Feinstein Should Be Held Accountable For Her Role in the Kavanaugh Mess, but She Won’t Be  

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

The Kavanaugh controversy is like Murder on the Orient Express: everyone involved is guilty of turning Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court into a fiasco.  And no one is more guilty than Sen. Dianne Feinstein.  Her conduct in this mess should be enough to deny her another term in the U.S. Senate, but it won’t be.

As the San Francisco Chronicle editorialized over the weekend, “Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s treatment of a more than three decade old sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was unfair all around.  It was unfair to Kavanaugh, unfair to his accuser, and unfair to Feinstein’s colleagues — Democrats and Republicans – on the Senate Judiciary Committee.”

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Why the Governor Should Veto SB 826

Chris Micheli
Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

Senate Bill 826, authored by Senators Hannah-Beth Jackson and Toni Atkins, is pending before Governor Jerry Brown after having passed both houses of the Legislature. SB 826 would require a publicly-held corporation (domestic or foreign) whose principal executive offices are located in California to have a minimum of one female on its board of directors by the end of 2019.

Thereafter, two female directors would need to be in place by the end of 2021 if the corporation has five directors, or three female directors would be needed if the corporation has six or more directors. The average publicly-traded corporation has nine board members.

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California and Its Water

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught public policy at USF, UC Berkeley and other institutions and is Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

As Hurricane Florence bore down on the East Coast inundating vast areas of southern states with record storm tides and flooding we are once again reminded of the enormous power of water to create devastation.

These natural disasters are likely to continue with tragic consequences as the planet goes through climate changes of rising seas and catastrophic droughts that is a central focus of scientists around the world.

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City-owned Bank? It’s a Bad Idea

Charles Crumpley
Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Think of the record of management by the city of Los Angeles. They’ve given us buckled sidewalks, a stinky mess of a trash collection system and billions of dollars in pension obligations with no money saved to pay for them. Now, they want to get into the banking business.

You may think I’m making this up. But Charter Amendment B is on the ballot this November. If approved by voters, it would not create a city-owned bank, but it would allow the city to begin the process.

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Let’s Avoid a “High Speed Rail” Situation in Space

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Putting aside questions of effectiveness and even validity of the satellite project proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown at his Global Climate Action Summit, we should be concerned that the satellite could emulate the high-speed rail in that the costs will not be covered as promised and that taxpayers will end up holding the bag.

The release from the governor’s office said initial funding “has been provided by Dee and Richard Lawrence and OIF, as well as The Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust.” The release adds that, “Additional scientific, business and philanthropic partners are expected to join this initiative…”

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Why the Governor Should Veto AB 3081

Chris Micheli
Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

Assembly Bill 3081, authored by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, is pending before Governor Jerry Brown after having passed both houses of the Legislature. AB 3081 would require a client employer to share with a labor contractor all civil legal responsibility and civil liability for harassment for all workers supplied by that labor contractor.

In addition, AB 3081 would establish a rebuttable presumption of unlawful retaliation based on the employee’s status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or stalking if an employer takes specific actions within 30 days following the date that the victim provides notice to the employer or the employer has actual knowledge of the employee’s status.

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The “No Consequences for Crime” Bill

Eric Siddall
Vice President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

It is hard to believe, but it is the truth; should Governor Brown sign into law SB 1437, criminals in California can no longer be punished for the natural and probable consequences of violent crimes they knowingly aided and encouraged.

SB 1437 was ostensibly introduced by Senator Skinner to abolish the application of accomplice felony murder rule in California, under the grounds that she wanted to hold the right people accountable for murder.  However, the “natural and probable consequences doctrine” (NPC) operates independently of the felony murder rule but would also be repealed by SB 1437, a fact I have pointed out to the proponents of the bill on multiple occasions during the radio debates.  

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California’s Children’s Hospitals

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

I wish California children were doing as well as California children’s hospitals.

Even as the Golden State has maintained the nation’s highest child poverty rate, underfunded its schools, and made housing prohibitively expensive for families, California has developed a system of children’s hospitals that seems to occupy a parallel universe in which kids’ needs actually come first.

California has 13 children’s hospitals—eight private not-for-profits (in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Loma Linda, Oakland, Palo Alto, and Madera) and five within University of California medical centers. Collectively, they receive more than two million visits from injured, disabled, and sick children annually.

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Study Provides New Ammo for K-12 Schools Battle

Dan Walters
Columnist, CALmatters

A decade ago, an academic research team produced a massive report on the shortcomings in how California’s K-12 schools educate about 6 million children and adolescents.

The “Getting Down to Facts” report was issued just as a very severe recession hammered California and school financing, most of which comes from the state’s income-tax-centered revenue system, took a beating.

Jerry Brown reclaimed the governorship in 2011, and since then many changes in K-12 education have occurred.

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Behind the Green Curtain

The authors are each distinguished veteran civil rights leaders and members of The 200, which was founded to restore home ownership to California’s minority communities. (http://www.thetwohundred.org/)

California’s role as a global climate leader will take center stage during the international climate conference hosted by Governor Jerry Brown in San Francisco this week.

The world also needs to know that California is our nation’s housing crisis, homelessness, and poverty leader.  We have highest percentage and highest number of homeless and poor people of any state in our nation: 9 million Californians, including 2 million children, are poor. Notwithstanding our “progressive liberal” reputation, our housing, homelessness, and poverty crisis are not color blind – the victims, once again, are disproportionately Latinos and African Americans.

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