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Newsom Is Right To Scale Back The Bullet Train, And It’s Good Politics Too

quoting Bill Whalenvia Los Angeles Times
Thursday, February 14, 2019
If anyone thought that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration would merely be an extension of fellow Democrat Jerry Brown’s, that notion has been completely obliterated.
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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.

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Gavin Newsom States His Case -- And A Nation-State Lurches Further To The Left

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Under the category of “hours wasted that I’ll regret on my death bed,” I spent part of last week sifting through responses to the presidential State of the Union Addresses.

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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.

HousingAnalysis and Commentary

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. 

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Josh Harder ’08 Represents Central Valley In New Congress

mentioning Stephen Habervia Stanford Daily
Monday, February 4, 2019

Representing his home district in the Central Valley just over 30 miles east of campus, Josh Harder ’08 began his first term in Congress in January. His platform of Medicare for All and economic development for Central Valley helped the Stanford alum and former Silicon Valley venture capitalist edge out four-term incumbent Republican Jeff Denham in one of the tightest congressional races of the 2018 elections.

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How To Improve California’s Education, Housing Affordability

by Lee Ohanian, John B. Taylor mentioning Eric Hanushek, Hoover Institutionvia San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, February 4, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first budget comes when California is the most challenging state in the country for low- and middle-income households: California has the highest poverty rate of any of the 50 states. California also ranks 49th in both housing affordability and cost of living. It ranks 50th in homelessness, 40th in the overall tax burden and 42nd in how well it is educating its kindergarten through high school-age young people.

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How To Make It Home In California: Rules For The Modern Odysseus

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, February 3, 2019

I drove back from San Francisco not long ago to the rural San Joaquin Valley. It is only 200 miles. But in fact, it can feel like Odysseus trying to get back home to Ithaca from Troy. Walking to the car in San Francisco was an early morning obstacle course dotted with the occasional human feces and lots of trash. 

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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.

Official Photo of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California
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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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