Commentary: Democrats and Republicans Want to Know

Can you remember when you visited your first polling station and filled out your first ballot to vote?   Though it was new to me, I could sense this was something important and significant. After casting my vote, I felt strangely fulfilled, proud, and invigorated. I trusted the system and felt a new reverence for my country. Voting was something that I could do that actually mattered. I was confident in the process and was excited to learn the results.   This “confidence” in the election system is the engine that drives our…

Los Angeles District Attorneys: Prop 20

As prosecutors who see how changes in the law actually play out in the justice system, we strongly support Proposition 20 which appears on the November ballot. Proposition 20 will make reasonable changes to fix some of the unintended consequences caused by Propositions 47 and 57 and AB 109 to make them comport with that for which the voters were told they were voting. Early Release for Violent Crimes When voters enacted Proposition 57, they were told it provided early release for “nonviolent offenders.”  Unfortunately, due to the way Prop…

California Bills Newsom has Signed into Law

AB 979 (Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena) AB 979 requires quotas based on race, ethnic, sexual preference, and transgender status for publicly held corporations headquartered in California. By the end of 2021 corporations need to have at least one board member from an underrepresented community, such as people of color or LGBT people. Corporations would be fined if they fail to comply, and the target would increase in 2022, requiring at least two or three directors from underrepresented communities, depending on the size of the board. AB 2218 (Miguel Santiago, D-Los…

California Senate Bills Leave Children Unprotected

Since Megan’s Law was enacted in 1996, new legislation related to California’s sex offender registry has been limited. California Senate Bill 384 and Senate Bill 145 represent new legislation affecting which sex offenders are placed on the Sex Offender Registry and for how long they must remain on that list.  Current law requires sex offenders to register for life, but SB 384, which was signed into legislation in October 2017 and takes effect on January 1, 2021, amends that requirement. The bill changes the registry so that a majority of…

Children’s school alternatives: “Considering all the options”

Robert E. Lee, B.S, M.S. and Ph.D., graduated from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a local resident with an interest in science and socio-cultural issues. No one can predict what education will look like in the fall of 2020.  Will students have to wear face masks? Will there be full-time school, or will some teaching be taught online? Will children be held to rigorous standards? How will children be socially distanced? Will children have recess? Will children wear masks, be separated by plexiglass, or stay…

Renewables can spark our recovery from the pandemic

Letter to the Editor

In follow up to the May 17 UK Guardian article “Coal industry will never recover after the coronavirus pandemic, say experts”, by Jonathon Watts and Jillian Ambrose. Sometimes opportunity comes when we least expect it. COVID-19 has exposed how unprepared we were to plan ahead – even when we have been forewarned time and time again by the experts, i.e. the entire scientific community. Thousands of lost lives and the near collapse of our economy could have been avoided with a minimal amount of planning. As we begin to recover…

Moving the goalposts: 4 reasons it is safe to open America

By Jonathan Geach, M.D. The following article originally appeared on medium.com. It appears here in condensed form. Original Goal: Flatten the Curve The curve of new infections is declining and we do not need to wait for additional testing or a surveillance apparatus to be in place to reopen America. In response to warnings that millions of Americans could die, and the carnage COVID-19 created in Italy, state and local governments instituted drastic social distancing in America. In the meantime, the epidemiological curve in the US has followed the trend…

Healthy People Shouldn’t Be Quarantined

Letter to the Editor

I agree with Rob McCoy that the shutdown of our economy and our freedom was a mistake from the very beginning. When people are quarantined they are sick. This is the first time that I’m aware of that healthy people have been quarantined. Newsom has caused the loss of millions of jobs, which also affects the dignity of those that are now unemployed and can’t provide for their families. Not to mention thousands of small businesses that will probably never recover. It’s hard enough to operate a small business in…

Replacing Fear with Hope

The Empty Tomb

By John Erwin, Associate Pastor, Agoura Bible Fellowship For most of us the coronavirus potentially represents the worst medical crisis we have ever experienced and has reached pandemic status. Even people of faith are gripped with fear, uncertainty and anxiety. The volatility of our emotions is only exceeded by the roller coaster of the stock market! Is there any good news? Is there any hope? I believe there is. It is wrapped around the hope of Jesus Christ this Easter Season. By the way, both optimists and pessimists have hope!…

Is Communion an “Essential” Service?

Last Supper stained glass in Basel Cathedral

By Jim Clark Last weekend was Palm Sunday, which for Christians around the world marks the beginning of Holy Week. Controversy erupted when Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park, California provided communion to its members at their church despite the State of California “stay at home” order. This government order came with an extensive list of exceptions for individuals, services and industries engaged in activities deemed to be “essential” to public well-being.  Despite following CDC guidelines for social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Godspeak was technically violating those…