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Tax Reform This Isn’t

Tax Reform This Isn’t

Do Newer Technologies Threaten High Speed Rail?

Do Newer Technologies Threaten High Speed Rail?

California Comeback or Continuing Crisis?

California Comeback or Continuing Crisis?

As the California Legislature reconvenes this week for the new session, clinic Californians will hear two decidedly different messages from both politicians and political pundits about the “state of the state.” Governor Brown will surely tout the “California comeback” and argue that the state is in much better fiscal health than just a couple of […]

UC Pension Crisis Creates Teachable Moment

UC Pension Crisis Creates Teachable Moment

Californians have abysmally low levels of civic engagement as evidenced by the recent election where voter turnout set an historic low. And the widespread disengagement of California’s younger voters is even worse. True, in 2008 California’s youth turned out in large numbers to elect Barack Obama as President. And in 2012 they turned out again […]

It’s Scary Season Again—Time to pay your property taxes

It’s Scary Season Again—Time to pay your property taxes

For many the real scare this time of years is not the monsters at our doors on Halloween but the property tax bill in the mail box.

Could the High Speed Rail Ruling Imperil the Water Bond?

Could the High Speed Rail Ruling Imperil the Water Bond?

Proposition 1, the $7 billion water bond, has broad support from both Democrats and Republicans. Unlike the previous version of the bond – which had an $11 billion cost – the updated version has less pork and a few more promises for actual water storage. While HJTA opposed the previous version (and indeed we signed […]

How About an Exam for Office Seekers?

How About an Exam for Office Seekers?

By Jon Coupal Given the horrible decisions recently being made by elected officials, why don’t we subject candidates for public office to a simple exam with the grades to be posted in the ballot pamphlet? Here are few questions that might be asked. For those running for trustee in one of our over 1,000 school […]

Proposition 13 Survives Legislative Session

Proposition 13 Survives Legislative Session

      By Jon Coupal Two years ago, when 2013-14 legislative session began, things looked very dark for California homeowners. Democrats, many hostile to Proposition 13, achieved a super-majority in both the Assembly and Senate. Many publicly expressed their hostility to the landmark property tax initiative and one even said he would like to […]

California Attorney General Blocks Real Initiative Reform

California Attorney General Blocks Real Initiative Reform

    By Jon Coupal Just last month, this column noted that the professional political class harbors great hostility toward the tools of direct democracy — the powers of initiative, referendum and recall. These are effective tools to control an indolent or corrupt legislature. From the perspective of politicians, direct democracy allows the great unwashed […]

Be Well-Informed, Ignore Political Ads

Be Well-Informed, Ignore Political Ads

    By Jon Coupal Ah, August.  For so many, that means vacation when normally hard working Californians will be visiting theme parks, going camping or maybe just relaxing in the back yard.  But this is also an election year and the next three quiet weeks are the calm before the storm of political ads […]