Month: August 2020

Op-Ed: Kamala Harris’ vice presidential run is a campaign to be America’s second Black president

Make no mistake, Kamala Harris, not Joe Biden, is on the Democratic ticket as the face of the leadership the country is demanding now. Her vice presidential candidacy, in essence, is a bid to become America’s second Black president.

Biden is running as the Democrats’ fixit man, pledging to restore normalcy and decency to American politics.

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Op-Ed: Pouring wine as Napa burns: Between the fires and the pandemic, who will visit when we reopen?

It’s 112 degrees. I’m blinking sweat out of my eyes as I try to breathe through my mask and talk to my guests about the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon in their glasses. I’m bothered that the heat and breathless air don’t seem to trouble them, but I continue on, talking about the distinguishing factors of that vintage: severe heat and wildfires.

With COVID-19, wine tastings in Napa Valley can happen only outside.

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Editorial: California is leading again on clean trucks and cleaner air

Here’s one bright spot in an otherwise depressing 2020: Over the last few months, California has taken dramatic, landmark steps toward slashing emissions from heavy-duty diesel trucks that contribute heavily to smog, soot and planet-warming gases.

Over the next decade, California will require trucks sold in the state to be 90% cleaner than diesel models on the market today.

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