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Unions flex muscles to kill teacher tenure reform bill

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South Pasadena unfairly forced into district-only elections

Some larger San Gabriel Valley and Whittier-area cities have, in the past, rigged their politics against Latino and African American voters by not having district-only City Council elections. Tiny South Pasadena is not one of them. And yet, as i...

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    After 710 war, cities must find road to cooperation: Editorial

    When formerly squabbling rock stars’ bank accounts get low, they get back together and go on a When Hell Freezes Over tour. But until last week, one group more than a little at odds with each other never went where the Eagles or Fleetwood Mac eventually did, and never seemed as if they would. The cities in the San Gabriel Valley that have long supported extending the 710 Freeway from its northern terminus near Cal State Los Angeles, led by Alhambra, and the cities that opposed...

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    Asset forfeiture rule changes leave problems

    In an unfortunate turn, the U.S. Department of Justice has decided to lighten up on rules restricting law enforcement’s use of asset forfeiture. Although Attorney General Jeff Sessions will include some helpful modifications to the stricter new policy, the net result is still a setback for Americans — not only the criminals federal prosecutors and cops want to keep off the streets. Not only is asset forfeiture inherently ripe for abuse that can be too consuming to...

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    Bill offers needed reform for sex offender registry

    California’s cluttered sex offender registry is too large to be effective and must be reformed if it is to be of any use to law enforcement. One of only four states to require universal lifetime registration for all sex offenders regardless of their offense or risk of re-offending, California now has more than 100,000 people on its sex offender registry. Created in 1947 to help police monitor high-risk offenders, the registry of today lumps together high- and low-risk offenders,...

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    Are California environmental regulations worth the costs? Question of the Week

    The pros and cons of California’s aggressive environmental-protection policies have been a topic for debate again this month as state officials consider an extension of the “cap-and-trade” climate program. Are California’s environmental rules worth the costs? That’s our Question of the Week for readers. How well have lawmakers balanced environmental and economic needs? Does the government give too little attention to the costs of...

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    Newhall Ranch development should be approved

    On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has a rare opportunity to both alleviate the county’s housing crisis and encourage sustainable development. Scheduled to certify two of five villages within the Newhall Ranch development’s broader plan, the board should recognize the developer’s tremendous work to balance development with environmental conscientiousness and approve the projects. When fully completed, the proposed Newhall Ranch...

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    Brown’s emissions package too big, too rushed

    Gov. Jerry Brown is asking the Legislature to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program by voting Monday on two bills that he said he will sign only if both are passed. But lawmakers should say no to that deal. In his argument to this editorial board, Brown cited statistics on childhood asthma and projections of rising sea levels due to climate change. The solution to the first ought not to be held hostage to the renewal of a program that aims to prevent the second. The...

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    San Gabriel Valley politicians must be open to contribution rules

    For city council members in the San Gabriel Valley, the best reason for declining monetary contributions from developers probably comes in a cautionary tale from Temple City. Earlier this decade, two former members of the Temple City City Council did hard time in the big house for taking such donations, and one pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and resigned. All were serving, or being served, during 2007 and 2008, when developer Randy Wang looked for help in the form of votes for a...

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    State wants to run the auto industry

    Few industries have been untouched by the state’s aggressive and far-reaching environmental regulations. Now it is looking to enhance its control over the auto industry. Specifically, multiple legislative proposals would use the power of government to encourage the purchase of low-emission and zero-emission vehicles. Assembly Bill 544 would extend the sticker program that authorizes low-emission and energy-efficient vehicles to utilize carpool lanes to 2025. And AB1184 would...

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    Rep. Chu’s wilderness bill benefits from compromise: Editorial

    Former San Gabriel Valley-area Congressman David Dreier got to serve in a time when the idea of creating national monuments and wilderness areas was nothing like a partisan issue. The San Dimas Republican made an effort in 2011 to expand wilderness designations in the San Gabriel Mountains, but for a variety of reasons, his bill failed to get House approval. Fellow GOP Rep. Buck McKeon of Santa Clarita was...

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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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