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  • The bleeding Bell blues

    The bleeding Bell blues
    In the newspaper business, when editors are asked what kinds of stories they want to go after, there's a popular two-word answer. The first word is "holy" and the second word is unprintable. Well, friends, my Times colleagues Ruben Vives and Jeff...
  • Winners and losers in the budget battle

    Winners and losers in the budget battle
    Who are the winners of the California budget battle? Yes, there are some, even though there are many more losers. Set aside individuals for a moment and assess victory and defeat by political ideology. Distinguish between short term and long term. And...
  • There's revenue in those hills -- and offshore

    There's revenue in those hills -- and offshore
    Republican politicians want to drill offshore. Democrats want to tax oil onshore. Both sides are right. And both sides are wrong because they basically oppose each other's position, especially in the state Assembly. In the Senate, there was enough...
  • 'Tommy Bahama State Beach' might be the only way to go

    'Tommy Bahama State Beach' might be the only way to go
    Maybe it's the summer heat. Or maybe, like a lot of people, I've given up all hope of any bold leadership in California when it comes to the budget. Whatever the reason, I'm getting more comfortable with the idea of a beer company sponsoring a state...
  • Utopia is a hard sell in Jordan Downs

    Utopia is a hard sell in Jordan Downs
    Ronald Perkins and his neighbors were nearly outnumbered by the consultants and architects who showed up at the Jordan Downs community center. For three hours, they listened as a procession of planners depicted their home as an "island of poverty," and...
  • Charting a way out of the mess in the Capitol

    Charting a way out of the mess in the Capitol
    Here's a way to start fixing the state Capitol. Maybe also repair some city halls and county courthouses. The bipartisan reform group California Forward has proposed a modest, reasonable and doable set of significant changes in how state and local...
  • Bill Lockyer had the right stuff to be governor

    Bill Lockyer had the right stuff to be governor
    SACRAMENTO — Bill Lockyer should have been governor. He would have been good for California — and great for people in my line of work. The state treasurer — who announced Monday that he'll retire next year from elective office after...
  • Bottom line on curb and street repair is bad news for homeowners

    Bottom line on curb and street repair is bad news for homeowners
    Imagine this. You've paid your taxes for decades, but your crumbling street hasn't been repaved since the Eisenhower administration. So you ask City Hall to step up, and the response goes something like this: Sure, we'll fix the street. But only if,...
  • Go tell it on the mountain: The Edge doesn't need five homes here

    Go tell it on the mountain: The Edge doesn't need five homes here
    Just so you know, it's not easy for me to refer to U2 guitarist David Evans as "The Edge." Sure, there was a time when I referred to myself as S. Lo. But I quickly realized that once you've gone gray, it's hard to get away with anything other than what'...
  • A small minority shouldn't block public works projects

    SACRAMENTO — July 4th. American democracy. Majority rule. That's my cheap way of getting into a column about making approval of local public works projects more democratic. For a very long time in California, a small minority of voters —...
  • Help school districts by letting them raise their own tax revenue

    Help school districts by letting them raise their own tax revenue
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown wants to help inner-city schools at the expense of suburbanites. But there must be a better way to assist the disadvantaged than to trigger class warfare. And there is. It is to give school districts a better...