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State senators must ask tough question of PUC nominees

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Public-private space ventures need oversight

Public-private partnerships in space travel hold much promise, and greater cost-efficiency, but government should be transparent about the risks and inevitable failures. On Monday, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, better known as Spac...

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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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    Attorney General Sessions off base with demand of San Bernardino

    Oh, yeah. That’s all San Bernardino needs — the U.S. attorney general picking on it because he can’t get his facts straight. It’s not enough that the city just emerged from nearly four years of bankruptcy. That it suffered a mass murder by terrorists a year and a half ago. That violent crime burgeoned as the Police Department shrank due to the city’s weak financial condition, hitting a 20-year high of 63 homicides last year. Now the so-called...

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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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    Connectivity is key for transportation

    There’s a bit of friction between Metrolink and L.A. Metro as the latter’s rails reach toward the Inland Empire. But we’re confident they can work it out and manage to serve complementary, sometimes overlapping constituencies of passengers. Some train riders from the eastern San Gabriel Valley and the western part of the Inland Empire are switching from Metrolink’s San Bernardino Line to Metro’s Gold Line. And that trend figures to grow as the Gold...

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    Demonizing school choice does no one any good

    In a speech delivered July 20, American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten characterized the school choice movement as merely an outgrowth of segregationist policies. Across the country, students, parents and teachers have seen the benefits of school choice. Underprivileged students who might’ve otherwise been condemned to underperforming traditional public schools have been given the chance to attend schools that will actually educate them. Parents have been...

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    L.A.’s 2028 Olympic bid isn’t a winner just yet

    Los Angeles officials are declaring Olympic victory — with several laps to go in the race to make the 2028 Olympic Games a popular and financial success. While it certainly appears the L.A. area has succeeded in its efforts to bring the Summer Olympic Games here for the third time, leaders of the bid have work to do to assure residents that this will be good for the region. Monday, Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. bid chairman Casey Wasserman

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    Searching for a way out of Afghanistan

    At a time of tremendous frustration, one of the most daunting and unwelcome challenges facing the Trump administration is the war in Afghanistan. President Obama won an election he could have lost as a direct result of campaigning on what appeared to be victory in that conflict, with Osama bin Laden dead and troop levels on track to draw down. As it happened, the Taliban and al-Qaida had different ideas. The war worsened again and Obama handed it off to the new...

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