Jane Tyska / Bay Area News Group The Oakland Raiders are heading for Las Vegas while leaving taxpayers with millions of debt to pay for renovating the stadium where the team plays.
Will the greed ever end in professional sports? To the soon to be Las Vegas Raiders, goodbye and good riddance. But don’t forget the estimated $95 million in public debt that the city of Oakland and Alameda County taxpayers still owe for the Coliseum’s 1995 renovation that you required. The NFL and their billions should do the the right thing and pay off that debt as a condition of the move.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf needs to stop worrying about keeping sports teams in her city and start taking care of Oakland’s problems. Schaaf was into office to run the city, not to have her name on a brass placard on the outside of a new stadium. Oakland is in need of repair, and Mayor Schaff needs to pay more attention to the city than building her legacy.
Welcome to the new American nightmare
When I was a kid, parents used to tell their children, “Anyone born in America can grow up to become president.” Back then, it was used to encourage big dreams, hard work and dogged determination. In today’s America, it seems to serve better as a dire warning.
Government officials will pay price for defying the law
The problem the governors, mayors, police chiefs, supervisors and many politicians are having in trying to develop ways to keep their sanctuary cities from being defunded is simple — obey the laws they swore a solemn oath to uphold. Their continued defiance of federal law will result in the further devolution of our nation or laws to an unlawful nation.
Get to work improving the Affordable Care Act
So what happens now? The Republicans suffer one defeat and abandon their “most important legislative” concern while the Democrats do a victory dance?
Even people who are in favor of the Affordable Care Act acknowledge it needs serious improvements. So I would urge our legislators to step out of character and start working for the people who put them in office — the American people. Get back to work and fix one of the most pressing problems of our time.
Place limits on federal regulatory changes
As a Democrat, I understand the GOP’s frustration with Obama’s 11th-hour regulatory changes. But we need a stability of government concept similar to the concept of stare decisis in the courts.
It should work both ways. First, it should limit regulatory changes in the final months of an administration. Second, every regulatory change should have a statute of limitation during which it cannot be nullified. Finally, there must be enforcement of the “faithful execution” clause of the U.S. Constitution.
No president should be able to ignore or weaken the intent of laws of Congress except on moral grounds, similar to a soldier following only lawful orders.
EPA email reveals extent of insensitive leadership
The email to Environmental Protection Agency employees from a top aide to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt saying it was a “great day for the EPA” because they would now be dismantling climate rules has to be the most insensitive leadership message ever written.
This is devastating to the hard-working, committed EPA employees trying to keep the environment safe for all of us.
California women still face pay discrimination
California women still make on average only 86 percent of what white men make. This 14 percent gap is even larger for women of color and moms. In California’s 18th Assembly District (Rep. Anna Eshoo’s district), women earn only 64 percent of what men earn.
California is making progress passing legislation to close the gender pay gap. Yet, at the current rate of change, women will not reach pay equity with men until 2152.
Moreover, the federal Equal Pay Act hasn’t been updated since 1963. Congress needs to pass a federal Paycheck Fairness Act that reflects 2017 realities and protects everyone in all states from pay discrimination.
AAUW on the Peninsula is promoting public awareness and urging legislative action. On April 4, members will distribute bookmarks, and in the fall we will sponsor workshops to equip college and working women with tools to help prevent wage discrimination.
We look forward to the support of our communities in our efforts.
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