When I was young and living in California, a friend said with satisfaction, if not arrogance, that California was to the United States what the United States was to the rest of the world.
And on Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown, D, signed bills into law making his state first in the country to:
— allow private citizens to ask a court to seize guns from family members who they believe are a threat to themselves or the public (inspired by the family of Elliot Rodger, who warned of his instability before he killed six people and wounded a dozen others in May)
— ban single-use plastic bags statewide (more than 125 local ordinances against plastic bags already had been adopted in the state)
On Monday, Brown signed a first-in-the-nation law requiring the state's colleges and universities to develop new standards for defining and preventing sexual assault.