In summary

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

Excluding hydropower makes no sense

Excluding hydroelectric power from the state’s renewable portfolio to reduce greenhouse gases makes no sense. A pending bill would bring some rationality to the situation.

Newsom is shrinking Brown’s pet projects

Gov. Gavin Newsom is scaling back a statewide bullet train and twin water tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. But both still face high hurdles.

California’s vexing poverty puzzle

California not only has the nation’s highest rate of poverty, thanks to high housing costs, but its highest level of income disparity, and raising the state’s minimum wage may be reducing job creation.

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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...