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  • Top California lawmakers vow to push aid-in-dying bill

    2 weeks ago

    California lawmakers on Tuesday reintroduced a bill to legalize assisted suicide that had stalled amid opposition from the Catholic church and disability rights activists, as leaders among majority Democrats vowed to make its passage a priority.

    In a move that made clear that...

  • U.S. Western wildfires stretch resources thin

    2 weeks ago

    Dozens of large wildfires roared largely unchecked across several Western states on Monday, stretching resources thin for agencies struggling to contain the flames amid a heat wave gripping the drought-parched region.

    Among the areas hardest hit was northern Idaho, where an...

  • Let California pick the next president

    2 weeks ago

    *This week's Connecting California column by Joe Mathews incorrectly identified Salinas as the Central Coast's most populous municipality. Oxnard, with a population of 203,000, is the most populous city in the six Central Coast counties.

    At the risk of sounding like Donald Trump,...

  • Emergency room: A city, in all its cruelty and kindness

    3 weeks ago

    Mr. Twenty-Something is obviously in pain.  His face is contorted and his right shoulder doesn’t look like his left. He’s wearing a tank top, and the complex and colorful tattoos across his upper torso don’t conceal the deformity of the top of his right arm. Where the left shoulder...

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  • Cesar Chavez gave Salinas a sense of its own power

    3 weeks ago

    In the new hit musical Hamilton, a frustrated Aaron Burr sings an anthem for all those who are shut out, denied a chance to shape their own destiny: “I want to be in the room where it happens.”

    For a brief time decades ago in the Salinas Valley, farmworkers were in the room where...

  • Diabetes in Salinas: Why won’t a city world-famous for agriculture eat its vegetables?

    August 5, 2015 | 10:58 am

    The Salinas Valley is world famous for producing healthful foods, but people here struggle with severe health challenges. As a physician seeing patients in exam rooms, I found it enormously difficult to help people—even those harvesting lettuce—to eat in healthy ways.

    I decided...

  • My city isn’t a tawdry reality TV show

    August 4, 2015 | 9:53 am

    Every few years, Salinas grabs national media headlines for the wrong reasons: Police killings of criminal suspects caught on camera. Or maybe a sensational courtroom drama like that of our local convicted murderer Jodi Arias. Each story draws the major corporate media outlets to...

  • Police reform isn’t always about confrontation

    August 3, 2015 | 11:00 am

    On May 20, 2014, two Salinas police officers shot and killed 44-year-old Carlos Mejia on Del Monte Avenue in the city’s east side. Within hours, a cell phone video was posted to YouTube that shows Mejia walking down the sidewalk and turning toward the police. You hear the sound of...

  • How Rep. Adam Schiff weighs the Iran pact vote

    By Bill Boyarsky

    July 29, 2015 | 11:25 am

    As he prepares to decide on the Iran nuclear deal, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) talks to advocates on both sides of the controversy. He consults well-informed, open-minded experts. From his seat on the House Intelligence Committee, he digs deep into classified details. Schiff knows...

  • Californians with disabilities want to work

    July 28, 2015 | 10:21 am

    It’s the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, historic landmark legislation meant to ensure the civil rights of people who have disabilities. Since the ADA was passed, architecture and infrastructure have improved, yet attitudes and opportunities have not. Today...

  • High-tech new water — next steps for sustainable water solutions in California

    July 27, 2015 | 6:38 pm

    On July 13, a working team was formed among 12 California water officials and practitioners (led by former state Treasurer Kathleen Brown and state bond counsel Robert Feyer) and more than 50 Israel experts who had designed Israel’s water solutions industry. There was a quiet hope...

  • If you care about California, then you should care about Salinas

    July 27, 2015 | 2:09 pm

    Do you worry about the future of California?

    Then you should worry about Salinas. Because if this Monterey County town of 155,000 can’t build itself a brighter future, it’s hard to imagine other struggling places doing the same. 

    “Rich in Land. Rich in Values. Ripe With...

  • Will the nuclear deal impact California’s sanctions against Iran? It appears not

    By Jared Sichel

    July 22, 2015 | 11:11 am

    As Congress debates whether to approve the Obama administration’s agreement to lift many of the United States’ sanctions against Iran in return for a temporary curb on its nuclear program, one particular paragraph in the 159-page deal has activists and politicians in California...

  • Shabbat, Brokenness and Light:  My Reflections at an Interfaith Event

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    July 8, 2015 | 2:19 pm

    In addition to how I've found that interfaith relations boldly and beautifully reveals the interconnectedness of all of humanity, I certainly agree that there is nothing like interfaith work to really inspire you to actively deepen your own understanding and connection to your...

  • Drought leads to mass cutting of trees in Los Angeles

    July 7, 2015 | 12:57 pm

    Los Angeles city officials say they don't have enough water to irrigate all the trees in the city, so they are cutting down those that are dead or dying from drought.

    According to the city, roughly 14,000 trees have died in the last year alone from drought.

    The North Hollywood...

  • Rising number of local governments set targets to cut emissions

    July 2, 2015 | 11:05 am

    Twenty local governments, representing areas producing 5 percent of global climate-changing emissions, have committed to targets to cut those emissions, with the majority also setting goals for renewable energy, a platform uniting them said on Thursday.

    The Compact of States and...

  • California adds new funding for nonprofit security

    By Aron Chilewich

    July 1, 2015 | 4:10 pm

    California’s budget, signed into law this week by Gov. Jerry Brown, includes roughly $2 million to help fund security at nonprofit organizations that are at risk of violent attack. 

    This new state grant program arrives at a time when many Jewish institutions are experiencing a...

  • California bill to limit vaccine exemptions goes to governor

    June 29, 2015 | 2:42 pm

    California lawmakers on Monday sent Governor Jerry Brown a bill to substantially limit vaccine exemptions for school children in the most populous U.S. state, following last year's measles outbreak at Disneyland that sickened more than 100 people.

    The bill, which would make...

  • Shilling for Iran is unworthy of Senator Dianne Feinstein

    June 17, 2015 | 10:01 am

    The basis of any democracy is trust between the people and their representatives. When that trust is violated not only are the violators seen as lacking legitimacy but so too are the very institutions they represent.
     ...
  • Two California men plead not guilty of seeking to help Islamic State

    June 9, 2015 | 10:25 am

    Two Southern California men pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join the militant group Islamic State, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    The arrests last month of Anaheim residents Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel, both 24, are...

  • Around-the-clock cleanup effort under way on oil-fouled California beach

    May 21, 2015 | 8:43 am

    Santa Barbara-- Cleanup teams labored on Thursday for a third day to remove patches of crude petroleum that stained a California beach and fouled offshore waters from a pipeline rupture that may rank as the biggest oil spill to hit the Santa Barbara coastline in more than four...

  • California Senate votes to end beliefs waiver for school vaccinations

    May 15, 2015 | 9:34 am

    California parents who do not vaccinate their children would have to home-school them under a bill passed Thursday by the state Senate, the latest move in a battle between public health officials and "anti-vaxxers" who fear vaccines are dangerous.

    The bill, which eliminates the...

  • Californians, conserve or die

    By Steve Greenberg

    April 15, 2015 | 2:35 pm

  • Jews of Azerbaijan and United States: In celebration of our transcendent connection

    April 6, 2015 | 11:40 am

    California and Azerbaijan Jews share a special bond, and our special friendship is becoming better known this year, as a number of important events have taken place that commemorate our connection. The last flight I took across the 7,000 miles between us was to return to Los...

  • Many Iranian expats in California have doubts about nuclear deal

    April 6, 2015 | 10:52 am

    Many members of the Los Angeles-area Iranian community, the largest in the United States, are skeptical about a preliminary nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, even though a pact could end decades of international isolation for their homeland.

    The prevailing sentiment...

  • Iranian Americans celebrate Nowruz at California State Assembly

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 26, 2015 | 12:51 pm

    More than 50 Iranian-American community leaders, businessmen and artists of various faiths from across California gathered March 16 at the State Assembly in Sacramento to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year. 

    The festivities were part of an Assembly resolution that was passed...

  • New Orleans judge to weigh whether Robert Durst a major flight risk

    March 23, 2015 | 11:17 am

    Robert Durst, the Jewish real estate scion awaiting extradition to California to face a murder charge, is set to appear in a New Orleans courtroom on Monday on local weapons charges, with a judge expected to weigh how big a flight risk he represents.

    Durst's attorneys have said...

  • Robert Durst denied bail in New Orleans, linked to Vermont cold case

    March 23, 2015 | 11:09 am

    Robert Durst, the real estate scion awaiting extradition to California to face a murder charge, was denied bail on Monday in New Orleans, as police in Vermont said they were probing a link between him and an 18-year-old woman who went missing in 1971.

    Durst, recently featured in...

  • Accused murderer Robert Durst deemed ‘suicidal’

    March 18, 2015 | 10:57 am

    Robert Durst, the real estate scion charged with first-degree murder, is suicidal, according statements by Louisiana authorities released on Wednesday after they moved him to a facility for inmates suffering from acute mental illness.

    Awaiting extradition to California, the...

  • Should we know where the unvaccinated live?

    February 11, 2015 | 11:57 am

    Shouldn’t we know where they live?

    California’s measles outbreak has touched off a debate about how to reduce the number of parents who choose—in defiance of all credible public health information—not to vaccinate their children. So far, the debate has focused on tightening...

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