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Mimosas on the Terrace

The bad weather could last all day and into tomorrow.

At last, a conservative who has been teacher-bashing on behalf of the charters apologizes "for thinking you took advantage of the taxpayers"--to his teacher-wife, to whom he expresses his contrition.

Austin Beutner goes old media with an op-ed on new tech, hoping to snare a manufacturer who might convert buses to electricity. "At the meeting of the MTA Board of Directors this week, we will propose a new pilot program, in which the agency would order up to 30 electric buses for trial circulation. This pilot will allow us to see if the technology works and equally importantly find out, as some studies seem to show, that electric buses might be cheaper to operate over their life cycle than combustion buses."

Tim Rutten doesn't like nonpartisan civic elections, but we do. If you can find a legitimate argument in his argument on behalf of partisan ones, let me know. Mostly, it sounds like he worries that newspapers are losing influence.

Almost immediately comes reason why it's not a good idea: the California GOP, meeting this weekend, tried to close a luncheon with pollster Frank Luntz to the press. They hastily re-opened it. Parties will drive out more vote, all right. But we'll know less about the candidates.

The California legislature is also contemplating assessing a State tax on Internet sales, long in coming.

Columnist Ben Boychuk says in the Sacto Bee that the nuclear panic is over not much. In fact, nobody's been harmed in the United States by nuclear power in fifty years. Handy fact: there are 444 nuclear plants worldwide. Some are better made than others.