Prop. 66 could turn out to slow death penalty cases |Sep 5, 2017

The California Supreme Court has upheld most of Proposition 66, the initiative to speed up the death penalty, but in doing so may have made an even more tangled mess of it. Associate Justice Carol Corrigan, writing for the majority, said voters were presented with ballot materials promising a five-year time limit on death penalty appeals in state courts, but there is “no workable means of enforcing the five-year review limit.

Gov. Brown should block stormwater-fee bill |Sep 5, 2017

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.

Congress must act to replace DACA program |Sep 5, 2017

The Trump administration’s announcement that the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program will be rescinded should prompt needed congressional action to protect young immigrants whose sole offense was being brought here by their parents.

Fired Centinela Valley superintendent’s arrest a new step to accountability |Sep 1, 2017

In 2015, our colleagues in the Daily Breeze newsroom won a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for an investigation that exposed the excessive salary and unusual perks of the chief of a school district serving Hawthorne and Lawndale.

Operation Choke Point is finally suffocated |Sep 1, 2017

The Trump administration deserves great praise for ending Operation Choke Point, the controversial, and often tyrannical, program that harmed many legitimate businesses. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation set the stage for the discriminatory treatment of businesses when it declared certain industries to be engaged in “high-risk” activities, sending a strong signal to the banks it regulates that they should steer clear of doing business with these entities.

LAUSD should discuss changing grad requirements |Aug 31, 2017

In 2005, the Los Angeles Unified School District school board set the ambitious target of requiring all students to graduate eligible to attend a four-year college. The board gave the district a decade to fully implement the plan.

Unions’ anti-charter-school rhetoric is wrong but effective |Aug 30, 2017

Amid a concerted campaign by teachers unions to undermine school choice, national support for charter schools has taken a hit. According to the results of an annual survey by the K-12 education journal Education Next, only

We all can help Houston storm victims — here’s how |Aug 30, 2017

In times of crisis, Americans must set aside geographic and political differences and unite to help their fellow human beings. Hurricane Harvey, the first Category 4 hurricane to hit the United States in more than a decade, has devastated communities across southeast Texas.

Was President Trump right to pardon Joe Arpaio? Question of the Week |Aug 29, 2017

President Trump granted a pardon on Friday to Joe Arpaio, the former and longtime sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz. It wasn’t much of a surprise. The president had signaled his intent to pardon the controversial 85-year-old lawman in a campaign rally three days earlier in Phoenix, the seat of Maricopa County.

Porn producers should be heard by L.A. County officials |Aug 29, 2017

By The Editorial Board Five years ago, Los Angeles County voters decided it was necessary to require the use of condoms in adult film productions by passing Measure B. The only real winners since the passage of Measure B have been lawyers and moralists.

Remilitarizing police is not the way to be tough on crime |Aug 29, 2017

On Monday, President Trump lifted Obama-era restrictions on the federal 1033 Program that distributes surplus military equipment to local police departments. Trump’s executive order speciously characterizes the move as merely “restoring state, tribal, and local law enforcement’s access to life-saving equipment and resources.

Trump’s infrastructure council crumbles; we need a new approach |Aug 28, 2017

The one thing most everyone expected from the White House this year — a big new infrastructure deal — now looks dead in the water. How bad a setback is it? “Infrastructure Week” wrapped up with President Donald Trump pulling the plug on his own Advisory Council on Infrastructure.

Big public pensions keep piling up |Aug 25, 2017

While politicians across California seem content to ignore the problem, both the cost and excesses of public sector pensions continue to grow. Last year, nearly 23,000 retired government workers receiving a pension through the California Public Employees’ Retirement System collected pensions of at least $100,000, according to watchdog group Transparent California.

Work on reducing use-of-force incidents |Aug 24, 2017

Police officers in California killed 157 people in 2016, according to a recently released report from the state Attorney General’s Office, with one-third of fatal incidents occurring in Los Angeles County.

Another roadblock for Newhall Ranch |Aug 23, 2017

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.

Democrats changing rules to help recall target |Aug 23, 2017

Refusing to take “no” for an answer, Sacramento Democrats are trying again to change the rules for recall elections, just in time to help state Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, defend against one.

Law enforcement not enough to fight terror in Europe |Aug 22, 2017

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.

Afghanistan timeline extends further for U.S. |Aug 22, 2017

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.

State senators must ask tough question of PUC nominees |Aug 21, 2017

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.

LAPD drone-use proposal faces legitimate questions |Aug 18, 2017

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.

Trump fails test of leadership, chance to unite nation |Aug 18, 2017

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.

Dodgers are hot; fans should be too, four years into TV blackout |Aug 17, 2017

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.

Sites Reservoir a water-storage plan worth funding |Aug 16, 2017

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.

Public-private space ventures need oversight |Aug 15, 2017

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 landing zone at Cape Canaveral.

L.A. starts a long run to the 2028 Olympics |Aug 15, 2017

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

Should Assembly GOP leader Mayes resign?: Question of the Week |Aug 14, 2017

The California Assembly’s Republican leader has been under fire from conservatives since he and seven other party members voted with Democrats last month to extend a major environmental program.

Time to choose path forward in Afghanistan |Aug 14, 2017

One thing all Americans should be able to agree on is that it’s time for a change of course in Afghanistan. Our current path is untenable. The Obama administration didn’t deliver the seeming victory that propelled him to a second term in office.

Adding supervisors, executive is wrong for L.A. County |Aug 11, 2017

The proposal to expand the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is back — and no better than ever. Senate Constitutional Amendment 12, moving through the California Legislature, is a little different from previous plans that were rejected by state lawmakers and L.

L.A. shouldn’t OK Olympics without knowing true cost |Aug 10, 2017

Los Angeles is about to sign a contract with the International Olympic Committee to host the 2028 Olympics without knowing what the Games will cost, making future city taxpayers responsible for covering potential cost overruns.

Occupational licensing reform a bipartisan goal |Aug 10, 2017

Something the Trump and Obama administrations agree on: occupational licensing laws need to be reformed. In a speech delivered July 21, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta called on state legislators to reform occupational licensing laws which, he argues, are too often used “to limit competition, bar entry, or create a privileged class.

Don’t weaken constitutional press freedom |Aug 9, 2017

All who support journalism’s constitutional check on the government should push back against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threat to make it easier to subpoena reporters. After being excoriated by President Trump for being “very weak” on executive branch leaks, Sessions pledged Friday to rein in unauthorized disclosures of information by government officials.

Labor peace a win for L.A., Long Beach ports — and beyond |Aug 8, 2017

Retailers, shippers and consumers breathed a sigh of relief as a first-of-its-kind contract extension was approved by dockworkers at all West Coast ports. The extension, ensuring labor peace at 29 ports in California, Oregon and Washington until 2022, was hailed by management and union officials who wanted to avoid labor strife that devastated the economy in 2014-15.

Raise debt ceiling without conditions |Aug 8, 2017

With the U.S. Treasury exhausting its current borrowing capacity in October, House Republicans should follow the Trump administration’s lead and lift the debt ceiling — without tacking on any conditions, no matter how well-intentioned.

We’re asking readers to share their favorite political jokes: Question of the Week |Aug 7, 2017

Wednesday, Aug. 16, is the annual National Tell a Joke Day. Americans sure could use more levity right now. So we’re taking a break from our weekly tradition of asking readers for their opinions on serious issues.

Feds should stay out of D.C.’s, states’ aid-in-dying laws |Aug 7, 2017

The federal government should not intrude on Washington, D.C.’s Death with Dignity Act, as some members of Congress would like to do. Depriving terminally ill adults in D.C. the option of medical aid-in-dying would not only condemn many to unnecessary suffering, but provide an unwarranted precedent for further intrusions on states with similar laws.

L.A. college board bullying charges deserve full hearing |Aug 6, 2017

The L.A. political scandal of the summer is back on the agenda. Wednesday, the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees is scheduled to try again to decide what to do about allegations that one member, Scott Svonkin, has been bullying another, Andra Hoffman.

Trim the thicket of hindrances to housing construction |Aug 5, 2017

Legislative leaders have promised to tackle housing affordability when they return to session later this month. They need to make a concerted, successful effort to relieve some of the regulations that enable not-in-my-backyard-ism and stymie housing construction — and not just pile on more taxes.

End prosecutors’ immunity from lawsuits |Aug 3, 2017

Misconduct by prosecutors in Southern California has led to dozens of criminal convictions being overturned on appeal — that’s the finding from a new study by Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project, which looked at court rulings on prosecutorial misconduct across the country.

Privacy trumps the expedience of police technology tools |Aug 3, 2017

The struggle between technology and privacy is not new, but it takes on enhanced importance when it comes to government policing activities. Law enforcement agencies are already pushing the constitutional envelope through their use of technology in a number of areas.

In L.A., new urgency to deal with panhandling |Aug 2, 2017

A pair of protest marches by San Fernando Valley residents on opposing sides of the homelessness issue Tuesday showed how the tone has changed in discussion of the crisis. Whether these were steps in the right direction will depend on how public officials respond.

More evidence shows vaping helps people quit smoking |Aug 2, 2017

The evidence is mounting that e-cigarettes help people quit smoking, so why do state and local governments keep banning them or regulating them like tobacco products? The latest research on the effects of e-cigarette use comes from a study, published in the British Medical Journal, of more than 160,000 Americans over a 14-year period.

Demonizing school choice does no one any good |Aug 1, 2017

In a speech delivered July 20, American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten characterized the school choice movement as merely an outgrowth of segregationist policies. Across the country, students, parents and teachers have seen the benefits of school choice.

L.A.’s 2028 Olympic bid isn’t a winner just yet |Aug 1, 2017

Los Angeles officials are declaring Olympic victory — with several laps to go in the race to make the 2028 Olympic Games a popular and financial success. While it certainly appears the L.A.

What does the Republican Party stand for? Question of the Week |Jul 31, 2017

The major political parties have been going through some soul-searching since the surprise election of Donald Trump — even Trump’s own Republican Party. Last week, as Democratic leaders rolled out a repackaged economic agenda, we invited readers to send us their opinions about

Searching for a way out of Afghanistan |Jul 31, 2017

At a time of tremendous frustration, one of the most daunting and unwelcome challenges facing the Trump administration is the war in Afghanistan. President Obama won an election he could have lost as a direct result of campaigning on what appeared to be victory in that conflict, with Osama bin Laden dead and troop levels on track to draw down.

Founders would have frowned upon filibuster |Jul 30, 2017

Is the Senate filibuster a useful emergency brake on the actions of legislative majorities, or is it a heckler’s veto that distorts the legislative process and prevents the effective functioning of government? The 60-vote requirement to cut off debate isn’t in the Constitution.

Does Wesson’s agenda match L.A.’s biggest needs? |Jul 27, 2017

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.

Unions flex muscles to kill teacher tenure reform bill |Jul 27, 2017

A bill to provide badly needed reform to California’s overly generous teacher tenure rules sailed through the Assembly, but was scuttled by union influence. Assembly Bill 1220, introduced by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, a former school board president and college professor, would have extended teacher tenure decisions to three years from the current two (although, in practice, teachers receive tenure after just 18 months since decisions must be made months before the end of their second year of teaching).

California quake-safety support is properly bipartisan |Jul 26, 2017

Who says bipartisanship in Congress is dead? Well, it’s on life support, sure, as this week’s almost entirely party-line Senate vote on reviving the health-care debate showed. Like the entirely party-line vote in the House and Senate that set up Obamacare in the first place.

California performs poorly on food stamp program |Jul 26, 2017

Government isn’t exactly known for its efficiency, and California is no exception to high costs and bloated bureaucracies. Why should it be any different for food stamps? The number of beneficiaries in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, administered by the states and known as CalFresh in California, shot up during the Great Recession, and continued to increase dramatically for several years afterward during the anemic economic recovery.