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Politics

December In Sacramento: Governors Budgeting Time For Budget Planning

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, December 5, 2019

As a recovering speechwriter once employed by a California governor, I can assure you: these are the best of times and the worst of times for any scribe hoping to get a moment of the boss’s time in the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Housing

Only In California: Housing Deregulation Increases Housing Regulations

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

This would be a head-scratcher anywhere but in California. Two years ago, state lawmakers passed legislation to expedite housing approval by exempting some projects from environmental lawsuits and zoning appeals. This legislation can cut the approval process by a decade or more and reduce costs enormously. So why is hardly anyone using it? 

The State

A California Thanksgiving From Years Past And “The Happiest Years Of Our Lives”

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Every holiday has its Scrooge, one supposes, and this week is no different. As proof, I offer this “bah humbug” New Yorker article that delves into the “massacres, myths, and the making of” America’s Thanksgiving tradition.

Environment

Is It Time For California To Start Uttering The “D-Word”: Drought?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, November 21, 2019

If you’re in the market for a lighthearted look at the outré existence that is high-end Southern California, might I suggest L.A. Story, a 1991 comedy starring Steve Martin as Harris K. Telemacher, a local weatherman who’s lost his way spiritually and professionally.

Housing

Bernie Sanders Goes Completely Sideways On California’s Housing Crisis

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Bernie Sanders is downright angry with Apple for its efforts to address California’s housing crisis. Last month, Apple announced it would contribute $2.5 billion, including $1 billion in new housing, $1 billion in mortgage assistance, and $300 million of Apple-owned land to be used for affordable housing.

Politics

A Trump-California Infrastructure Deal Is The Unlikeliest Of High-Wire Acts

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, November 14, 2019

After the wildfires subsided in California (though parts of the Golden State are still subject to poor air quality due to residual smoke), it’s back to politics as usual in America’s largest state—meaning, a return to the fire fight between President Trump and Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Politics

Twenty-Five Years After Proposition 187, The Effects Are Still Felt—And Debated

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, November 7, 2019

The first week of November is a reminder that next year’s presidential vote is (mercifully) now less than a year away. And in California: the 25th anniversary of one of the Golden State’s more seminal elections.

Politics

Halloween In California: Summoning The Ghost Of A Recall Past?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, October 31, 2019

What to purchase if you’re a California Republican and still in need of a Halloween costume?

Eureka

Five Things The President Can Do To Confront And Prevent A Homelessness Tsunami

by Lance T. Izumi, Michele Steebvia Eureka
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that over 75 percent of those living on the streets in California’s largest city are struggling with mental illness, substance abuse, or a physical disability.

Eureka

Why Los Angeles’ Homelessness Approach Is Working—With The Right Ingredients

by Colleen Murphyvia Eureka
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Homelessness is on the rise across California. From Kern County to Alameda County, the housing crisis and economic disparities are pushing more and more people into homelessness.

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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”.

 

About the Authors

Lee Ohanian

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 Forbes.com 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. ​