March 5, 2015


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Political Briefs

Top stories

Government DNA collection under scrutiny in California – As scientists have mapped the personalized blueprints contained in each strand of DNA, the government has been collecting and storing reams of genetic material to combat disease and capture criminals. In seeking to shape when public agencies can take genetic information and how they can use it, lawmakers face a tension between individual privacy and public health and safety.  Sacramento Bee article

Obama order could mean refund checks for immigrants in U.S. illegally – President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration will allow people who’ve been working in the country without documents to retroactively file tax returns for the past three years and collectively get about $1.7 billion in refundable tax credits over 10 years.  McClatchy Newspapers article

Valley politics

California lawmaker’s pet inspires rare bipartisan compromise — From the rubble of hurt feelings and partisan gridlock that Congress has become, Lily the French bulldog has emerged as a peacemaker.  The 15-pound dog, with the jowls of a young Winston Churchill and the pluck of a latter-day Snoopy, is the inspiration for of Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-Turlock) measure approved Wednesday to allow dogs and cats to ride on Amtrak trains.  LA Times article

Statewide politics/Ballot Measures

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe and Doug Jeffe: GOP pulse detected — News Flash: The California Republican Party appears to have a pulse. From all appearances, “Dr.” Brulte seems to be weaning the state’s GOP off life support.  Jeffe/Jeffe in Fox & Hounds


Immigrants in U.S. get help preserving land rights in Mexico — Last week, Gonzales took the first step to reclaim the land with the help of a Mexican government program that assists immigrants in the U.S. who are having problems with their property back home.  LA Times article

Other areas

Lawmakers announce renewed push for Medi-Cal funding – California lawmakers and advocates are gearing up for a new chapter in the battle over the state’s healthcare program for the poor. They announced new legislation on Wednesday that would pump more money into Medi-Cal, which has expanded to cover more residents even while suffering from recession-era funding cuts.  LA Times article

California Republicans announce teacher evaluation, employment overhaul – Saying a major court decision that rejected California’s teacher employment rules compels them to act, Assembly Republicans on Wednesday unveiled a legislative package to overhaul how the state evaluates, dismisses and grants tenure to educators.  Capitol Alert

Appeals court refuses to block Sunnyvale gun ordinance – A federal appeals court Wednesday unanimously refused to block an ordinance banning possession of large-scale magazines for guns. The ordinance, passed in 2013 by voters in the Bay Area city of Sunnyvale, banned ammunition devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.  LA Times article; KQED report; San Francisco Chronicle article

LA election demonstrates the power of the few –  Los Angeles City Council members each represent districts of about 250,000 people. But three incumbents on Tuesday reclaimed their seats with what could end up being fewer than 10,000 votes apiece.  LA Times article

Lack of hot-button issues fueled dismal voter turnout in LA election – The low voter turnout in Tuesday’s election can be attributed at least in part to a drama-free ballot without the hot-button issues that bring people to the polls. As of Wednesday morning, turnout was 8.6%, according to numbers from the City Clerk’s office. LA Times article; Dan Walters Daily in Sacramento Bee

To nobody’s surprise, Supreme Court seems split on health care law — A clearly divided Supreme Court on Wednesday put Obamacare under the microscope once again, with the tentative prognosis looking rather positive for the president’s signature health care law.  McClatchy Newspapers article; AP article

Senate fails to override Obama’s veto of Keystone XL pipeline — The Senate failed Wednesday to override President Obama’s veto of Keystone XL pipeline legislation, ending for now attempts by Congress to speed up approval of the controversial energy project.  LA Times article

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News Briefs

Top Stories

Rising temperatures are amplifying drought effects, study finds — Climate change is increasing the risk of severe drought in California by causing warm periods and dry periods to overlap more often, according to a new study.  LA Times article

Tulare County could owe more than $2 million in back pay – An official with the union representing more than half of Tulare County’s full-time employees said the county may owe workers well over $2 million in back pay. That’s because last week the California Public Employees Relations Board ruled in favor of Service Employees International Union Local 521 in its dispute with the county over whether employees were wrongfully denied step and merit pay increases for two years.  Visalia Times-Delta article

Jobs and the Economy

Merced police union calls out city leaders on social media – The Merced Police Officers Association posted a strongly worded open letter on its Facebook page on Tuesday as the calls for better compensation and more officers rise in the city. The letter takes aim at Merced City Manager John Bramble and City Council because their “mismanagement has driven the department and city into the ground,” it states.  Merced Sun-Star article

Race heats up for cap and trade cash – In the coming months, hundreds of millions of dollars of that money will be sent back to communities across the state for projects that could help revitalize our poorest and most polluted neighborhoods. It’s a large pot of money that never has been available. And the competition is on.  Stockton Record article

California jobless claims move faster but still have delays – The state agency that handles unemployment claims for millions of Californians says it has hired nearly 500 new employees to process claims since Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration ordered it last year to beef up customer service. But officials testified Wednesday that the agency’s technology still lags and responses take longer than desired.  AP article

California cities leading in population growth, density – Increasingly, Americans are living in cities, those cities are becoming more densely populated, and California is a major factor in both trends, a new Census Bureau report indicates. Three California cities — Fontana (52.1 percent), Irvine (48.4 percent) and Bakersfield (40.6 percent) — are among the 10 cities of 100,000 or more population that saw the greatest gains between 2000 and 2010. Gilbert, Ariz., topped the list at 90 percent.    Capitol Alert

Fresno agencies seeing more people in need of energy, food help – Outside the Fresno Economics Opportunities Commission in downtown, moms pushing strollers and men in work shirts wait in a line for help to keep the lights on in their homes. On a typical day, more than 100 people come to apply for one-time energy assistance.  Fresno Bee article

In one month, gas prices have surged about $1 a gallon — California gas prices have shot up about $1 a gallon in the last month as oil refineries have been idled by a labor strike and an explosion.  LA Times article

Turlock: Police, fire chiefs lay out needs – Ideally, the police and fire chiefs said, the city would have four firefighters on each engine, targeted efforts on gangs and auto theft, and a couple of K-9 officers. The Turlock City Council heard about these and other public safety needs at a Tuesday night workshop, one in a series on city operations.  Modesto Bee article

Tulare raises cost of building homes with higher impact fees – On Tuesday, City Council members voted 3-2 to end the water and sewer fee discounts and charge the full, recommended fee for residential construction. The fees are based on the planned square footage of the homes. So with the discount, the builder of a 2,000-square-foot home in the city was charged $10,286 for all impact fees. With the discount on water and sewer fees eliminated, the fee cost for the same home increases by $2,945.  Visalia Times-Delta article

Fresno’s Storyland and Playland near up to $900,000 for repairs, maintenance and upgrades – Roeding Park’s Rotary Storyland and Playland will need $850,000 to $900,000 in repairs and maintenance in the coming year to reopen. Officials with the popular longtime Fresno attractions confirmed earlier this week that they would have to close Playland and possibly Storyland for this season, the first time the parks failed to open in 60 years. On Wednesday, they outlined the costs to reopen the parks. Fresno Bee article

Pacific Ethanol announces record earnings – Shares of Pacific Ethanol surged more than 11 percent to $10.40 in after-hours trading Wednesday afternoon after the low-carbon, renewable fuels manufacturer reported record fourth quarter and full year earnings.  The Business Journal article; Sacramento Bee article

SLO-based Meathead Movers expands to Fresno – A San Luis Obispo-based moving company focused on harnessing the strength of student athletes recently expanded to cover the Central Valley by opening an office in northwest Fresno. Meathead Movers opened its Fresno office at the beginning of February and has already handled several dozen jobs in the region. The Business Journal article

Minimum wage hike hits booming Oakland dining scene – The 36 percent uptick that lifted Oakland’s minimum wage to $12.25 an hour this week is already transforming the city’s booming restaurant scene — but not in the way that politicians, activists and restaurateurs anticipated.  San Francisco Chronicle article

Backers of Carson NFL stadium plan to file ballot initiative as first step – Backers of a proposed NFL stadium for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders filed a ballot initiative in Carson on Wednesday afternoon that is the first step in clearing the way for the $1.7-billion project.  LA Times article

San Diego may have to cover 65 percent of stadium cost – San Diego County would have to cover up to 65 percent of the cost of a new stadium, based on what other NFL markets have contributed.  U-T San Diego article

High Bay Area rent prices drive mom to raise child in a garage – Meet Nicole Jones. She’s a California Bay Area mother living in a 250-square-foot garage with her 18-month-old baby girl. When Jones became pregnant she lost her job and could no longer afford to pay her apartment rent. She initially moved into a shelter and felt lucky when she found the single-car garage space converted into a studio in a San Mateo suburban home for $1,000 a month.  San Francisco Chronicle article

Tentative $415 million settlement in tech workers’ lawsuit — A federal judge has tentatively approved a $415 million settlement in a major class action lawsuit by Silicon Valley workers who accused Apple Inc.,Google Inc. and other tech companies of making an illegal agreement not to hire each other’s employees.  AP article

No quick fix for Lemoore golf course – The situation at the Lemoore Municipal Golf Course is much more complex than previously thought. The Lemoore City Council heard an update about the course Tuesday, which shed some light on how poorly many aspects of the facility were apparently handled for more than two decades.  Hanford Sentinel article

California’s contract ‘sunshine’ season opens, no light expected – The Department of Human Resources will throw wide its doors on Friday for state unions and the administration to publicly present their initial contract proposals in a public forum. The so-called “sunshine meeting” is the first of three that are supposed to offer an opportunity for the public to see the proposals and comment on them. But the meetings are really just codified formalities.  Sacramento Bee article

Guy’s next tries: KC and Mama — This week get ready to “meat” your neighbors on the latest Bakersfield-driven episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” On Friday, Guy Fieri will take viewers for tri-tip with a south-of-the-border spin at Mama Roomba and chow down on savory stuffed pork chops at KC Steakhouse.  Bakersfield Californian article

Hot start to year for San Diego economy — San Diego’s economy started 2015 with a bang, paced by a better job market and a surprising spike in new home permits, a study released Wednesday says.  U-T San Diego article


Dry winter weather worries rice farmers — California rice farmers are worried that if doesn’t rain or snow soon they will have to fallow fields again this year. The rice crop was down nearly 25% in 2014. But, it’s not just the drought that’s hurting growers. Market competition from states like Louisiana and Arkansas is also increasing. Capital Public Radio report

Water pacts, new city website gets Bakersfield council’s nod – The city’s website, now in its teenage years, will be redone as recommended by city staff, the Bakersfield City Council decided by unanimous vote Wednesday, in a meeting that also examined residential water agreements and development.  Bakersfield Californian article

Reported water well failures around Tulare County inch up – Waterwise reported last week that the number of dried wells decreased by three to 935 for the week ending Feb. 25. In response, Waterwise received two messages. First, Editor Mike Taylor wrote an email to ask if the amount was new wells failing or if it was a cumulative count with three wells becoming functional.  Visalia Times-Delta article

Fergus Morrissey: ‘Historic fishery’ or ‘historic family farms’ – The engineer manager with the Orange Cove Irrigation District writes, “It is a fact that the intent of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program was to restore an ‘historic fishery’ (salmon) at Friant Dam. We all know that things like climate change and given what we are seeing on the ground and fearing in the back of our minds (at least I am) that this drought may persist to the point of bankrupting Friant Division farming and the economy of the east side of the southern San Joaquin Valley, the Program’s wheel spinning is hard to take knowing that it is the small family farmer on the brink of becoming ‘historic.’”  Morrissey op-ed in Visalia Times-Delta

Krysta Harden: Local food movement is growing up – The deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture writes, “Recently, there has been a series of media reports suggesting the gangbusters growth in farmers markets is slowing, signaling a plateau in the local food movement. Not so. What we’re seeing is the evolution of the local and regional food movement beyond weekend shopping into something more substantial and sustainable.”  Harden op-ed in Modesto Bee

Criminal Justice/Prisons

California bill would protect civilians recording police activity — One California state senator wants to protect citizens who properly record the actions of officers in public from arrest or interference by the police. Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has introduced legislation that would clarify that a civilian who makes an audio or video recording of a police officer, while the officer is in a public place, is not violating the law.  LA Times article

Kings DA requests boost in DUI, car theft funding — Kings County District Attorney Keith Fagundes is requesting a $1 increase in vehicle license fees to help pay for prosecutions of local DUIs and car thefts. Fagundes made the request at Tuesday’s Kings County Board of Supervisors meeting in Hanford. Supervisors didn’t vote, but are likely to take up the matter next week. Hanford Sentinel article

Charges filed in Merced police shooting case – Prosecutors on Wednesday filed felony charges against the two men accused of shooting a Merced police officer last weekend. Jaime M. Caudillo of Los Banos and Steven P. Rincon of Fresno face possible life prison sentences if convicted on the charges filed by the Merced County District Attorney’s Office, according to Mathew Martinez, the deputy district attorney prosecuting the case.  Merced Sun-Star article

Sacramento Bee: Body cams may not help, but can’t hurt – Like so many police shootings, the death of a Cameroonian immigrant in a Los Angeles skid row encampment last weekend has left a trail of unanswered questions and accusations with racial overtones. What it hasn’t left is much doubt about what the incident looked like.  Sacramento Bee editorial

Merced correctional officer investigated for sexual battery — A veteran correctional officer with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department faces sexual battery charges, the Sheriff’s Department confirmed Wednesday. The allegations involve three different female victims, including at 21-year–old female inmate, a 29 year-old female correctional officer, and 43 year-old female sheriff’s employee.  Merced Sun-Star article

Inmates writing their own obits reveal regrets, failed dreams – In the wrong writer’s hands, an obituary can be a dull collection of biographical facts, the type of article that journalism professor William Drummond calls “the lowest common denominator” of newspaper writing.  But on this day, he hoped for something more profound from his students, even if his classroom wasn’t filled with high-achievers he was accustomed to teaching at UC Berkeley.  Drummond was across the bay in San Quentin State Prison, where he was introducing inmates to the basics of covering the news.  LA Times article

Shooter critical after firing on Stockton officers — A man was critically injured Wednesday afternoon in a gun battle with police in a densely populated area just south of downtown Stockton, authorities said.  Stockton Record article


UC executive salary caps proposed in new bill — As the political backlash over the University of California’s demand for more state funding — and planned tuition hike — continues, yet another bill takes aim at how the research university system spends its money. The union-sponsored Assembly Bill 837 would cap executive compensation at $500,000, a limit its author claims will save $80 million per year and further the reforms sought by Gov. Jerry Brown.  San Jose Mercury News article

CSU faculty says wage increase needed – Faculty members at California State University say administrators have failed to invest in professor salaries. The California Faculty Association released a report Wednesday showing its member’s salaries have essentially remained flat, while compensation at the University of California and in the community college system has gone up. Capital Public Radio report

Grade colleges on how well they teach teachers? Universities balk – In an unprecedented plan that uses federal dollars as a lure, Uncle Sam would grade education schools and alternative training programs — partly on how well new teachers’ students perform on standardized tests. That could hit hard in California, where one national — if controversial — survey has ranked the state’s credential programs lower than average.  San Jose Mercury News article

Turlock schools address dual-language program overcrowding – Faced with a dual-language program that’s bursting at the seams, Turlock Unified School District trustees took steps to start a sister program at a second campus and move its sixth-grade class to a middle school to accommodate all the growth.  Modesto Bee article

Middle-class families get little help in paying for early care — While Gov. Jerry Brown battles the University of California regents to keep a lid on undergraduate tuition, the rising cost of childcare and preschool are often a bigger concern for middle-class families in the state – and one that is noticeably absent from the state’s public policy agenda.  EdSource article

Jim Yovino: Our Fresno community is what we make it – The superintendent of the Fresno County Office of Education writes, “A common measurement of success in the classroom is academic achievement. But my belief as a life-long educator is that although good grades are important, building our children into kind, respectful and compassionate adults is the solution. Teaching our children lessons in civility and pride in our country will result in a new generation that does not accept violence and complacency as the norm.” Yovino op-ed in Fresno Bee

Bill would steer extra revenue to Common Core implementation – A bill introduced last week asks legislators to make implementing the Common Core and other new academic standards the top priority in spending a chunk of the extra $2 billion that the Legislative Analyst’s Office says could come K-12 schools’ way next year. EdSource article

Lincoln Unified, teachers have a contract – The Lincoln Unified School District and its 450-plus teachers have reached a tentative agreement on a contract for the current school year, union and district officials say. In Stockton Unified, however, things are not looking as collegial.  Stockton Record article; Stockton Record editorial

Stockton Record: Painful payback – San Joaquin Delta College officials await state decision on overpayment.  Stockton Record editorial

Central Unified superintendent, businesses honored for serving schools — Central Unified Superintendent Mike Berg and 10 local businesses were honored on Wednesday for their commitment to Fresno County schools.  Fresno Bee article

Darrell Steinberg lands UC Davis post — Former Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is joining the ranks of academia – at an institution funded by a measure he championed while in the Legislature. Steinberg, a Sacramento Democrat, will become director of policy and advocacy for the new UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, the school announced Wednesday.  The position is unpaid.  Sacramento Bee article

Oui! Johansen French teacher captures state title — The bell rings. Johansen High teens amble out of Debbie Sessa’s French class as she calls out instructions and reminders. “It’s not what you teach them, it’s that you show them you care. It’s good, at the beginning and end of class, to check in,” said Sessa, the newly named California League of High Schools 2015 Teacher of the Year.  Modesto Bee article

Michael Gottfried: The children of immigrants need pre-kindergarten – The assistant professor at UC Santa Barbara writes, “Despite new evidence underscoring the benefits of pre-kindergarten for immigrants’ children, many of whom are still learning English when they enter kindergarten, they are the least likely to be enrolled.”  Gottfried op-ed in Sacramento Bee

San Francisco archdiocese teachers overwhelmingly reject moral scriptures — Eighty percent of faculty and staff at the four San Francisco archdiocese high schools subject to the archbishop’s new moral strictures have signed a petition rejecting his additions to the handbook for the next school year. LA Times article


Wildfires eat up Forest Service budget, hampering prevention – The cost of fighting wildfires in California and in the western United States has skyrocketed, hampering efforts by the U.S. Forest Service to implement fire prevention and forest management programs, the country’s top natural resources official said Wednesday.  San Francisco Chronicle article

Hermosa Beach defeats oil drilling measure – Voters in the quirky oceanfront community of Hermosa Beach struck down a measure that would have allowed Bakersfield-based E&B Natural Resources to drill as many as 34 oil wells within city limits.  LA Times article

Study: Napa quake should spur retrofits to older buildings — A review of damage from last August’s South Napa Earthquake confirms at least one piece of conventional wisdom: seismic retrofitting older buildings is a good idea. The message is driven home in a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey, which shows many of the structures damaged by last summer’s quake were built before 1950.  KQED report

Critic says Stanislaus County should force cleanup of Elm Street mess in Salida — Rick Ferroni calls it his “nightmare on Elm Street.” In December, the investor from Escalon foreclosed on a residential property in the 4400 block of Elm Street in Salida, finding a lot filled with junk next door, a homeless man camped behind the home, abandoned vehicles on the street and front yards cluttered with old appliances.  Modesto Bee article

Health/Human Services

Vaccines should be mandatory for California day-care workers, senator says – A California lawmaker is urging the state to make vaccines mandatory for all adults who work in preschools and daycare centers, a move following the largest measles outbreak in California in 15 years.  LA Times article

Superbug outbreak spreads to Cedar-Sinai hospital, linked to scope — Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles said it has discovered that four patients were infected with a deadly superbug from a contaminated medical scope and 64 more people may have been exposed.  LA Times article; AP article

Cleaner air is linked to stronger lungs in Southern California children – Cleaner air has for the first time been linked to bigger and stronger lungs among school-age children, according to findings released Wednesday from a two-decade study in Southern California.  LA Times article

Bay Area tech boom driving up cost of psychotherapy — The influx of tech workers to the Bay Area has had a profound effect on the local economy: Affordable housing is nearly impossible to find. Dining out has become a competitive sport. And now, it seems the tech sector is applying upward pressure on the cost of some mental health services, too.  KQED report

San Francisco hospital to perform rare 6-way kidney transplant — The recipient’s sister-in-law, who couldn’t provide a compatible kidney to her brother-in-law, is giving her kidney to a woman from Fresno, whose son couldn’t provide her with a compatible kidney so he’s giving hers to a woman from Greenbrae, and on it goes until six strangers have new hope for a healthy life with transplanted kidneys. The six-way transplant, which will occur over two days, is believed to be the largest to take place at a single hospital on the West Coast.  San Francisco Chronicle article


RTD ambassadors open up world to bus riders — Hall and her fellow ambassadors roam transfer stations and ride the bus, helping new riders navigate the bus system, picking up trash, looking for problems, making sure ticket machines are working and sometimes just listening to what riders have to say about riding the bus in Stockton.  Stockton Record article

Other areas

Fresno City Hall to lot owners: Kill your weeds — April 15 at Fresno City Hall isn’t just Tax Day — it’s also Weed Abatement Day. The City Council on Thursday will debate proposed rules for this year’s weed abatement program.  Fresno Bee article

Lemoore Police Department targets nuisance properties – The Lemoore Police Department is poised to begin citing owners of properties that become nuisances due to repeated criminal complaints. The Lemoore City Council unanimously waived the first reading of an amendment to the city’s municipal code Tuesday that would allow police to cite and fine those responsible for so-called chronic nuisance properties. Following final approval by the council, the ordinance will go into effect 30 days later.  Hanford Sentinel article

Panelists see a true reflection of Modesto’s ills in ‘American Crime’ – Modesto community leaders weighed in on the new TV drama “American Crime,” which uses Modesto as its setting. After watching a screening of the premiere episode, opinions were split on the series and how it portrays the Central Valley city.  Modesto Bee article; Modesto Bee editorial; Chris Murphy: ‘Now is the time to counter ‘American Crime’ op-ed in Modesto Bee

Is firefighter binge-drinking at heart of Cal Fire problems? – Peel away the allegations of prostitution hookups, graphic sex photos, sexual assaults on women and lying, and here’s the less-salacious thread running through the recent scandal at Cal Fire’s Ione academy: booze.  Sacramento Bee article

Vet houses in Merced highlights homeless successes – Though over the past several years the number of homeless people living in Merced County has continued to grow, advocates say efforts to house them are working.  Merced Sun-Star article

Fresno police discover cave used by homeless people – Fresno police on Wednesday discovered a manmade cave in central Fresno that they believe was dug and occupied by homeless people.  Fresno Bee article

Planned sculpture for Sacramento arena sparks strong emotions – If the Sacramento Kings were looking to elicit strong opinions with their selection of an $8 million sculpture for their new downtown arena, they’ve succeeded. Social media, Kings fans and the local art world have buzzed with emotions ranging from disgust to joy in the days since the Kings, the city of Sacramento and local art officials announced they had picked a sculpture by world-renowned artist Jeff Koons as the centerpiece for the arena’s public plaza.  Sacramento Bee article

Harry Baker’s trial delayed once again – The criminal trial of former Madera County Supervisor Harry Baker has been delayed once again after his attorney called into question Baker’s competency to assist in his defense to a child-molestation charge stemming from incident at a Fresno motel eight years ago. Fresno Bee article

Sacramento area’s suicide rate trending up – The suicide rate in the Sacramento region has increased about 25 percent since 2000, part of a nationwide trend, according to the latest figures from the California Department of Public Health.  Sacramento Bee article

Friendship, individuality, dogs at heart of Tulare deputy public defender’s book — As the children’s book written by Deputy Public Defender Cheryl Smith was handed out to the 30 students of Mrs. Roldan’s kindergarten class, 5-year-old Jairo Salmeron pushed his copy of the book to his face, covering a stretched grin that had spread along it.  Visalia Times-Delta article

Valley Editorial Roundup

Fresno Bee – Janet Napolitano-Gov. Brown standoff persists, and students lose; Hillary Clinton violates the basic email rule.

Merced Sun-Star – Like the nation, the U.S. Supreme Court is polarized. But based on questions during this week’s oral arguments in two cases, the court seems torn in ways that do not bode well for the well-being of millions of Americans or for democracy.

Modesto Bee – Close up, we’re happy not to look like TV’s Modesto.

Sacramento Bee – Like the nation, the U.S. Supreme Court is polarized. But based on questions during this week’s oral arguments in two cases, the court seems torn in ways that do not bode well for the well-being of millions of Americans or for democracy; Body cameras may not help, but they can’t hurt.

Stockton Record – San Joaquin Delta College officials await state decision on overpayment; The protracted negotiations — and stalemate — between Stockton Unified School District and its teachers now continues into a “fact-finding” stage. This fact, however, is clear-cut: a teacher’s strike will not be good for the community.