Over at the San Francisco Chronicle, Willie Brown continues his defense of Ron Blagojevich, saying his attempted appointment of Roland Burris was "worthy of Joe Montana." (I'm doubtful the former 49ers quarterback would agree.)
The Los Angeles Times has an important story about a court decision involving Latino representation in Madera that "has already begun to reshape school boards, city councils and special districts throughout California."
In The Bee, Dale Kasler's piece on CalPERS and its real estate investments is a must read, and it cries out for further investigation. Any connection between former CalPERS board members and the recipients of these dubious investments?
Slavery is on the mind of prominent columnists. The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof writes about brothel girls in Cambodia and in The Bee, Dan Walters notes that such forced servitude is a reality here in California.
Meanwhile, in our Forum section, eight thoughtful Californians reflect on the state's prospects. Leon Panetta's essay is particularly forceful. "California's future depends on whether we will become part of a constituency for change - a strong and persistent voice for better government that cannot be ignored," he writes.