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Riverside, San Bernardino counties pass prudent budgets

Supervisors in Riverside and San Bernardino counties have approved budgets for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1, with shared challenges and advantages. In their respective budget hearings, the Boards of Supervisors appeared mindful of the p...

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    Close legal loophole that denies public access to government records

    There’s an insidious technique that some elected officials and government employees have used to subvert the public’s right to know what they’ve been up to. It’s known as a “reverse California Public Records Act” lawsuit. Now, on the theory that it takes a good lawsuit to stop a bunch of bad lawsuits, the First Amendment Coalition has filed suit to challenge one such reverse lawsuit filed by the city manager of Milpitas. Fans of the...

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    Prison costs rise as population shrinks

    Despite a dwindling prison population, California has found a way to spend more on its prison system than ever before. With Gov. Jerry Brown proposing a state corrections budget of more than $11 billion, California will soon have the dubious distinction of spending more than $75,000 per inmate in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. That’s up from the $71,000 per inmate California spends now and roughly $26,000 more than the state spent per inmate in 2010-11, according to...

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    Charter legislation a distraction, not a solution

    For the past several years, California lawmakers have sought to prohibit for-profit companies from operating or managing charter schools. The latest effort comes in the form of Assembly Bill 406, introduced by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, which was approved by the Assembly on May 31 on a 50-24 vote. “The privatization of public education must end,” McCarty said afterwards. “Passage of AB406 puts student success ahead of corporate profits and affirms...

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    Is NFL sending right message if it shuts out Colin Kaepernick? Question of the Week

    A month before National Football League teams begin preseason training, one of the league’s best-known players has yet to find a team willing to employ him. That may be because this player, Colin Kaepernick, is known lately as much for his political positions as for his performance on the field. Are NFL teams sending the right message if they keep Colin Kaepernick sidelined? That’s our Question of the Week for readers. Kaepernick, a quarterback for the...

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    Comey’s testimony produced no winners in a sorry situation

    Fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to a congressional committee raised the stakes in the ongoing political war over the Trump administration’s relationship with Russia. But it was a battle nobody won, however many troubling questions it raised and answers it brought to light. This is a process the American people must prepare to watch unfold at a pace set by the legal and political institutions and procedures put in place to complete it in careful and orderly...

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    War on Drugs is costing thousands of lives

    While American foreign policy has for years fixated on the conflict in Syria and the Middle East, just across the border in Mexico and throughout Central America tens of thousands of people lost their lives last year because of the conflict between drug cartels competing to deliver illicit drugs into the United States. According to a recent report from the International Institute for Strategic Studies, whereas approximately 50,000 lives were lost in Syria last year, approximately...

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    Confronting shared threats with an unsavory ally

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is not a nice man. His war on drugs has taken the lives of thousands upon thousands in extrajudicial killings. He jokes publicly about rape — telling troops in Mindanao, where he recently imposed martial law, that he’d go to the mat for them if they employed serial rape in the course of enforcing the crackdown. President Donald Trump has received a barrage of criticism for inviting Duterte to a personal meeting at the White...

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    Restore quake alert funding to federal budget: Editorial

    Politics sometimes gets personal, but there’s no telling if President Trump was thinking of the majorities of people who didn’t vote for him in the West Coast states of California, Oregon and Washington when he made a recent budget decision affecting earthquake warnings. Whatever the reason — the administration didn’t explain — when the proposed federal budget from the Trump administration eliminated ongoing funding for ShakeAlert, a cost-efficient...

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    ‘Right to be forgotten’ laws misguided

    For some people, Google is a little too good at what it does. What it does is read every pixel of digitized information on public websites stored on servers around the globe, and then deliver an organized and easily accessible page of links to it in response to any question that’s typed into the plain white text box at Google.com. It’s free, fast and probably the greatest risk to privacy since the invention of windows. Glass windows, not the software kind. Now the...

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    Many government workers have it made

    By The Editorial Board Many government workers in the Inland Empire are raking it in, according to public employee compensation data published last month by Transparent California, While the most exceptional case was that of a utilities dispatcher in the city of Riverside who earned more than $257,000 in overtime pay last year, it was also revealed that overtime payouts in the city have grown 33 percent over the past three years. According to Transparent California, the...

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