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Jerry Brown & abuse of eminent domain

As mayor of Oakland in the 2000s, Jerry Brown supported redevelopment. Then he returned to the governor's office in 2011 and inherited a $25 billion budget shortfall. Feeling the squeeze, Brown saw an opportunity to make $1.7 billion by eliminating redevelopment agencies and shifted. He liked redevelopment as mayor, he explained to the League of California Cities, but also: "I didn't quite understand it. It seemed kind of magical. It was the money that you could spend on stuff that they wouldn't otherwise let you spend."

August 20, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump buddies up to Putin

Please, people - stop denigrating Donald Trump as a foreign policy ignoramus.

August 20, 2016 | | Other Views


It ain’t over till it’s over

"I did it my way," crooned Sinatra.

August 19, 2016 | | Other Views


When suspect is armed black & the cop is black

After the death of a young black man by a Milwaukee police officer, riots, looting and fires followed. In one instance, as a gas station burned, people watching chanted, "Black power!" Local news reported that the 23-year-old suspect was not only armed but that he also defied orders to drop his gun. The Milwaukee police chief refused to identify the officer involved, but did say that he was "black." At one time, such a fact would suggest that racism and police brutality were not at play.

August 18, 2016 | | Other Views


Challenges of ‘leaving no trace’

I just got back from hiking 95 miles in the Sierras. (Yes, just like that Reese Witherspoon movie Wild, only far fewer miles.)

August 18, 2016 | | Other Views


Real existential threats

On Sept. 30, the end of fiscal year 2016, the national debt is projected to reach $19.3 trillion.

August 17, 2016 | | Other Views


No need to police SF prosecutors for this case

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi told The San Francisco Chronicle's Karen de Sa it was "positively medieval" for District Attorney George Gascon's office to charge LaSonya Wells for kidnapping after she and two men stole Supervisor Scott Wiener's iPhone 6 in December and accompanied him to an ATM so he could swap his phone for $200.

August 16, 2016 | | Other Views


Reefer madness & politics

For the first time since 1988, both major parties' nominees - Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump - say that they have never smoked or experimented with marijuana (without inhaling).

August 15, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Are our children stats?

Last Thursday at the request of Supervisors, Moses Zapien, and Chuck Winn, I attended the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors Special Session on Education that was held at the San Joaquin County Office of Education's Wentworth Education Center (SJCOE) in Stockton. It was a public hearing, so I needed not an invitation, but I wouldn't have known about it, so I thank both Supervisors for personally inviting me.

August 15, 2016 | | Other Views


Find support group for lingering pain of post-polio syndrome

DEAR DR. ROACH: My dad is 89 and had polio when he was 6. He had to learn to walk again. Over the years, I have watched the pain he has endured. His legs hurt so much that my mom and I would take turns punching the back of his legs, as they would cramp up like a rock. Losing muscle is a side effect of polio, and he has lost almost all of his. He has been in a wheelchair for about seven years. He cannot lie in bed because of a rotator cuff tear that hurts when he ...

August 14, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Disney-fication of national parks

It's summer vacation time and gasoline is quasi-cheap. So why not pile the family into the mini-van and pay a visit to the historic Budweiser Statue of Liberty, or motor out west in your Camry to Toyota's Yellowstone National Park?

August 12, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump doesn’t threaten President Obama’s legacy

It's an article of faith that President Barack Obama needs Hillary Clinton to win to "preserve his legacy."

August 11, 2016 | | Other Views


Will drama win debates?

The first of three presidential debates won't happen until Sept. 26. Today, nearly six weeks beforehand, I safely can make these predictions. Hillary Clinton will show up for all three, as her campaign announced Monday. Donald Trump will show up, at least to most of them. Tuesday he told Time Magazine, "I will absolutely do three debates" - although he noted he has "to see the conditions." Most important, after each debate, the media will spend the next 24 to 48 hours debating what Trump really meant by his latest bizarre utterance and if that particular off-the-wall remark represents the ...

August 11, 2016 | | Other Views


The nutty nominee

Is the Donald really getting "nuttier"? That's what the New York Post said today, claiming insiders as their source. I don't actually know any Donald Trump "insiders," although I do know some of the beleaguered professionals who are trying to gain some measure of control over a hopelessly inexperienced candidate.

August 10, 2016 | | Other Views


Who got us into these endless wars?

"Isolationists must not prevail in this new debate over foreign policy," warns Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. "The consequences of a lasting American retreat from the world would be dire."

August 09, 2016 | | Other Views


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Clinton vs. Trump II, 2020

Every sane person expects Green Party candidate Jill Stein's attempt to overturn the election with her vote recount effort to crash and burn. Given ...

November 30, 2016 | | Other Views


A republican ban on internet gambling would repeat a costly democratic mistake

Debra Saunders is off this week. The following column is by Veronique de Rugy.

November 30, 2016 | | Other Views


There are nondrug options for sleep aids

DEAR DR. ROACH: In your recent column on sleep aids, I noticed that you said nothing about nondrug preparations. Some people find that chamomile helps ...

November 28, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


The Third Reich isn’t on the way

Perhaps you've noticed that some of the most illiberal people in America these days ... are liberals.

November 28, 2016 | BERNARD GOLDBERG | Other Views


Populist-Nationalist tide rolls on

Now that the British have voted to secede from the European Union and America has chosen a president who has never before held public office ...

November 28, 2016 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


An ‘America First’ Trump Trade Policy

Donald Trump's election triumph is among the more astonishing in history.

November 28, 2016 | | Other Views


Tsunami media never saw coming

I'm going to take a wild guess and say that nobody in what passes for the mainstream media saw the tsunami coming, the wave ...

November 28, 2016 | BERNARD GOLDBERG | Other Views


Bing bing, bong bong, bing bing

What an election year. I feel like I've been transported through a cosmic squirrel hole and into a baffling political universe where facts are ...

November 28, 2016 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


‘Sanctuary’ Means Career Criminals Can Run and Hide

Donald Trump understood something that many Washington insiders missed. Many Americans and some naturalized citizens bristle at elected officials constantly defending the rights of non-Americans ...

November 28, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


It’s a slow process to come off steroids

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica about five years ago, and I took prednisone for about a year. I was fine until ...

November 28, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Democrats and the Nazi card

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the odds-on favorite to become the Democratic National Committee's chairman, had a long association with the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam ...

November 26, 2016 | Larry Elder | Other Views


The hilarious ‘Hamilton’ hubbub

Vice President-elect Mike Pence was in New York during the transition, and he took his family to Broadway to see "Hamilton," the hot hip-hop Founding ...

November 25, 2016 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Some Thanksgivings are easy. When my children were younger, I just could not believe how lucky I was: two beautiful children, kinehora (in Jewish, that ...

November 23, 2016 | | Other Views


Memo to the President-elect

Dear Mr. President-elect,

November 23, 2016 | | Other Views


A besieged Trump presidency ahead

After a week managing the transition, vice president-elect Mike Pence took his family out to the Broadway musical "Hamilton."

November 21, 2016 | | Other Views


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