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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Issue 2001: Free Advice

Introduction
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Advice For The Governor: Fix A Bad Labor Law, Beware Of Tax Increases—And Focus On Narrowing The State’s Social Divide

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

If the first month of the first year of the century’s second decade is an indication, Californians are in for a long 2020.

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Advice For The Governor: Clean Up A Made-In-California Mess

by John Kabateckvia Eureka
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Dear Governor Newsom, Some escaped while others were left behind. As a result, workers in nearly forty independent contractor classifications can continue to enjoy the freedom of being their own boss while those formerly free independent contractors in nearly fifty classifications will either be forced to be an employee of someone else or, much more likely, simply lose work altogether.

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A Suggestion For The Governor: The Best Way To Raise Revenue Is To Allow Businesses To Create New Jobs, Not To Support The Largest Tax Increase In State History

by Rob Lapsleyvia Eureka
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Dear Governor Newsom, In early January, you released your proposed state budget for the next fiscal year. Thanks to a sustained economic recovery within the business community, the state has near-full employment and $78 billion more in total budget tax revenue since 2010–11.

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Advice For The Governor: Build Up The Affection Between Californians And Their Regions

by Joe Matthewsvia Eureka
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Dear Governor Newsom, Back in December, the high school football team in El Monte, a working-class immigrant suburb in the San Gabriel Valley, rode buses 13 hours and 750 miles to Crescent City, a poor town in California’s northwestern corner. Until the last minute, there had been doubt whether the team could make the trip. 

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Advice for the Governor: Don’t Overplay Your Trump Card

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Dear Governor Newsom: First, I’d like to wish you a productive and prosperous 2020. It’s your second year in office; you have an ambitious agenda and, thanks to a strong economy and a generous revenue stream, the resources to make some of that vision a reality. Good luck making that so.

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Is It Time To Reconsider California’s Initiative System?

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

On November 8, 2016 Californians will once again have the opportunity to not only elect (or re-elect) local, state, and federal representatives, but also to directly participate in generating public policy.  While California’s initiative system is often romanticized, its inflexibility often leads California down a path ripe with unintended consequences and few options for fixing past mistakes. 

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California’s Crowded November Initiative Slate: The 1990s Called – They Want Their Ideas Back

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Not that he ever made it to the West Coast, but Thomas Jefferson was California dreaming when he remarked, “God forbid we should ever be 20 years without … a rebellion.” Jefferson was referring to Shays’ Rebellion – a series of anti-tax protests by farmers in 1786 and 1787. 

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Now’s the Time to Leverage Technology and Transform California’s Campaign Disclosure Laws

by Jim Heerwagen via Eureka
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

This year’s national election may be unlike any we’ve seen before, especially at the top of the ticket.  But a disconcerting constant remains up and down the ballot: the influence of large sums of undisclosed money.

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Top-Two Primary Limits Voters’ Choices

by Steven Greenhutvia Eureka
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

If a California-style Top Two primary were in place for presidential races, in 2008 the nation’s voters would have had to choose between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the general election. There would have been no “third party” candidates on the ballot – and no chance for voters to show their disgust by writing in “Mickey Mouse.”

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From the Ivory Tower to the Mean Streets of Santa Monica

by Pete Petersonvia Eureka
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

With two elections under the belts of California voters using the “Top Two” primary system, the verdict is in: the new primary is accomplishing the goals stated by supporters when Proposition 14 was passed in 2010. Well…sort of.

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California’s Open-Primary Reform Leaves Open Questions As To Its Effect On Golden State Politics

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A funny thing happened to California on the way to its moment of glory as the decider of the fate of the next Republican presidential nominee. Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich abruptly quit the race in early May, a month before California’s June 7 vote, leaving the California landscape wide open to Donald Trump.

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California’s June Primary: Laying The Foundation For What Is To Come

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Since 2000, on average, 44% of registered voters have cast a ballot in the California Presidential primary – a whopping 31 points below the average Presidential general election turnout. There has been much debate about the causes and consequences of low primary turnout, but at the end of the day, it is apparent that while the June primary lays the foundation for the November general election, Californians don’t have much urgency to be a part of that masonry.

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Ending The California Coastal Commission Lolly Scramble

by Terry Andersonvia Eureka
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Coming from the “big sky country” of Montana where beautiful views are common around every bend in the road, I am still impressed by the green hills overlooking Point Reyes, the coastal cliffs plunging into the Pacific at Big Sur, and the vistas at San Simeon once enjoyed by Randolph Hearst.

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Be It On The Coast, In The Web, Or In The State Capitol: The Question Of California Rising To The Challenge

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Drive into the Central Valley city of Modesto and, at the intersection of 9th and I Streets, you’ll pass underneath the fabled centennial arch that dates back to the early years of the 20th Century. 

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California’s Crumbling Condition – The Past, Present, and Future of Infrastructure in California

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The modern California was built on an expansive and well-thought-out infrastructure plan.  Today, however, that system is crumbling beneath our feet and the bill just repair it – let alone modernize it for the next generation of Californians – is steadily growing: some estimate it to be around $500 billion or roughly 3 times the proposed 2016-2017 total state expenditure budget.  

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