February 16 Open Thread


*  Want a close-up with Jerry Brown? Well, this is pretty darn close.

*  Dan Weintraub, a former Bee columnist, has launched a new non-profit health care news website. You can find HealthyCal here.

*  Former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates has been hospitalized for a serious, but unannounced, condition. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

*  Tax benefits and loopholes are costing the state over $40 Billion each fiscal year.  Fix that, and deficit solved…