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Congress needs to pass new war authorizations

As Americans observed the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. military action continued across the greater Mideast under the same old authorizations that lawmakers passed into law in 2001 and 2002. Far too much time has passed since t...

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    Congress must act to replace DACA program

    The Trump administration’s announcement that the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program will be rescinded should prompt needed congressional action to protect young immigrants whose sole offense was being brought here by their parents. Giving the Congress six months to act before DACA permits begin to expire, President Trump issued a statement criticizing President Obama for “making an end-run around Congress and violating the core tenets that sustain our...

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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. Senate Bill 231 by California state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, redefines “sewer” to include stormwater, a semantic change with big implications for taxpayers and utility...

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    Prop. 66 could turn out to slow death penalty cases

    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.” Proposition 66 was approved in November...

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    Operation Choke Point is finally suffocated

    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. Then, in...

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    Finding ways out of San Gabriel Valley food deserts won’t be easy

    By The Editorial Board According to the United States Department of Agriculture, poorer communities in the San Gabriel Valley often share an unfortunate distinction, healthwise: They are simultaneously “food deserts” and “food swamps.” A food desert is a neighborhood with few close-by markets where shoppers can buy ingredients for healthy meals. A food swamp has more fast-food franchises where high-fat, high-carbohydrate, high-sugar choices dominate...

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    Alhambra City Council needs to grow as green as its citizenry

    Developers are forever in search of a level playing field, insofar as government regulations apply to their work. With city, county, state and federal rules to follow, there’s already a lot to keep up with without — to mix our football metaphors — the goal posts being moved as well. That’s why, in the latest development brouhaha in booming Alhambra, city officials are sadly correct when they respond to citizen outrage over hundreds of shade trees being...

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    We all can help Houston storm victims — here’s how

    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. Rescue efforts are ongoing amidst continued storms, and hundreds of thousands of people remained without power Wednesday. With an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 homes destroyed in the Houston area, and at least 22...

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    Unions’ anti-charter-school rhetoric is wrong but effective

    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 39 percent of adults surveyed indicated support for charter schools, down from 51 percent last year. The drop could prove in the long run to be...

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    Remilitarizing police is not the way to be tough on crime

    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.” In reality, Trump’s action will primarily encourage and subsidize the trend of militarized law enforcement, which does more to...

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    Porn producers should be heard by L.A. County officials

    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. In 2013, the adult-film company Vivid Entertainment filed a lawsuit against the measure, tying up implementation until a tentative settlement was reached last year. Meanwhile, film permits for adult films through Film L.A.

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