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How Much Do California’s City Workers Make?

How Much Do California’s City Workers Make?

    By Edward Ring With the economic shutdown devastating private sector employment in California, with small family-owned businesses the worst hit, how are California’s public employees doing? A recent report by NPR paints a grim picture, “Cities Have Never Seen A Downturn Like This, And Things Will Only Get Worse.” From the San Francisco Chronicle, “California […]

The Orange County Classical Academy is Going to Transform Education in California

The Orange County Classical Academy is Going to Transform Education in California

    By Edward Ring In barely one month, 360 elementary school students will begin attending a new charter school that offers a dramatic departure from the failed public education model in California. The Orange County Classical Academy (OCCA) will open its doors to kindergarten through 5th-grade students, and apart from the student demographics, nothing about this school […]

Public Education is Changing Forever

Public Education is Changing Forever

    By Edward Ring The COVID pandemic has closed public schools for over two months, with no end in sight. This represents a seismic disruption to a system that was already strained. Before the pandemic lockdown, public schools in California faced financial insolvency, woeful failures to educate (especially in low income communities), and a parent […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]