by | Nov 7, 2019

If you haven’t listened to California’s Democratic leaders (and who can blame you for that), you wouldn’t know that our state is the world’s fifth-largest economy and a model for the rest of the United States. We are the heart and…

by | Nov 5, 2019

When I was a kid growing up in New York, California beckoned as an idyllic place of beaches, wine, wildflowers, and beautiful people. It was the land of “good vibrations,” “surfer girls,” and little “deuce coupes.” I distinctly recall watching…

by | Oct 31, 2019

This past weekend, I attended a wine club pick-up party — those customer appreciation events where wine enthusiasts collect their latest shipment and vintners express how much they value their most ardent patrons. These gatherings are often held in tasting…

by | Oct 5, 2019

California Democrats Adam Schiff and Ted Lieu are among President Trump’s most vocal, mean-spirited antagonists in Congress — and resistance to their destructive politics is slowly but surely building both on the Hill and in their home state. Partners in…

by | Oct 3, 2019

California’s economy is slowing, and it couldn’t come at a better time. Don’t get me wrong — as a worker, investor, and property investor, I’d love to see the economic good times go on forever. But as someone who has…

by | Sep 22, 2019

Washington President Donald Trump is right about San Francisco. It is, as he said, “a total disaster” that needs to clean up its act. It’s a dystopian pit. It stinks. It feels dangerous. It isn’t clean. It is an expensive…

by | Sep 16, 2019

Last Wednesday, California passed a new bill that will force “gig workers” for companies like Uber and Lyft to be reclassified as permanent employees rather than independent contractors. Proponents of the bill see the gig economy through a moralistic lens in which…

by | Sep 12, 2019

Sacramento The last week of the legislative session always is a wild ride, but this year’s proceedings take on an urgency that we haven’t seen in the past several years given the stridently more progressive tilt of the state government. It’s…

by | Sep 5, 2019

This California Watch column ought to be renamed Crisis Watch, given the number of public-policy crises that have engulfed the Golden State. There’s a common thread in all of them. They all are the result of government agencies or policies. There’s…

by | Aug 15, 2019

Sacramento When I moved to Orange County in the mid-1990s, it was still the most Republican county, in raw numbers, in the United States. Virtually anyone with serious political ambition there ran as a Republican, although changes were starting to…

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