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A different kind of pandemic is stalking California’s cities

A different kind of pandemic is stalking California’s cities

By California Policy Center If you’re looking for dark entertainment, you could do worse than the reality show unfolding throughout California. First, state and local officials supported the nearly total shutdown of the state’s economy as a necessary response to Covid-19. That killed the sales and other tax revenues that are the life’s blood of local […]

Public Sector Unions Continue Their Attack on Property Rights in California

Public Sector Unions Continue Their Attack on Property Rights in California

    By Edward Ring California’s legislature is controlled by Democratic super-majorities in both houses. These Democrat politicians, in turn, are controlled by public sector unions. They are now considering Assembly Bill 828, which will empower courts to summarily reduce rents by up to 25 percent and create additional barriers to the eviction process. Passage of this law would […]

How the Homeless Industrial Complex Will Destroy Venice Beach

How the Homeless Industrial Complex Will Destroy Venice Beach

    By Edward Ring “I intend on putting in another proposal in the next week or two that asks the city to look at the federal bailout or stimulus funds we’ll be getting as a result of this crisis…and using some of that to either buy hotels that go belly up or to buy the […]

Huntington Beach denies pandemic reality, dispenses pay raises

Huntington Beach denies pandemic reality, dispenses pay raises

    By Edward Ring On Monday, April 6 the Huntington Beach City Council voted to increase pay for its police officers and city employees. The cost for these raises over the next three years is estimated at $5 million. In a city that reported general revenues of $188 million in the fiscal year ended June 2019, this raise can […]

California Cities Hike Minimum Wage as Economy Falters

California Cities Hike Minimum Wage as Economy Falters

    By Edward Ring Until further notice, California’s economy is in free fall. As of April 6, California’s Employment Development Department reported receiving 1.9 million new unemployment insurance claims within barely three weeks. As reported in the San Jose Mercury, during the entire 2008 Great Recession, only 2.2. million unemployment claims were submitted. It’s impossible to know how […]

Plastic Bags and the Recycling and Reuse Scam

Plastic Bags and the Recycling and Reuse Scam

    By Edward Ring Back in 2014, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 207, which banned grocery stores from offering customers “single use” carryout bags. Permanent implementation was delayed by a November 2016 voter referendum, Prop. 67, that unsuccessfully attempted to repeal the measure. Today it is well established law. The only way SB 207 was sold […]

Venice Beach shut down except for homeless encampments

Venice Beach shut down except for homeless encampments

    By Edward Ring . California’s 40 million residents have now been under house arrest for over a week. But in the homeless haven known as Venice Beach, the party hasn’t skipped a beat. Law abiding residents have deserted the Los Angeles coast after a crackdown by Mayor Eric Garcetti, who condemned people getting “too close together, […]

California Dystopia Update, March 2020 edition: How the stage was set for a coronavirus homeless disaster

California Dystopia Update, March 2020 edition: How the stage was set for a coronavirus homeless disaster

    By Chris Reed The debate over homelessness in California seemed to shift last fall, when dozens of local governments supplied or co-signed amicus briefs in a case in which Boise, Idaho, officials urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that banned arrests of people sleeping in public if they had nowhere […]

Californians reject new taxes and borrowing

Californians reject new taxes and borrowing

    By Edward Ring The preliminary election returns reported on March 4th indicate that California’s voters delivered a stunning rejection of new taxes and borrowing. It’s about time. At the state level, Prop.13 which would have authorized $15 billion in general obligation bonds for schools and colleges, required a simple majority for approval. But as […]

California’s K-12 spending exceeds $20,000 per pupil

California’s K-12 spending exceeds $20,000 per pupil

    By Edward Ring “It’s not enough. We’re still 41st in the nation in per pupil funding. Something needs to change. We need to have an honest conversation about how we fund our schools at a state and local level,” –  California Governor Gavin Newsom, State of the State Address, February 12, 2020 It should come as […]

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