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Opinion/Editorials

The planned merger of the Bay Area's two regional planning agencies has devolved into a hostile takeover that bodes badly for residents concerned about rational alignment of housing, jobs and transportation.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments should be combined to ensure better coordination and avoid duplication.

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In the age of sharing all kinds of daily activities on social media, Californians who head to the polls will no doubt want to tell their friends all about it on platforms like Facebook or Snapchat.

Don't let them, a top state elections official is telling county registrars of voters.

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The work of a fashion model is the epitome of glamour — for about two minutes on the runway. The rest of the job can be rife with horrors including coerced starvation, sexual harassment and abuse, and wage theft.

Although models enjoy prominent status in our culture, their labor is mostly invisible and their concerns about working conditions tend to be trivialized and dismissed. But current and former models are beginning to push back against exploitation with class-action lawsuits and proposed labor-rights legislation.

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In the 40-plus years I have lived in Marin I have had numerous moments when I discovered that the system was not on my side.

With the county permit office that was less than helpful and turned down my permit after three visits, and drawings over a issue that was obvious to them from day one — focusing on a penalty for an incomplete permit before the final inspection was done.

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Assemblyman Marc Levine, despite his protests otherwise, had an ax to grind with San Rafael City Hall. City officials said he had complaints about the city’s home pre-sale inspection program.

He hadn’t questioned the program when he was a member of the City Council, but once in the Assembly and when he had to deal with the process in the sale of his San Rafael home when he moved to Greenbrae, Levine had a lot of questions. He raised those questions with San Rafael officials about apparent oversights in the city’s inspection program.

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1 California legislators and unions struck a deal last week to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. The deal would boost California’s minimum wage to $10.50 an hour next year and then incrementally raise it to $15 by 2022.

2 Police in Santa Paula arrested a man over Easter weekend for swinging a rabbit around by its ears then lighting the animal on fire. The rabbit died. The 29-year-old man may face felony animal cruelty charges as well as drug related charges for being under influence of methamphetamines.

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Whether it's picking a No. 12 seed during March Madness or rooting for the smallest kid on the baseball field, America loves an underdog.

When it comes legislation now working its way through the state Legislature regarding fantasy sports, it's hard to find a bigger underdog than North Bay Assemblyman Marc Levine.

When Assembly Bill 1437, which seeks to license and regulate the daily fantasy sports industry, went to the Assembly floor last month, it passed on a vote of 62-1. Levine5396339, D-San Rafael, was the lone dissenting voice.

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Trigger warning

Models. Rape. Eating disorders. Sexual abuse. Mental health.

While all of the above are quick to grab attention, they are also quick to receive criticism because most people do not understand them. In my episode of Real Women Real Stories, and my upcoming memoir, Washed Away: From Darkness to Light, I talk about all of the above, because I was a successful model who experienced all of the dark issues you can imagine.

Thankfully, I have recovered from a 17-year battle with eating disorders, PTSD from childhood abuse, sexual victimization, depression, and so on. But during my career as a fashion and swimsuit model, the industry definitely exacerbated my issues — and created new ones.

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The Coastal Commission's firing of its executive director means it's time for some serious changes

The true reason for Dr. Charles Lester’s dismissal in December 2015 (not Feb. 10, 2016, more later) as executive director of the California Coastal Commission is that he performed his duties too conscientiously. His job entailed preservation of the coast and he performed it superbly. However, this is not what mega-buck developers and their sympathizers on the commission wanted; he had to be eliminated.

Pedro Nava, a past member of the Coastal Commission stated, “I think what has developed over time is a culture of cozy”—lobbyists representing some of the richest people and corporations are too close to some commissioners. Sara Wan, also a former commissioner, put it this way, “By and large the commissioners are working with and listening to people who are professionals [lobbyists] and are paid to travel up and down the state [to attend commission meetings], and the public is at a huge disadvantage.”

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“It saddens me to think that the only ones I see/ Are mannequins looking stupid, being used and being thin”

– Belle and Sebastian, “Family Tree”

A disturbing report released this week by the California Budget and Policy Center touched upon the state’s broadening income-inequality gap, which found Sonoma County with the 13th largest earnings difference between the top 1 percent and “bottom” 99 percent out of 33 counties studied in the report.

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