In summary

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

Community colleges wracked by data dispute

California community colleges are under pressure to improve outcomes for their students but college officials complain that the data being used to measure progress are faulty.

‘Job killer’ bills may be more difficult to kill

The California Chamber of Commerce has been remarkably successful for two decades in defeating or neutralizing bills it places on its annual list of “job killers,” but the Capitol’s ambiance is changing and continuing that record may be more difficult.

Big issue: Who’s an employee and who’s not?

A state Supreme Court decision tightening the definition of an employee has become a big legislative issue, putting Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez in the spotlight.

Managerial miscues plague the state

Managerial miscues plague state government, as three new audit reports confirm. They imply that fixing existing problems should take precedence over launching new services and programs.

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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...