"The fire was only 2% contained Sunday, a day after a firefighter was killed battling the blaze. No structures have been lost."
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Legal residents first. Don't separate families. California leaders advise DC on immigration
DAN SCHNUR in a Special to the Bee: "When Kim Yamasaki reads the news, she thinks of another wrenching chapter in the nation’s history, when Japanese-Americans were forced into relocation camps at the onset of World War II."
"My grandfather was sent to one of these camps as a young boy. … We cannot allow this kind of history to repeat itself,” said Yamasaki, now the Executive Director of the Center for Asians United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) and one of The Sacramento Bee’s California Influencers. “We need to ensure that immigration policy is not made at the expense of an individual’s most fundamental human rights."
"Harmeet Dhillon came to the United States as a small child from the Punjab region of India. As a young lawyer, she represented members of the Sikh community in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks."
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Oakland's cannabis equity program is hurting those it was supposed to help
The Chronicle's OTIS R TAYLOR JR: "Alexis Bronson thinks the advantage Oakland’s cannabis equity program promised him is shrinking."
"That’s because he doesn’t yet have space to grow his clone plants."
"Oakland reserved half of its cannabis permits for applicants like Bronson, a black man who’s been cultivating cannabis for more than 30 years. As a teen, Bronson sold weed to his Berkeley High School classmates, but he was hoping that Oakland’s equity program would help launch a successful, sustainable business."
5 hidden beaches around Half Moon Bay
The Chronicle's DAVID FERRY: "There are many great things about California — the world-beating industries, the leading universities, the tacos. But few are as wonderful as Article X, Section 4 of our state constitution."
“No individual, partnership, or corporation, claiming or possessing the frontage of tidal lands of a harbor, bay, inlet, estuary, or other navigable water in this State,” our forbearers stiltedly proclaimed in 1879, “shall be permitted to exclude the right of way to such water whenever it is required for any public purpose…"
"Translation: The beach, good Californians, is yours."
Why California business leaders are fighting to save the gas tax increase
Sacramento Bee's ALEXEI KOSEFF: "It’s not often the California Chamber of Commerce endorses a tax increase."
"You are more likely to see such legislative proposals – on high-income earners, on services, on corporations — make the “job killers” list that the state’s largest business advocacy organization puts out each year to beat back bills it doesn’t like."
"But when Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers last year passed a measure raising fees on transportation fuels and vehicle registration to pay for road repairs, it was because CalChamber, and the larger California business community, helped push it across the finish line."