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The Real Reasons Newsom Has Failed All Californians

The Real Reasons Newsom Has Failed All Californians

Column By Edward Ring  While acknowledging that the outcome of the ongoing Newsom recall voting is anybody’s guess, it is worthwhile to imagine life in California if Newsom survives the recall and goes on to win reelection next year. Because the nonpartisan and growing opposition to Newsom and what he represents is not founded in […]

Newsom’s True Opponent? Water And Fire

Newsom’s True Opponent? Water And Fire

By Edward Ring Not quite one year ago, Gavin Newsom did something that took political courage. It was also the right thing to do. He removed from one of the state’s local water boards one of the most outspoken critics of a desalination plant proposed for Huntington Beach. Unlike critics of desalination (once referred to as desalinization, and […]

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 […]

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