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 | Jul 25, 2019

Sacramento It was one of the most absurd stories of California’s lunacy. In the midst of one of the worst droughts in the state’s history, state and federal wildlife officials were depleting a large reservoir in the Sierra foothills to save…

by | Jul 14, 2019

Why does California suffer such a scourge of homelessness and poverty? Why do Californians allow it to go on? Where is the outrage that their fellow citizens are living in filth and squalor, being stripped of their human dignity while…

by | Jul 6, 2019

Friends call. Acquaintances email. (I don’t text, Facebook, or tweet.) (But my students still are shocked that I know what’s what.) The message of concern: “Dov, I heard about the earthquake. Are you OK?” Yes, I’m OK. It was a…

by | Jun 30, 2019

I don’t give a damn where you were 60 years ago on civil rights. I don’t care if your great grandpappy owned slaves or you grew up in rural Louisiana and used the “N” word as often as a contemporary…

by | Jun 26, 2019

A woke person walks into a bar… Barman: What can I get you? Woke person: I’ll have whatever drink is most favored by minorities. You see, there is absolutely nothing funny about being woke. What does it mean to be…

by | Dec 19, 2018

Washington Homelessness is up for the second year in a row. That is no surprise to me. I spent the last few days in New York City where it seems the homeless are as numerous as the tourists. They are…

by | Jul 5, 2018

Sacramento The most stunning thing about California’s Democratic-dominated progressivism is that it continually works toward some future Nirvana even as it blatantly neglects its fundamental, current responsibilities. The state’s infrastructure is crumbling and it has the nation’s highest cost-of-living-based poverty…

by | May 30, 2018

In the wake of Seattle’s decision to enact an Employee Head Tax (EHT) to fight homelessness, media reporting has largely focused on the backlash from large businesses such as Amazon. It’s not hard to see why. Amazon, which employs more…

by | Mar 6, 2018

Los Angeles has gone from Tinsel Town to shanty towns. The city’s well-intentioned efforts to combat its homeless population crisis are not simply not solving the problem, the problem is getting worse. Clearly what L.A. is doing is not working;…

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