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Fact-checking Tom Steyer on climate change
I continue to contend that "climate change" is a meaningless phrase because the climate obviously changes. But how? To what effect? It's like saying "baby change" about an infant. How? Is he well and growing? Is he ill? "Climate change" is useful for political activism because, unlike "global war...
Ridesharing foe takes ‘a few bucks’ from taxis
Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz is one of the state's biggest opponents of ridesharing, the relatively new service provided by such companies as Uber, SideCar and Lyft. He's also a leading recipient of campaign contributions from the taxi industry. During a Wednesday appearance on one o...
Landmark water bond now faces voters
As August draws to a close, the state has seen a striking instance of successful high-level bipartisan wrangling. Sacramento secured a massive water bond package, putting $7.5 billion in bonds on the ballot as Proposition 1. Although legislators, and Gov. Jerry Brown, are all claiming victory, que...
A voting lottery?
Los Angeles is considering turning voting into a lottery. Last year's mayoral election saw a turnout of just 25 percent. The idea is to hold out the potential of winning a cash prize for showing up to do one's civic duty. But why should we care about people who don't care about voting, or are too...
CA editorial boards cool to anti-Uber power play
The editorial pages of the state's largest newspapers largely agree about Tom Torlakson's being undeserving of a second term as state superintendent of public instruction. Given the breadth of ideological views among these papers, that's pretty rate. Now, rarely enough, we're seeing a second unif...
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