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L.A., Long Beach port greening plan enters critical period

Everybody supports reducing unhealthful pollution from the megaports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, but it’s a different story when you talk about who’s going to pay to get the job done. Both ports are entering a critical public-co...

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    California must fight middle-manager bloat in public universities

    California students, parents and taxpayers know from the hits to their pocketbooks that public higher education in the state has grown remarkably more expensive in recent years. They don’t need a study to prove that bottom line, but the California State Auditor in April released one anyway, focusing solely on the California State University system. Though other colleges are not specifically studied, because of the...

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    L.A’s edge is that we don’t need the Olympics

    It’s looking more and more as if Los Angeles will get the Olympics. The question becomes whether the area will be happy to have them. That question could be with us for a decade and more. L.A. has been battling Paris for the honor of hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics. Lately, the International Olympic Committee appears headed toward giving Paris the 2024 Games but awarding L.A. the 2028 Games. L.A. officials sound as if they’d accept that. There’s...

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    Loretta Lynch should be called to testify about ‘matter’

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein has called for an inquiry into why former Attorney General Loretta Lynch directed then-FBI director James Comey to refer to the Clinton email investigation as a “matter.” That’s an encouraging development, as law enforcement should never be a playing field for partisan politics. The words that triggered Feinstein’s concern may be just the tip of an iceberg. In his June 8 testimony to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence,...

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    Greening of L.A., Long Beach ports moves ahead

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, calling themselves the “climate mayors,” got it right this week when they pledged to aim for zero emissions at their cities’ megaports by 2035. Their plan is aggressive and certain to run into some obstacles, but it also is necessary in reducing pollution harming the health of residents in surrounding communities in the region. Garcetti, calling the plan “brave new territory,”...

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    Reject legislation to stymie recall elections

    How would you like to sign a petition to recall an elected official and then get a knock on the door from a supporter of that official, asking if you’d like to reconsider? That’s what could happen if Sacramento Democrats succeed in their effort to quickly pass changes to the state’s long-standing procedures for recall elections. State Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, is facing a recall effort for his April 6 vote in favor of the tax increase on gasoline and...

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    Close legal loophole that denies public access to government records

    There’s an insidious technique that some elected officials and government employees have used to subvert the public’s right to know what they’ve been up to. It’s known as a “reverse California Public Records Act” lawsuit. Now, on the theory that it takes a good lawsuit to stop a bunch of bad lawsuits, the First Amendment Coalition has filed suit to challenge one such reverse lawsuit filed by the city manager of Milpitas. Fans of the...

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    Prison costs rise as population shrinks

    Despite a dwindling prison population, California has found a way to spend more on its prison system than ever before. With Gov. Jerry Brown proposing a state corrections budget of more than $11 billion, California will soon have the dubious distinction of spending more than $75,000 per inmate in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. That’s up from the $71,000 per inmate California spends now and roughly $26,000 more than the state spent per inmate in 2010-11, according to...

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    L.A. should control home-sharing, but cautiously

    Los Angeles city officials this week will consider ordinances to regulate home-sharing, which is seen as a potential boon to homeowners and city revenue but a threat to housing affordability and the hotel industry. Have you been feeling sorry for your friends in the Los Angeles hotel business because of the increased competition they face from Airbnb and other home-sharing companies? Your feelings might change when you hear what hotel executives have been saying privately about...

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    Is NFL sending right message if it shuts out Colin Kaepernick? Question of the Week

    A month before National Football League teams begin preseason training, one of the league’s best-known players has yet to find a team willing to employ him. That may be because this player, Colin Kaepernick, is known lately as much for his political positions as for his performance on the field. Are NFL teams sending the right message if they keep Colin Kaepernick sidelined? That’s our Question of the Week for readers. Kaepernick, a quarterback for the...

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    Comey’s testimony produced no winners in a sorry situation

    Fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to a congressional committee raised the stakes in the ongoing political war over the Trump administration’s relationship with Russia. But it was a battle nobody won, however many troubling questions it raised and answers it brought to light. This is a process the American people must prepare to watch unfold at a pace set by the legal and political institutions and procedures put in place to complete it in careful and orderly...

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