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Study: Proposition 47 ‘Prison Reform’ Increased Property Crimes by 9%

Study: Proposition 47 ‘Prison Reform’ Increased Property Crimes by 9%

By Chriss Street A new study by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found voter-approved Proposition 47, which reduced penalties for lower-level crimes, increased property crimes by 9 percent. The California social justice advocates who sponsored the Prop 47 ballot initiative in November 2014 claimed that the state historically had over-penalized lower-level drug and property offenders, […]

Gov. Brown Makes Drought Water Rationing Permanent

Gov. Brown Makes Drought Water Rationing Permanent

By Chriss Street California Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills that will force water districts and municipalities to permanently adopt even more aggressive water rationing level than during the state’s 5-year drought. The San Jose Mercury reported that Brown issued a press statement that a changing environment means the state must begin to conserve water resources in preparation […]

Californians Oppose Self-Driving Cars on Roads

Californians Oppose Self-Driving Cars on Roads

By Chriss Street Californians now oppose self-driving cars on local roads by almost a three-to-one margin, according to a new poll. The technology behind “autonomous” vehicles that drive themselves by using complex systems of computers, radars, and lasers has made tremendous advances. But a series of high-visibility crashes appears to have caused the California public to […]

High Taxes Killing California Recreational Marijuana Tax Collection

High Taxes Killing California Recreational Marijuana Tax Collection

By Chriss Street California expected state and local tax bonanza from legalizing recreational marijuana sales is drastically under-performing forecast due to a high tax burden. The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration reported that collection for the state’s first three months of legal sales that began on January 1, only produced $32 million of […]

Howard Jarvis Group Collects 150% Signatures for Gas Tax Repeal

Howard Jarvis Group Collects 150% Signatures for Gas Tax Repeal

by CHRISS W. STREET The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers’ Association (HJTA), which has led California’s “Reject The Gas Tax” ballot initiative, delivered 940,000 signatures to Sacramento Tuesday, far above the required 585,407 valid signatures necessary to qualify the gas tax repeal for the November 2018 ballot. HJTA has been arguing that the Democrat-controlled California legislature’s “Road Repair […]

Elon Musk Faces Risk of Being Booted as Tesla Chairman by Shareholders

Elon Musk Faces Risk of Being Booted as Tesla Chairman by Shareholders

by CHRISS W. STREET Elon Musk faces a shareholder proposal that could take away his Chairman title as conflict of interest concerns and litigation compound Tesla’s lack of profitability challenges. Tesla, Inc. was founded by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning in 2003 after General Motors recalled and destroyed all of its pioneering EV1 electric cars. A […]

Marijuana Cultivation Damaging California Water Supply

Marijuana Cultivation Damaging California Water Supply

By  CHRISS W. STREET The California water supply is suffering serious degradation from the 99 percent of unlicensed marijuana cultivators that remain unlicensed to avoid taxes and environmental regulation. California’s voter-approved Proposition 64 legalization of recreational marijuana initiative stated the law’s “purpose and intent” was to establish goals to “prevent illegal production or distribution of marijuana” through licensing […]

Study: California Lost 589,100 Jobs to China from 2001-2015

Study: California Lost 589,100 Jobs to China from 2001-2015

By CHRISS W. STREET A new study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has found that California lost a net 589,100 jobs from 2001 to 2015, after China entered the World Trade Organization. Researchers at EPI found that the growing U.S. goods trade deficit with China displaced a net 3.4 million jobs in the United States. […]

California’s High-Speed Rail on Track to Open in 80 Years

California’s High-Speed Rail on Track to Open in 80 Years

Six years after the controversial California High-Speed Rail Authority was approved by the California Legislature, just 7% of the estimated 1,100 pieces needed for the first leg to travel 130 miles across sparsely populated Central California farm country has been acquired. At this rate, it will take another 80 years before construction can start. Because […]

California’s 15 Cent Gasoline Surtax Seems Unstoppable

California’s 15 Cent Gasoline Surtax Seems Unstoppable