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Reasons to question L.A., Long Beach ports’ clean-air plan

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State should take politics out of ballot initiatives’ titles

There is an initiative heading for the ballot that “Eliminates recently enacted road repair and transportation funding by repealing revenues dedicated for those purposes.” Who could be for that? Well, what if we told you tha...

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    No more lifeline for wasteful program

    Life, liberty and … free cellphone service? The questionable “Obamaphone” program is still plagued by waste, fraud and abuse. Yet another U.S. Government Accountability Office audit has found widespread waste in Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program, which offers free or reduced-price phone and internet service for low-income beneficiaries. Services are supposed to be limited to one participant per household for those with incomes of no...

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    In passing bill, California Legislature ignores housing problems

    Legislators showed they’re not concerned about California’s well-documented housing crisis by passing a bill last week that extends wealthy Marin County’s exemption from state housing rules and allows the county to continue to limit home building. Gov. Jerry Brown will show he doesn’t care either, if he signs it. The housing provision, inserted into Senate Bill...

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    Congress can put an end to perpetual war

    For more than a decade, the United States Congress has ceded war-making powers to the executive branch and abdicated its constitutional responsibility to debate and declare war if and when it is necessary. The result has been a foreign policy that is increasingly disjointed and counterproductive, with the nation in a state of perpetual, aimless war. On June 29, in a surprising display of bipartisanship, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee took an important step toward...

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    L.A. takes big stride toward an Olympic victory

    It’s now all but official that Los Angeles will get the Olympic Games, all but definitely in 2028. The less than 100 percent certainty of this is one reason Tuesday’s news brought no wild celebration in the L.A. area. Another reason is that unlike a lot of cities that have received the nod to host an Olympics over the decades, L.A. has done it before and isn’t desperate to do it again. Which, as we’ve said previously in this space, is a very appealing...

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    California gun law had to be halted by federal court

    July 1 was the day that law-abiding Californians almost became criminals without leaving their homes or lifting a finger. That’s when Proposition 63’s ban on the possession of high-capacity magazines, those that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, was scheduled to go into effect. To be clear, this law did not ban the sale or purchase of magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds, which has been illegal in California since 2000. Proposition 63 made it a...

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    What do you want in the next governor of California? Question of the Week

    The 2018 gubernatorial primary is less than a year away, the field of candidates is taking shape, and contenders’ strategists are trying to figure out what California voters are looking for in a new governor. So let’s tell them. The Question of the Week is: What do you want in the next governor of California? With term limits preventing Jerry Brown from running again, many current and former elected officials

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  • Opinion

    Should L.A. curtail oil drilling? Questions abound

    The Los Angeles City Council has called for studies of the pros and cons of eliminating oil drilling near homes, schools, health-care facilities and other places where people claim chemical emissions damage their health. The studies are a good idea. There certainly are many questions to be answered about the potential benefits — and, no less, drawbacks — of curtailing drilling. Although no City Council member voted against ordering the studies, Councilman Mitch...

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    Many states facing big budgetary troubles ahead

    There could be some difficult times ahead for state and local governments, according to an analysis by the National Association of State Budget Officers. There certainly have been some high-profile budget conflicts across the nation. New Jersey and Maine both recently reached deals to end brief government shutdowns. Connecticut’s General Assembly and governor are still deadlocked over how to deal with a structural deficit due to mounting debt and pension costs. Then there...

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    LAPD must help cadet program keep up its good work

    Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has ordered a full review of the department’s cadet program, recently tarnished by the arrest of seven cadets for stealing police cars and equipment, and, more seriously, by the arrest of an LAPD officer for having unlawful sex with a 15-year-old girl in the cadet program. Beck is right to take quick action to examine safety,...

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    Turn to cyber options against North Korea

    North Korea’s protracted policy of nuclear belligerence toward the United States has reached a long-feared tipping point. Despite a diligent campaign of sabotage and defensive saber-rattling by the Obama and now Trump administrations, Pyongyang has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, raising the specter of another launch, this time armed with a nuclear warhead. Even if the cities of America’s Pacific coast are somehow kept safe from obliteration, a...

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