In summary

A collection of commentaries by Dan Walters over the past week.

Brown talks CEQA reform, but hasn’t done it

Gov. Jerry Brown talks about reforming the California Environmental Quality Act, calling it “the Lord’s work.” But he and the Legislature have failed to do it, while granting narrow exemptions from its provisions to particular projects, especially sports venues.

Two events frame California educational crisis

A new lawsuit alleges that state officials have failed to intervene in low-performing schools, leaving children unable to read. Meanwhile, new high school graduation data tell us that while graduation rates are low in big city districts, rural districts with large numbers of Latino kids are showing high rates.

Big changes coming to vital community colleges

California’s 114 community colleges play a vital role in post-high school education but often don’t get the respect they deserve. Now big changes are coming, some fostered by outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown, others by the colleges themselves.

Big water moves mark Brown’s final months

Big moves are being made on water policy in the final months of Jerry Brown’s second governorship, including twin tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a new water allocation policy and money for new water storage reservoirs.

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Dan Walters has been a journalist for more than 60 years, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers. He began his professional career in 1960, at age 16, at the Humboldt Times...