06/27/2019

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California Lawmakers Are Turning Cap-And-Trade Into The Slush Fund Critics Long Feared

For years, critics of California’s cap-and-trade program have lambasted it as a government slush fund. They say that politicians are able to dip into it to fund their pet projects or raid it to fill the shortfall of the moment — as long as they can assert a mildly credible connection between the spending and […]

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Lessons Learned From Measure EE: Not A Blank Check

The dust has settled on Measure EE, the 16-cent per square foot property tax rushed onto a June 4 ballot by the LAUSD board and its union. Following last week’s election results, politicians, pundits and school boards across the state are pondering EE’s meaning – trying to determine whether the parcel tax’s defeat was a […]

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California’s Workforce Development And Climate Goals Must Go Hand-In-Hand

As we transition toward a clean energy economy, California must prioritize those most affected by the climate crisis. In our state, that means communities of color, who tend to be already overburdened with pollution and poverty. It also means that displaced and disadvantaged workers who stand on the precipice of a widening economic gap ought […]

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Helping To Define What It Means To Be ‘Made In California’

Let me start with an admission: government officials—at all levels—don’t do a good job of engaging the public as we grapple with big, complex challenges. Hearings only go so far. Videos and social posts get into only so much detail and nuance. And, most importantly, most of what we do is based on how we […]

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These Are The Least Affordable Housing Markets In The US, Study Says

As housing affordability Opens a New Window.  remains a major concern for Americans, a recent analysis determined America’s least affordable housing markets. 24/7 Wall Street Opens a New Window.  analyzed ATTOM Data Solutions’ Q1 2019 U.S. Home Affordability Report Opens a New Window.  and found the 25 areas where the housing market was not affordable. […]

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A silver wave? California braces for elderly boom that could overburden state

Virginia Kidd has rented her apartment in midtown Sacramento for 12 years. The retired Sacramento State professor lives there with her cats and enjoys helping out at the local library. At 78, she said she has been lucky to age with minimal health issues so far, but she sometimes worries about what she would do […]

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More Aid For Older And Homeless Students In California’s Higher Education Budget

Buoyed by a flush state surplus, California lawmakers agreed Thursday on a state budget that will expand enrollment at the state’s higher education systems, keep tuition flat and particularly help older college students with tuition and living costs. In addition, $4 million will be available to study the possible construction of two new campuses in […]

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‘Clean’ Freight Traffic Is Elusive As California Rolls Toward Zero Emissions

Work used to be much simpler for the California Department of Transportation: widen highways, fill potholes, build new freeways. Alas, those quaint days are gone. To get an idea of what planners must prepare for, state officials recently hosted a demonstration of a drone air taxi that will require devising a “highway above the ground,” […]

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‘The Dreamt Land’ Review: California’s Precious Resource

The Golden State is cursed with some of the finest weather and richest soil on earth. Its luminous skies and airy loam have been crucial to California’s transformation into our most populous and agriculturally most bountiful state. But capricious nature has withheld one essential resource needed to sustain this dizzying growth—water. In his sprawling, provocative […]

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U.S. Industrial Production Rebounded In May

U.S. industrial production rose in May, a welcome sign of strength in the sector after a spate of weak readings this year. Industrial production, a measure of factory, mining and utility output, rose a seasonally adjusted 0.4% in May from the prior month, the Federal Reserve said Friday. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal […]

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In California, A Blue Wave And Progressive Governor: So Why Are So Many Leftist Plans Going Under?

An unprecedented haul of tax dollars generated by a roaring economy. A governor who campaigned on a big-ticket policy agenda of long-time lefty favorites, including universal childcare and state-funded healthcare for all. A Legislature so thoroughly packed with Democrats it gives rise to a new term—”giga-majority.” Californians could be forgiven for expecting it all to […]

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California Passes $215 Billion Budget With New Spending For Families, Immigrants And Housing

California lawmakers passed a $214.8 billion budget deal Thursday, with new spending on schools, homelessness and health care for undocumented immigrants. The budget relies on a surplus to add billions to the state’s reserves funds, which will bring the state’s total so-called rainy day fund to $19 billion. It puts hundreds of millions of dollars […]

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Statewide Messages In Aftermath Of LA Parcel Tax’s Defeat

The rout of Los Angeles Unified’s parcel tax last week will reverberate beyond L.A. to other school districts that had hoped a victory in Los Angeles might signal that their voters, too, would consider higher school taxes. Think again, said Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the Public Policy Institute of California, which regularly polls […]

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Let’s Face It, California, The Democrats Just Aren’t That Into Us

Fourteen Democratic presidential contenders blew into San Francisco last weekend to woo the delegates to the state Democratic Party convention and whisper sweet nothings to California voters. They promised to give us the time and attention we deserve, now that we’ve moved our primary up into early March. And then they were gone — headed […]

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Politicians Missing In Action On Housing

When the year began, the Legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom had just two must-do jobs – pass a state budget and do something meaningful about the state’s chronic and corrosive shortage of housing. The budget is a slam-dunk, thanks to the state’s fat treasury. Housing, however, is a smellier kettle of political fish. Midway through […]

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