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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 […]

POLITICS | Die Another Day: Bonds like Prop 13 are a burden for tomorrow

POLITICS | Die Another Day: Bonds like Prop 13 are a burden for tomorrow

By Chris Reed The conventional wisdom about Proposition 13 — the only ballot measure before California voters in the March 3 election — is that the $15 billion construction bond benefiting public schools, state universities and community colleges is of relatively little importance to the average voter. While there are concerns that local districts will have […]

California Officials Sue to Strike Down Pro-union Gag Law

California Officials Sue to Strike Down Pro-union Gag Law

BY MATTHEW VADUM Elected officials in California are challenging a controversial state law that deprives them of their ability to speak critically about labor unions by prohibiting statements deemed to “deter or discourage” public employees from seeking union membership. “I was elected by the people to ask tough questions and discuss public policy issues in an open dialogue […]

California’s Progressive War on Suburbia

California’s Progressive War on Suburbia

    By Edward Ring For three years in a row, California’s progressive lawmakers have attempted to legislate high density housing by taking away the ability of cities and counties to enforce local zoning laws. And for the third year in a row, the proposed law, Senate Bill 50, was narrowly defeated. But eventually something like SB […]

Fighting the One-Party State at the Local Level in California

Fighting the One-Party State at the Local Level in California

    By Edward Ring It isn’t a partisan observation to say that California is a one-party state. It’s just stating a fact. The Democratic Party controls all the levers of political power in California. Consider the evidence: GOP registration is down to 23 percent of registered voters. There is a Democratic “mega-majority” (75% or more) in […]

How California embraced Corporate Socialism

How California embraced Corporate Socialism

    By Edward Ring Gavin Newsom, the lily white, urbane, coiffured scion of San Francisco’s posh royalty, is California’s highest ranking Democrat. He presides over a party that has taken progressive ideals beyond absurdity to the brink of tyranny. One would think that the party of Gavin Newsom is bent on destroying everything Gavin Newsom represents. […]

“Density Ideology” will destroy California

“Density Ideology” will destroy California

    By Edward Ring If you’re searching for an organizing principle that unites the Left, density ideology should be at or near the top of your list. Far from being a sideshow, density ideology is behind the leftist drive to cram America’s rising population into the footprint of existing cities. It fulfills the agenda of […]

Commentary | Taxing Californians’ patience – Killing Prop 13

Commentary | Taxing Californians’ patience – Killing Prop 13

. . . By Larry Sand . There is yet another potential tax grab coming to California in the form of a school bond, which will be on the March 3rd ballot. The ironically named Prop. 13, a “School and College Facilities Bond,” would authorize $15 billion in general obligation bonds for school and college facilities. The […]

Commentary | The faux nonprofit prophets

Commentary | The faux nonprofit prophets

.. . . By Larry Sand . Among the many vapid rallying cries in the 2019 presidential follies is the one that stresses the importance of eliminating for-profit charter schools. In October, Elizabeth Warren released her education plan that proposed eliminating them, and using the IRS to investigate existing schools that may “actually serve for-profit interests.” […]

Californians exempt from the consequences of Liberalism

Californians exempt from the consequences of Liberalism

    By Edward Ring When trying to understand why Californians continue to elect liberals, several explanations routinely surface. Chief among them is the theory that conservatives forever alienated California’s diverse electorate by championing “discriminatory” policies. The early example of this was Prop. 187, passed in 1994, which banned providing government services to illegal aliens. Most of […]