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Essential California: Politicians load up on car washes despite drought
Robin Abcarian Commentary, news and analysis
How the drought has affected San Francisco's devastating lack of public restrooms

There are a lot of people whose lives have been adversely affected by the unrestricted flow of urine on the streets of San Francisco. On a hot summer day, the stench in some neighborhoods — the Tenderloin, the Mission and South of Market — is nearly unbearable.

But few people have come close to death-by-urine the way Luis Gomez did. Gomez, 40, is a barber.

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'Anchor baby' is a slur against Mexicans: Trump should knock it off

The phrase “anchor babies” is offensive.

It is meant to be offensive because it is a slur.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Uttered by Donald TrumpJeb Bush and other Republican White House wannabes, “anchor babies,” quite simply, is another way of saying “Mexicans.”

The phrase is used to describe a phenomenon that is probably not even real.

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Trump's rhetoric on immigration gets a reality check in Tijuana

He's called for a 2,000-mile border fence. He's called for an end to remittances. He's called for the deportation of 11 million people and for the end of birthright citizenship.

I guess we should all be grateful that the current Republican presidential front-runner, Donald Trump, hasn't called for anti-immigration drone strikes at the Mexican border, as his rival Ben Carson did Wednesday.

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An abortion doctor speaks out about a woman's right to choose

Susan Robinson was sitting on the patio of her Central Coast home, above golden hills and oak trees shimmering in the summer heat. She sipped homemade hibiscus tea as she patted the head of her mischievous border collie, Radar, and told me about the pride she takes in her work.

Robinson, 69, is an abortion doctor, one of only a handful in this country who perform abortions in the third trimester.

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Living on tinder hooks in forest fire country

From this teensy town, which bills itself as the "exact center of California," the Willow fire did not look especially menacing. White smoke billowed up, away from people, away from homes, into the Sierra National Forest's clear blue sky.

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Man says racial harassment, including a noose, drove him from the job he loved

In April 2014, Nicholas P. was about four months into a job as assistant construction superintendent on a housing project in the East Bay suburb of Lafayette when a new boss arrived.

"The first thing he tells me is, 'I need to see your resume,'" Nick told me.

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