Commentary: California Voices
CommentaryTwo crises point to a larger societal ill
A strike by Los Angeles Unified School District teachers and Pacific Gas and Electric's announced intention to declare bankruptcy are symptoms of a larger malady of arrogance and irresponsibility by large institutions.
CommentaryMy turn: What Trump could have said from the Oval Office
What if Donald Trump had used those nine minutes, or even a portion of them, to convey a different message, one that reminded us of what binds us rather than what separates us, reminded us to help those, as the song says, who are walking on the boulevard of broken dreams? What if?
Climate ChangeMy turn: Air board’s plan to raise fees threatens our economy and climate goals
The California Air Resources Board has adopted an aggressive regulation, baking in higher consumer and industry costs in the hope of squeezing out more emission reductions. This approach not only flouts the express will of the Legislature, but undermines the moral authority for engaging in state-level greenhouse gas regulation.
CommentaryWeekly Walters 01/18/2019
A collection of commentaries by Dan Walters over the past week.
CommentaryMy turn: Why I joined the picket line at Manual Arts High in L.A.
For many people outside Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District strike might seem far away, with little relevance to their daily lives. But the strike hits closer to home than you might think.
CommentaryMy turn: Finally, California seems determined to end homelessness
If our government is going to truly prioritize housing all Californians, cities and counties must be required to put a significant portion of any incentive funding from the state toward directly supporting the production of homes at levels affordable to people most in need.
CommentaryShould California revive redevelopment?
Seven years ago, Jerry Brown and the Legislature abolished redevelopment. There are efforts to bring it back, but Brown's successor as governor, Gavin Newsom, has thrown cold water on the idea.
CommentaryMy turn: Sell PG&E for parts and build community energy instead
By Catherine Brinkley Catherine Brinkley is an assistant professor of human ecology at University of California, Davis, who has written extensively on community energy infrastructures, email@example.com. She wrote this commentary for CALmatters. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is filing for bankruptcy. Again. When PG&E filed in 2001, it was the third largest bankruptcy filing in […]
CommentaryState tax reforms or state tax increases?
California's budget is dangerously dependent on taxing a relative handful of wealthy people. Newly inaugurated Gov. Gavin Newsom says he will work on tax reform.
CommentaryMy turn: Don’t blame environmental law for California’s housing crisis
As legislators resume discussions regarding policy solutions, we must be clear: California’s environmental regulations did not cause the housing crisis and eviscerating the California Environmental Quality Act would harm disadvantaged communities.