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California’s Ongoing COVID “Emergency”: “L’état, C’est Gavin”

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, June 17, 2021

California is now officially “open” for business and leisure—translation: say goodbye to the Golden State’s stay-at-home order that dates back to March of last year plus a color-coded tier system that restricted activity based on countywide virus spread, even if it didn’t make complete sense (in what world is purple more dangerous than red?).

The StateAnalysis and Commentary

Even Professional Athletes Find California Unaffordable

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Leading professional athletes are paid enormously. But for those plying their trades in California, don’t be surprised to see them shopping at Costco after paying taxes and buying a home. Or moving out of the state, as so many other of the most productive Californians have done, including Tesla’s Elon Musk, Oracle’s Larry Ellison, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, and Shutterstock’s billionaire founder Jonathan Oringer.

Analysis and Commentary

The Coming California Dust Bowl

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The whole state of California is in drought with predictions of megadrought on the horizon. Just how bad the situation is can be seen in a display comparing the current level of water storage in the main reservoirs with historical averages.

Analysis and Commentary

Optimism, Inc: Dante’s California Inferno—Nine Months Later.

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Victor Davis Hanson's Private Papers
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Two weeks ago, I drove up Route 168 to Huntington Lake, sometimes known as Lakeshore, California.

PoliticsAnalysis and Commentary

Harris’s Vice Presidency: More Yucca Than Yuks

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, June 10, 2021

For several decades now, dating back to the latter days of the Reagan presidency, the good people of Nevada have fought the federal government over the latter’s proposed use of Yucca Mountain—a facility about 100 miles north of Las Vegas and not too far from Death Valley National Park and the California border—as a dumping ground for radioactive waste.

BusinessAnalysis and Commentary

Man Bites Dog: California Union President To End Union Political Contributions

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The newly elected president of the largest chapter of California’s powerful Service Employees International Union (SEIU), with nearly 100,000 members, will end the chapter’s political contributions.

Analysis and Commentary

With His Fortunes Improving, While Proposing Spending A Fortune, Newsom Wants To Speed Up The Recall

by Bill Whalenvia The Washington Post
Thursday, June 3, 2021

[Subscription Required] California’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, has been splashing monetary promises across the state at a time when, it’s hard not to notice, he also faces the prospect of a recall vote.

PoliticsAnalysis and Commentary

California’s Governor: The Monopoly Money Man

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then California has paid Ohio a major compliment.

EducationAnalysis and Commentary

LA Teacher Union Prioritizes Hamas Over Reopening Schools

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, May 27, 2021

Two months ago, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky remarked, “My son is back in school. CDC believes schools should be the last place to close and the first place to open.” Lucky for Walensky that she doesn’t live in California, which is among the worst states in returning students to their classrooms.

PoliticsAnalysis and Commentary

Nothing Funny Happening On The Way To The Forum

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

California’s governor is an elected official—as such, not to be confused with a monarch. But when facing a recall election and serving as the Golden State’s chief executive, it’s good to be the king, as it were.

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