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New Suburbanism – A Smart Alternative to “Smart Growth”

New Suburbanism – A Smart Alternative to “Smart Growth”

    By Edward Ring Solutions to California’s housing shortage invariably focus on increasing the density of preexisting cities and suburbs. Legislative solutions include SB 375, passed in 2008, which “incentivizes” cities and counties to approve high density land developments, and the failed (this time) SB 50, which would have forced cities and counties to approve high density […]

Charter haters’ train is temporarily derailed in CA

Charter haters’ train is temporarily derailed in CA

    By Larry Sand Last week, two seemingly sure-shot bills were deep-sixed in the California legislature. AB 1506 would have placed a ceiling on the number of charter schools allowed in the state – the magic number being those in existence at the end of this year. A new school could open only if another had closed. […]

Teach For America, not California

Teach For America, not California

  By Larry Sand Assembly Bill 221 in California would prohibit school districts from entering into a contract with a third-party organization that employs teachers “who commit to teaching in the organization for less than five years.” This is an obvious bullet aimed at Teach For America, whose name was invoked but then removed from an earlier […]

Why are Public Safety Unions supporting Teachers Unions?

Why are Public Safety Unions supporting Teachers Unions?

    By Edward Ring During the Los Angeles teachers strike earlier this year, an article in the far-left publication The Nation offered an excellent glimpse into the mentality of strikers and their supporters. The article begins by describing a scene in front of an LAUSD middle school on day three of the strike. A truck driver has arrived to […]

California’s Unaffordable “Affordable” Housing

California’s Unaffordable “Affordable” Housing

    By Edward Ring When discussing the seemingly intractable and growing problem of homeless people living in California, journalists reporting on the issue don’t spend enough time questioning the numbers, much less the policies driving the insane numbers. A recent article in the San Jose Mercury provides a perfect example. The article gets off to a good start with […]

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” […]

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