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Legalizing drugs may actually limit their use

The Global Commission on Drug Policy was formed in 2011 to study and make recommendations for dealing with drugs in society. For the past several years it has recommended we move toward some form of decriminalization or legalization. In their just-released 2018 report the commission calls for “regulation.” Regulation of drugs, as opposed to banning them, means allowing adults to use legally, but subject to sensible controls.

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Trump rolls back clean car standards as air quality worsens

Cities in the San Joaquin Valley continue to land among the American Lung Association’s top 10 most polluted communities in the country. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the comment period closed on the Trump administration’s plans to ratchet back federal emissions standards and eliminate California’s authority to run its crucial car emissions programs. Although the administration has its eyes on greenhouse gas controls, what’s at stake is California’s ability to transition to low- and zero-emission vehicles, a transition essential to reducing the pollutants that threaten public health in California and elsewhere in the nation.

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Poor roads make vehicles work harder than they should

California is in a fight over fuel economy with Washington. But what California state officials and its drivers don’t realize is the quality of the state’s roads has an important impact the amount of fuel we use. It’s not just potholes either – the smoothness and stiffness of the roads we drive on determines how hard our vehicles have to work to reach their destination.

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New campaign provides loans to Latina-owned businesses

In California small businesses are the fastest-growing segment of the economy, employing nearly half of the state’s workforce, but they continue to have the hardest time accessing capital. Between 2007 and 2016, the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. grew five times faster than the national average. During this time, Latina businesses grew by 137 percent.

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San Joaquin Valley’s elected officials must stand up for immigrants

Since mid-July, Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials have been making arrests at Fresno’s courthouses, violating people’s right to due process and continuing to stoke fear within the immigrant community. It’s no coincidence that Fresno County is home to one of the fiercest in-state critics of California’s sanctuary policies, Sheriff Margaret Mims, who has proudly announced that her deputies and ICE have a strong working relationship. Though she claims that she is complying with state laws, the experience of community members in the Valley proves that there continues to be tight entanglement between her office and ICE. In our daily interactions with the immigrant community, providing legal services and know your rights trainings, we have heard more and more stories about a growing fear of contacting local law enforcement because of legitimate concerns of potential deportation.

A super PAC tries to present Rep. Devin Nunes with a 'Corrupties' trophy

A tuxedoed man representing American Bridge, a Democratic super PAC, tries to give Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, a "Corrupties" trophy as the congressman approaches his Washington, D.C. office on Wednesday, Jan. 17.