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Unions flex muscles to kill teacher tenure reform bill

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Does Wesson’s agenda match L.A.’s biggest needs?

Setting an agenda for his new term as president of the Los Angeles City Council, Herb Wesson has emphasized the importance of making Los Angeles a beacon of light in the fight against hatred and intolerance. “I would like the city of L.A. to ta...

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    L.A. crime puzzle has no easy answer

    Have we reached the point where it’s cause for celebration when crime in Los Angeles rises only 1 percent? You could get that impression from some of the reactions to the release of crime statistics for the city for the first half of 2017. Police Chief Charlie Beck told the Los Angeles Police Commission that overall crime was “up...

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    Asset forfeiture rule changes leave problems

    In an unfortunate turn, the U.S. Department of Justice has decided to lighten up on rules restricting law enforcement’s use of asset forfeiture. Although Attorney General Jeff Sessions will include some helpful modifications to the stricter new policy, the net result is still a setback for Americans — not only the criminals federal prosecutors and cops want to keep off the streets. Not only is asset forfeiture inherently ripe for abuse that can be too consuming to...

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    Bill offers needed reform for sex offender registry

    California’s cluttered sex offender registry is too large to be effective and must be reformed if it is to be of any use to law enforcement. One of only four states to require universal lifetime registration for all sex offenders regardless of their offense or risk of re-offending, California now has more than 100,000 people on its sex offender registry. Created in 1947 to help police monitor high-risk offenders, the registry of today lumps together high- and low-risk offenders,...

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    Are California environmental regulations worth the costs? Question of the Week

    The pros and cons of California’s aggressive environmental-protection policies have been a topic for debate again this month as state officials consider an extension of the “cap-and-trade” climate program. Are California’s environmental rules worth the costs? That’s our Question of the Week for readers. How well have lawmakers balanced environmental and economic needs? Does the government give too little attention to the costs of...

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    Newhall Ranch development should be approved

    On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has a rare opportunity to both alleviate the county’s housing crisis and encourage sustainable development. Scheduled to certify two of five villages within the Newhall Ranch development’s broader plan, the board should recognize the developer’s tremendous work to balance development with environmental conscientiousness and approve the projects. When fully completed, the proposed Newhall Ranch...

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    Brown’s emissions package too big, too rushed

    Gov. Jerry Brown is asking the Legislature to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program by voting Monday on two bills that he said he will sign only if both are passed. But lawmakers should say no to that deal. In his argument to this editorial board, Brown cited statistics on childhood asthma and projections of rising sea levels due to climate change. The solution to the first ought not to be held hostage to the renewal of a program that aims to prevent the second. The...

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    L.A. Community College board can’t ignore allegations

    This newspaper’s recent stories about the behavior of Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees member Scott Svonkin came as a surprise to many readers but evidently not to some of his colleagues. The news is that Svonkin is accused by Trustee Andra Hoffman of bullying her. As staff writer Dana Bartholomew reported, Hoffman says...

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    State wants to run the auto industry

    Few industries have been untouched by the state’s aggressive and far-reaching environmental regulations. Now it is looking to enhance its control over the auto industry. Specifically, multiple legislative proposals would use the power of government to encourage the purchase of low-emission and zero-emission vehicles. Assembly Bill 544 would extend the sticker program that authorizes low-emission and energy-efficient vehicles to utilize carpool lanes to 2025. And AB1184 would...

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    L.A. school board’s agenda? It’s a multiple-choice test

    The Los Angeles Unified School District faces many challenges beyond the question of traditional schools vs. charter schools, even though that issue drove the campaign contributions and news coverage during the recent Board of Education elections. A reminder of this was delivered last week by the very members who might have been expected to make the new school-board term all about promoting charter schools.

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    Trade helps keep IE economy growing

    The Inland Empire’s manufacturing sector and overall economy continue to show growth, while optimism grows about the direction of the regional economy, according to the Institute of Applied Research at California State University, San Bernardino. Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the latest Report on Business from the IAR is that levels of optimism about the local economy among purchasing managers has flipped from where it was last year. Whereas in June 2016 only 7 percent of...

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