A collection of commentaries by Dan Walters over the past week.
The state government’s budget situation is quite rosy, as Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor points out. But school districts are facing a financial squeeze as enrollment drops and costs, especially pension costs, rise.
President Donald Trump said he wanted this month’s election to be a referendum on him and in California, it certainly was, leading to a massive Democratic sweep.
This year’s votes are still being counted in California, but political pros are looking to 2020 and the state’s earlier presidential primary. A flock of would-be candidates could make California a player.
As climate change threatens to affect California’s water supply, outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown tries to do a big picture water deal in the final days of his governorship.