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  • Voters weren't told about plan to redistribute education money

    SACRAMENTO — A revenue redistribution scheme probably was not what Californians had in mind when they passed Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase to salvage public schools. But as it turns out, the tax hike, Prop. 30, was essential to help pay for...
  • Don't demonize teachers because of pension system's faults

    Just as I was preparing to defend public school teachers and their retirement benefits, I got a form letter last week from my employer's vice president for human resources. Apparently he felt it was important to inform me that I had earned additional...
  • Vincent Bugliosi: Taking on Charles Manson

    Vincent Bugliosi has moved on, but the world hasn't. Forty years after the impossibly grisly Tate-LaBianca murders, he is still "the Manson prosecutor." This, in spite of his many books since, arguing with magisterial fury about the JFK assassination, the...
  • Congressman brings common sense to gun control debate

    Congressman brings common sense to gun control debate
    SACRAMENTO — As the national firearms debate reaches a crescendo, a Northern California congressman is proving that you can be both a gun lover and a gun controller. Rep. Mike Thompson of St. Helena, a moderate "blue dog" Democrat who represents...
  • 97% in poll want Villaraigosa to debate, but he still refuses

    The question I put to readers last week was clear and direct: Should Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa debate his most prominent challenger, attorney Walter Moore? The response was swift and one-sided. Yes: 4,728 No: 118 No opinion: 26 This, my...
  • Give up the yacht AND the personal trainer?

    WALL STREET CEO: Hi, honey, I'm at the office and I've got horrible news. CEO WIFE: Oh, my gosh. Is Obama cutting back on the bailout? CEO: It's worse than that. He's ordering pay cuts for Wall Street bosses whose companies get handouts. WIFE: Is...
  • Prof. Schwarzenegger gives a lecture on post-partisanship

    Prof. Schwarzenegger gives a lecture on post-partisanship
    Charisma counts. Former President Clinton proved it at the Democratic National Convention, and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proved it Monday at USC. He received a standing ovation as he stepped onto the stage in an auditorium on campus for the start...
  • Three-strikes shouldn't be about small-time crime

    Three-strikes shouldn't be about small-time crime
    SACRAMENTO — One guy stole a loaf of bread. Another was caught with a speck of meth. Somebody grabbed $1 in change from a parked car. These men all had one thing in common besides being losers. They were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison...
  • GOP might never again hold power in California

    GOP might never again hold power in California
    California Republicans have suffered a painful thrashing, and the prognosis isn't good. Recovery is far from certain. Until last week, it was possible to be guardedly optimistic about the ultimate restoration of a healthy two-party system in California....
  • Readers concur, 'Six Californias' don't add up

    Readers concur, 'Six Californias' don't add up
    SACRAMENTO—Judging by your emails, many readers agree with me that a proposed ballot measure to split California into six states is crazy. "Ridiculous." "Laughable." Also, you concur that this bird will never fly. Not only would the plan need to...
  • To fix the budget, first fix the state

    Once again, Capitol politicians are fighting over how to fix the chronically bleeding state budget. And again, the answer should be clear: It's unfixable. It will remain unfixable until California's system of governance is pulled apart and overhauled....