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How the People Can Fix California

How the People Can Fix California

Edward Ring The deadline to file citizens initiatives for the November 2022 state ballot is this August, and not nearly enough has been done so far. Active measures submitted to the California Attorney General include the highly necessary proposition to “prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude,” along with one to “require earth sustainability training in public schools.” Because […]

Will California’s Schools Ever Fully Reopen? There’s Plenty of Money

Will California’s Schools Ever Fully Reopen? There’s Plenty of Money

    By Edward Ring With a significant portion of the $1.9 trillion federal stimulus package earmarked for K-12 public schools, concerns have arisen over potential misuse of those funds. As Fox News recently reported, “Multiple California school districts have discussed using state and federal COVID relief money to hand out bonuses for teachers and staff, with […]

California’s Bureaucracies Fail to Submit Timely Financial Data

California’s Bureaucracies Fail to Submit Timely Financial Data

    By Edward Ring With Californians about to enter their second year of restricted economic activity, and with all the resulting financial anxiety and hardship, it’s unfortunate that accurate and timely financial information isn’t available for the vast public sector. While public sector budgets and projections abound, actual audited financial data for recently completed fiscal […]

School Choice Initiative Quietly Gathers Support

School Choice Initiative Quietly Gathers Support

    By Edward Ring In the November 2020 election, California’s powerful teachers’ unions spent over $20 million promoting Prop. 15, which would have increased taxes on commercial properties. Other unions, mostly in the public sector, spent another $17 million to promote Prop. 15. But voters weren’t buying it. Prop. 15 failed. Overall, in November 2020, California’s […]

The Coalition That Will Realign California

The Coalition That Will Realign California

    By Edward Ring What’s happening in California today is bigger than Newsom’s failures as a governor Poor governance, beginning long before the bungled response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has led to a recall campaign that may very well put California Governor Newsom into a fight for his political life in the Spring of 2021. If a suitable […]

Grassroots Group Fights for Common Sense Water Policies

Grassroots Group Fights for Common Sense Water Policies

    By Edward Ring The Great Valley of California, variously referred to as the Central Valley, or, north of the Delta as the Sacramento Valley, and south of the Delta as the San Joaquin Valley, is one of the geographical wonders of the world. Nearly 450 miles in length and around 50 miles wide, it stretches […]

Citizen Initiatives Transform Oxnard Politics

Citizen Initiatives Transform Oxnard Politics

    By Edward Ring California’s ballot initiative process allows citizen activists to bypass politicians who are controlled by special interests. The ability for citizens today to connect and organize using online resources means it has never been easier for a determined group of individuals, without access to big donors, to nonetheless successfully qualify reform measures […]

Orange County Classical Academy Excels Despite COVID

Orange County Classical Academy Excels Despite COVID

    By Edward Ring When the COVID-19 pandemic struck hard back in April 2020, California’s teachers’ unions went into overdrive. The United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) released a lengthy document outlining what they believed to be “Safe and Equitable Conditions for Starting LAUSD in 2020-21.” In a report published by the California Policy Center that same month, Larry […]

California Voters Approve Billions in Local Taxes and Borrowing

California Voters Approve Billions in Local Taxes and Borrowing

    By Edward Ring In March 2020, for the first time in a generation, Californians did not approve the overwhelming majority of new tax and bond proposals that were put before them. Out of 125 proposed local bonds, only 31 percent passed; out of 111 proposed local tax increases, only 41 percent passed. Early returns from the November […]

The Battle for California is the Battle for America

The Battle for California is the Battle for America

    By Edward Ring By now, this is a familiar story. California is a failed state. Thanks to years of progressive mismanagement and neglect, the cities are lawless and the forests are burning. Residents pay the highest prices in America for unreliable electricity. Water is rationed. Homes are unaffordable. The public schools are a joke. […]

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