A collection of commentaries by Dan Walters over the past week.
Inventor Gilbert Hyatt’s decades-long battle with California tax authorities is flaring up again. Hyatt sought refuge in Nevada, which has no income tax, while California tax collectors say he owes them money.
Kevin de León, a state senator who wants to unseat U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, won the endorsement last weekend of the state Democratic Party executive committee, but she enjoys strong support from Democratic voters and is still likely to win re-election in November.
California’s education establishment is fighting a running battle with school reformers and civil rights groups over accountability for helping “at-risk” kids, and the battle will resume after voters elect a new governor and a new state schools superintendent.
California has a big stake in results from the 2020 federal census and is battling with the Trump administration over the details, especially a new question about citizenship. California officials fear that the state’s population will be undercounted.