out benefits to striking workers if Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a bill providing them the right. Critics say the EDD has enough problems to address before the next economic downturn.
CommentaryCalifornia Legislature whiffs on insurance crisis, punting to Newsom and Lara
The California Legislature adjourned this month without resolving the issue facing homeowners and their declining ability to acquire fire insurance. A move by the insurance commissioner to try and intervene seemed to double down on a major tradeoff.
CommentaryCalifornia politicians point fingers as tolerance of homelessness wears thin
As California's homelessness crisis continues, its politicians are carping over who should be held responsible for resolving it.
CommentaryOpponents of Inland Empire warehouse boom see glimmer of hope in recent rejections
A string of decisions by cities in the Inland Empire signal that local officials are beginning to take a more critical eye to warehouse expansions in a region that's seen explosive growth over the last three decades. But without broader changes or action by state leaders, residents and activists remain skeptical.
CommentaryWhy some South Asians are on a hunger strike to end caste discrimination in California
A bill that would add caste to California’s fair employment and housing law and the education code is sitting on the governor's desk. Supporters are on a hunger strike, urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign the bill into law.