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New legislation will mandate Cal State students take Ethnic Studies class

New legislation will mandate Cal State students take Ethnic Studies class

    By Edward Ring The axis of public sector unions and the identity politics industry has come up with a new way to increase their power and profits – force college students to take a class in “ethnic studies” if they want to graduate. To do this, AB 1460 was introduced earlier this year by California State […]

A Strategy to Transform California in One Election

A Strategy to Transform California in One Election

By Edward Ring As a statewide political force, California’s conservative voters are disenfranchised. Almost no politicians holding state office speak for conservatives, few court rulings favor conservatives, and nearly everywhere, conservative values are discredited or ignored by a hostile press. But California’s political landscape could be poised for dramatic shifts. Even now, after more than a […]

New Suburbanism – A Smart Alternative to “Smart Growth”

New Suburbanism – A Smart Alternative to “Smart Growth”

    By Edward Ring Solutions to California’s housing shortage invariably focus on increasing the density of preexisting cities and suburbs. Legislative solutions include SB 375, passed in 2008, which “incentivizes” cities and counties to approve high density land developments, and the failed (this time) SB 50, which would have forced cities and counties to approve high density […]

Why are Public Safety Unions supporting Teachers Unions?

Why are Public Safety Unions supporting Teachers Unions?

    By Edward Ring During the Los Angeles teachers strike earlier this year, an article in the far-left publication The Nation offered an excellent glimpse into the mentality of strikers and their supporters. The article begins by describing a scene in front of an LAUSD middle school on day three of the strike. A truck driver has arrived to […]

A New Approach to Pension Reform Goes to Appellate Court

A New Approach to Pension Reform Goes to Appellate Court

    By Edward Ring The recent ruling by the California Supreme Court in the case CalFire vs CalPERS has garnered much attention from pension reformers. While falling short of being a landmark ruling, the result was nonetheless encouraging. The court left open the possibility that vesting does not protect prospective benefits of current employees. The implications of that are […]

Defining Appropriate Housing Development in California

Defining Appropriate Housing Development in California

    By Edward Ring One of the most frustrating contradictions inherent in the policies being enacted by California’s one-party state goes something like this: We are inviting the welfare cases of America and the expatriates of the world to move here, while simultaneously enacting environmental policies that make it extremely time consuming and expensive to build anything. No wonder there’s a […]

California’s State and Local Liabilities Total $1.5 Trillion

California’s State and Local Liabilities Total $1.5 Trillion

    By Ed Ring California’s total state and local government liabilities as of June 30, 2017, the most recent year for which a complete set of financial and actuarial reports are available, totaled just over $1.5 trillion. Over two-thirds of that total consists of unfunded liabilities for pensions and retiree health insurance for California’s […]

California’s Socialist Oligarchy, Part Two: Who They Are and How to Defeat Them

California’s Socialist Oligarchy, Part Two: Who They Are and How to Defeat Them

. . . . By Edward Ring California’s policymakers have condemned Californians to endure contrived scarcity, unaffordability, and inconvenience in all of the basic necessities of life. This is a crime, but it’s not a conspiracy. Rather, it is caused by a collection of powerful special interests whose political agendas align. Left-wing Oligarchs At the top […]

Just How Much Money Might CalPERS Have to Collect in an Economic Downturn?

Just How Much Money Might CalPERS Have to Collect in an Economic Downturn?

. .… By Edward Ring When evaluating the financial challenges facing California’s state and local public employee pension funds, a compelling question to consider is when, exactly when, will these funds financially collapse? That is, of course, an impossible question to answer. CalPERS, for example, manages hundreds of billions in assets, which means that long […]

In Search of Public Employers Willing to Fight for Their Right to Free Speech

In Search of Public Employers Willing to Fight for Their Right to Free Speech

    By Edward Ring The recent Janus decision by the US Supreme Court gives public employees the right to quit union membership – or to never join a union in the first place. This sweeping ruling not only banned unions from requiring non-members to still pay so-called “agency fees,” but it required unions to […]

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