Susan Shelley


Columnist

Susan Shelley

Susan Shelley is a columnist for the Southern California News Group. Reach her at Susan@SusanShelley.com and follow her on Twitter: @Susan_Shelley.

Recent articles

  • Columns

    Voter ID laws deserve day in Supreme Court: Susan Shelley

    The U.S. Supreme Court is teeing up the issue of voter ID laws, and every indication is that the fear of voter fraud is going to prevail over the fear of voter suppression.On May 15, the justices declined to hear a case about North Carolina’s 2013 voter ID law, leaving in place, for now, an appeals court ruling that said the law was unconstitutional.Breaking with the usual practice of not commenting on cases the justices decide not to hear, Chief Justice John Roberts...

  • Electric utilities

    Edison’s rate hikes raise questions as well as costs: Susan Shelley

    How much does it really cost Californians to use renewable energy, and who’s going to pay for it?That’s the question raised by Southern California Edison’s proposed rate hike of nearly 13 percent.The list of people who are upset about the increase includes the members of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 12. “SCE’s habit of raising rates on its ratepayers indiscriminately has to stop,” wrote union official Ronald J.

  • Columns

    In Trump-bashing, echoes of the Clintons: Susan Shelley

    The last time a president was this angry over talk of impeachment, it was 2005 and Bill Clinton was enraged over a comment in a newspaper article. Historian Douglas Brinkley had said Clinton would be deemed a great president, if not for the fact that he was impeached.“I completely disagree with that,” the former president seethed to an audience at Hofstra University. “Now if you want to hold it against me that I did something wrong, that’s a fair deal. If...

  • Politics

    New research says salt helps with weight loss, but government causes bloat: Susan Shelley

    The Trump administration took a small step toward restoring freedom to school lunches, and, as usual, the blowback is ferocious.The Department of Agriculture said schools don’t have to cut salt in meals any further, can serve fewer whole grains,and can bring back lowfat chocolate and strawberry milk.For this, former first lady Michelle Obama, appearing at a healthy-eating conference, seethed that moms across America should “think about why someone is OK with your...

  • Columns

    Why California’s good economic times aren’t better: Susan Shelley

    Numbers can tell a story, and the California state budget is a murder mystery.On Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown stood between two easels stacked with charts and warned that the good times can’t last forever.There’s no money for new spending, he said as he unveiled the annual May revision of his January budget proposal, because although state revenues are a little higher than he thought they’d be back in January, they’re still $3.3 billion lower than...

  • Politics

    FCC probe of Stephen Colbert shows voters should choose the jokes: Susan Shelley

    The Federal Communications Commission is investigating a joke.Late-night TV host Stephen Colbert did a joke about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in a recent monologue, and now FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says the agency will consider “the appropriate remedy” if the joke is found to violate FCC standards.Are you exhausted from the rapid pace of technological change in communications? Clearly you don’t work at the FCC, which is still in 1972.That was the...

  • Columns

    Campaign-finance laws look worse up close: Susan Shelley

    Get ready to bake me a cake with a file in it.I ran for public office, so I have no secrets from you. Stand by for a major revelation: In 2013, as a first-time state candidate in a special election for the Assembly, I was late in mailing the paper copies of campaign finance reports that I had already filed electronically.Speaking of late, now, four years later, California’s Fair Political Practices Commission says this is 11 counts of violating the 1974 Political Reform...

  • Local governments

    ‘Sustainability’ of freedom can’t be taken for granted: Susan Shelley

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has just formed what he calls the L.A. Sustainability Leadership Council.“We need our greatest minds working together” to meet the challenge, he said.At first glance, the list of people named to the council appears pretty balanced — about half in favor of higher taxes, and half in favor of higher utility rates.Sustainability is a vague term that suggests living in a way that keeps the earth in business for future...

  • Columns

    In California, ‘consent of the governed’ is going down the drain: Susan Shelley

    The United States was founded on the idea that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.” That’s in the Declaration of Independence.But when government officials conceal information from the public or defy the will of the voters, they can’t claim to have the consent of the governed. They’re not exercising “just powers.” They’re exercising raw power.On that subject, a couple of things in...

  • Local governments

    DWP customers could be soaked again by new groundwater agencies: Susan Shelley

    The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power ran two ads in this newspaper recently with lots of small print under the headline, “Notice of City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Public Hearing.”Maybe we all had the same thought when we saw it: “NOW, what?”It’s not another rate hike, yet. It’s a public notice about the pending creation of new Groundwater Sustainability Agencies, one to govern groundwater in an area...