Political Punch: Hard times away from California’s coast are a problem for politicians

By John Wildermuth : sfchronicle – excerpt (via email) The state’s latest employment figures are chock full of good news for the Bay Area and Southern California, but bring more of the same dismal message to the Central Valley. That could be worrisome for a pair of Democrats who swept into Congress in November on … More Political Punch: Hard times away from California’s coast are a problem for politicians

Editorial: Amazon HQ2 fiasco carries lessons for Bay Area

themercurynews – excerpt It’s imperative that communities and tech firms build healthy relationships and work together to resolve differences… The Bay Area and the tech industry have much to learn from Amazon’s New York headquarters debacle, which ended last week when the tech giant backed out of the deal to put its HQ2 in Queens. … More Editorial: Amazon HQ2 fiasco carries lessons for Bay Area

Marin doesn’t deserve criticism from Sacramento

By Dick Spotswood : marinij – excerpt Marin-bashing is a popular state Capitol pastime. Look at criticism Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-Greenbrae, endured when he passed legislation defining Marin as — are you ready for this — “suburban” instead of “urban.” It’s a politically risk-free avocation for glib legislators of both parties whose constituents resent prosperous … More Marin doesn’t deserve criticism from Sacramento