Nearly $50,000. About $60 per square foot. That is the city fee that a San Jose developer was asked to pay to obtain a permit to convert a recreation room in an existing apartment building into two small studio apartments. These “pay to build” schemes are now commonplace in California as municipalities face increasingly severe budget pressures and look to developers for the deep pockets that can fill in the gaps between municipal spending and tax revenue.
Vladimir Putin is noted for taking surprise action, which confronts his victims with a fait accompli. They must then either accept the new unfavorable status quo or react in a way that they would consider too risky. Putin has employed this playbook in Georgia, Crimea, East Ukraine, Syria, on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea and to prop up the Maduro regime in Venezuela.
Hauck Auditorium, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Communications technologies, demographics and the movement of peoples, and climate change are combining to place enormous pressure on democracies and the rule of law, both here in the United States and around the world. The panelists will discuss the impact of these disruptive forces on democratic systems, what can be done to strengthen governance, and how we might learn from when technological and social changes have challenged the capacity of democratic governments in the past.
The Hoover Institution hosted a public panel discussion "Stability in an Age of Disruption" on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 4:00pm - 5:15pm PST.
According to Reuters, Huawei’s chairman offered to make “no-spy” agreements with Western governments to be allowed to participate in building 5G networks. Is the offer an implicit acknowledgment that Huawei does indeed spy on its customers, or that it has the capability to?
Russ Hooper, a young econ major who was one of my best research assistants, wrote me the following, with permission to quote: Impossible Foods makes Impossible Burgers, which are vegan burgers that look, taste, and feel like beef burgers. I’m a huge fan of beef burgers, and yet I prefer these. I’m not alone: they’ve been such a hit that Impossible Foods is struggling to meet demand.
Amidst all the talk of the country splitting apart, we just passed one of the great anniversaries that helped make America one nation. On May 10, 1869, crews from the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads met at desolate Promontory Summit, in northern Utah, and completed the Transcontinental Railroad.
Helicopters have been whisking the wealthy from Manhattan to New York’s airports for decades. Now the ride costs as little as $195, and you can book it via a smartphone. Back in 2014, when Rob Wiesenthal founded Blade Urban Air Mobility Inc., a chopper ride to John F. Kennedy Airport—13 miles from Manhattan—started at $3,000, he says. Wiesenthal has been able to chop that price after finding efficiencies in fueling, equipment, and scheduling.
What has populism got to do with conservatism? Quite a lot, according to this piece in the ever-brilliant City Journal. In ‘Conservatism and the People’, Peter Berkowitz explains the rise of Trump, Brexit and the overthrow of the old globalist order.