California showed up big at last month's UN climate summit in Paris, presenting a model for how one of the world's biggest economies can shift rapidly...
Compare the example of California's reformed political system with the dysfunction in Washington and in many other states. California demonstrates that total victory over the opposing political party or ideology is not only unrealistic, but it is undesirable.
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Historians may remember 2015 as the year of the minimum wage -- and for good reason. Twenty-one states and multiple cities raised the minimum wage in the past 12 months. The past year also saw other major advances for working Americans.
It's hard to find stories of "upheaval" in the way states structure the machinery of public schooling. Wrangling interests tend to allow only a little...
Once the cheering, perhaps as much a matter of relief for at last having the beginnings of a real agreement as anything else, dies down, a process of years-long pressuring, prodding, chivvying, and inspiring will take place. Or, perhaps better put, it had damn well better take place if this planet is going to remain habitable for humanity.
There is some very good news and some very bad news about the current United Nations Climate Summit in Paris.
Too often climate advocates stop at apocalypse. If we don't change everything now, or "yesterday," as one scientist said recently, we're toast. Or drowned. Or something, really, really bad. The problem with this kind of message, research has shown, is that most people basically tune out right about then.
Cruz suggests a Republican nominee can win the presidency by waving the conservative banner and galvanizing conservatives rather than by making inroads with centrist persuadable voters. Unlike Cruz, Reagan's record as Governor of California, coupled with some of the rhetoric he used in 1980, would be sacrilegious with contemporary conservative voters.
A little more than a week ago, I drove into Yosemite National Park for a week-long, California Master Naturalist immersion course. I was euphoric, about to sequester in beauty to study deeper levels of what Shakespeare called "nature's infinite book."
A California version of the highly acclaimed U.S. Digital Service just took a big leap forward. In its recently released report, the Little Hoover Commission has called on elected officials in Sacramento to create a local version of the federal program in the form of a new California Digital Service.
As despondent as my current description of the here and now sounds, I believe we're living in a golden age of activism and social change.
The five carbon majors and the rest of the oil and gas industry are still spending millions to deceive the public and derail government attempts to address the problem.
If South Africa and tobacco divestment campaigns are the model, the momentum will only build, perhaps expanding to include the most intensive fossil fuel emissions and a new emphasis on "divest from dirty fuels, invest in clean energy."
Governor Jerry Brown failed California's students last week, when he vetoed AB 101, a bill that would have positioned California to lead the nation by developing the first-ever statewide curriculum in ethnic studies.
Al Selvin knew a great city, train line, bike path, restaurant and musician when he saw it. I hope we will continue to make L.A. a city worthy of his blessed memory.