Republican leaders, often inspired by California and its own brand of conservatism, have championed historic efforts to protect our environment. Until now. President Donald Trump is pushing to expand oil and gas drilling off the California coast.
The president has found a useful political target for his agenda: Californians. One recent example is his tweeting that the deadly wildfires have been aggravated by our state’s “bad environmental laws.” We need to stand firm against his attempts to weaken our principled, facts-based resolve.
If 18 Grammy Awards are one measure of Aretha Franklin’s greatness, another is the unbridled esteem of her fans. Ray Charles said, “I don’t know anybody that can sing a song like Aretha Franklin. Nobody. Period.”
Andrea Seastrand speaks for the old, white businessman and never for the community, says Dian Sousa of Los Osos. A gas tax would benefit us all by repairing roads, improving mass transit and reducing traffic congestion.
A city council should be diverse and represent everyone in the city, not just one slice of the population, says Odile Ayral of San Luis Obispo. San Luis Obispo’s City Council has become a political arena that has little to do with a running a city.
Even as the US economy grows, the government still takes money to give to people on welfare who don’t work. Giving people a “free ride” doesn’t make our country more productive, writes Richard Placak of Atascadero.
More housing doesn’t mean affordable — look at Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Francisco, with more homes than SLO County but more expensive. Building adds traffic congestion, says Norm Borin of San Luis Obispo.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has withstood challenges to her leadership from her own party. But with the calculus changed in Trump’s Washington, even a blue wave in November wouldn’t give her a sure thing.
California’s Housing Accountability Act has angered a San Luis Obispo neighborhood where a four-story, private dorm for Cal Poly students is planned. Candidate for mayor says cities should unite against the state law.
A coalition of good government groups is sounding the alarm about a bill they say will open the floodgates to special interest money in California legislative races. The Senate Election Committee should kill the bill on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.