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State senators must ask tough question of PUC nominees

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hedline: Question of the Week

Nearly all California residents receive water that meets federal and state standards for safe drinking water, but for some people who live in disadvantaged rural communities that rely on wells, contaminated groundwater poses a threat to public health....

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    Raise debt ceiling without conditions

    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. Both the “crisis” atmosphere and the proper response should be familiar to any Americans who have followed similar debates in the past. Because there is no sizable political constituency for a balanced budget, and economic...

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    San Gabriel fights new mansionization: Editorial

    Local residential zoning ordinances can go a little bit far. In San Marino, for instance, residents must park their cars in their garages, those outbuildings the rest of us sensibly use for piling up junk we don’t currently want in the house. But what’s the point of owning all those Mercedeses and Porsches if you can’t show them off except when you’re pulling out or into the driveway? To be fair, San Marinans are allowed to drop off groceries...

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    Labor peace a win for L.A., Long Beach ports — and beyond

    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. Nobody wanted to see a repeat of the problems that were experienced two years ago when contract talks between the...

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    We’re asking readers to share their favorite political jokes: Question of the Week

    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. Instead of a normal Question of the Week, we’re asking you to share your favorite political joke. By “political,” we really mean anything related to current...

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

    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. Last December, the D.C. council voted to allow qualifying, terminally ill district residents, in consultation with...

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    Trim the thicket of hindrances to housing construction

    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. Even some Democrats have lost their stomach for new taxes or tax increases after passage of the gas-tax package and the cap-and-trade deal. California leaders may need to divert some...

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    Pasadena should save the Colorado Street Bridge and its jumpers: Editorial

    Are Pasadenans hard-core preservationists? Well, is the pope Argentinian? Yes and yes. In the last 40 years, the city was forced by activist groups such as Pasadena Heritage to come to its senses after a period of bulldozing and defacing that left it with the greatest architectural legacy in Southern California reeling from the loss of iconic buildings like Sylvanus Marston’s Pasadena Athletic Club — to make way for the much-despised Plaza Pasadena mall — and hundreds of...

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    Privacy trumps the expedience of police technology tools

    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. One ongoing debate surrounds the use of drones by the police, with questions arising concerning the legitimacy of their use for surveillance and how to deal with people and property inadvertently captured in footage that...

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    End prosecutors’ immunity from lawsuits

    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. These are not cases of errors, but of willful and serious misconduct, which can include the use of fabricated evidence, introduction of false testimony, and withholding of evidence that...

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    More evidence shows vaping helps people quit smoking

    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. “[I]n 2014-15, e-cigarette users in the United States attempted to quit cigarette smoking and succeeded in quitting at higher rates than...

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