California On your Mind

California on Your Mind is a twice weekly journal about California politics and economic policies, and how they affect California’s economy. At one time, California policies helped create the “California Dream” by fostering affordable housing, creating high quality schools, and facilitating substantial infrastructure investments. These policies helped make California the 20th century destination for thousands of businesses, and for tens of millions of Americans who moved to California from other parts of the country. Today, a very different set of state and local policies is contributing to rapidly increasing housing prices, growing homelessness, lower quality schools, and insufficient public investments.

This journal discusses California political and policy developments in real time, describes how they will affect the California economy, and analyzes how reasonable policy reforms can reduce California’s cost of living, improve California schools, increase public investment, and help restore the “California Dream”.


California Gets A New Governor—And A Voyage Into Expensive Progressive Waters

The Curtain Rises On The Newsom Administration

Newsom for President? Just Say No—For Now, at Least

The State 

A Leading Physician And Health Policy Researcher Explains How To Reform Health Care

How The California Supreme Court Is Eliminating Many Of The State’s Independent Contractors

After Nearly Twenty-Five Years In California’s Spotlight, Some Perspective On Immigration And The Golden State


Gavin Newsom’s Expensive Promises Meet California’s Economic Realities

Economic Policy Challenges Facing California’s Next Governor


With Permanent Water Rationing on the Way, Californians Pray for Rain

How California Wildfires Fan Political And Policy Flames


How To Improve California’s Poorly Performing Education System? Reforming Antiquated Teacher Compensation Practices Will Have A Big Effect


Housing Policy Reform: Economic Policy Challenges Facing California’s Next Governor

$541,800 And Climbing: California Policy Makers Drive Up Housing Costs Yet Again


Will Corporate California Go The Way Of Quotas?

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Lee E. Ohanian is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Professor of Economics at UCLA. He is an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and previously has advised other Federal Reserve Banks, Foreign Central Banks, and the National Science Foundation. He has been an economic adviser to state and national political campaigns and has testified to the U.S. Senate and the California State Legislative Assembly on economic policy issues. His research, which recently has been discussed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other media sources, focuses on economic policies and economic growth, and as been published widely in a number of peer-reviewed journals. He is a frequent columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rochester.

Bill Whalen, a Hoover Institution research fellow since 1999, writes and comments on California and America’s political landscapes. Whalen is a columnist for the Sacramento Bee and and also writes frequently for Real Clear Politics, The Hill and the Washington Times. He is also the host of Hoover’s Area 45 podcast that explores policymaking and politics as they pertain to the Trump presidency. Prior to joining the Hoover Institution, Whalen served as chief speechwriter and director of public affairs for former California governor Pete Wilson. He’s also served as a strategist for numerous California political hopefuls, including former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. A native of Washington, D.C., Whalen received a B.A. in journalism from Washington & Lee University. ​

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