As a prosecutor who deals with the "worst of the worst," I was deeply troubled by the potential success of a referendum campaign called Proposition 34 that overturned the death penalty in California.
The citizens of our largest state spoke clearly on what is a defining issue of our day: the role of public education in the remaking of the American promise.
Despite polling in mid-September showing an overwhelming lead, the measure lost by 53 to 47 percent, which is relatively close considering the "No" side's tactics.
Though I am not old enough to vote in the California General Election, I encourage those who can vote to support Prop 30, which directly affects me and my fellow 6.3 million public school students.
At this point, it's almost as much a philosophical decision as a scientific one.
If there is one thing that the "No on 37" campaign can say with complete honesty, it's that they have ready access to literally millions of dollars, all kindly donated by the world's largest biotechnology and pesticide producers and food industry leaders.
Will we choose to ensure our children get the education they deserve and invest in California's economic future? Or will we retreat from our commitment to each other and allow the worst cuts to education that our state has ever seen?
Just Label It salutes those who are fighting in California for the right to know. They are helping set the table for a national movement toward labeling of GE foods and have raised the profile of this issue far beyond California's borders.
Propositions 30 and 32 are pivotal for the future of education, public safety and the voice of hard-working families in our state. They both carry major implications for the future of California.
As East Coasters begin the process of recovering from the hurricane's historic destruction, another storm rages on. This storm threatens not our lives or our property, but American democracy itself. It's the storm of corruption, and the flood of unlimited corporate money into our political system.
Want to know how the right-wing astroturf machine works? Want to see how they use power and money to drown out the voice of the people? Want to see the motivations behind the Koch Brothers' hit man in California?
Independent doctors and scientists have warned about health and environmental risks from GMO foods, yet our federal regulators have let us down us by allowing these risky new foods to go unlabeled. Californians have the chance to address this situation by voting Yes on Prop 37 next week.
For all the ads showing mother nature at her most glorious, Kellogg's Corn Flakes are anything but natural and anything but good for us.
The zombies were out on the Boulevard yesterday, and not just on Santa Monica Blvd., their usual Halloween haunt. These creatures - a group of SAG-AFTRA members, staff and supporters made up to look well past their shelf lives - were out at mid-day on Wilshire Blvd., protesting Prop 32.
This month here in California, we will have a chance to know what is in our food supply.
Although Asian Pacific Islanders comprise the fastest growing group in the country, the data only captures a slice of our communities' contributions to California.