Opinion Pieces

California won't let President stamp his brand on the state

February 19, 2017

California Won't Let President Stamp his Brand on the State

By: Cathleen Galgiani

President Trump is bewildered. He doesn’t know what to make of California and its resistance to his policies. He thinks we’re “out of control.” Threatening a collective punishment on the entire state, he vows to take away federal funding if we don’t fall into line.

Powerful water board picking on little guy (East Bay Times guest commentary)

May 09, 2016
Powerful water board picking on little guy (East Bay Times guest commentary) By Jeff Denham, Cathleen Galgiani, Adam Gray and Bob ElliottEast Bay Times My Word Posted: 05/09/16, 5:57 PM PDT|Updated: on 05/09/2016 The State Water Resources Control Board has tried for too long to bully the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID), and we've had enough.

Confronting the Realities of Human Trafficking in the Sex Trade

February 23, 2016

Confronting the Realities of Human Trafficking in the Sex Trade


By Cathleen Galgiani

For far too long, our society failed to confront the realities of human trafficking in the sex trade.

When a young runaway turned to prostitution to survive, we saw it as a sad consequence of her decision to leave home. If she was an adult, we chalked it up to a shadowy business deal, the oldest of commerce between a willing seller and a willing buyer.

Senator Galgiani Thoughts on Safety Regulations

August 20, 2015

Most of the time, we take our leaps of faith without ever thinking about them. 

We walk into a restaurant assuming it’s a safe place to eat, that a public health inspector, on our behalf, has been there first. We do the same as we step aboard an aircraft or ride the elevator to our high-rise office downtown, which happens to straddle an earthquake fault. In our public spaces, we count on the advance guard of government to keep us out of harm’s way.

California Needs Lower Taxes

June 01, 2015

California is a world leader in high-tech, agriculture, entertainment and green energy. We have a world-class university system, an economy that ranks consistently in the world’s top 10, and a climate in some regions that rivals Mediterranean countries.

But taxes on our hardest working families are high too.  And the burden those taxes place on people of modest means pushes too many of them on to taxpayer funded social services.  I think the best way to lower those taxpayer costs is to lower the number of people who need those services.

Galgiani Requests US Attorney to Review Case

April 29, 2015


 In your editorial dated April 28, the Record stated “it is time to bring in an independent agency to investigate all the facts around the handling of these remains”. I completely agree. That is why I am calling for a thorough public review of all the files, records and communications relating to the cases of Joann Hobson, Chevelle Wheeler, Phillip Martin, Kimberly Billy and Cynthia Vanderheiden.