In summary

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

A new front in battle over gig workers

The battle over California’s “gig economy” is underway in the Legislature and a new front has been opened in the California Public Employees Retirement System.

Secrecy abounds on state budget, major bills

Welcome to Sacramento, where the state budget is written in secret and decisions on important bills are made behind closed doors.

Trump pardon closes book on ‘Shrimpgate’ scandal

Donald Trump closes the book by California’s “Shrimpgate” scandal by pardoning former Assemblyman Pat Nolan.

‘Fungibility’ means there’s no free lunch

“Fungibility,” as applied to politics, means there’s no free lunch despite politicians’ efforts to persuade us otherwise.

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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...