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Congress must act to replace DACA program

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Gov. Brown should block stormwater-fee bill

A bill that would allow local governments to impose fees for stormwater projects without voter approval passed the Assembly by one vote and is now on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. He should veto it.

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    Another roadblock for Newhall Ranch

    Environmentalists are once again standing in the way of the Newhall Ranch development in the Santa Clarita Valley. Two environmental groups have filed suit against Los Angeles County and the developer over the Board of Supervisors’ vote to allow two of five planned segments of the development to proceed. The lawsuit is just the latest in a decades-long effort by environmentalists to block development. First approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2003, Newhall Ranch, when fully...

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    Afghanistan timeline extends further for U.S.

    After a long review of America’s disappointing military strategy in Afghanistan, President Trump announced a new plan that’s light on details and heavy on familiar messaging. It’s a far cry from the big change many in the administration — and many Americans — had been pulling for. With a few shifts in rhetoric, Trump’s address unveiling the plan could have come from Hillary Clinton, or perhaps even Barack Obama. It’s hard to trust...

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    Law enforcement not enough to fight terror in Europe

    The latest terror attack perpetrated by the Islamic State — this time against the civilians of Barcelona — makes two harsh facts painfully clear. First, the strategy of confronting international terrorism as a global policing problem just isn’t working well enough. Second, the necessary strategic shift toward treating it as more of a military conflict requires European leadership. Although it will not be easy for Western leaders and peoples to face up to these...

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    State senators must ask tough question of PUC nominees

    There are some indications that Clifford Rechtschaffen, one of Gov. Jerry Brown’s two latest appointments to the state Public Utilities Commission, would be more of an advocate for utilities than for consumers, ratepayers and those adversely affected by environmental issues. That’s why the Senate Rules Committee needs to ask tough questions of Rechtschaffen in his confirmation hearing this week. In December, Brown appointed two of his advisers on environmental and...

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    Trump fails test of leadership, chance to unite nation

    It would be an understatement to describe President Trump’s comments this past week in the aftermath of racist rallies and ensuing violence in Charlottesville as tone deaf. His initial response gave enough reason to shudder but on Thursday, in an all-too-familiar barrage of tweets, he sadly accented his already troubling response to a volatile situation by lamenting the loss of “beautiful statues and monuments.” He was referring to effigies of Confederate...

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    LAPD drone-use proposal faces legitimate questions

    The Los Angeles Police Department’s proposal to launch a pilot program testing the use of drones has understandably been met with skepticism and outright opposition. On Aug. 8, the department told the Board of Police Commissioners about the idea, sparking debate about the use of drones. It’s an important debate, to have, with reasonable arguments on both sides. Proponents of drones, like Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, have argued that drones can reduce...

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    Dodgers are hot; fans should be too, four years into TV blackout

    The Dodgers are having one of the greatest seasons baseball fans have ever seen. Unfortunately, for many in Los Angeles, it’s the greatest season they’ve never seen. This is the fourth year since the Dodgers sold their local television rights for $8.35 billion over 25 years to Time Warner, now known as Charter Communications. Games are shown on the Dodgers’ SportsNet LA channel, carried only by Charter’s Spectrum cable. Charter has asked DirectTV and other...

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    Sites Reservoir a water-storage plan worth funding

    An innovative, off-stream water storage proposal northeast of Sacramento should be one of the top priorities for the state’s spending of Proposition 1 water-bond money. The Sites Reservoir project would, in wet years, divert “excess” water from the Sacramento River into what would be the seventh-largest reservoir in California. It would hold some 1.3 million to 1.8 million acre-feet of water, which could be used to meet several of the state’s water-system...

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    Public-private space ventures need oversight

    Public-private partnerships in space travel hold much promise, and greater cost-efficiency, but government should be transparent about the risks and inevitable failures. On Monday, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, better known as SpaceX, conducted a successful launch of a resupply mission to the International Space Station, or ISS, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with the company’s reusable Falcon 9 rocket returning safely to SpaceX’s...

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    L.A. starts a long run to the 2028 Olympics

    The Olympics could use a temporary new motto for 2028, to replace their traditional “Citius, Altius, Fortius” — “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” What’s Latin for “hurry up and wait”? On Friday, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 (three members were absent) to clear the way for L.A. to be officially awarded the 2028 Summer...

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