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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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Trump & the press — a death struggle

Alerting the press that he would deal with the birther issue at the opening of his new hotel, the Donald, after treating them to an ...

September 20, 2016 | | Other Views

Aquila wrong about stars & stripes

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

September 20, 2016 | | Other Views

Manteca needs to get on track

Let's face it; no one likes change, especially when we are in our comfort zone! And that's what is happening with High Speed ...

September 18, 2016 | AL MONCADA | Other Views

Is BYU the next target?

Any American who has sought refuge from politics by escaping into the world of sports realizes now that there is no escaping politics. In the ...

September 18, 2016 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views

California should legalize pot

There's a reason marijuana laws don't work: There is no compelling reason for them to work.

September 17, 2016 | | Other Views

Bibi backs Trump on Putin

Since Donald Trump said that if Vladimir Putin praises him, he would return the compliment, Republican outrage has not abated.

September 16, 2016 | | Other Views

Hillary’s ‘deplorables’? What about Hillary’s ‘generalistic’?

This political season means full employment for pundits, opinion givers, strategists and soothsayers, on cable television and via social media. It's interesting to watch ...

September 15, 2016 | | Other Views

Last Chance for ‘Deplorables’

Speaking to 1,000 of the overprivileged at an LGBT fundraiser, where the chairs ponied up $250,000 each and Barbra Streisand sang, Hillary Clinton ...

September 14, 2016 | | Other Views

Washing our hands of toxins

Some people love to hate government regulations. Many believe they're just bureaucratic barriers that waste our time. But the Food and Drug Administration just ...

September 14, 2016 | Jill Richardson | Other Views

Unhealthy political climate

Is a presidential candidate with Hillary Clinton's health problems - pneumonia now, but also for some time deep vein thrombosis and a history of blood ...

September 13, 2016 | | Other Views

What can help low-libido ladies at menopause?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I regularly see information and research for men with hormone issues (testosterone) and resulting problems with impotence, etc. I have not seen ...

September 11, 2016 | | Other Views

Tide going out on Hillary?

Were the election held today, Hillary Clinton would probably win a clear majority of the Electoral College.

September 09, 2016 | | Other Views

Donald Trump’s tall tax tales

Donald is falsely framing his economic policies as good for working families, when he's really just protecting his own wealth.

September 09, 2016 | | Other Views

Trump at a black church: What he should have said

Here's what Donald Trump, at the black church in Detroit, should have said:

September 08, 2016 | | Other Views

Trump in Mexico

Donald Trump's surprise visit to Mexico, where he met the Mexican president and discussed the many contentious issues between our two countries, reminds me ...

September 07, 2016 | | Other Views

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