In summary

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

Poll underscores California’s housing crisis

A new statewide poll indicates that Californians are very worried about housing affordability — so much so that many are contemplating leaving the state.

Banning paper receipts just more pettifoggery

Banning paper cash register receipts doesn’t rise to the level of a legislative solution. It’s pettifoggery.

Can California close its ‘achievement gap’?

A persistent “achievement gap” plagues California schools, but it’s uncertain how it can be closed.

Are big tax increases coming to California?

Big tax increases would be needed to pay for the expansionist goals of Capitol Democrats, but they would be a heavy political lift.

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Dan Walters has been a journalist for nearly 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...