Opinion

Memo to lawmakers: Our future demands good water infrastructure

A cement pipe near the Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant. (Photo: Sundry Photography)

OPINION: California’s investor-owned water providers remain focused on delivering safe, reliable, and affordable water service to 7 million people; essential to sustaining communities, the economy, and our food supply. All this is at risk as California experiences the third straight year of severe drought, the driest period in 1,200 year

Opinion

Bill before governor would remedy CSU’s underpayment of staff

The University tower Building at San Jose State. (Photo: Joe Mercier, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: The largest public university system in the nation sounded the alarm this summer declaring that it was struggling to attract and retain qualified staff. (Spoiler alert: It is not due to a worker shortage.) The Chancellor for the California State University, Steve Relyea, wrote: “It is not an overstatement: The CSU’s mission is in jeopardy if it is unable to recruit and retain qualified employees to serve its students and to fulfill the significant role that the CSU plays within California’s economy.”

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Time to strengthen California’s programs for aged and disabled

An elderly woman uses a walker to help her navigate a California street. (Photo: frantic00, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: Look around. California’s population is aging and growing more diverse. Aging independently in one’s own home with economic security has become particularly challenging for too many older adults who for years have endured discrimination, inequities and health disparities. These challenges have only intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic and amid surging costs of living.

Opinion

Did an emergency text message keep our lights on? Yes and no

Wind-driven generators capture and deliver energy. (Photo: VG Foto, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: When Californians received an emergency text alert recently urging them to cut energy use, they probably didn’t know how much they were needed to avoid power outages. Electricity demand almost surpassed supply during a record heat wave worsened by climate change. And yet, unlike August 2020, outages never came.

Opinion

Legislation to divert funds would hurt CSU

Students at San Diego State walk to classes aon the Campanile Mall. (Pictor Picture, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: The California Legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom worked together through the budget process this year to support the CSU on many initiatives to improve student success and increase access to higher education. But now a measure headed to the governor’s desk for his signature would require the CSU to divert funds from student services and graduation initiatives and could lead to tuition increases and academic and faculty layoffs.

Opinion

Job skills critical as California faces employment slowdown

An illustration of training options. (Image: Alexander Supertramp, Shutterstock)

OPINION:Hidden behind the headline are some facts suggesting the state is headed toward a recession-like slowdown in the economy and job market. First, job growth was not evenly distributed across the state  — roughly 74% of the June job growth was in the Bay Area and Los Angeles unemployment increased by 7,000 claims.

Opinion

Children’s access to Mental Health Services is top priority

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OPINION: An increasing number of children report feeling sad, hopeless, and, in the most extreme cases, suicidal.  We cannot wait any longer to ensure every child has the behavioral health support they need, regardless of how they receive their health care coverage.

Opinion

Outsourced UC workers should be paid what they are owed

AFSCME union demonstrators at SAFSCME Union protesters at UC Santa Cruz. <(Photo: jacobbrown2397, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: Just weeks before COVID 19 shut down California and the entire country, the University of California’s largest labor union ratified new contracts for nearly 30,000 of UC’s frontline service and health employees.

Opinion

Workplace has changed forever — and the public sector lags

Workers and shoppers at at the checkout area of a food store in the San Francisco Bay area. (Sundry Photography, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: As much as we all might yearn for everything to go back to just the way it was before the novel coronavirus uprooted the world, we know that there are things that can never go back. Workplaces have forever been changed.

Opinion

Justice reform: Policymakers must follow the path defined by voters

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OPINION: Two weeks ago, another attempt to recall Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón failed decisively, with proponents unable to muster support from even 10 percent of voters despite spending over $8 million on this latest effort. Like the June primary results, this failure reminds us that L.A. voters, like voters across California, continue to support meaningful justice reforms and candidates who embrace them.

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