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THOMAS ELIAS Calling continuous favored treatment of California’s private utilities outrageous just might be the understatement of the century.
CalMatters Commentary - California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature advanced the date of his recall election to September 14 but it could backfire if events continue to turn negative.
CalMatters Commentary - California is seeing a surge of crime, particularly homicides, and advocates of recalling Gov. Gavin Newsom want to make it an issue.
Two decades ago, California enacted a law to remove guns from people deemed too dangerous to be armed. But the measure, plagued by problems, has not achieved its promise.
CalMatters Commentary - Two Los Angeles Times articles detail how the state medical board goes easy on incompetent doctors but omit a salient political angle.
CalMatters Commentary - Circumstances favor California Gov. Gavin Newsom as recall election looms but three crises could have an effect.
THOMAS ELIAS If a major Democrat who is relatively scandal-free – like former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, for one example – were willing to risk becoming a party pariah for the rest of his life should he lose, the balance of credibility could change substantially.
CalMatters Commentary - The state has imposed higher housing goals on California communities but there’s pushback and a controversial bill will indicate how tough the state will be on housing.
THOMAS ELIAS Democrats hold every statewide office, plus huge majorities in both houses of the Legislature, besides having strangleholds on city councils and county boards in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Who’s going to stop legislators or local officials from crossing the voters if the voters don’t act to stop them?