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Politics

Will Newsom Put California’s Death Penalty On Pause—Or Empty Death Row?

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

To understand American politics is to appreciate the concept of changing norms. New generations emerge, electorates evolve, and the once verboten suddenly becomes palatable.

Politics

You Can’t Travel In Basketball, But California Governors Should—Without Giving Up Power

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, February 28, 2019

While the big California news this past weekend was the 91st annual Academy Awards, a different kind of history occurred in the northern part of America’s nation-state.

Politics

Hasta la Vista, Junípero Serra—and Ronald Reagan?

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

The big news in Sacramento last week was California governor Gavin Newsom’s driving a stake through the heart of the Golden State’s troubled high-speed rail projectWell, not exactly . . .

Housing

So You Want To Move To California And Buy A Decent Home? Here Is How Much You Need, And Why

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

In an earlier California on Your Mind column, I discussed how California is ranked 49th among US states in housing affordability, 42nd in public school quality, and 40th in tax rates, all of which negatively affect Californians, particularly those with school-age children.  

Politics

Where’s The Love—For Pelosi, AOC, And California Aerospace?

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

This being Valentine’s Day, I’m guessing that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t sending much affection Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s way—even if Pelosi did applaud in her direction (at President Trump’s expense) during last week’s State of the Union Address.

Business

California’s “Big Brother” Labor Regulations Will Harm Those Whom It Intends To Help

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

According to employment law attorneys, California has the strictest regulations regarding women’s earnings and employment in the country. Unfortunately, recently enacted and proposed legislation that is intended to advance women’s earnings and opportunities have significant, unintended negative effects that will indirectly hurt women, particularly those from minority groups or with fewer skills. Men will also be affected negatively, as extreme and expensive regulations will drive even more businesses from the state and reduce opportunities for all workers.

Politics

California, Unlike Norma Desmond, Isn’t Ready For Her Close-Up

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

There are two ways to interpret Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti’s decision not to run for the highest office in the land—a departure from the norm, as the line of Democrats jonesing for a shot at President Trump forms to the rear.

Housing

California’s Governor Should Declare War On Regulations —Not Cities—For State’s Housing Crisis

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Last month, newly elected California governor Gavin Newsom advised the state attorney general to file a lawsuit against the city of Huntington Beach, a California community that is about 35 miles south of Los Angeles and home to about 200,000 residents. Huntington Beach was once a sleepy beach community made famous in the 1960s by the Beach Boys for its remarkable surfing locations, but the city is now being sued by Newsom for not building enough housing. 

Politics

A Trump Card The President Can Play In California: Judgeships

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

Let’s take a look at the complicated relationship between President Trump and California through a more military lens—namely, the question of winning battles or wars.

Economy

Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris’s Minimum Wage And Education Policies Will Reduce Economic Opportunities

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

US senator Kamala Harris, who announced her candidacy for president last week, immediately moves to the top of the Democratic party’s list for the 2020 election.

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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. ​