FROM Timm Herdt
Gun Laws Inspired by Isla Vista Shooting There’s almost no public issue as controversial as gun control—and every high-profile shooting brings out both sides. Last year’s mass shooting in Isla Vista is the latest example in California. Timm Herdt is State Bureau Chief for the Ventura County Star.
Redevelopment in California is Over, at Least for Now The State Supreme Court has given Governor Brown his wish: that property taxes to redevelop so-called "blighted" areas be diverted to schools and other "core services" of government. More than 400 redevelopment agencies run by cities around the state have been put out of business, but that does not immediately free up all of the $6 billion they raise and spend every year. It has created a mess.
State Unlikely to Meet Federal Demands on Prison Population Late tomorrow, state prison officials will report that they have failed to meet inmate population reductions demanded by a panel of federal judges. Yesterday, on a conference call with legislative staff members, the deputy chief of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation admitted he and others may be held in contempt. That's according to Timm Herdt, in Sacramento for the Ventura County Star .
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.