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Steven Greenhut is the California columnist for U-T San Diego. Write to him at [email protected]
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  • State is Slow to Approve Water Projects

    State is Slow to Approve Water Projects

    Good news for desalination, but El Niño still is our best bet

  • Green-Job Initiative's Broken Promises

    Green-Job Initiative’s Broken Promises

    Disappointment doesn’t stop backers from offering new promises.

  • State Still Releasing Water to Save a Few Fish

    State Still Releasing Water to Save a Few Fish

    Farm officials chide governor’s ‘unreasonable’ water policy

  • Jerry Brown and Co. See No Reason for Doubt

    Jerry Brown and Co. See No Reason for Doubt

    California’s top public officials are “all in” when it comes to the issue of man-made global warming. Gov. Jerry Brown has been in the news for his doom-and-gloom comments at a Vatican climate-change symposium. This week he poked his nose in the Republican presidential race. He blamed wildfires and drought on global warming and then asked the candidates: “What is your plan to deal with the threat of climate change?”

  • Shock Videos Expose Moral Blind Spots

    Shock Videos Expose Moral Blind Spots

    It’s not that hard — and it’s a bit self satisfying — to judge moral flaws from past times. Hence, legislators from both parties recently embraced a bill to ban the naming of California public buildings after leaders of the Confederacy, given that regime protected the unquestionably evil practice of slavery. There’s no risk in condemning a government that dissolved in 1865 and was mostly headquartered 2,800 miles from Sacramento.

  • Brown's Words Quash Needed Debate

    Brown’s Words Quash Needed Debate

    On governance and budget matters, Gov. Jerry Brown has earned a reputation for being reasonable and moderate (by California standards). Even many Republicans describe him as the “last adult” in the Capitol, given his refusal to embrace far-reaching programs. Yet when it comes to global warming, the governor is anything but measured these days.

  • Is System Tilted In Favor of Prosecutors?

    Is System Tilted In Favor of Prosecutors?

    One of California’s most prominent federal judges, Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit court of appeals, has sparked a nationwide debate about the state of the nation’s criminal-justice system with a recent 42-page jeremiad in the Georgetown Law Review. The article depicts a system that tilts heavily in favor of district attorneys, incarcerates thousands of innocent people and fails to hold accountable prosecutors who abuse their power.

  • Air Agency May Get Power to Force Oil Cuts

    Air Agency May Get Power to Force Oil Cuts

    New global-warming bill could drive up costs of driving and manufacturing

  • High Court Mulls Future of Forced Dues

    High Court Mulls Future of Forced Dues

    California case could change the country’s political landscape.

  • Court Backs Property Rights for a Change

    Court Backs Property Rights for a Change

    Do property rights rulings make amends for decade-old miscue?

  • From Free Speech Movement to This: Anything You Say May Create Hostile Environment

    From Free Speech Movement to This: Anything You Say May Create Hostile Environment

    The University of California has been the subject of derision lately for its recent faculty seminars designed to wipe out so-called “microaggressions,” which the university describes as “everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs or insults” that “communicate hostile messages” to members of “marginalized” groups. These can be unintentional and even “preconscious” or “unconscious” slights.

  • Water Market Best Hope to Ease Drought

    Water Market Best Hope to Ease Drought

    As California’s drought enters its fourth year, policy makers here mostly argue over two alternatives – stepping up conservation and water-use enforcement or building new dams and other water-storage facilities. But the solution to the water crisis is more likely to be found on an application that can be downloaded onto our cellphones.

  • Reform Pensions by Empowering Voters?

    Reform Pensions by Empowering Voters?

    Reformers release details of statewide initiative for November 2016

  • Placing Government Into Counseling Room

    Placing Government Into Counseling Room

    Speech issue? Bill forces life centers to offer abortion info

  • New Bills Would Give Patients Choice to Try Experimental Treatments

    New Bills Would Give Patients Choice to Try Experimental Treatments

    The California Medical Association has just recently dropped its opposition to a physician-assisted-suicide bill in the state Legislature — a development its author has called a “game-changer” that may assure its passage.

  • Is Student-Loan Bubble Starting to Pop?

    Is Student-Loan Bubble Starting to Pop?

    For-profit colleges close after feds turn off easy loan spigot.

  • Growing List Lets Workers Snub Traffic Laws

    Growing List Lets Workers Snub Traffic Laws

    Despite abuses, legislators expanding confidential licenses for public employees.

  • Urban Redevelopment Back With Few Protections

    Urban Redevelopment Back With Few Protections

    Bill does little to limit agencies’ ability to float debt, use eminent domain

  • Coercion Risk Clouds Euthanasia Bill

    Coercion Risk Clouds Euthanasia Bill

    Physician-assisted-suicide moves ahead as it raises ethical issues.

  • Housing Regs Benefit a Few, Hurt Others

    Housing Regs Benefit a Few, Hurt Others

    Case: Does ‘inclusionary’ zoning exclude too many buyers?