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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.

Politics

Mining For Some Improvements To California’s Government

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, January 24, 2019

On this date, 171 years ago, California took the first step from unexplored territory to economic colossus with the discovery of gold in the tailrace (still visible today) of a sawmill in present-day Coloma, about an hour’s drive northeast from Sacramento.

Environment

A Market For Water Would Solve Many Of California’s Water Woes

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Last week’s column described how California has not provided reliable and reasonably priced water supplies to Californians. It also described how failure to maintain existing water infrastructure and invest in new water infrastructure has played an important role in California’s chronic water shortages. 

Education

Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike: Why Isn’t The City’s Mayor Calling Balls And Strikes?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, January 17, 2019

With all due respect to the gridlock back in the nation’s capital, there’s a far more compelling government impasse afoot.

Environment

With Permanent Water Rationing On The Way, Californians Pray For Rain

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

About four years ago, President Obama flew to California and joined Governor Jerry Brown and US Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer in a visit to a parched Central Valley town to discuss the state’s extreme drought and water shortage.

Politics

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

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, January 10, 2019

We’re only four days into a new administration, and I’ll admit that I’m struggling to put California’s fortieth governor in historical context.

Eureka

The Curtain Rises On The Newsom Administration

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The new year in Sacramento didn’t start with a bang, but it definitely produced more than a whimper of change.

Eureka

Land Mines, Friendly Fire, and Self-Inflicted Wounds: How a California Governor Can Avoid Combat Injuries

by Steven Mavigliovia Eureka
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

After garnering an impressive 62 percent of the vote last November, Gavin Newsom takes over, as California’s fortieth governor, with strong tailwinds to implement his bold agenda of progressive change.

Eureka

Dear Governor Newsom, Make Communications Great Again

by Rob Stutzmanvia Eureka
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Physique isn’t the only dramatic difference between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown, the last two California governors before Gavin Newsom.

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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. ​