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Is California “Falling Down”—Again?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

I first moved west to California in February 1994, about a month after the Northridge Earthquake struck Los Angeles and four months before O. J. Simpson’s ride up the 405 became a live-televised national spectacle.


California Burnin’ — A Warning Against One-Party Rule

by Niall Ferguson quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Washington Post
Monday, September 21, 2020

“California, folks, is America fast forward.” Thus Governor Gavin Newsom, hoarsely, amid brown smoke at the North Complex Fire on Sept. 11. “What we’re experiencing right here is coming to a community all across the United States of America … unless we get our act together on climate change.”

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A Conversation With Senator Hawley

interview with Josh Hawleyvia Fellow Talks
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Senator Josh Hawley in conversation with Lanhee Chen on Capital Conversations.

The Grumpy Economist
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The Grumpy Economist: The Urban Future

interview with John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist | A Podcast with John H. Cochrane
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Does COVID spell the end of cities as we know them — or is an urban renaissance brewing?


How Much Will Restoration Of Racial Preferences Matter In California?

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

California’s Proposition 16 on the November ballot would restore racial and gender-based preferences in college admissions, public contracting, and public hiring. These preferences ended in 1996, when Californians voted by a two-thirds majority to amend the state constitution and prohibit race and gender preferences.

Analysis and Commentary

The Same Old, Same Old California Suicide

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Tech titans and Bay Area Bourbons grow rich, the middle class flees, forests burn.

In the News

Silicon Valley Values

featuring Scott W. Atlas, Lanhee J. Chenvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, September 14, 2020

[Subscription Required] Skepticism of government is great, but some governments deserve more than others.

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The California Brownout Disaster Is Manmade

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, September 11, 2020

One August day I received a notice on the website Nextdoor. It was titled “Rotating Power Outages Likely to Occur Monday Afternoon and Evening,” and here’s the first paragraph: PG&E [Pacific Gas and Electric] urges customers to conserve electricity in response to the California Independent System Operator’s (ISO) statewide Flex Alert called for Monday (Aug. 17) from 3 to 10 p.m. CAISO is the organization that manages the state’s power grid.

In the News

Californiaʼs Assault On The Commercial Real Estate Industry

quoting Lee Ohanianvia California Globe
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Real Estate brokers warn: anti-real estate and business legislation, tax increases, rent control, have devastating effect on CRE investment, development and management.

In the News

State Policy Favoritism And Corruption

cited Lee Ohanianvia Cato Institute
Thursday, September 10, 2020

California leaders are in the news for passing a misguided law that requires most independent contractors to be treated as employees, and then realizing how harmful that is and passing another law exempting dozens of politically important industries from the mandate. Lee Ohanian describes the law’s damage here.