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California’s Bullet-Train Fiasco Continues: $20 Billion For 120 Miles?

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Last month, California governor Gavin Newsom announced that California’s ill-fated high-speed rail project would be scaled back enormously due to cost overruns and delays. The original project, which had an initial cost estimate of $33 billion, would have provided high-speed train service (speeds on some segments in excess of 200 miles per hour) beginning in San Diego, traveling through Los Angeles and the Central Valley up to the state capital of Sacramento, and would have also included the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. With possible federal contributions, this idea sounded promising enough that nearly 53 percent of California taxpayers voted for a $9 billion bond in 2008 to help finance it.

PoliticsFeatured

Will Newsom Put California’s Death Penalty On Pause—Or Empty Death Row?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, March 7, 2019

To understand American politics is to appreciate the concept of changing norms. New generations emerge, electorates evolve, and the once verboten suddenly becomes palatable.

PoliticsAnalysis and Commentary

You Can’t Travel In Basketball, But California Governors Should—Without Giving Up Power

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, February 28, 2019

While the big California news this past weekend was the 91st annual Academy Awards, a different kind of history occurred in the northern part of America’s nation-state.

Interviews

John Yoo: Will Smollett Be Ordered To Pay Back Chicago Police For The Monetary Resources Used To Investigate His Case?

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo says Jussie Smollett is in a lot of trouble for both state and federals crimes, but Smollett cannot be made to pay back all of the money for the resources used to investigate his alleged false claims.

PoliticsFeatured

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.

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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Lost in Space

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Former governor Jerry Brown shot for the stars. He should have aimed for Market Street.

PoliticsFeatured

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.

Interviews

Bill Whalen: LA Mayor Eric Garcetti's Presidential Candidacy Weighed Down By The Los Angeles Homeless Problem And Now The Teachers’s Strike.

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses how Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's presidential candidacy is weighed down by the Los Angeles homeless problem and now the teachers’s strike.

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