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How Does a California Family Survive?

How Does a California Family Survive?

    By Edward Ring It’s common enough to discuss the high cost-of-living in California. It’s become a serious topic, at last. But for Californians who are used to paying ridiculous prices for everything, it may be helpful to present a comparison in the form of an annual family budget. How much does it cost to […]

California’s Unaffordable “Affordable” Housing

California’s Unaffordable “Affordable” Housing

    By Edward Ring When discussing the seemingly intractable and growing problem of homeless people living in California, journalists reporting on the issue don’t spend enough time questioning the numbers, much less the policies driving the insane numbers. A recent article in the San Jose Mercury provides a perfect example. The article gets off to a good start with […]

Grand Bargains To Make California Affordable

Grand Bargains To Make California Affordable

    By Edward Ring   The good life in California is out of reach to ordinary people. The reason for that is simple: homes cost too much, energy costs too much, water costs too much, and transportation infrastructure is inadequate. In each of these critical categories, however, grand bargains are possible that would bring California’s […]

Statement of California State Treasurer John Chiang on Governor Brown’s Signing Into Law Legislation to Put More Roofs Over the Heads of Californians

Statement of California State Treasurer John Chiang on Governor Brown’s Signing Into Law Legislation to Put More Roofs Over the Heads of Californians

SACRAMENTO –  California State Treasurer John Chiang today lauded state lawmakers and Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. for taking decisive steps to address the state’s long festering, 1.5 million-unit affordable housing deficit. “California’s housing shortage has rapidly multiplied, moving from a problem to a crisis to, now, a full-scale catastrophe,” said Chiang. “But with the governor’s […]

Last-ditch assaults on affordable energy

Last-ditch assaults on affordable energy