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CaliforniaAnalysis and Commentary

Why California Lawmakers Like To Raid The Climate-Change Cookie Jar

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, July 18, 2019

For a brief moment last week, there was an unlikely hero in Sacramento.

His name: Bob Wieckowski.

You’re forgiven if you’ve never heard the name before, especially if you don’t follow the inner workings of the California State Legislature or live in the immediate vicinity of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The Ministry of Labor

by Lee Ohanianvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A proposed law would dramatically interfere with businesses’ right to hire and promote whom they want. California doesn’t need this Orwellian regulation.

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Capital Punishment’s Dead End?

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

California’s politicians no longer even pretend to support the death penalty. Who does support it? California’s voters.


What Do Silicon Valley Tech Workers Earning $100,000 Call An Old Van? Home.

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

It takes an annual income of about $130,000 to qualify for renting the average apartment (less than 800 square feet of living space) in the technology hubs of Silicon Valley and San Francisco, where the average monthly rent is about $3,250. This minimum qualifying income is at the 93rd percentile of the US earnings distribution and is nearly $60,000 higher than the median salary for individuals in San Francisco.

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Three Pillars of Wisdom

by Edward Glaeser interview with Raghuram Rajanvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

To restrain both arrogant rulers and reckless populists, Hoover economist Raghuram Rajan argues in his new book, we must restore strong local communities.

EnvironmentAnalysis and Commentary

California Can’t Avoid The Next “Big One” Can It Weather The Political Aftershock?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, July 11, 2019

That California would find itself dealing with two large earthquakes over the Fourth of July weekend shouldn’t come as a surprise, as temblors have no consideration for human needs. The last giant quake to disrupt Los Angeles? It happened twenty-five years ago, at 4:31 a.m. on a Monday morning in January, leaving millions of sleep-deprived Angelenos to stumble around in the predawn dark.


California’s Governor Pushes For Single-Payer Health Care

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

California governor Gavin Newsom, who campaigned on bringing single-payer health care to California, has taken the next step by proposing to replace the state’s existing health-care advisory commission with a new commission that is narrowly focused on single-payer health care.

Newsom stated that “a single-payer financing system is the best way to achieve universal coverage.… My goal is to get everybody in and to stabilize costs.

In the News

Welcome To California

quoting Lee Ohanianvia City Journal
Monday, July 8, 2019

After enduring decades of red tape, some developers are seeing their projects through.

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Let Freedom Ring—Though It Doesn’t Fully Flourish In California

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

California’s brightest minds obviously didn’t have a seat at the table in the early days of July 1776, when the Founding Fathers (how long before that term’s deemed politically incorrect?) were putting the final touches on that generation’s “Brexit.”

One wonders what the Founders would make of today’s Golden State, which didn’t join the union until seventy-four years and two months after those fateful moments in Philadelphia. 


The Backwards Economics Of San Francisco’s Homeless Policies

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors just approved a plan to build a homeless shelter. The problem is that the location of the shelter is on the city’s waterfront Embarcadero, which happens to be the most expensive neighborhood in San Francisco, where home sales have averaged nearly $1,200 per square foot. The ground leasing rights for the city’s Ferry Building, just down the street and on a similar size parcel, sold for $291 million earlier this year.