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 .
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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?