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California Watch
by | Sep 28, 2022

My friends outside of work often ask me about the topics that I cover. People have a real interest in the goings-on in the California Legislature, criminal justice matters, and — at least out west — the reasons for our…

by | Sep 7, 2022

Those who believe there’s hope for reforming the current union-controlled public school system ought to pay close attention to the response by United Teachers Los Angeles to a seemingly unobjectionable recent teaching proposal. The district is offering “Accelerated Days” in October…

by | Aug 31, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif — Only three years ago, California’s Democratic legislators stumbled upon an amazing “easy button” idea for boosting the wages and benefits of ride-share drivers and other independent contractors. Apparently unaware of the economic concept of “unintended consequences,” they…

by | Aug 11, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Members of both parties agree that assuring high-speed internet access by expanding broadband networks in “underserved” communities is a laudable goal that will bridge the digital divide. Internet access has become a requisite for participating in the…

by | Jul 27, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — To give credit where it’s due, California’s government — through the state auditor’s office, Legislative Analyst’s Office, and various inspector generals and oversight bodies — does a remarkable job producing reports that chapter-and-verse the scandals, mismanagement, incompetence,…

by | Jul 21, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In a normal state, policymakers who are facing a crisis (let alone myriad crises) would at least have the wisdom not to purposefully try to make things worse. Here in California, not so much. Gov. Gavin Newsom…

by | Jul 13, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The most crippling political public relations disasters often involve minor issues that reinforce an existing, negative narrative about an existing candidate. When Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis was running against Vice President George H. W. Bush in the…

by | Jul 6, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California policymakers love to lecture the rest of the world about climate change and the need to shift power generation from fossil fuels to renewables such as wind, solar, and hydropower. So it was ironic that Gov….

by | Jun 23, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — At a property rights conference in San Bernardino County many years ago, former state Sen. Tom McClintock (now a Republican congressman representing the Sacramento area) and I joined a standing ovation for U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, the…

by | Jun 15, 2022

Sacramento If the June 7 top-two primary results are any indication, California continues along its merry path of electing and reelecting progressive Democrats to every statewide office no matter what political crises swirl around the state. All the usual suspects…

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