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Grand Bargains To Make California Affordable

Grand Bargains To Make California Affordable

    By Edward Ring   The good life in California is out of reach to ordinary people. The reason for that is simple: homes cost too much, energy costs too much, water costs too much, and transportation infrastructure is inadequate. In each of these critical categories, however, grand bargains are possible that would bring California’s […]

A New Approach to Pension Reform Goes to Appellate Court

A New Approach to Pension Reform Goes to Appellate Court

    By Edward Ring The recent ruling by the California Supreme Court in the case CalFire vs CalPERS has garnered much attention from pension reformers. While falling short of being a landmark ruling, the result was nonetheless encouraging. The court left open the possibility that vesting does not protect prospective benefits of current employees. The implications of that are […]

Chartercide in California

Chartercide in California

    By Larry Sand Yet another group of angry teachers has made charter schools the focus of their wrath. The seven-day teacher strike, which ended in Oakland last week, was replete with typical teacher union demands like higher pay and smaller class sizes, and the au courant enemy target: charter schools. The final agreement includes a stipulation […]

Membership in California’s government unions plummeted in 2018, federal report shows

Membership in California’s government unions plummeted in 2018, federal report shows

“Walk out on the union, not the kids”: A California Policy Center social media advertisement delivered during the Los Angeles teachers strike. Memo to anyone still wondering about the impact of the Supreme Court’s landmark 2018 decision in Janus v AFSCME: Wonder no more. Despite a surging economy, union membership in California dropped by 86,000 […]

United Teachers Los Angeles’s crisis is here

United Teachers Los Angeles’s crisis is here

    By Larry Sand Union boss’ orchestrated state crisis is well underway in Los Angeles.  United Teachers of Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl’s long sought-after teachers’ strike is set for January 10th. He began the long march back in 2016 when he forecast a walkout and also boasted about the union’s ability to “create a state crisis” […]

To Reduce Wildfire Dangers, Focus on What Matters

To Reduce Wildfire Dangers, Focus on What Matters

    by Marc Joffe Political leaders and pundits have been quick to link this month’s horrific wildfires to climate change, leading to the conclusion that California should continue and even double down on its carbon reduction policies. But the evidence suggests that these policies will make little difference in the frequency and severity of these […]

California Ed-doctrination

California Ed-doctrination

  By Larry Sand Recently in southern California, a public high school student was given an assignment in English class to pick an issue and make an argument for and against it. The 16-year-old decided to do her essay on the Dreamers. But her teacher rejected the topic, telling her that there was no argument […]

California’s Socialist Oligarchy, Part Two: Who They Are and How to Defeat Them

California’s Socialist Oligarchy, Part Two: Who They Are and How to Defeat Them

. . . . By Edward Ring California’s policymakers have condemned Californians to endure contrived scarcity, unaffordability, and inconvenience in all of the basic necessities of life. This is a crime, but it’s not a conspiracy. Rather, it is caused by a collection of powerful special interests whose political agendas align. Left-wing Oligarchs At the top […]

Just How Much Money Might CalPERS Have to Collect in an Economic Downturn?

Just How Much Money Might CalPERS Have to Collect in an Economic Downturn?

. .… By Edward Ring When evaluating the financial challenges facing California’s state and local public employee pension funds, a compelling question to consider is when, exactly when, will these funds financially collapse? That is, of course, an impossible question to answer. CalPERS, for example, manages hundreds of billions in assets, which means that long […]

In Search of Public Employers Willing to Fight for Their Right to Free Speech

In Search of Public Employers Willing to Fight for Their Right to Free Speech

    By Edward Ring The recent Janus decision by the US Supreme Court gives public employees the right to quit union membership – or to never join a union in the first place. This sweeping ruling not only banned unions from requiring non-members to still pay so-called “agency fees,” but it required unions to […]

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